We had the good fortune of connecting with David Christian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
Introducing other talented skilled artists to one an other makes me very happy. If the collaborate I’m even more ecstatic. I think the biggest mistake most people make when trying to find joy in their lives is when they focus too much on themselves. I can take in some of that energy released by being around different bodies who are interacting productively and it indirectly makes me content. It inspires me. I want to be motivated and prolific.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I produce electronic music for many different projects and perform it live. Some of it is light and shallow. Other material is subversive and dark. I took me years to find my zone but now that I have my unique offering is a unique energy and groove. I combine samples (found media) with synths, drum machines, and sometimes vocals. Recently I’ve focused on my art after years of trying to balance a day job and relationships. It makes me extremely happy now to have the freedom to write and produce what I want. A huge part of gaining inspiration was my investment into other artists. Moving from New York to Los Angeles introduced me to a lot of different creative people in communities who were just living and showing everyone their own art. I started a music label and became part of throwing live events. This not only allowed me to be active in the scene but also gain feedback and reactions to ideas I had in isolation. The goal of Squarewav music and Los Angeles Industrial events brand is to shine the light on diversity in the dark music realm. We want to help those who might not typically be in a spotlight. We also promote philanthropy.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Let’s say If that happened, it were a Friday, and things were safer, I would show them around my neighborhood in Highland Park. We would eat at the Taco Azteca truck, grab a drink at La Cuavita, then do some record shopping at Arroyo Records. Hopefully it’s a week where there is artwalk on York. Saturday I would take them to the Eagle Rock Italian Bakery for their (baked once of week) focaccia bread and then head Downtown to The Lash club for drinks and music. Depending on if bands were playing we could go to Coaxial (visual art gallery). Sunday would be Hollywood Farmers market and one of my favorite places, Velvet Margarita, for smoked salmon quesadillas. The Record Parlor after that for record shopping. That night we could go to The Monty bar and see what was happening. For the rest of the week I would take them to some of the more popular spots. The Beach wouldn’t be out of the question or even Long Beach for antique shopping. I don’t mind those touristy things when friends come to town because I typically don’t do them on my own. La Cita Bar is another venue to hear interesting music during the week. I would also take them on one of the many hikes around Los Angeles. Either Echo Mountain to see the abandoned railroad and resort on the hill, or Griffith Park and Hollywood Sign. One of my favorite spots to go is the Verdugo Hills.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Jeff Swearengin, My very good friend Vas, and Andi Harriman