From one mutt to another - I feel you, Samon. So thoroughly.
“No point in trying to understand Samon Kawamura from his nationality: half Japanese, half German, born in Berlin but raised in Tokyo, he’s your classic rootless kid – the sort that’s defined more by where he’s at than where he’s from. And where he’s at is hip-hop – soporific, jazzy instrumental hip hop that’s initially reminiscent of the Mo Wax catalogue, particularly the blunted beats of his countryman DJ Krush, but with occasional flashes of vision that hints at musical horizons that lay somewhere beyond your typical smoker’s choice fare.”
-Louis Pattison, BBC Music Review
Remembering #PlatformShow 2012 — The Teaser. Full recap coming your way…soon.
- The way Kendrick Lamar’s voice breaks in his verse on “His Pain” - a track by BJ the Chicago Kid. “I don’t know why you keep blessing me…”
- The smell of tinola cooking in my kitchen.
- How many major brands are taking interest in our Platform event.
- The love note my 6 year old daughter just gave me (and how she’s unflinching in her desire to come watch a J.Dilla tribute documentary showing with me while her Dad plays basketball tonight).
- My brother’s unhindered genius in words and music.
- The work that has been flowing in and making quality of life just…superb.
- That I woke up this morning.
- That my “Stay Gold” tattoo is permanent.
- The amazing things I’m able to do for Philippine fashion and independent designers in the next few weeks with both Platform and The Postura Project.
- For the burn in my triceps and thighs after a painful first visit to my trainer in 3 years.
- Everyone that takes the time to tell me little things that moved them, or that they appreciated, on Tumblr, on Twitter, in person - even though they know I’m weird and shy about replying or taking compliments like that.
- That my eyes are green, my skin is brown, and my hair is black.
- Assistance, in the form of assistants, and team mates, and friends, and family.
- My iPhone. No joke.
- Skin Science offering to be my dermatologist sponsor, and Alex Carbonell at Studio Fix finally coming back into the picture to take care of my hair.
- The Fernando sisters - listeners of our radio show that turned into two of the biggest supporters I’ve ever known. Regular box deliveries of homemade pandesal and cupcakes, banana chips, pastillas…you name it. Texts and DMs that you were remembered at Mass. So consistent.
- MY SQUAD. Teamwork makes the dream work, and I think I’ve finally found my magic links for the chain I need to haul this vision into reality. #TheBridge
- Sago’t Gulaman. Yun lang.
- And this amazing art installation by Claire Morgan:
“Now I know why He keeps blessing me…
…so I can bless you.”
- Kendrick Lamar
J.Cole performs “Work Out” on the David Letterman Show.
2011, you were good to us.
- @TheBridgeFiles: Part of my squad on duty for the night.
- California Luv: Anne, Roscoe Umali, Jay-P, Dee Jae Pa’este
- Amazing Face: Rovilson Fernandez
- Wavey: Scoe and Apl
- Ledge nanaman, leche. : Me.
- Where are we, Virginia Beach?: Omar Quiambao and Slapshock’s lead lad, Jamir
- Love, in the art of the city: BBoy Tolo of the Funk Roots Crew, Bea Tantoco, and Macky M.
- Damn that DJ made my day: Jazzy Jeff
- Progress: DJ Jazzy Jeff and Nix Damn P!
- La Bridge Familia (and the tech guy).
Rockin’ with The Magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff last night in Manila! #DamnThatDJMadeMyDay
The Bridge Presents: Donwill
Consider this the first brick, as we aim to construct a bridge that nullifies vast stretches of space, or dangerous thoroughfares - a bridge that educates both the Philippines about the grassroots music scene around the world, and perhaps more importantly - a bridge that allows our people to begin dialogue with kindred creative spirits around the globe.
Again, Brick One. — Donwill of Tanya Morgan lets us into his safe space, as we sit with him in his Brooklyn crib, asking questions a curious cat, an old friend, or a fan would. U92 airplay across Metro Manila, spawned an electric intrigue about the Cincinnati native, and as promised - if I can’t get you the music on mainstream airwaves, I’ll find a way to get you the music, the knowledge, and then some.
Learn. Enjoy. Support. See what’s on the other side.
All videos and images provided by Donwill.