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Mixologist Jocelyn Jonaneth-Exclusive Interview

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What is your favorite cocktail to make?

That’s probably the hardest question ever. Haha. It’s like asking me what my favorite movie is! I just have so many. I think it comes down to whatever drink requires more attention to detail. The more complicated a drink is to make, the more fun it is for me. But if I HAD to chose, it would be this one drink “The Ghost Fire.” I used to make it for a past bar I used to bartend at. It was a handmade mint margarita, which we would then light on fire.

How did you get into mixology?

I love to experiment and discover new pairing of flavors that are unexpected and I also get bored easily. So on down times at an old bar I used to work at, (and I got lucky because I became really good friends with the owners), they encouraged me to play around with ingredients. I quickly discovered I had a knack for it and began to make drinks for customers off the menu. When people would text me when I was off the clock saying customers were requesting my “off the menu” drinks, I loved that and realized this was a passion of mine.

What is your favorite bar in Los Angeles and why?

Here’s another hard question. Haha. I have my favorites in different categories, but if we’re talking just solely for the drinks, I would have to say the Library Bar in Hollywood. It’s tucked away in the hotel and they don’t have a menu. You just walk in and they have all these different fresh organic ingredients, displayed like a garden. You just tell the bartender what flavors you really love and they surprise you with a cocktail tailored specifically for you.

If you had supernatural powers what would they be?

I would be able to fly and also I would be able to connect with people in the most soulful way ever imaginable, so that I could know what their greatest dream is, and help them achieve it.

What’s your favorite fruit?

Probably guavas 🙂

How would your friends describe you in three words?

I used my life line for the answer to this one, my best friend Alyssa. She said: passionate, determined, and inventive. I’ll take it 🙂

What snack can you not live without?

Does tequila count as a snack? Haha. Oops. If not, then what about tacos? They are small so I think those would count as a snack. With lots of lime, salt, and salsa please.

MC Jacqueline Chambers-Exclusive Interview

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What is one of the most memorable moments you’ve experienced during a night on the town?

There are too many to count. Let’s just say meeting new people is always one of my favorite things. LA is such an amazing city full of so many talented and loving people. I love getting to know them, one by one!

What is your favorite restaurant in Los Angeles?

Right now I’m all about Gracias Madre. So good!

Least liked word?

The word “unfortunately” is my least favorite. It’s such a cop out!

What is your favorite scent?

Vanilla

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

LA 😉 Also I love Toronto. I’m working on my bicoastal life! Internationally it would be Tel Aviv or Rio!

Do you believe in Unicorns?

Yes and I am one!

Do you have any hidden talents?

For me to know and you to find out 😉 haha. I speak Swedish and write rap songs!

The Rose Room Venue Manager Jessa Laurel-Exclusive Interview

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What is your favorite part about managing The Rose Room?

I love managing The Rose Room because everyday I come to work and I’m doing something completely different. I get to work with so many unique people from different careers. I learn something new everyday.

If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?

That’s a tough one… Ernest Hemingway so I could hear stories of great adventures. Gandhi for enlightenment. Marilyn Monroe because duh.

What is the weirdest thing to happen at The Rose Room?

It’s a secret.

If you could have any talent what would it be?

To sing!

How long have you been living in Venice Beach?

I’ve had my own place here for a year, but I feel it’s been longer than that. My dad’s been living here for 25 years, and so growing up I would stay here in the summers. I am bicoastal, NY -> LA.

What is a hidden skill of yours?

I’m a decent writer.

What’s your favorite era that you wish you were alive for?

I love the glamour and intrigue of the 20s, but women didn’t have many rights so that wouldn’t work out too well for me. Although, it would be interesting to experience life without modern technology. The 60s seemed like a groovy time, very revolutionary. All in all, I think right now is the coolest time to be alive.

Musician Tara Lea-Exclusive Interview

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What is your go-to karaoke song?

Ella Fitzgerald – At Last

Describe your very first performance.

My first performance, I guess it depends on in what category.. first time I was ever on stage was when I was 4 years old for my ballet recital.. As far as singing my own material it wasn’t until I was 15. I played 2 songs at the open mic at this cute little place called the dancing goat cafe in south orange NJ. But My first professional show was at The Bitter End on Bleeker street, n Greenwich village when I was 17 opening for Curtis Peoples and Keaton Simons.

What inspired you to start singing?

My Mom.. She always asked me to sing since before I could talk.. We have this video of me singing over 20 songs when i was 11 months old before I could even talk…

Describe your music in three words.

Honest, Soulful, Heartfelt

What’s your favorite Disney character?

I’d have to say The Little Mermaid..

Who would you love to see perform live?

I’ve been fortunate enough to have seen a lot of people live.. but I guess I would have to say Paul McCartney. I have yet to see him live and I would Love to make that happen..

What’s your favorite late night snack?

Just one favorite late night snack? oh man.. I’m definitely guilty of snacking late at night.. from frozen yogurt, or mini drumstick ice cream cones, to when I’m being health conscious to be healthy where I’ll eat a cold apple or cold watermelon.. most nights I enjoy eating something sweet before bed..

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DJ Sally Can’t Dance-Exclusive Interview

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How did you come up with the name “Sally Can’t Dance”?

It comes from an album by Lou Reed that came out in 1974. It has the title track and another really good one called “Ride Sally Ride”. I always thought it had a nice ring to it and sort of an ironic name for a DJ to have. 

How long have you been living in Los Angeles?

Off and on for about 3 years.

Did you always want to be a DJ?

I started out as a record collector and didn’t ever think about DJing until years later when I went to an art show in Portland. There was this couple there co-DJing and spinning all vinyl. There were two turntables and they each had a plastic crate of records. They would switch back and forth each song and play off each other in a way. But they weren’t playing hip-hop like I would have expected, they were playing songs by people like John Lennon, the Ramones, and Waylon Jennings. I thought that was something I could do. I always enjoy DJing art shows  because of that time. 

What is the weirdest thing to happen to you at an event you were DJing?

A girl coming up to me and asking me to play Beyoncé while I was spinning “Trash” by the New York Dolls. 

What is your favorite record?

That’s a hard one so I’ll compromise and give you my top 5…

  1. Desire – Bob Dylan
  2. All Things Must Pass – George Harrison
  3. Transformer – Lou Reed
  4. Sandinista! – The Clash
  5. The Song Remains The Same – Led Zeppelin.

What ingredients would be in your perfect sandwich?

Somehow I know my exact answer to this question. Chicken, bacon, ranch, and avocado. 

Do you only spin vinyl?

All vinyl all the time.

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Musician Niki Cremmen-Exclusive Interview

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Who is your favorite singer?

Lauryn Hill

Where is your favorite place to perform?

I don’t really have a favorite place to perform, I enjoy it no matter where I am, whether it’s for 10 people or 500, it all gives me the same beautiful feeling.

If you could own any animal in the world what would it be?

A giraffe

When did you discover you could sing?

I knew when I was little from singing to the radio but I didn’t take it seriously until I broke my collar bone my junior year of high school and couldn’t play sports anymore. That is when I turned my passion from sports to music.

How has it been writing your own songs?

It’s been the most amazing and rewarding thing in my life because it allows me to use and share my pain and experience to hopefully touch another person.

Describe your perfect date.

It doesn’t really matter what we do as long as it’s the right person.

What is an odd talent you have?

I can do a cool trick with a broom stick

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