Author Archives: Emily Berkey

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The Other Yancey Boy: An Interview With Illa J

Born into a musical family in Detroit, MI, John Yancey was seemingly destined to work in music. John, known to his fans as Illa J, could have easily been overshadowed by his super-producer brother, J. Dilla, and his musical success, even post-mortem. The rapper, singer-songwriter and producer has dedicated years to working on preserving the…

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Temporarily Fixated on Arima Ederra’s Temporary Fixes: An EP and Listening Experience

On a dark street in an industrial area of Los Angeles, in a nondescript building, lay Creatington, a creative event space transformed into a temporary experience by Arima Ederra in honor of her Temporary Fixes EP release. In addition to the EP and art installation, the soulful singer also unleashed a zine she co-created alongside…

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Interview: A Haunting Angelic Voice, Kelsey Lu

A haunting, angelic voice flowing over solemn, passion-filled cello chords spills out of my speakers. It’s a full moon and laying on the floor of my incense filled candle-lit room vibing to female musicians, hoping to harness their strong, feminine energy. Kelsey Lu’s ethereal sound strikes a chord within me. Her vulnerability mirrors how I’ve…

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