Thank you for being on board for the Spring sale, and for being such a loyal FELIZ participator! We're dying to know from some of our veterans what you enjoy about FELIZ, as a vendor and as a shopper too?
I love FELIZ and I always love participating in it because it has the best feeling around the event and it brings out such a wonderful crowd. When I saw the roster come out I was like "oooo look at all these names!" I always love the variety of makers that are represented at FELIZ and I always leave with a new favorite candle.
You've got so many loveable REALM staples, but is there anything new you've been working on that you're particularly excited about?
Whyyyy thank you for asking! About 8 months ago I started a branch of Realm with my partner called Dark Realm which is much different- its all tech fabrics and intense fabrication for specific cycling and commuting purposes. While I won't have Dark Realm products with me at FELIZ, you will see the influence of some of the construction techniques and branching out brought into new Realm products like our shopping bags and mini totes that I'm bringing with me.
When I'm in production mode in my studio, music keeps my body moving even when my brain is tackling some pretty mundane tasks. How does music impact your studio practice? Would you mind sharing an exclusive Realm playlist of the top 5 songs currently in rotation in your studio?
My soundtrack is always changing but I also get super zeroed in on some solid jams and just spin them into the ground. I generally listen to amp up music on my way into the studio (listen to Queen "Don't Stop Me Now" and try to have a bad day, it is nearly impossible) and when I first get in, then I'll listen to music as I'm getting going. I think its important to sing along to songs while you're working, thats how you activate songs. Listening to music isn't always a passive experience for me though, and I get too involved in dj-ing when I'm in the studio so sometimes I have to put on old episodes of a show that I've already seen a million times so it can just stay in the background. Here's my current playlist of some favorite versions of old chillers:
Snow Queen of Texas - Mamas and the Papas
Queen Bee - Taj Mahal
Asa Branca - Gilberto Gil
Sugaree - Jerry Garcia (off self titled Garcia album)
Blowin in the Wind - the Edwin Hawkins Singers
Ideal setting to listen to this playlist: when you've just cashed a check and you're settling in to work on something brand new.