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The Substance You Should Take at Coachella, Based on Your Zodiac Sign

April 9, 2017

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Dust off your headpieces and crop tops, because Coachella is finally here!

This festival has it all—music, art and a ton of people offering up all sorts of drugs for you to try.

Not sure if you should stick with smoking a joint, chugging a beer or going on a wild hallucinogenic trip with shrooms? Scroll below to discover the illicit substance your zodiac sign thinks you should try at the festival.

Aries (March 21 – April 19): Adderall

The go-getter of the zodiac, you never show any signs of stopping. Your “live life in the fast lane” attitude gets you in trouble often, but you don’t care. You have no problem charming your way out of the situation. When you’re at Coachella, you’ll be fluttering from place to place, like the busy bee you are. You need a substance that’ll keep you extra energized over the three-day-long festival, and Adderall will do just the trick. Its time-release effect will keep you going strong throughout each day, while still keeping you focused on the acts you want to see. Sounds like a win-win!

Taurus (April 20 – May 20): Cocaine

As boujee as you are, you need a drug that will satisfy your appetite for the finer things in life. No other illicit substance will do that for you like cocaine. It’s a high-class drug for a high-class individual like yourself. So make like Halsey allegely did below, and treat yourself to a few bumps as you grind up on potential lovers during the performances of your favorite artists at Coachella.

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Gemini (May 21 – June 20): Weed

Ruled by the twins, this is the reason there are two opposing sides to your character. You can be the life of the party one day, then you’re the most introverted person the next. You definitely need to take something that’ll satiate both halves of your personality. Weed can totally do that for you. You can switch between a Sativa or an Indica for different effects, depending on what you’re feeling. Or you could opt for the best of both worlds by smoking a hybrid. Either way, you’ll be in for one heck of a time at Coachella.

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Cancer (June 21 – July 22): OxyContin

Though many may not notice it, you have a lot of pent up feelings that you hide away from the outside world. You act tough, but you’re really just one big softy underneath that harsh exterior. You need to feel a lot less of this, especially if you want to thoroughly enjoy all Coachella has to offer. OxyContin makes for the perfect potent substance for you. You won’t feel a single thing. What more could you ask for?

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22): Molly

Proud Leo, you love, love, love being the center of attention. You crave endless admiration from your peers so badly, that you’re willing to do just about anything for it. We all have our things—constant praise happens to be yours. If you really want to keep your time in the spotlight continuous, taking Molly will work for you. Once the euphoric feeling takes over, you’ll breathe new life into the festival. Everyone will remember you. Everyone.

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22): None

Being the perfectionist you are, you’re way too innocent and responsible to do any sort of drugs at Coachella. Because of your analytical approach to life, you can’t help but always play it safe. Risk-taking isn’t a term in your vocabulary. But that’s totally fine, because at least you’ll be the one to make sure all of your besties aren’t puking in porta potties or making out with way too many randos.

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Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22): Lean (Sizzurp)

Libra, oh, Libra. You’re the type of person who’ll be joined at the hip to whomever you’re going to Coachella with—which is actually a great thing, because you tend to be the only person who can keep the peace when it all goes haywire. To add to your calming presence, find yourself sippin’ on some sizzurp to leave you even more tranquil. Ingesting this mix that includes Codeine, Sprite and Jolly Rancher will have you feeling cool as a clam, even when the festival chaos comes out swingin’!

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21): PCP

You’re a true mystery, Scorpio. Not a single soul has you figured out and you intend on keeping it that way. One thing’s for sure: You’re full of passion and don’t let anything hold you back from following through with your plans. No one is willing to take more risks than you, which is why such a dangerous substance like PCP could only be enjoyed by a Scorpio. It’s wild, but so are you.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21): Shrooms

Free-spirited and adventurous Sagittarius, you’re the first one people call when they want to try something new or go somewhere they’ve never been before, because you’re always down. You’d literally drop whatever you’re doing to take a trip to some far off place. While you can’t always be in a new place every second, tripping on shrooms at Coachella will make you feel like you’re on another planet while you’re listening to musicians perform or checking out the art installations.

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Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19): Alcohol

Acting a little uptight and controlling at times, you often get a bad rap for being boring and dull. But that’s not the case. You know how to let loose and have a good time, but you definitely set your parameters, of course. This is why gulping down all the alcohol at Coachella would suit your needs best. You’d be able to enjoy yourself, but not too much to the point where others would be worried about your safety. Chug! Chug! Chug!

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18): Ketamine

While you’re known for being the humanitarian of the zodiac, the thought of being surrounded by hordes and hordes of people doesn’t really wet your whistle. You’d much rather spend your days indoors with no one but yourself as your only company. Unfortunately, you paid a ton of money to be at Coachella, so it’d be a waste not to go. You really need something that’ll sedate you, so say hello to Ketamine. You won’t feel at all irritated by the monsters surrounding you, because this drug will keep you in a peaceful trance all weekend long (provided you don’t overdo it and put yourself in a temporarily paralyzing “K-Hole”).

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20): Xanax

You’re that one friend who constantly puts everyone else’s needs above their own, which is fine and all… until it’s not. Listen, people have their own lives and sometimes they don’t need you to hold their hand through it. Sorry to be blunt, but you had to hear it from somebody. Coachella is time for you to sit back, relax and take a chill pill—aka Xanax. You’ll be able to keep your cool like no other, thanks to this handy-dandy substance.


Skyelyfe Is One Year Old! Thanks to Everyone Who Has Been Supportive Along the Way!

September 24, 2015

skyelyfe_logo_facebookMy, how time flies!

Even though so much has happened in the last 365 days, it really does seem like just yesterday that I was sitting on my couch (this was before I put together a crafty little work desk), and sending out emails to let people know that after 3.5 months of WordPress-coding/template agony,finally launched my music/lifestyle blog skyelyfe.

And now as I celebrate being one full year in existence, there is so much more I want to do in this next phase. I want people to guest report and I want to post personal essays by guest writers (should you have any submissions or ideas, please send to I want to start doing events for the site. I have so many ideas regularly flooding my mind.

But at the one-year mark, I am grateful that I’ve had 162 posts-worth of material I’ve been able to share on my own platform. Whether it was attending tastings, going to events and concerts, trying new fitness trends, interviewing some incredibly successful musicians (RAC, Cazzette, RAS, Cedric Gervais, O-Town, SomeKindaWonderful‘s Jordy Towers, DWNTWN‘s Jamie Leffler, Hayley Kiyoko and Noelle Bean – to name a few), creating playlists, or simply just writing about things and people I love, I’ve had the chance to share new information solely from my perspective and freely write about whatever I want.

I can’t be more grateful to all the publicists, friends, musicians, etc… for supporting what I’m doing from day one. Thank you for giving me content opportunities, reading the site and following skyelyfe on social media (friendly reminder: FB:, Twitter: @DahviShira, IG: @skyelyfeLA).

Here’s to another successful 365+ days!


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Me & My Toothbrush, Tyga, Robyn & 14 More Artists: New Music Monday!

June 29, 2015

Me&MyToothbrushLike me, I’m sure many of you spent the weekend celebrating marriage equality! Well, just because it’s now Monday doesn’t mean the rejoicing needs to cease. I have 17 new tracks that are sure to get your week off to the right start! And we do have a holiday weekend ahead of us!

I have a pretty diverse selection of songs this week. For starters, I’ve got “A New Game,” which is an upbeat disco club track by Me & My Toothbrush. I can’t get enough of their music. It’s so my style.

Also in the dance category, Maduk and Nymfo bring you some melodic drum n bass with “Africa,” and NGHTMRE‘s remix of Tep No‘s “It’s Alright” is a track not to be missed! Speaking of Tep No, I’ve also included EZY Lima mix of his song “Pacing.” And Robyn fans, our favorite Swedish pop star puts her rapping skills on full display with “Love Is Free.”

Speaking of rap, remember Khia (from 2002’s “My Neck My Back” fame)? Well, I’ve included her latest sexually explicit release: “Yum Yum Sauce.” Tyga just released his latest album The Gold Album: 18t, so I’ve included the melodic “Down for a Min.” And Goodbye Tomorrow‘s bass-heavy “Pray 2 God” has been on constant replay.

Click the playlist below for this week’s New Music Monday compilation, which also includes variations of pop by Scavenger HuntLaces, Years & Years, Selena Gomez and more!



Now That I’ve Finally Recovered from L.A. Pride (Yes, It Took a Week!), Here Are the Highlights in Photos!

June 22, 2015
Photo credit: Jeffrey Bertollini

Photo credit: Jeffrey Bertollini

Unless you’ve done a full weekend of L.A. Pride, you likely don’t realize how much it can take out of you. It’s like the West Hollywood Coachella (ok, with way less music and people, but still….it is a highly anticipated full weekend of non-stop activity and you see so many people you know). So, yeah, I’ve come a long way since last Monday when I was in major Pride recovery mode. I think I’m back to normal now?

Photo credit: Jeffrey Bertollini

Photo credit: Jeffrey Bertollini

I say this every year (this was my 6th Pride), but each time really does get better and better. I had almost every single one of my closest friends by my side at some point during the 3-day venture, I got to see my favorite pop star Kesha perform all of her hits (Fifth Harmony, Eden XO, Tinashe and Wilson Phillips were also among the weekend’s musical acts), and I had run-ins with many-a-weho-character (which is always my favorite part of these outings).

Photo credit: Jon Viscott

Photo credit: Jon Viscott

As usual, The Abbey was bustling with bodies and tended to be where my friends and I spent the majority of the time if we weren’t inside the festival itself. I also came to discover Bar10, a spacious new spot on the Boulevard that plays legit hip-hop music and loungey house. It has a totally different vibe than let’s say Flaming Saddles, for example (ok, well, that’s a given, but seriously, it’s different from anywhere else out that way and the crowd is way more laid-back). I hosted a brunch for my friends on Saturday at my apt, which was the perfect kick-off to our Kesha-filled day. And the Palihouse rooftop was once again the place to be on Sunday afternoon!

Oh, Pride, how I hate to see my favorite weekend of the year go by so fast. But at least there are these photos to commemorate the momentous occasion.


Photo credit: Jon Viscott

Photo credit: Jon Viscott

Photo credit: Jeffrey Bertollini

Photo credit: Jeffrey Bertollini

Photo credit: Jeffrey Bertollini

Photo credit: Jeffrey Bertollini

Photo credit: Jeffrey Bertollini

Photo credit: Jeffrey Bertollini

Photo credit: Jeffrey Bertollini

Photo credit: Jeffrey Bertollini


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3 Artists, 5 Questions Each: Get to Know Pierce Fulton, Kember & Cobi Mike

June 10, 2015

With so much impressive new music and so many rising artists today, it’s becoming more and more difficult to keep up! Because I know how tough it is for the average person to read up on every emerging act, I am giving you the Cliff’s Notes – so to speak – on three talented musicians with fresh material. Get to know their sound, their background and what they stand for in just a five-question skim for each.

Read on to learn about and listen to Pierce Fulton, Kember and Cobi Mike


Photo credit: Meredith Traux

Photo credit: Meredith Traux

Hailing from Vermont, 22-year-old DJ/producer Pierce Fulton is an EDM star on-the-rise with the success of his latest single “Kuaga (Lost Time).”

Although the currently touring artist has been producing music for several years, this is considered his most notable track to date. In less than two weeks since its release, Fulton garnered nearly 600,000 plays on Spotify, he currently gets more than 40 spins per week Sirius XM and he is set to perform at a handful of summer festivals, including New York’s Electric Zoo.

An added bonus? He’s pretty tight with Ansel Elgort, who – under the actor’s musical alter ego Ansolo – launched the song “Shirts & Skins” with him.

1) Describe your sound in five words:

Stuff I make when I’m bored. That’s technically six words, but whatevs.

2) Which of your songs has the most personal meaning to you and why?

I always talk about my song “West Egg” because I made it in an afternoon and it was just so quick and natural that it still sounds fresh to me. Sometimes I listen to it now and think like, “When the hell did I make that sound?” I just love that feeling. Sort of disconnecting from the ol’ brain while in work mode.

3) Describe your fan base:

The coolest cats in the world. I love everyone who takes part in my life. They’re literally the coolest and kindest people ever. The Tweets, Snapchats, Instagrams and Facebook posts I get make my day every day. Y’all rule.

4) Name 5 artists from any genre/time period you are absolutely smitten with:

Paul KalkbrennerBathsEgbertSteel PulseAmerica

5) What is your motto to live by?

Do weird stuff and just have fun.



Photo credit: Kristy Benjamin

Photo credit: Kristy Benjamin

Kember is still basking in the joy of being recognized as a new artist worth knowing by Jay-Z‘s Tidal app. And one listen to his Love EP, released on May 7, you’ll understand just why he’s getting such recognition. The 28-year-old resides in good ol’ L.A., and just played a successful show at The Mint.

1) Describe your sound in five words:


2) Which of your songs has the most personal meaning to you and why?

I write a lot! This whole EP is an embodiment of how love has affected me over the past few years. But if I must pick one I would have to say, [the Outro, “Nana’s Curtain Call”]. As funny as that may sound, reenacting those phone calls to my Nana as I once did when she was here brings me so much joy I can’t replace that feeling with anything.

3) Describe your fan base:

Underground lovers and dreamers of all ages who enjoy riding wave after wave of happiness.

4) Name 5 artists from any genre/time period you are absolutely smitten with:

MJ and Prince – The immortal gods who can never be dethroned.

Bill Withers – The greatest song writer of my world.

2Pac – His aura: bigger than life.

Rage Against the Machine – They taught me to question everything, and their amazing collaboration of hip hop, funk and rock fueled me daily.

N.E.R.D. – Being a biracial child, Pharrell [Williams] and Chad [Hugo] showed me how important it is to simply be yourself. Everything else works itself out. #OTHER.

5) What is your motto to live by?

Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride. – Anthony Bourdain.



Photo credit: Steven Sewell

Photo credit: Steven Sewell

Cobi Mike – formerly the lead singer of Boston-based indie-pop band Gentlemen Hall – made a recent decision to leave the award-winning band to rediscover his voice and share his personal message. It has seemingly been a wise decision thus far, because “Walking Through Fire,” the first single from his four-song self-titled EP, charted #1 on Hype Machine. He also just performed at last weekend’s Make Music Pasadena festival.

1) Describe your sound in five words:

Alternative, rock, pop, electronic, psychedelic

2) Which of your songs has the most meaning to you and why?

“Walking Through the Fire” has a very significant meaning to me. I think the music video for it explains it better than I ever could.

3) Describe your fan base:

Free spirits

4) Name 5 artists from any genre/time period you are absolutely smitten with:

Kendrick Lamar, Little Dragon, Miike Snow, Son Lux, Toro Y Moi

5) What is your motto to live by?

“I will never betray my heart” – D’Angelo 



L.A.-Based Indie-Electro Duo Solar Heist Talks to Skyelyfe About Favorite Hangout Spots, Fellow Musician Pals and Making It in This ‘Scattered’ City

May 13, 2015

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From childhood neighbor pals rapping and playing guitar (what a combo!) in Northern California to becoming an indie-electronic music-making duo in Los Angeles – that sums up Solar Heist‘s relationship history in a nutshell.

Made up of Jason Powers (singer/guitarist/songwriter/producer) and Justin Karcich (DJ/producer/songwriter/mastermind), Solar Heist’s two members hail from Belmont, California, a small town south of San Francisco.

“L.A. is a big and scattered town, and hard to call home being huge SF enthusiasts,” Powers admits to skyelyfe, despite the success he’s found in the City of Angels. “[But] Los Angeles has something for everyone and pockets of awesomeness are all over if you are open to finding them.”

Although they’ve found their niche in the ever-present world of electronic music, they aren’t bringing you replicas of what you hear when you flip through your favorite Sirius stations.

“To us, it’s important to keep an open mind when creating music and not try to do something that has already been done,” Karcich says. “I think a lot of producers out there try to go after a certain generic sound or trend that is going on in music, rather than trying to create something fresh and unique to themselves.”


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As the guys excitedly gear up for Monday’s release of their latest single “Take You Home,” they filled skyelyfe in on how their unique name came to be, other rising musicians they call friends, why the music scene in L.A. undoubtedly trumps that of SF’s and what places in L.A. are just awesome.

Read on to learn all about Solar Heist and scroll to the bottom to hear their latest single “Wait for Love”:

skyelyfe: How did Solar Heist come together and how did you come up with the name?

Jason Powers: Justin was DJ’ing in San Francisco, doing really well as half of the Designer Deejays. I was a hired gun for various signed artists in LA, playing guitar and singing b/u vox, while still performing my own acoustic material. I took a trip up to SF and we sat in Justin’s tiny little studio in SF. We set out to make something weird, trippy and different, and out came our first song, “Searchin.’ ”

The song was picked up for a National Watch commercial and aired for about seven months or so. We didn’t have a project name at the time so we scrambled to find something, throwing out every option in the English language. We decided we were both night owls and space nerds. Someone blurted out Solar Heist and right away we knew that was it.

SL: How would you describe Solar Heist’s music and how did you decide to go with that sound?

JP: Solar Heist definitely has a very unique sound. Combing my songwriting and organic instrumentation with Justin’s electronic sound and vintage analogue gear has helped us shape this sound and give us a nice palette of sounds to choose from. We try not to force any song to fit with any specific genre. Instead, we try to focus on what each song needs to feel good.

SL: Aside from your own music, who are you hugely into at the moment?

Justin Karcich: We just had the pleasure of catching this band Jungle when we were out at Coachella. Their live set was something special and their album has been on rotation since then. We also are into The Knocks. Their new music is dope and we’re looking forward to their new album to drop. Also, there is this songwriter duo out of London called Oh Wonder. Their lyrics, melodies and harmonies are amazing. Other artists we also have on rotation are Sohn, Sylvan Esso, TV On The Radio, Big Data.

SL: How does Solar Heist’s music differ from what else is out there right now?


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JK: One thing that I think separates our sound is that we both come from completely different musical backgrounds and when we bring both of our worlds together, we create something organic and fresh. We just try to do us and hope people will dig it. If not, it’s all good.

SL: Do you feel like you’ve reached a point where you have a solid fan base now?

JK: Yes and we love them all.

JP: It’s great to have people from different parts of the globe reach out and be excited about your music. It gives us a purpose.

SL: What do you think about L.A.’s music scene? 

JK: L.A.’s music scene is great. Moving here from San Francisco more than two years ago, where the tech industry has unfortunately pushed a lot of creatives out the past five years, it was very refreshing to see such a strong artistic and creative community upon moving here. There is something for everyone at any given time and especially for electronic music, which is great for us. It seems more and more artists and musicians have been moving to L.A. recently from all over the world. It is super inspiring.

SL: What are your favorite venues to check out shows in LA?

Solar Heist: El Rey, The Wiltern, Echoplex, Hollywood Bowl, The Forum

SL: Are you friends with any fellow music artists?

SH: Yes we are. I think that comes naturally when working in music. It’s great to have friends in the industry to bounce ideas off and even collaborate. Quick shout out to some of our friends’ bands – Heaps N Heaps, Milo Greene, The New Peter Gabrielz and The Public Trust.

Also, thank you to our friends and musicians who helped out in one way or another on our Day Trip EP – Joe Berry, Maggie Szabo, Marcus Brown, Marcello De Angelis (DJ Birdee), Gray Bashew, Erik Groysman, Greg Martin.

SL: Where are your favorite places in L.A. to eat/drink/shop/be merry?

SH: When we aren’t in the studio or taking day trips outside of L.A., we enjoy hanging out at Steam Punk, Baby Blues BBQ (shout out to Beau), Hyperion Public (for Giants World Series victories), M Street Coffee (hello to our favorite baristas if you’re reading this), The Hudson, Sadie Lounge, Egg Slut, Cheebo, Rose Bowl flea marketGriffith Park, Venice, Malibu and so much more.

SL: What’s Solar Heist’s goal for 2015?

SH: We want to debut our live set, start touring major US cities and keep releasing more awesome music.

**In addition to the Monday release of their new single, you can also pre-order their upcoming EP Day Trip on iTunes on the 19th before it officially hits sound waves on June 2nd.


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Singer-Songwriter Odessa Explains Why Social Media Is ‘Killing Our Generation’ and Why Los Feliz Is Amazing

January 29, 2015

odessaWith a bit of a folky sound, tied in with some pop and blues, Odessa rose to recent musical fame with her debut single “I Will Be There,” which is featured in Subaru’s “Flat Tire” commercial and on the soundtrack for If I Stay, starring Chloe Grace Moretz. She also performed with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes as a full-time violinist.

The Sonoma County-bred singer-songwriter, who released her four-track self-titled EP in September, will embark on month-long east coast tour next month. But before hitting the road, the musician performed an intimate acoustic showcase earlier this month at the Pasadena home of Chop Shop Records owner Alex Patsavas.

“Of course there are people who inspire certain emotions that produce music, but a lot of my music ends up being written about several different people and situations,” she told skyelyfe during an exclusive chat after her performance, in between sips of specialty Stillhouse Original Moonshine punch. “Like it might start out inspired by one person, but it usually changes.”

Perhaps its her laid-back Northern California roots, but Odessa still doesn’t see herself as a star.

“There really hasn’t been a moment so far where I’ve been like, ‘I’ve made it!’ ” she says. “I think after I’m dead and I go onto the next life, I think that’s when I’ll say I think I’ve made it and I’ve done everything I think I can do up until this point.”

OdessaAlbumAnother likely contributing factor to what keeps the natural beauty grounded is her refusal to get caught up in what goes on in cyberspace.

“I understand the value of social media, but I’m not a fan of all and I don’t buy into it at all,” Odessa says. “It’s this other world we’ve created outside of reality where people suddenly think that they have something to say that’s worth everybody in the fucking world listening to. And I think it’s a waste of our time and I think it’s literally killing our generation.”

And while she understands that spreading music these days is “all functioning” via internet, she is “able to draw lines,” explaining, “I personally don’t want to expose my entire existence to the world. I don’t think it’s actually worthy of peoples’ time. When I listen to music, that is something that’s helped me through struggles in life and it’s very real when the music that’s being written is real. But if it’s what you fucking wore today – what designer or what lipstick shade you’re endorsing – I don’t have any interest in that.”

With the belief that social media is “cluttering our minds,” Odessa says, “There’s only so much room in the brain and you have a choice what to fill it with. When you’re inundating yourself with useless information that famous people are sharing with you all day long, it makes you feel empty at the end of the day, I think.”

Comparing the social media “tool” to income, she says, “You can look at money and say money is disgusting. But it’s what people do with money that’s fowl.”

One topic Odessa has a much lighter outlook upon is her life in Los Angeles.

“I prefer Northern California, but there are many things I love about Southern California,” she says. “I personally know some great people here. I’ve made great friends. There are great things about both places, but Northern California’s a little bit more my style, as far as day-to-day.”

Avoiding the party circuit, Odessa sticks to places like Little Dom’s in Los Feliz if she feels like grabbing a cocktail. But otherwise, she’ll trek all the way to Venice for a sip of what she considers “the best coffee in Los Angeles” at Gjelina.

And forget the phrase “nobody walks in L.A.,” because this girl gets plenty of exercise on foot.

“I live in Los Feliz and I really like just walking the streets there,” she says. “I like Old Hollywood. I like Vermont Avenue. I generally walk Los Feliz to Vermont. It’s one of my favorite streets to walk. It’s been that and Franklin. That little area is beautiful to me. Los Angeles to me feels kind of like a timeless place. There’s so much history here and certain places that are really preserved. California is a dream. It’s like the most beautiful place on earth. I drive to Malibu a lot. There’s a hike called Solstice Canyon and it’s one of my favorite spots.”

But now Odessa is preparing to spend time on the other side of the country, something she addresses with a big smile.

“My brother is tour managing me, which I’m very stoked about,” she says. “He’s never done it before, but he’s well-equipped and he’s 6’8. He’s going to be perfect. It’s going to be an all-girl band, which is going to be new.”

Can’t make it out to see Odessa live? Listen to her melodic EP below:


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Get Ready, Music World – Hayley Kiyoko Is Coming for You, and She’s Not Doing It Quietly!

November 14, 2014

If a person runs a quick IMDB search on Hayley Kiyoko, her name can easily be seen as one of the next on-screen stars-on-the-rise. Having just landed a series-regular role on CBS‘ CSI: Cyber and starring as lead character Aja Leith in 2015’s hotly anticipated Jem and the Holograms movie, the 23-year-old Los Angeles native is quickly making a name for herself on camera.

But acting for Kiyoko was “never part of my plan,” she tells skyelyfe. And apparently it still isn’t – at least not necessarily longterm.

“The acting is more of how I pay rent,” she says. “I started doing it honestly to make money to build a music studio growing up like in middle school. And things just started to progress and it’s become a platform to get my name out there. It’s crazy, I wasn’t expecting it at all.”

So, what is the ultimate plan for the part-Japanese beauty?

“Music is my number one passion,” says Kiyoko, whose second EP, This Side of Paradise, releases in February. “I love songwriting and performing on the stage. That’s what I’m really putting all of my energy into. When I finish [CSI], I’m going to be going on tour. A lot of people think that acting is my main thing, but it’s not. I think my fans know that, but people just looking me up might be like, ‘Oh, who’s this? She’s trying to do music?’ But that’s not me, I’ve always been into music. I really want to create a brand within my music with my name and I’m starting it from the ground-up.”

That said, she is by no means knocking the incredible opportunities that have come her way outside of being in the studio.

“It’s really cool,” she says of her gig playing TV’s Raven Ramirez. “I’ve never had like a steady job. I never planned on being a series regular on a show. I’m just like going with the flow. It’s been fun. I’m going to be a tech hacker and play a really smart person. My brother was like, ‘Why do you always play smart people?’ I was like, ‘Thanks a lot. Thanks, I really appreciate it.’ The cast is all really nice and the crew is so nice. It’s cool. I grew up doing plays and musical theater, so it kind of feels like being in a production like that, that never ends.”

Acting aside, the starlet reiterates, “This past year has just been focused on making good music just for myself and that I really get excited about.”

Citing Sia Furler and Metric‘s Emily Haines as two of her longtime musical influences, Kiyoko also gets into some Frank Ocean and Chris Brown.

“That’s what’s exciting about music, though,” she says. “It’s always changing and it’s always exciting and you’re never doing the same thing.”

And speaking of changing music, Kiyoko, who just released the video (see below) for her new single “This Side of Paradise,” likes this new “left-of-center pop” that is currently trending.

“I think there’s a lot of great music coming out right now,” she says. “Like with The Neighbourhood and Tove Lo and Lorde. It’s pop, but it’s not like the normal Katy Perry-type stuff. So I think that’s opening a new avenue for artists like me and other people. They’re still catchy, but not, you know, the simple pop equation. With [my upcoming EP], it’s definitely pop in the sense of melodically it sticks in your head, but it’s a lot of hip-hop and 808s and drumbeats.”

But, Kiyoko clarifies, “I don’t think there’s anything out there right now that sounds exactly like me. I take bits and pieces from other artists and mash it into my own sound. I’m hoping my sound sounds fresh to people.”

She adds: “I don’t have the Christina Aguilera voice, but I have a certain charm that I think is unique and I write and produce all my music, which really sets me apart [from some other pop artists]. I’m really involved with everything. I’m creating all the artwork and T-shirts. I produce and co-direct all my music videos. My fans know me, I always stay true to myself.”

Unfortunately, admirers hoping for an L.A. run-in with Kiyoko may be disappointed to know the chances are slim.

“I just always stick to myself,” she explains. “I’m like a homebody. I don’t go out in the Hollywood scene. I only go out if I have to. I just do stuff that I love.”

And doing just that has taken Kiyoko on the dream journey to where she is now.

“It’s kind of crazy because in this industry, you’re always going through ups and downs and highs and lows,” she says. “But my life has just been great – steadily great. I’m like, what’s going to happen? Something bad is going to happen. You can’t just be happy, [I thought], but apparently you can!”


Last concert you went to:

I saw MØ at the Echoplex. It was crazy. She was such an amazing performer. It’s very rare to go to a concert and actually have the artist be a good performer. She really impressed me. I’m totally rooting for her. She was crowd-surfing. She’s like the ultimate rockstar.

Last time you were embarrassed:

I get embarrassed all the time. I think probably the worst thing is when you’re walking by yourself and you trip by yourself. And you nonchalantly kind of walk out of it like you meant to chase something. I do that all the time.

Last makeup item you purchased:

I don’t really wear makeup, so I don’t really buy any. I would say maybe ChapStick.

Last time you ate junk food:

Well, right now, I’m drinking a peppermint mocha Frappuccino. But I would say the last junk food was probably an orange Kit-Kat.

Last big splurge:

I just bought an iPad. I’ve been wanting to buy one for three or four years and I finally decided that I need one. I’m really excited about my purchase. I’m finally joining the world.


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Electronic Duo Cazzette Dishes to Skyelyfe on the ‘Problem’ with ‘EDM,’ Who They Think Will Be the Next Big Thing in Music and Why They Miss the Old Stuff!

November 4, 2014

Photo Credit: Alex Wessely

Cazzette has made 2014 their year! The Swedish duo, consisting of Sebastian Furrer and Alexander Björklund, are fresh off the heels of releasing their new melodic dance track “Blind Heart,” and they feel like they’re in a great place.

The lovely lads, who are under Avicii‘s LE7ELS label and are best known for 2012’s “Beam Me Up” and this year’s “Sleepless,” recently sat down with skyelyfe on the picturesque rooftop of Sixty Beverly Hills to talk about being more in control of their sound now than before, why they refuse to be classified as “EDM” artists, how they are “down to earth guys who don’t do crazy stuff” and why Flume is going to take over the music world.

SL: What do you guys think of L.A.?

Sebastian: We love L.A. It’s a very nice city and obviously the weather is very nice. There are very good vibes here. It’s obviously a big city to music and film and we’ve been meeting people here. It’s so easy to meet people in the music industry. Everybody’s here basically, so it’s nice. I wouldn’t move here because I’m still in love with Sweden and I’m a big New York guy more than a West Coast guy, but I love it here for work and for a short amount of time to hang out.

SL: You guys recently performed at Avalon in Hollywood. What was that experience like?

Alex: Avalon is great. It’s a big venue, which is cool. It has that theatre vibe, which we like. And this time was the most fun we’ve ever had playing there because we’ve changed a lot over this past year. I feel like we’re way more honest to ourselves now and with the music that we make and play. It’s more exciting to play now because we’re playing 100 percent what we like. We slightly try to educate the crowd a bit with playing the music that we grew up on even though it doesn’t sound like the typical Top 40 for music. We play tracks from 2004-2007, like old Axwell, all old stuff.

SL: Going off of that, who are some more artists whose old style of music you miss?

Alex: Laidback Luke. I miss his old stuff.

Sebastian: Yeah, he was great before. I mean I haven’t heard his [newer] stuff that much. I just love his older stuff. Everybody has to evolve in a way, so I get it, but his old stuff was incredible. As producers, we were like, “Whoa, what’s this?” It was so interesting at the time.

SL: What’s your take on this whole “EDM” craze?

Alex: I think there’s a problem with that word “EDM.” I mean, sure, it’s electronic dance music, but I’d rather it be “EM,” electronic music. You can’t compare dubstep and house. They are two completely different things.

Sebastian: I think they misuse the word, and that’s the problem. This became a big term in America. It probably will never be a term in Europe. I’ve never heard anyone use it there. I think when people got educated here, they put it on blogs and they were [labeling] a dubstep act with EDM. I’m not saying not saying it’s the blogs or anyone’s fault, I just think it’s been misused. People think everything is EDM and it’s the same stuff. If you compare rock music, it’s very broad. There are tons of stuff within rock music. There’s indie rock and there’s pop rock, but you can’t put them in the [exact] same category. And that’s the same here. Dubstep is completely different from house music. House music is completely different from electro and techno. Of course they have the same elements, but it’s still different vibes.

SL: Do you guys classify yourself in what’s considered “EDM” or in some kind of sub-genre?

Alex: It’s a problem for us because we’re like so many different kinds of genres, but right now I would say house.

SL: Congratulations on “Blind Heart.” Tell me about the inspiration behind that song

Alex: The inspiration was from just listening to the acapella. That’s usually how we work if we receive an acapella. When we hear something, it’s like, what kind of vibe does this track have? How are we going to capture what we fell for in the acapella?

Sebastian: It was a very long process to make because we were changing our minds all the time about arrangement. We were discussing what the chorus is, but then we decided, fuck it, there’s no chorus. Let’s just go with vibe and people can decide what the chorus is. The song is very specially structured. It’s not the typical verse-chorus.

SL: Aside from people you’ve worked with, who do you admire in the music scene in general?

Alex: Kanye West.

Sebastian: Pharrell Williams, Moby, Justin Timberlake, obviously. From the hip-hop and trap stuff, we like Flume. He’s incredible. There’s a guy from Sweden called Skogsrå. He’s a new guy. There are so many people who inspire us in general. We love rock, we love hip-hop. Sometimes we listen to jazz.

SL: Any predictions on who’s going to be the next big music thing in the states?

Sebastian: I think Flume is just going to get bigger. What he does is incredible and he’s just going to keep growing.

SL: What’s something about you guys that your fans don’t already know?

Sebastian: [laughs] We have no dirty secrets at all. We just want our fans to hear our music. Our personal life is kind of irrelevant because at the end of the day, it’s about the music. Of course it helps if you have  a personality. I wouldn’t say we’re boring, but there’s not too much to know. I think we’re very calm. We’re down to earth guys who don’t do crazy stuff. If there’s something people should know, we work a lot. We always spend time in studios. That’s our crazy life [laughs].


Photo Credit: Alex Wessely


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Want to Throw a Magical Fall Fete? Read What Went Into Planning My Own

October 22, 2014

It’s funny … When I sent out my yearly fall party invite, there were of course those excited to celebrate the season, but from a few others, I got responses ranging from “I’ll be there, happy birthday!” to “What is a fall party?” Yes, to some it may not make complete sense – but upon entry into my apartment, which morphed into a pumpkin wonderland, any guest could see right away just how it was possible to celebrate what I consider the best season (and not just for the sake of it being attached to Halloween). What isn’t there to embrace about the kick-off to much-needed overcast weather, the falling of the leaves and finally being able to sleep without the air conditioner?




The night before the festivities (this is my 6th year celebrating), my good friend Natalie came over and designed a photo booth in the corner of the apartment. Covered in fake leaves and other autumn-esque decor, this was the first step in the apartment’s perfect seasonal transformation, as demonstrated below with her boyfriend Omeed.


Meanwhile, my roommate and some of her friends carved pumpkins in various sizes. Some ended up decorated in paint and others in nail polish (glitter shades, too!). There was no lack of color on these otherwise all-orange gourds.

The following day was spent cleaning, rearranging, adding more decoration and finalizing details with our bartender (yes, we even had signature drink options). One thing we were already set on was our array of aroma, thanks to my massive Yankee Candle purchase a month prior. There’s nothing like getting in the spirit a little early!

The decor, combined with my fall party playlist felt just right when guests (probably around 50 in total throughout the whole night) began to arrive at 8pm. As people walked in, we handed them each a little paper square with a raffle number and the hashtag #fallfrolic2014. Then midway through the party, we drew numbers and gave away gift cards, beauty products and other items to our four winners.






To anyone who wasn’t able to make an appearance, we can’t bare to take down all of our hard work just yet, so if you end up at the apartment at some point within the next month, you can get a fally feel for what we did!