July '16 Playlist by Julia Walck

Today marks a year that I've been doing my monthly playlists accompanied with monthly drawings to go along with 'em. (Apparently I skipped January and February. Those were times of transition for me though so I'm totally OK with that and I'm giving myself a 'get out of jail free' pass).

This month I'm seeing Steven Tyler, (free tickets through work so why not, right?), Mayer Hawthorne, Kyle Craft, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and BØRNS.  Most of them are free shows through KCRW Summer Nights, which you should totally look into

Here's some highlights from the July playlist:

  • I got instant goosebumps listening to "Middle Names" by Devendra Banhart. Their new album, Ape in Pink Marble debuts in September. 
  • Car Seat Headrest sounds like Tapes 'n Tapes infused with a hint of Modest Mouse. SUPER into it.
  • The day I discovered Kyle Craft, I bought tickets to his show at the Bootleg happening on Friday, July 8. (You should go, too. It's only $9)!
  • White Sea might sound familiar because she used to be in M83.

May '16 Playlist by Julia Walck

I hope that May is going to be a bit more relaxed of a month. I've been so busy with work and freelance projects lately I haven't really had a moment for myself.

May is a month of re-birth with all those flowers and whatnot right? I want to translate that re-birth into my art and get back into the swing of things. (Hopefully that sentiment sticks this time.)

Here's some highlights from the May-list (May Playlist... get it?).

  • You'll find TWO Operators songs on here because I'm slightly obsessed with them at the moment. I can't stop listening to their new album, Blue Wave. It's SO GOOD.
  • M83 released a new full length album, Junk. They played a couple off of it at Coachella and it was a super dreamy show. 
  • The Thermals have a new album and I'm getting some serious High School flashbacks. 
  • I just found out that Digitalism's new album drops on May 13 (brb marking it on my calendar). This is what I call my "in-the-zone" music, a.k.a what's blasting through my headphones while I'm designing. 
  • Despite all of the above, my favorite song on this May-list has to be "Looped" by Klasmos. It's a moody, dancy, weightless track that just leaves me happy. 

Work Hard + Be Nice to People by Julia Walck

Something I firmly believe in. I'm happy to say my hard work has paid off and I landed a graphic design position at Ticketmaster! Leaving Tattify after 3 years is sort of bittersweet, but I'm excited to be moving on into a new chapter of my life. Change is definitely good.

Inspiration is Everywhere by Julia Walck

The other day I was just sitting on my couch and I couldn't stop staring at my monstera plant (that I'm slowly killing but trying my best to revive). Then I thought, "I'm going to paint it". 

I grabbed a 22" x 30" piece of watercolor paper and taped it to the wall and busted my paints out. I don't think I've ever stood up painting like that before but it felt great. 

A few weeks ago something similar happened when rearranging my jewelry. The colors really caught my eye, and I suddenly had the urge to paint them in vivid tones. 

It's so strange the times when inspiration strikes. And from the most simple things surrounding you...