Contents Under Pressure Issue 1: San Diego DIY


Welcome to issue one of CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE, a zine about celebrating creativity, equality, and unity. This first issue offers a concise overview of the San Diego DIY scene as it stands at the cusp of 2017/18, and why such a tight-knit community is important to have for the cultivation of the arts. Thank you for your support! Starring: Duuns, Buddha Trixie, Gaib Ramirez, Holly Murphy, Savannah Metcalf, No Hope Kids, Malls (Mikki and Sophie), and Pure Nowhere (Kyla).

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Duuns | Gaib Ramirez | Savannah MetcalfE |

Malls | No Hope Kids | Holly Murphy | Kaelin

Bell | Pure Nowhere | Buddha Trixie


DIY in

San Diego




Members: Nate Gentry, Luke

Cottrell, Marc Montez, Mikey



Buddha Trixie

Members: Daniel Cole, Dennis

Moon, Andrew Harris, Kenzo


Twitter: @BuddhaTrixie

Instagram: @buddhatrixie


Members: Sophie Parker,

Mikki Durgan, Ashley Lopez, Lily


Instagram: @mallsband

No Hope Kids

Members: Michael Barrios

Twitter: @bound_two

Instagram: @ourtimeapart


Holly Murphy

Instagram (art): @toilettart

Instagram (personal): @hollimoon

Savannah Metcalfe

Instagram (art): @hannavasart

Instagram (personal): @fakefoes

Kaelin Bell

Instagram (personal): @babykaelin

Instagram (art): @kaelinmariephoto

Gaib Ramirez

Instagram: @letssinkthesky


Pure Nowhere

Editor: Kyla Rain

Instagram: @purenowhere

Instagram (personal): @kyla.rain

All portraits, interviews and

layout design completed by:

Francesca Tirpak


editor’s Letter

Welcome to the first (and possibly last) installment of Contents

Under Pressure, at least in the format which follows. The

goal of issue one is to feature a variety of creatives working

independently in San Diego county. Almost every volunteer is

included in the following pages, alongside samples of work and/

or links to more online.

Having a creative community in a world that trods on

expression (in any form), especially in a country where the arts are

considered a hobby and not an absolute necessity, the DIY

scene in any community is a cornerstone of well-being. I see it

wherever I go: a band of young people banding together to be

creative, by any means necessary. And the outcome is never not


I want to thank every contributor who volunteered their time to

come and speak to me about the DIY scene, their place in it,

and the art that they pursue. Without you, I would not have been

able to achieve what I have here. I remember why a DIY scene

is so important for creatives, and why having such a tight-knit

community imminently produces so much more beauty: having

others to spur you on in genuine encouragement is such a

necessity for those who create.

Take inspiration from the talented people between these pages.

-- Francesca


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Missed out on this issue?

We’re always looking for talent

to celebrate, and new scenes to

discover. Submissions on these

will be taken through the contact


Email: francescatirpak@gmail.






18-year-old Gaib Ramirez has

been pursuing various mediums

of art for the past few years,

namely drawing, painting,

ceramics and poetry. They put

their entire self into each thing

they create. “Everything that

I make, I refer to it as a selfportrait,

because it’s how I’m

feeling,” they tell me.

“To me, it’s a lot more powerful

than just journaling, because I

don’t want to read on dumb shit

that I was going through that day.

I just want to look at my art and

be like, holy shit, I made that out

of this emotion. I think it’s good

because it helps me express who

I really am, in a simplistic form.”

Using this art as an outlet for

their emotions, creating a

“metaphorical” body, is the

subject of much of their work.

That’s why they like interacting

with others in the DIY scene. “It

gives you a chance to see who the

people in the DIY scene are, who

they really are, their true selves,

versus what they portray to family

and friends. It’s really interesting

to see that there are real people

behind the art.”

Gaib takes part in the DIY scene

to distance themselves from the

mainstream art and media that

limited them in high school

art classes, and in life overall,

where diversity is lacking.

“Especially within the youth of

San Diego DIY, there is so much

diversity because it’s typically

the only way people who are

experiencing diversity can

express themselves without being

belittled by mainstream art or


“People say that the United States

is a melting pot, but that’s kind of

hard to believe. I think San Diego

is a real, true melting pot, so it’s

really cool to see people’s different

cultures and stuff being portrayed

in the way they like to express it.”




“The DIY

scene is



hard to


the world,

in a sense,

by making

things that

don’t want

to be seen,


Gaib finds themselves involved

in much of the political activism

surrounding them in San Diego.

The DIY scene supports them in

this pursuit by showing others

“what movements we’re standing

behind.The DIY scene is trying

really hard to change the world,

in a sense, by making things that

don’t want to be seen, seen.

“I also think it’s important for

the older generations to really

experience, hey, all these things

that you thought were bad,

aren’t bad. I’ve seen a lot of

sexual art, and you don’t portray

it as pornography. You portray it

as art, because that’s what it is. But

I know, to some older generations,

they’re gonna be like, oh, you’re

going to hell for that. I think it’s

kind of like a wake up call to

older generations, like, hey: you’re

fucking wrong. Not everything is


Find more of Gaib’s art on their

Instagram, @letssinkthesky





Savannah Metcalfe is an

18-year-old San Diego local

artist, mainly focusing

on painting and drawing.

She wants to delve into

digital arts, and maybe even

music production, “but

that’s a whole other story.”

(That’s the beauty of San

Diego DIY culture: members

can delve into more and

more diverse art forms, and

because of the tight-knit

nature therein, they have the

resources to learn from their


We met up at Balboa Park’s

botanical gardens, her

choice for a place where she

finds a close connection,

and then sat down amongst

the colours in the Spanish

Art Quarter for a chat about

the DIY scene.

Doing art helps Sav

express her emotions

in ways she struggles

less with. “It just helps me

understand myself better,” she

tells me. “I pent everything

up. If I’m angry, it stays in; if

I’m sad, it stays in. Literally

everything stays inside. So

when I do art, it can actually

come out, and no one really

has to know what it is.”

She’s also a strong supporter

of the San Diego DIY scene,

and the diversity therein. “It’s

definitely unique because we

have a lot of different kinds of

people. In particular I feel that

the power in the youth in San

Diego is really strong, because

we kind of do what we want

without remorse. It’s really

unapologetic, and sometimes

it can be really angry, it can be

really uplifting, but either way

it’s really moving, because

we’re such a forward-thinking

city.” Having a DIY scene, to

her, is “kind of like giving art a

new power.”

Check out Sav’s art here and

on her Instagram,






“[ART HERE IS] really


it’s really moving,

because we’re

such a forwardthinking




M A L l S



Mikki Durgan


Sophie Parker

Malls is a San Diego local

DIY band who may little

recorded to show for their

work, but have a whole a

lot of spirit and drive to get

there. They’re working on

mixing and producing their

own work, and are playing

shows every once in a while.

I sat down with Sophie

Parker and Mikki Durgan,

two of the four members

of Malls, to talk about putting

emotion into art, the

importance of sensitivity,

and avoiding the standard

clique that seems to run

rampant through the San

Diego DIY scene as of late.

Check out more of Malls on their

Instagram, @mallsband

Left: Mikki Durgan, Right: Sophie Parker

It just goes to show how

tight-knit a community is

when two separately-scheduled

interviews run over and the two

contributors end up being part

of the same band. Running into

my next interview’s runtime, I

decided to invite both to meet at

the same place and time in order

to speak with them both before

leaving the country the next

day. Waiting for coffee with Mikki

(who also has her own solo

project called Saturdays on

Saturn), she told me how she

often never made it out to Public

Square Coffee House unless it was

with her other bandmates, since

they lived closeby. And speaking

of, Sophie arrived just then, with

a flurry of smiles and hello’s, and

I came to learn that both were a

part of Malls.

Both have been a part of the DIY

scene for years, though in relatively

different ways. “I’ve been going to

shows since I started high school,”

Mikki tells me, “and it’s kind of

shaped my being, the experiences

not only with the people I’ve met,

but the places I’ve been.” Coming

across new areas of San Diego

has been a big part of what she’s




“I just want

to create

something so

raw and real

that people

can relate to

on a specific


Sophie is a little more on the

lowkey side. “I like quiet nights. I

don’t always like to go to shows.

If I don’t like the band, I probably

won’t want to go to the show unless

my friend is going.” Being involved

in both music and theater

(as well as speech and debate),

she’s a performer. “I really like

playing shows because it’s fun, and

I like to talk to people, and I’m not

good at dancing but I can make

people dance, which is weird. I

have some kind of magic: Dance,

monkey, dance!” She laughs

as she mimes strumming the

guitar, hunched over her green tea.

“Playing my guitar, and they’re

dancing, it’s amazing.”

The fans in the scene are

something of a dedicated bunch,

more so than you’d expect of

someone watching a local band.

Being hyped up boosts their

confidence in ways that helps

with their own insecurities, Mikki

says. “I am the epitome of

insecurity. The last show that I

played, someone screamed out

that they loved me, and I was like

‘What the fuck is this. Who the

fuck.’ But it was cool that people

like my work.”

But having something on a

smaller scale, not playing shows

as much, still keeps them humble.

Mikki’s grown since first joining

the scene as well, in both good

ways and bad. “People helped

me find who I am, but also

being in the scene has had me

figure things out. But also, the

downfall of it is finding things

out about myself too fast. I was

shaping myself to be someone

super cool like everyone else,

and then I was like, Aah! I don’t

want to do this. I’m not myself.”

Having been there for so long, it’s no

wonder they’ve started to have

something of a less-than-positive

insight on the group.

One aspect they point out to me

is the recent cliques that have

developed, especially since DIY

stronghold The Che Cafe has

gone under construction and

bands have had to find new

places to showcase their work

to an all-ages crowd (since most

small venues in the city are bars

and thus 21+). “There’s no room



for up-and-coming people who

want to get into it, get into it without

having to start becoming friends for

six months with all of these other

people,” Sophie tells me.

“The shows have become one

person runs the show, and they’re

usually part of the clique, and

then they invite all their friends.

And that’s it. The music is shit, but

because they’re friends with the right

people, they can get into all the

shows. And nobody cares because

they’re not there for the music,

they’re there to hang out with that

clique. It’s just a mess, and I feel like

that’s why we have no diversity in

the music scene.”

Mikki finds offense with those

people being in a band just to be

“cool” and fit in with the clique.

“I’m an emotional person, so I

put my whole being into it.,” she

tells me. Seeing others making art

without that same passion and

succeeding with it is a very different

experience than it was a few years

ago. “I mean, it’s toxic, and I used

to seek comfort in going to shows

and seeing people and being social,

because I felt that, otherwise, I

wasn’t doing anything with my

life, and I was just sitting at home,

grieving over shit that doesn’t

matter anymore.”

How is the scene different, then? “It

used to be a lot more chill, I guess is

the best way you can say it,” Sophie

says, “because now I feel judged

whenever I go to shows. I feel like

everyone’s looking at my outfit and

if I fit in or if I don’t, and it feels like

middle school times two thousand.”

Mikki continues: “The reason that

the toxic people have such a large

following is that most of their

content is insensitive and driven to

be aggressive. But some people are

into that.” Sophie agrees: “They give

up a lot of empathy and sensitivity.”

But that doesn’t mean they don’t still

get involved with the scene. Both

being such passionate and

driven people, they have their own

reasons for not abandoning the arts

altogether. “I like being social in

a way that’s not directly social,”

Mikki says. “I’ve always been very

passionate about art, and I feel like

if it helps me let out something that

I’m feeling, and evokes emotion

in other people, that makes me

happy. I feel like, a lot of times, we’re


“Now I

have the


and I’m




who I




so desensitized from shit in our

lives. I’ve really had attacks where

I think, what’s real? I don’t know!

I just want to create something so

raw and real that people can relate

to on a specific level. It makes me

feel good that other people can use

that to their advantage.”


or not

you’re in

the arts,

you can be


Sophie uses the outlet for much

the same way. “I feel like anything

can be creative, so I feel like

everyone is. Whether or not you’re in

the arts, you can be creative. I think

everyone needs outlets to express

themselves in a way that’s not

just, ‘Hi. I’m feeling sad.’ We’re all

habitating in our own little realms

of grief and sadness and personal

problems that creativity and music

is for consumption for other

people. It helps us go, ‘Oh shit, I’m

not the only one with problems.’

And I think that’s really cathartic.”

It seems there’s hope for the scene

after all, manifesting itself in

people like Malls. We’ll have to keep

an eye out for what they achieve in

the near future.




Duuns is something of an exceptional

band. Made up of four members

(Nathan Gentry, Marc Montez, Mikey

Sykes, and Luke Cottrell), not one

member has one instrument they play

exclusively. Every member dabbles in

each others’ speciality, creating a sound

that changes from song to song.

They also take influence from a variety

of wildly different backgrounds. Nate

brings punk rock to the table, Marc

brings jazz, and they all add a touch of

psychedelia, in whichever form that may


Duuns have been working on an

album for upwards of two years, and this

spring, they’re finally bringing it to the

light of day. Twice-recorded, in both

analogue and digital methods, and

almost entirely DIY, this quartet have

lots in store for us in the coming year.


Check out more of

Duuns on their

Bandcamp, duuns, or

their Instagram,



It’s one of those coastal fog

days most people who hear

about Southern California’s

coast would never dream of

happening. Just a few hours

before meeting the boys

at Terra Mar Point in North

County’s Carlsbad, a wall of

clouds rolled in over the cliff by

the seaside, obscuring the sun and

giving the air that wet, salty smell

one can only experience and not

properly describe.

The band has obviously spent a

lot of time along the cliffs here,

hardly stumbling as they trek

along the steep cliffs and rock

ledges as we make our way down

to the beach, their photoshoot

location of choice. After the tides

get too high (Mikey’s shoe being

soaked along the way), we head

back up to the side of the coastal

highway to talk about their next

album and what it means to be in

a DIY scene.

Luke describes their experience

recording the album as

“turbulent.” Having worked on

the album for two years, and

having recorded it twice after

scrapping a bad first take,

they’re finally ready to release

their work. “It’s got songs that

are almost two years old now,”

Marc tells me, “and the new ones,

we just finished the writing

process a couple of months

before we recorded it.” It seems

that there’s an entire catalogue of

their work from the band’s career


Why record it twice, though?

Luke says they just needed more

practice. “We weren’t getting

tight enough to record in one

take.” Mikey agrees: “That was a

priority, to be able to play the

songs well enough to just do it.

We recorded it once, and then

we scrapped that, and then did it

again. And we did it all to a tape

machine, so it was analogue.” “In

my garage,” Marc laughs.

The entire thing, outside of

paying a friend to help mix,

was DIY as well. Nate tells me

they did buy a digital interface

to record, but it didn’t

go so well. “We bought our

digital interface before that,

trying to record just straight

onto the computer, and ended up


Despite it being a long and messy

experience, though, Mikey sees

it as a learning one. “It was just

a lot about making mistakes and

fucking up and doing shit wrong.

Because that’s the thing, [you

have to] expect to fuck up a lot.

Over and over again.” Marc

sees the benefit of DIY in having

every say in what happens

to your work: “If you want what

you want, you’re gonna fuck up.

Someone else might do a good



job, but but they’re gonna do

it quick, and it’s gonna be their

way. That’s what we wanted. We

wanted full control.”

As for other advice in being

in the DIY scene, Mikey has

a few insights. “Don’t wait

for anybody or wait to be good

enough. Because I feel like that’s

the biggest thing: people think

that they’re not good enough

or not ready yet. You’re never

gonna be ready, and you’re never

gonna be good enough. The

point it to just start making stuff.

It’s up to you, completely.” Nate

finds the importance in being

resourceful on the small scale.

“Work from where you are, out.

Expand from your community

and where you’re from.”

Especially being from so far

north (about an hour’s drive from

central San Diego), they’ve had

to be resourceful in new ways.

The DIY scene in North County,

while still being quite integrated

with that in central San Diego, is

very much its own thing, Mikey

observes. “The distance is pretty

big, so we’re not going down

there to see shows too often, or

people are coming up here to see

shows, so it’s a little separated. I

feel like there is kind of a lack of


He also sees the downfall

in it. “There’s not people

coming out of it and going places,

necessarily. I wish there was

more bands that were taking that

next step and growing past it as

far as professionalism. It’s up to

everybody on their own.” There

is still hope though. “It’s growing

right now, and it just needs more

people to be involved.”

Being so far removed has also

influenced Mikey specifically in

reference to how the album has

turned out. Outside of their own

musical tastes and the jam culture

they’ve found themselves a part

of, driving has moved Mikey to

write songs in reference to that.

“Lately, in the music, we like

a lot of forward-moving, pushing,

propulsive rhythm, and I think

that comes out,” he tells me. “I’ve

always driven a lot, and I live in

Fallbrook, which is far away from

everybody, so I’m always driving.

I’ve always connected that with

music in a way, and a lot of people

and the franticness of living here.”

They project their next album to

come out sometime this spring,

so keep your eyes peeled for that

and a possible music video/single

combo. They’ve also bought a

generator to do some shows in the

desert, as Mikey tells me, so things

are looking pretty cool for Duuns.


Left to right: Mark Montez, Mikey

Sykes, Nathan Gentry, Luke Cottrell







Michael Barrios has been

making music since he

was fifteen, and under

the moniker No Hope Kids for

the majority of that time. Now

21, he’s working on an EP and

his second full-length album


“The EP is more stripped-back,

ambient-type ballad things, and

the album is fully fleshed-out

arena pop, kind of,” he says.

There isn’t a name for either

yet, but taking a look at his

past album, Our Time Apart, it’ll

be interesting to hear how he

moves forward. All he knows so

far is that it will be eight songs

long, to keep it concise (“every

single second is necessary in

the runtime”), and with a diverse

amount of instruments from

various genres.

“Alternative pop is what I’ve

been doing lately,” he tells me

at our meeting in central San

Diego. “I like to mess with

different genres in each song.

It used to just kind of be myself

with an acoustic guitar, and I’d

play a couple of basic chords

and sing over them, and now



I’m really into the whole

getting on Logic and just

layering a bunch of shit until I

make something really huge.

So I’ve basically expanded my


Michael is also adding in

mostly-unused instruments

in the genre he’s pursuing. “I

get bored playing the same

thing over and over again. The

way I like to create is, every

single song I do, I like to add

one thing that I’ve never done

before. On my last album, I

had a kind of straightforward

eighties synth-pop song, and I

wanted to, in the bridge, add

some tribal drummers, just

because I had never done

it before.” On this upcoming

album, he’s planning on

including “mad trumpets and




the hell you

want. That’s

kind of the

beauty of

it: there are

no rules.”

As for any advice on

musicians just starting out?

“Do whatever the hell you

want.,” Michael says. “That’s

kind of the beauty of it: there

are no rules.”

Find No Hope Kids’ music on

Bandcamp (nhkband)






Holly Murphy meets me

in Trolley Barn park in

the heart of central San

Diego. She’s an artist who

works mostly with ink

pens and watercolours to

create some impressive

pieces. Still one semester

from her high school

graduation, she speaks with

a thoughtfulness that is

well beyond her time on

the art that’s impressed

me since I first came

across it. Featuring almostabstract

portraits with

vibrant colours, they’re a

provoking bunch that show

great talent and immense

promise in the coming years

of her work. We sat down

to talk numbers versus

individuality in the world

of college applications and

school stress.

“I feel like I kind of see myself

as a number,” Holly explains.

With graduation coming up in

six months, she’s just finished

the application process for

university, and art keeps her

sane by helping separate

herself from the constant

barrage of test scores and

grades she must provide for

applications. “Being able to

be creative kind of makes me

feel like more of an individual,

and gives me kind of more of a

sense of purpose.”

The DIY scene, as she sees

it, benefits everyone the same

way. “For people who are

really into school, it’s a way to

escape from that and be able

to find what makes you an

individual. And for people who

maybe don’t feel like they fit

in at school, it’s another way

to be like, no, I am good at

something. I am talented.

“I feel like if you have bad

grades or whatever, people

just see you as not worth it, or

you don’t work hard, or you’re

lazy, but if you have this other

community, people see


something special in you, and

it makes you feel worth it.”

Despite her passion for the

arts, Holly is choosing to

pursue a STEM path at

university, but she has a few

good reasons. “My mom

has always kind of go the

science route,” she tells me

when I ask whether it was

her own choice or not, “but I

definitely enjoy science, it’s

not like I’m being forced or I

don’t want to do it. And I think

that it’s important to go into a

science major, especially in

the world that we’re living in,

especially because of climate

change and all that kind of

stuff. I really would like to make

a difference in that.”

Her choice also comes from

what seems like a common

one: stable living. “Sometimes

I wish that I could just be an art

major, or I could do that kind

of stuff and know that I would

be able to have a secure way

to live.”



She shows a deep

appreciation for and

dedication to the DIY

scene in which she’s

found great support and

positivity during her years

at San Diego High School.

“Every time I go to an art show,

or to a music show, I always

find people who are just so

genuine and so nice. I’ve

never had anyone be mean to

me, and everyone’s so open to

sharing ideas.”

She finds others in the scene

a great way of boosting

her confidence and finding

constructive criticism of

her work. “I can go to other

artists and I can be inspired

by them, and ask them, “How

did you do this?” or “What are

you doing to make this kind of

art?” So you can always be

inspired, you can always get

good ideas.” Barring even

the building of skill, her own

belief in herself can grow off of

others, and she can do the


“Being able

to be


makes me

feel like

more of an


and gives

me kind of

more of a

sense of



Find more of Holly’s art on her

Instagram, @toilettart

“if you

have this



people see


special in

you, and

it makes

you feel

worth it”





Kaelin Bell took me

to a place close to

her heart when I

asked where she wanted to

take portraits. “I chose

the parking structure at

Horton’s Plaza because

when I had my super old

camera, I would go there on

the trolley with a friend, and

we would just stand on the

parking structure at night,

and she would let me take

picture of her, just because

I wanted to mess around

with my camera,” she tells

me. “And that’s kind of how

I figured out that portrait

photography was what I

really wanted to do.

“I feel like every time I go there,

it reminds me of the very first

portraits I ever took, and it’s

nice to just think back on that,

and to look at myself now, and

think about how much I’ve

grown, and how much growth

I still have.”

Kaelin first found solace in

photography in her first few

years of high school. “At a lot

of points in my life, I’ve felt

like I don’t have a lot of the

same skills as other people,”

she tells me as we drive from

the photoshoot location

downtown towards her home

in east county. “I was never

good at sports, I could never

cook, but once I figured

out that I could do photography

and really hone into my

creative side for a living, then

I finally felt that there was

something that I was meant to


Recently, she’s picked up on

the long-time dream of music

photography, but she started

off small. “I would go around

and take lots of pictures of

my friends, and I never really

thought about it as anything

that was something that I

could make a living out

of eventually, or really

consider myself to be a

photographer. I would just

kind of do it for fun, and

then my friends would

make my pictures their

profile picture on Facebook or

something, and it eventually

just led me down a path of,

okay. This is what I like to do.”



Kaelin lives in Washington

State now for university, but

San Diego will always hold

a special place in her heart,

specifically because of its DIY


“Having moved away to a

different area for school

really made me miss a lot of

the different parts of the DIY

scene here that I had come to

love,” she tells me. “From the

graffiti on the walls, to all the

local bands. Without that,

it makes an area hard to

differentiate from another. The

DIY scene is what gives an

area its soul.”

How does one come from the

roots of taking portraits on top

of parking structures. “Just go

for it,” Kaelin suggests. “It’s

really hard, especially it you’re

like me, to not compare

yourself to other people, but

I feel like comparison is the

enemy of creativity. So, just

go out there, and do what you

want to do, even if you are

garbage at it at the beginning.

The only way for you to get

better is to practice.”

“The DIY


is what

gives an

area its


Find more of Kaelin’s

photography on either of her

Instagram accounts,

@babykaelin and



“I feel like


is the enemy

of creativity”


Kyla Rain

of Pure


Kyla Rain is a recent seventeen

year old running the San

Diego-local online magazine

Pure Nowhere - both owning and

editing. Just last year, they

expanded their presence into

Europe, and are hoping to

continue with Canada and

Australia. Their tagline, “It’s

Where The Music Takes You,”

may be misleading in that they

are not only a music magazine.

They are a platform for creatives

to be heard, and for that music

(in whatever form it may take) to

make a difference to all who may

experience it.

“I want it to be a space where

people can feel like, if they don’t

have an outlet to be heard, they

can use it and be able to get their

voice out into the world,” she

tells me as we sit at Public Square

Coffee House. “I want to

expose people to artists and

musicians that maybe don’t have

the resources to get their art out

there on a big level.”

Being at the center of it all means

she has the chance to bring

people together to collaborate.

“I have a ton of group chats

with different artists and photographers

and musicians to

come together to plan different

things and collaborate, and they

all end up being friends in the

end.” With the great benefit of

a DIY scene in itself, bringing

those within it closer together is

definitely work we can all hold up

as respectable.

Kyla herself has a high respect

for the effect a DIY scene has

on a community. “I think it

specifically benefits creatives

because it gives them a

chance to express their

creativity in ways that are less

conventional or in ways that you

wouldn’t really get anywhere

else that wasn’t a DIY scene, like

throwing shows and making your

own zines and your own clothing

line. It’s really cool to see what

everyone can do.”


Check out Kyla’s magazine on the

website,, or

their Instagram @purenowhere 051


Dennis Moon

& Daniel Cole

of Buddha


In June 2017, San Diego rockers Buddha Trixie put

out their first full-length studio album, Stop the Space

Age. Drummer Daniel Cole and guitarist Dennis Moon

chat about the coming year, and about moving away

from where they had their start.

How do you find inspiration

to create music? From what

different sources do you draw


Dennis: It’s my best

artistic outlet, it’s the basis

of our friendship and I don’t

know what else to do with

my time. As far as other

sources I get a ton from movies,

books, paintings, travel and

exploration. Not to mention

conversations that last til 3am

and you lose all sense of

time. Jamming can be a

conversation too. At its best,

it is unconscious but definitely

takes a rapport and a

vocabulary similar to speech.

I guess one of my goals is to

move people.

As a band, what are you

working towards at the


Daniel: Although we don’t

have many shows lined up as

of now due to school, we’re

currently investing a lot in developing

our live shows. We

want to sound and look the

best we possibly can. Amps,

pedalboards, lights, fog —

the whole 9 yards. We’re also

tossing around the idea of

using projections. We want

our live sets to be cinematic

and life changing, even if

we’re playing house shows

or dive bars. This July we’re

planning on going up the coast

on a tour, and we simply want

to blow the roof off of every

place we hit.

How do you feel being creative

and making art benefits

you? How has it helped you

progress in life and in your art?

Dennis: We feel as though

we have to take this the fur-


“We want

to move



and be a


for our



thest we can in search of

collective satisfaction and

chasing our vision. We want

to move music forward and be

a catalyst for our generation,


How do you find being in a

DIY scene benefits you as a


Dennis: As far as how it

benefits us personally it’s huge

just cause it provides us a

circle of people to write

towards and play for who are

appreciative of our endeavors.

“We want

our live

sets to be


and life


“We want our

live sets to be

cinematic and

life changing,

even if we’re

playing house

shows or dive


Why do you think having a DIY

scene in a community benefits


Daniel: Sometimes it can

be difficult to book at the

limited number of venues

in San Diego, which is why

being involved in the scene

is helpful — you can literally

play in someone’s backyard

for a case of beer, and as long




as there are people there to

listen, it’s just as valid of a

show for us.

How do you think the San

Diego DIY scene is unique to


Daniel: Although we haven’t

had much experience with

other DIY scenes, San Diego’s

DIY scene seems unique

because it’s so young.

There aren’t that many

viable all ages venues in San

Diego, especially with the Che

being renovated, so many

times house shows will just

be teenage fans DMing

bands to play in their parents’

garages. It makes me feel cool

to finally be invited to high

school parties even though I’m


How has moving away

from the city changed your

connection with it? Your

perspective on it?

Daniel: If anything,

moving away from San Diego

for school has forced

me to realize just how important

of a role the internet

plays in gluing a scene

together. It’s interesting to feel

up to date with what’s going

on in your music scene simply

because you follow the right

Instagram accounts.


of my


is to



Find Buddha Trixie’s music on

their Bandcamp (buddhatrixie)






Duuns | Gaib Ramirez

| Malls | Savannah

Metcalfe | No Hope

Kids | Holly Murphy

| Kaelin Bell | Pure

Nowhere | buddha


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