Our very own SYN, or Synjin Mrkvicka of OWSLA Goods, has prepared a weekend-worthy MiniMix for us ahead of her performance alongside Yultron tonight at Rave Prom in Los Angeles. In addition to what sort of activities this mix is best paired with, we also asked her about how she got involved with the company, what advice she has for young creatives just starting out, and how she’s staying optimistic about the future of the human race.
What activity or activities is this mix best paired with?
This mix pairs best with taking a walk, working out, or a long drive. I always record my mixes off of CDJs then listen back in the car or at the gym, where my best thinking takes place. Listen to it loud.
If you could only listen to one genre of music for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Rap/hip-hop. It’s probably because I saw the video for Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” at a young and impressionable age.
What else makes you as happy as playing music?
Witnessing kindness in any form breeds kindness in all forms and that makes me happy.
What’s the last thing you saw on the internet that made you laugh? Please share.
If you were curating a mix for extraterrestrials, what songs would for sure be on there and why?
I usually pick songs as pillars that I connect thematically, so for aliens…
“Traffic” by Lil Reese
It set the bar for rap music in Chicago, a city I hold very close to my heart. I always work this song into my sets for my best friend Babs, who I first met at home in Chicago.
“My Girls” by Animal Collective
This song never fails to move me and captures the progression of energy that I strive to build during my sets.
“Put it On” by Big L
This is my favorite rap song of all time. Sometimes I wonder if I was Big L in a past life.
“& It Was U” by How to Dress Well.
I love this song because it’s both a love song that dissolves the fear of rejection and an absolute banger.
Are you optimistic about the future of the human race and what are you most enjoying about your life on earth?
I have faith in humanity’s ability to adapt and transcend difficult times no matter how bleak and cyclical it may feel. For my own life on Earth, I am enjoying that I finally have a space to create and explore the depths of music and visual art as a combined force. Having a designated place to create by myself and with my friends has been one of my life’s goals and is my idea of freedom. My home is my laboratory.
How and why did you get involved with OWSLA Goods?
When I first moved to LA, I was dedicated to improving my DJ skills and selling my paintings. After a year, I realized I needed to get a job to stay in LA. I searched the hashtags “#hiring #LA” on Twitter every day and stumbled upon the job at OWSLA Goods. Managing the store and pop-ups for the last three years has been a labor of love for me, because every day I meet and empower incredible people who share my passion for music and art.
Any words of wisdom for kids who want to work in a creative field and are just starting out?
If you have an idea, respect it by finishing it. Sometimes I run back a transition between two songs for an hour until I get it right or decide it was not the move. No matter the size of the project, when you fight with yourself to work out the best possible idea, you take the next step to grow as an artist.