East L.A. with Daisy O'Dell
It’s hard to talk about the Los Angeles music scene without referencing the legendary Daisy O’Dell. The award-winning music producer, curator, and DJ is a regular fixture behind the decks at official Golden Globes, Emmy, and Grammy after parties; movie and TV premieres; and film and music festivals from Coachella to Sundance and TIFF. The music maven has performed alongside many of the world’s most iconic acts, including Lou Reed, Prince, LCD Soundsystem, Common, Haim, Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac, Iggy Pop, Robyn, and Florence and the Machine.
We caught up with Daisy fresh off of a flight home from Tokyo for a crash course on East LA living.
Daisy (in a few words):
Sequined, post-punk, idealistic.
Los Angeles (in a few words):
Diverse and spacious - like the geography.
First thing you do when you’re back on home turf:
The Chateau is singular in its ambiance and patronage. There is nowhere in the world quite like it and in the decade since I moved to LA it has managed to retain its magic for me. A lot of that can be credited to the sensational woman who guards the entrance – the effervescent Anya. I like to be there so I go there. Any deeper conversation about the scene would feel exploitive. We like our privacy where we can find it.
Amoeba is a fantastic resource for anyone with an interest in music. The staff has a comprehensive understanding of their specialty; the selection is world class; the programming on-point. It’s Shangri-la for music nerds or those of us music nerds fortunate enough to make music history and knowledge our vocation.
Beatrice Valenzuela and Rachel Craven curate the Echo Park Craft Fair beautifully. They whittle it down to only the most unique vendors with utterly remarkable items. Sheltered Co weighted blankets are incredible and I believe that EPCF is one of the only places you can get them since they sell out on-line almost instantly.
Tacos from Guerrilla.
A refillable water bottle and La Mer.
Bring home (FROM AFAR):
I love vintage & make a point to visit the thrift stores all over the world. I have a perfect 1920s top hat from Berlin (I had to wear on the flight home), 70s kaftans from Mexico City, and a bunch of new “old” Harajuku stuff I just scored in Tokyo.
Don’t take it for granted.