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Meet Jason Strickler (AdjacentMF) of The Cave Los Angeles in North Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jason Strickler (AdjacentMF).

Jason, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Together with my friend Eric Benitez, we opened The Cave LA in July 2019. We met a few years ago and have been making music. We were patiently searching for the ideal place to open a creative studio with the goal of helping artists in our community achieve their full potential.

As human beings, we learn a lot from the information we take in throughout the day. Mainstream media and social media are very saturated with negative images, and it is causing a lot of strife in society. People are divided on everything.

My goal is to produce content and events that reflect positivity and encourages others to take a stance on what they believe in. Unifying the leaders of my community and hosting them in an environment to produce content, events, music, and more.

The Cave LA is a huge part of that, we provide a space to create, at a very affordable price, and we strive to improve what we offer to the community over time.

I spent years working with creatives all over the LA area, on red carpets, private events, photoshoots, music videos, you name it, and I’m bringing that influence and experience home to the San Fernando Valley. I have a BA in Communication Studies and Journalism from CSUN, and I want to work with valley-based businesses and artists to create a better community in the SFV.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Rejection is a part of life, but doubting myself has been my biggest struggle. Mental health is important, and as a young man in society, I feel like I wasn’t prepared for the truths of the real world. Watching “successful people” flaunt on social media is one of the biggest contributors to self-doubt for me. I had to learn to not compare myself to others as a measure for success, but as a mirror to reflect on how I act and portray myself online.

There’s only one you, and you need to show the world the real you or else why are you doing it at all?

The Cave Los Angeles – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Personally, I am a man of many hats. I manage the studio, I write for my magazine, I’m a photographer, I paint, but I’m mostly known for my attitude and work ethic.

People who’ve worked with me, know how much I care about experience. Mostly in relation to events, I want to ensure people feel, smell, and taste things that stimulate them. At The Cave LA, we host all types of events, currently, we have a monthly event schedule with Open Mic Nights and Free Headshot Day.

Our space is available to book online for Pop-up shops, Photoshoots, video shoots, album release parties, special events and more. We also have a recording studio opening in a few weeks.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Working with all the valley artists businesses in the past six months has been a great experience, the valley has some great talent, awesome food, and interesting people.


  • $100 for 3 hour cre8ive space rental for events, or private use

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