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West LA Thought Provokers

LA has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around West LA that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Kris James

I’ve been playing music since age 5 and was born to perform. I started with guitar and singing, went to drums at age 9 and bass and keyboards at age 10. Born in the Bay Area and raised in both the Bay and LA areas. Read more>>

Eron Rauch

One part DIY and one part apostate fan pretty much sums up my background. That’s way too simple, but I spent a lot of my formative years in the suburbs and rural midwest where if you wanted to have something happen. Read more>>

Evan Rodrigues

I started to explore music production in 2008, I was making beats and then later trying to rap. In 2009, I discovered electronic music and started going to raves. During this time, I experimented with making Electro. Read more>>

Shideh Ghandeharizadeh

I’m an LA native, born and raised in Cheviot Hills. I believe I am very early in my artistic journey. In high school, I thought I’d be pursuing a career in Engineering and was very involved in a lot of STEM extracurriculars. Read more>>

Bernadett Anna Skoda

Thinking back, I discovered my passion for dressmaking and craftmanship very early in life when I was still a young girl. At the beginning, I started creating clothes for my dolls. Read more>>

Esbie Fonte

I grew up with an amazing family who cultivated a love of all different kinds of music early on. When I was six, I was watching Björk music videos with my uncle, and he’d play me everything from Peaches to Morcheeba. Read more>>

Ashley Rivardo

I was born and raised in Long Island, New York, for the beginning part of my life. I drew as a kid constantly, playing with different colored crayons and paints. I also grew up watching lots of animated movies. Read more>>

Alyssa Reece

I helped my dad to plant a backyard lemon tree at the age of three and it has been abundantly fruitful ever since. The lemons from this tree come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and I would frequently use them. Read more>>

Harrison Crenshaw

I’ve had a lot of musical influences growing up since my parents were musicians and performers themselves in genres such as jazz, musical theatre, R&B and gospel. I grew up singing in our church choir and performing in our family’s theatre company. Read more>>

Will Knight

My dad’s a screenwriter and I grew up on pulp movies from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. He took it upon himself to expose me to early Westerns and the original Universal horror films on the big screen. I idolized John Wayne, Boris Karloff, and Humphrey Bogart. Read more>>

John Alexander and JC Guest

I grew up in Santa Monica surrounded by the film industry despite coming from a family with little to no connection to it. I was pretty obsessed with making movies and got my hands on my parents’ Hi8 camcorder as soon as they would let me. Read more>>

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