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FILE 85 // PIECES OF JUNO

Hands Pieces of Juno 5elect5 EssentialsOslo-based artist Juno Jensen aka Pieces of Juno just released the second part of her album series “Tacenda” on KOSO records. Meeting Juno with her bright blue hair had quite a big impact on us. Later on during the photoshoot, she admitted that it was a wig and told us how wearing it makes her transform to the “performing artist Juno”. The blue hair is part of the “Tacenda” project and if you have noticed the debut album“Kalopsia” is all about the artist with red hair (also part of her essentials). Juno is not only a very talented singer, producer and musician but also a music activist. As the founder of KOSO, she has a very strong opinion on the Norwegian music scene as well as a clear vision for all female creatives, producers and musicians in Norway.  KOSO started off as a creative collective with a digital magazine, and quickly turned into a party series, a label and a platform to share music knowledge and production techniques. Juno’s performances are more than just a live show; they are experiences with elements of theater and film. Her essentials seem to describe the transformation from “Activist Juno” to “Performer Juno”, items which empower her and allow her to push both identities.

 

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1. CAMERA (OLYMPUS, CHECK HERE): I got this camera a year ago to document my scuba diving, you can see some of the footage in the video for Cold, Hard, Brilliant. It’s been with me every day since, even though I don’t do too much scuba diving in the cold waters of Norway.

2. PYRITE (GIFTS TO PEOPLE): Pyrite is a mineral, the name derives from greek “of fire”  and often mistaken for gold, nick named “fool’s gold”. I love the shape and gleam of it, and I like to carry it with me. This is the fifth piece I’ve owned, as I usually give them away as gifts to people or strangers who have a certain type of energy. I gave this specific one to Oliver, a regular at Soylent Bar in Friedrichshain. He lives in a house on the countryside with his girlfriend, where he has a garden and grows vegetables, he told me he talks to them and now he has harvested his first watermelon! He told me he was lucky, just to be born Oliver in this space and time, to live his life. I found that very inspiring.

3. WIG (NO BRAND): The wig for “Kalopsia”, the first part in the album series I’m doing where “Tacenda” is number two and blue. I wear the wigs like hats, like different characters in a play or in a film. It helps me get into the mood of each record and define the emotional spectrum of each theme with color and character.

4. BOOK (COLLAGES BY ANAIS NIN, BUY HERE): I always carry books around with me for inspiration and this one is the latest find from my local vintage bookstore in Oslo, Schous Bøker (Schous’ Books).

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FILE 80 // ALI DEMIREL

Hands Ali Demirel 5elect5 EssentialsIf you know Richie Hawtin, you are most likely familiar with Ali Demirel’s work. As the creative director, visual architect and engineer, Ali is the man behind all the visual aspects on and around the stage for Plastikman, M-nus, Enter and other collaborations with Richie Hawtin. Together they have created identities and experiences that are not only entertaining for the audience but also applies innovative and cutting-edge technology. Ali’s stage designs and live visuals have true revolutionized the music industry. It was no surprise to us that he had a degree in nuclear engineering and architecture as his work seems to always incorporate scientific imagery and structural compositions with a clever twist that makes his work speak more “art” than simply “background visuals”. His selection of essentials might be proof that it does not need much to come up with creative concepts: ideas, positive energy and comfort. The only wall between the ideas and the breakthrough is the artist him/ herself and only patience, persistence and curiosity allows for the idea to grow.

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1. PENCIL (NO BRAND): I think by drawing. A good pencil is crucial for me. Whenever I have an idea, I sketch it, and as I’m sketching, the idea becomes clear and develops. Sometimes I do not even have an idea but start sketching random things, then an idea comes.

2. BRACELET (FAMILY GIFT): Reminds me to be patient, and that life is an endless loop. This is a special one from my father. Made from amber, has some positive effects by touching.

3. SNEAKERS (CONVERSE, BUY HERE): A comfortable, practical and well designed leather sneaker.

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FILE 57 // LAUREN FLAX

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1. INCENSE (NO BRAND): Scent essentials, forever. At home, i’m constantly burning things, so when i travel its definitely like bringing a piece of home with me, which is why i love to burn cedar and palo santo. I’m quite sensitive to “presences”, so things like palo santo help clear the space, where ever i am. I also like to make my own fragrances and hair serums, so right now I use vetiver, a tiny bit of patchouli and lavender oil mixed in with almond oil. 

2. SHOES (DR. MARTENS, CHECK HERE): I have had these doc’s since high school. Since they changed the sole, they never last as long, but thats probably why they did it lol. These shoes have seen the world with me.

3. CRYSTALS (A SELECTION, NO BRAND): More metaphysical hippy vibes for that ass. It took me a while to open up to crystals and their effects but now there is no going back. Smoky Quartz, Selenite, Rhodochrosite, Labradorite and Moldavite. They are my ride or dies. 

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FILE 55 // RAIZ

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1. CRYSTAL (CHRYSOCOLLA): This crystal travels with me every where.   It’s the 1st stone that strongly resonated with me.  It has helped me keep my calm during some difficult moments and tap into the world of healing with intention.  It was a thoughtful gift from an old friend.  

2. EYE DROPS (ROHTO, CHECK HERE): Killer Japanese eye drops, the silver Rohtos are a true exercise in masochism.  Most people want to tear their eyes out after a drop or 2, but as you build a tolerance, you realize that they actually revive your tired eyes in a way nothing else can.  They can also provide a great source of entertainment, watching a first timer stumble around blindly cursing the dirty trick that was just pulled on them….timeless

3. CUSTOM EAR PLUGS (EMTECH, CHECK HERE): These custom ear plugs are a must when spending any amount of time in front of a loud system.  They take some getting used to, but your ears learn to compensate for the frequencies.   It’s also nice not having to suffer from constant ringing in your ears after a long night of gigging.

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FILE 54 // DENGUE DENGUE DENGUE

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1. EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE (TOSHIBA): Very important, for music sharing and backup. Everything safe with Mr Schwarzenegger taking care of it.

2. AMULET (NO BRAND): Black obsidian crystal and silver chain to speak only with the truth and repel bad vibes.

3. VAPORIZER (STORZ BICKEL, BUY HERE): Simply the best gadget i’ve ever bought.

4. MASCHINE MK2 (NATIVE INSTRUMENTS, BUY HERE): Just the perfect tool to get your ideas donde quicklyly, and beautiful designed :). 

5. SUN GLASSES (SHWOOD, CHECK HERE): These are my favourite sunglasses ever, the wood finish gives them a nice tropical feel.

6. Vaporizer (PAX 1, CHECK HERE): Great and compact size for those times i need to clear my head while out of the house. It keeps me sane in the concrete jungle.

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FILE 49 // PARRA FOR CUVA & SENOY

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1. INCENSE STICKS (SOME JAPANESE BRAND): This is something i try to keep with me where ever i go. Because i love the smell and the relaxing side effect. I have a huge collection at home which i got from Japan, Korea and India. This on is from Kyoto ( Japan).  We once played a show where friends of mine passed them to the audience and told them to light them when we start playing.

2. GREENSTONE NECKLACE (NO BRAND): You only get a Greenstone in New Zealand and you can’t buy them for yourself. Its a tradition that you can just get one if somebody gives it to you as a present. 
So after my final year in school i worked in a small anthroposophical place with mentally disabled people. This was my present at the end of the year. I always wear it to keep the spirit.

3. RUBBER BANDS (NO BRAND): I have no idea what it is but twisting rubber bands in my hands has been something i’m really into since i was a little kid. There is no way you will ever see me without those.

4. EAR PLUGS (EGGER, BUY HERE): Clubs are just too loud sometimes….. :***(

5. BODY LOTION (MITTAGSBLUME, CHECK HERE ): A thing i actually would not like to have with me but i have very strong case of Neurodermatits ( a skin illness which makes you scratch all day long and especially in the night ). So i the wintertime i have to take this cream everywhere. Its based just on natural ingredients.

6. LINEAR WAVE SAMPLER (ROLAND SP404sx, CHECK HERE ): I just love this thing. I got mine just recently but i´ve been diggin all that lofi and boom bap stuff since i saw dibiase killing it on the SP. 

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FILE 15 // ROBOT KOCH

1. SNEAKERS (REEBOK, BUY HERE): These are the most comfortable sneakers I’ve ever owned.
2. CRYSTAL (BY NATURE): This black tourmaline was given to me by a shamen in LA, it’s supposed to protect me against negative energy while traveling. I always wear it in my pocket on tour.
3. EYE MASK (NO BRAND): Robots don’t sleep, but it’s easier with less light, so this eye mask and earplugs are a must-have for me. Plus the eyemask was a present from a special person.

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