Featuring New York Talent :

Lauren Ritter        Justin Marchacos 

Parties4Peace hosts a special evening at Contact Tokyo in celebration of their 15 Year Anniversary on Friday, Sept 8th featuring two of New York City's finest artists from the underground music scene. Since its inception in 2002, Parties 4 Peace has organized events in Tokyo, South America and more recently New York and Miami, inviting artists from around the world to create a culture of peace through music and dance.  For this round of events in Japan, we will introduce the New York sound of producers Lauren Ritter from the ReSolute label and Justin Marchacos from Cityfox/Ebb+Flow, alongside Tokyo-based artists Stefano Lotti, Jay Zimmerman and Matsunami !  

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Exclusive Interview with Parties4Peace :
Q.Parties4Peace is organizing their 15 year anniversary party at CONTACT Tokyo on Sept 8th and you will be playing for them as a special guest. What motivates you to play for Parties4Peace ?

A: Lauren )  
Emilie McGlone's long-standing commitment to using music as a tool to initiate social change is admirable, and this is what inspires me to play for her. Whether it's in New York, Tokyo, Chile, or on the Peace Boat, she's constantly exploring new ways to bridge musical cultures, and I'm thrilled to have been invited to celebrate this milestone anniversary with her.

A: Justin) 
I am beyond excited to play for Parties4Peace in Tokyo! This is an organization that is making a real, measurable difference around the world. Issues like sustainability, equality, education, and protecting the oceans are extremely important to me personally, and it is a pleasure to be involved and share my music with people who dedicate their lives to these types of causes.   

Q.How would you say that the Music & Art Peace Academy project to educate youth can contribute to creating a culture of peace in the world ?

A: Lauren ) 
Learning an instrument at a young age has so many positive benefits. As an individual, it cultivates a strong work ethic & a deep sense of self worth. Playing with other musicians (orchestra, band, choir, etc) teaches you to respect & value the talent of others. More importantly, playing music exposes you to other cultures & teaches you about their role in the history of music. Realizing that you’re a part of a tradition that spans back centuries and across continents humbles you and puts your own place in the world into perspective.

A: Justin) 
As cliche as it sounds, music IS absolutely a universal language... it transcends borders without the need for translation, music is something that you feel. Helping kids to learn music helps them to communicate feelings to anyone on this planet... in doing so we are teaching kids to understand our similarities on this earth, what makes us the same rather than what separates us.

Q.What inspired you to start playing music at a young age and what inspires you now ?

A: Lauren ) 
Funnily enough, I only wanted to join my school’s orchestra because all my friends were joining too. I was in first grade, very curious, and wanted to be involved in as many creative group projects as humanly possible. Most of my friends quit within the first month but I had already fallen in love with being on stage & playing the violin and it soon became the most important thing in my life. I played throughout college, picking up viola (my true musical love) and piano along the way.
Now I draw inspiration from different sources, from the music I hear out in Brooklyn warehouses, to subways musicians, to the fashion design projects I'm involved in, and sometimes still from the classical music I grew up with. 

A: Justin) 
I began producing music something like 13 years ago when I was really into hip hop. I was fascinated by the idea that you could produce music without the need for a full live band. From that point I began getting more and more into different types of electronic music, as well as film score. It was maybe 4 or 5 years ago when I discovered the cinematic, melancholic sounds that some producers and DJ's like Lee Burridge were making and playing. I was really drawn to these sounds and felt like with my experience and some hard work, it was something I could be involved with too. Over these past few years my sound has evolved quite a bit, and I am really happy with the direction I am going.
Q.Lauren, ell us about your experience in Berlin. How did it shape your musical style ?

A: Lauren )  
I moved to Berlin right after I finished school, so it was a period of personal freedom, exploration, and risk-taking. I chopped off all my hair, traveled around Europe, and tried to soak up as much of the electronic music scene as I could. Experiencing the club culture in Berlin made me want to bring some of that aesthetic to Brooklyn, which was the spark I needed to move back and to seek out working with a collective like ReSolute.
Q. Justin, tell us about your studio and production style. 

A: Justin ) 
My music studio is a combination of computers and software, as well as some outboard hardware synthesizers and drum machines. I also have a few traditional and acoustic instruments like guitars, a bass, some drums and auxiliary percussion as well. For synths, I have a Moog Voyager, a Roland Juno 106, and a Novation Bass Station 2. I've got a couple drum machines, a Roland TR-8 (this is a modern take on the classic 808 and 909 machines of years past) and a Dave Smith Tempest. My studio is based around two different computer set ups. One is for production only, it's a Mac Pro with Logic as the main software. My other set up is basically my live performance rig on a MacBook Pro with Ableton as the software. I use an AKAI APC 40 MK2 to control Ableton, I have an LPD drum pad for playing one-shot drums, and it also has some knobs which I assign to different effects. I use the TR-8 drum machine when I play live, as well as my Novation Bass station. These two studio set ups make it so I can produce new music and then immediately practice how I might perform that music live, all in the same room. 

Q.What excites you about playing in Japan for the first time ?

A: Lauren ) 
It's been a dream of mine to visit Tokyo (and all of Japan!) since I was a child, so I'm excited to experience the music, art, fashion, architecture, and food that make it such a unique city.

A: Justin) 
I am so excited to perform in Japan! I've heard so many incredible stories of this amazing and unique country. I'm really interested in experiencing what the crowd and music scene is like on the opposite side of the world in such a culturally different place. Really excited to be able to destroy the language barrier with music and share smiles with lots of new friends. 

Q.What would you like to share with the audience in Tokyo ?

A: Lauren ) 
l'd like to share some of the music that excites me, some of my own new productions, & some of the flavor of the Brooklyn underground.  

A: Justin) 
I can't wait to share my MUSIC with the audience in Tokyo! I play 100% my own productions, and I try to create a cohesive journey during my performance. Unlike many DJ sets, you will hear some recurring sounds throughout the set which help to make it feel like one big story with continuity, and where the parts often relate to one another...kind of like a film!

Q.Any upcoming releases coming out this year ? What can we expect for 2018 ?

A: Lauren )  
Right now I’m working on my first-ever remix, which is for a neoclassical/drone album... the process of bridging my classical upbringing with my current electronic influences is an exciting challenge. I’m also working on another EP for early 2018. 

A: Justin) 
I have some really interesting new releases coming very soon, including a remix of a Sam Jaspersohn track on Tenampa Recordings, and a Jay Tripwire remix on Cenote Records. Also keep an eye out for collaborations with Tim Green and Midas 104. There are a few other big labels that are currently going through lots and lots of my new work, so stay tuned! In 2018 I plan to play quite a bit more outside the USA, and really look forward to a lot more collaboration with other artists, as well innovation in both my productions and as part of my live performance.
Q.  Fill in the blank :   “ To me, Peace is______ “ 

A: Lauren)  
Peace is respecting and loving others, which starts with respecting and loving yourself. 

 A: Justin) 
For me personally, peace means what happens after there is a lack of violence, fear, and negative energy surrounding a person or group. Peace is the ability to move forward with aspects of one's life that lead to self-actualization, satisfaction, and a feeling of self-worth. Until a person or group overcomes the basic need for safety, and can feel comfortable within's almost impossible to find meaning or explore creative avenues that lead to a more fulfilling life! 

P4P Artists in the mix ... 

Parties4Peace features Seth Hosko (Playdate , NYC)

Parties 4 Peace exclusive interview with Seth Hosko

1. When did you first learn to play an instrument ?
I learned to play the Violin when I was five. I used to watch my uncle play, and I think at that age I really just really enjoyed making sounds and creating music. It came easy so I continued it.

2. When choosing music, what is your preferred style?
I collect and play a lot of different music, but my selection, whether its what I listen to at home or play out for an audience, is a direct reflection of my mood and emotional state. I'm looking for music that I can wholly feel, not just hear and listen to.  When I'm selecting music, I'm also looking for something I've never heard before that would surprise my audience. Certainly subjective, but it's perfection to me.

3.Tell us about Playdate and your parties in New York
Before we started Playdate, I disliked the fact that the longer I stayed out, the better the music i heard. It was really tiring! Sometimes it was the 9am afterparties where I heard the best music and saw the best talent play. It was frustrating how inaccessible some of this music had become. So Playdate started out of a desire to make the music we loved accessible - something I could bring my Mom to and she wouldn't fall asleep. 

Now with my friends Leah Bradley and Terron Darby, we host a monthly party at a beautiful lounge in Bushwick, Lot45, and we've recently been throwing a smaller warehouse party every couple months where we can go much later and showcase more talent. The formula for these parties is simple - talent and the best sound system we can afford. And really great lighting ;)

4. How did you hear about Parties4Peace  ?
Pairing music with charity work is an open opportunity, and there are very few outfits in Brooklyn doing it - I'd like to see more. Parties4Peace has been a friend and mainstay in Brooklyn's scene - We've worked with them before and looking forward to doing it again!

5. What is your passion?
My passion is sharing beauty with other people. One way I can do that is by playing music I've collected that I love and want to share. It's pretty simple :)

6. Would you like to join Parties4Peace on tour in Patagonia, Chile or onboard the Peace Boat?
Absolutely! Music is one of the greatest gifts you can give to others. It would be an honor to share that across the world and also receive the gift of music back.

7. Any last comments ... ?
Yes, you're doing GREAT work at Parties4Peace and please keep it up! And thank you for the opportunity to share some music with you!

Exclusive Interview with guests    
Atish + Mark Slee ( listed / San Francisco )

Q )
Is this your first time coming to Japan ?  What is the most exciting thing about your upcoming trip ?

Mark: I've been to Japan just once before, visiting Tokyo and Kyoto about 5 years ago. This time around I'm super excited to go beyond being a tourist and visit the Labyrinth festival. For many years now I have consistently heard incredible things about Labyrinth - the setting, the sound, the artists. So I'm very excited to get to see it for myself.

Atish: I had been to Tokyo a couple years back, and my friends and I had put together a wig party on a boat called Wiguru. It was awesome, and the party proved that these Japanese take dressing up quite seriously! I'm also most excited about Labyrinth. My friends have told me its one of the best, if not the best music festival in the world, so this is clearly relevant to my interests :)

Q ) If you could describe your musical style or taste, what would you say?

Mark: Always hard to put genres and sounds into words - but I like to play music that has a mixture of groove and depth. Nice textures, interesting sounds, hints of melody to pull you in, plus the necessary oomph to keep a dance floor vibe going. And a little bit quirky when I can get away with it.

Atish: Mark and I have some overlap in our styles, but my sound tends to lean more on the melodic and emotional side of house music. People outside the US tell me that I have a very "American" or "Burning Man" sound...I'm not sure exactly what that means, but that's what people say!

Q ) Parties4Peace is a non-profit that raises funds for important global causes.   Why did you decide to join the Parties4Peace event in Tokyo?   What are some of the issues today that you care about most and why?

Mark: Good event coupled with a good cause makes it a no-brainer. Personally, when it comes to philanthropy, I tend towards global humanitarian issues. There is a great organization in San Francisco called GiveWell ( that researches these. I tend to follow their recommendations for my own personal giving. A couple of the issues they've focused on the past few years are malaria prevention (via the Against Malaria Foundation) and global poverty reduction (via GiveDirectly).

Atish: I second Mark's answer here. I've played for Parties 4 Peace before, I know it's for a good cause, and I love DJing, so it's a no brainer for me to participate. I also use givewell as my guide for where I should donate my money. It's so hard to know how effectively our dollars are used in the charity world, and it's too time-consuming to research every charity inside and out, so I'm glad givewell is here to help solve that problem.  

Q ) Do you know any Japanese artists?  If so what is your impression of the Japanese music scene?

Mark: To be honest, I wish I knew more about the current Japanese music scene, and am excited to get a better taste of it on this visit.

Most of the artists I know are a bit older, going back to my roots. For instance, Satoshi Tomiie was one of my favorite DJs around the turn of the millennium and the early 2000s. I was a teenager at the time, just soaking in as much new music as I could. He was also putting out some great material on his label, SAW recordings.

More recently, I've dug some of the deep groove-based sounds of Japanese producers that have transplanted to London, guys like Jun Akimoto and Ittetsu. A few years back I was really digging some of the deep house that Ryo Murakami was putting out.

Though it's different from what I normally play as a DJ, I also really like some work from Hiroshi Watanabe (aka Kaito). There is an ambient version of his album "Trust Less" that came out on Kompakt some years ago. That has stuck with me, I still find myself working some of that music into a sunset or sunrise when the right moment comes about.

Atish: I've been really into some of So Inagawa's productions.  I've been playing tunes by Bearight for years, but only learned last week that he's Japanese. Definitely excited to learn more about the Japanese landscape when I make my way out there. 

Q ) What do you hope to share with the audience when you play in Japan ?

Mark: Great music and a great vibe. As always, excited to play together with Atish.

Atish: ditto!

Q ) We'll be celebrating Peace One day ! What does Peace mean to you ? 

Mark: Peace to me is a process, not a destination. I don't believe we ever get to a utopia, but I do believe that things can and do get better. So let's celebrate the *pursuit* of peace.

Atish: I think peace is a theoretical global state not only absent of violence, but one where all of humans are all treated equally, fairly, and respectfully spanning race, gender, religion, and sexuality. 

Interview by
: Emilie McGlone, Founder of Parties4Peace

Parties 4 Peace organizes a special interview with artist Jay Haze

Jay Haze On Parties 4 Peace & Making A Difference

Special Interview by Parties4Peace, 

featured on Pulse Radio

Parties 4 Peace was founded back in 2003 to raise awareness about important global issues and fundraise for grassroots organizations.  In the last ten years, it has supported efforts towards sustainable development, disaster relief, education, and equality through projects like AIDS education in Ghana, music education in Venezuela, photography workshops in Argentina, environmental awareness in Cambodia, and disaster relief in Jap

an, Chile, and New York.  A-list DJs such as Seth Troxler, Alexi Delano, Jay Haze, No Regular Play, and Thugfucker have volunteered to play at these events, helping to raise money and awareness of these issues and projects.  Parties 4 Peace will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a series of parties in several different cities, kicking off in Tokyo on November 1st featuring Jay Haze as well as local talent.  Following the party, Jay Haze, Parties 4 Peace, and NGO Peace Boat will take a journey to the areas of Japan most affected by the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster, visiting the projects supported by Red Dot Relief.  Parties 4 Peace sat down with Jay Haze / Fuckpony to discuss how he initally got involved with the organization, founding Red Dot Relief along with Seth Troxler and Turning Sporks in 2011, why he feels at home in Tokyo, and what he's been working on as an artist and advocate.

How did you first get involved with Parties 4 Peace and their initiative to promote a culture of peace through dance and music?
It all started once I really got into organizing independent efforts for different situations in the world - naturally that sort of work gravitated towards others who are also trying to make change. So as I was visiting Tokyo some years back, I met Emilie McGlone and she invited me to see what the Peace Boat is up to. Once I arrived in the headquarters I was so impressed and inspired, that I said to myself I have to figure out a way to work with them. The values they hold are ones that I whole heartedly share- dance music is such a powerful culture with many possibilities for reach of influence, it’s really amazing. Over the years it keeps growing, and with this growth are new ways of getting positive messages out.

You traveled onboard the Peace Boat from Peru, through the Panama Canal and on to Colombia as a guest speaker, please tell us about your experience and what inspired you to join their global voyage.
My experience was simply amazing. I always wanted to do work like this, I always dreamed of it- and when Peace Boat helped me make it possible, well what can I say? A dream came true. What inspired me to join the voyage was the fact that this specific voyage addressed many issues close to my heart. I have always been anti nuclear energy and weapons- and of course I am super interested to reach out to communities in the world living differently and learn from them, not only the Japanese culture, but also the cultures of where we visited. The staff at Peace Boat are an inspiring hard working bunch, and I will be forever grateful for this chance, and look forward to a day when I can come back on board!

In March, 2011 there was a devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan. In response to this, you co-founded the support organization Red Dot Relief, a project in collaboration with Seth Troxler and Isis Salvaterra. Please tell us about the purpose of Red Dot Relief and how it has impacted local communities.
Well, the purpose of Red Dot Relief was to use the media and word of mouth to raise awareness about the seriousness of this disaster, to use it as a catalyst for bringing people together and to hopefully bring about change in a time where social media was more of a way to promote yourselves and spread random nonsense. It seemed at the time like people were just waiting for something more to express. We did a nice word of mouth campaign with stickers, t-shirts and events in many places in the world. I think the events that we organized for this initiative were especially significant because we were able to bring people together in large numbers for a truly positive reason, and this was celebrated. So in a sense, the impact it had on local communities was, in my opinion, that people realized there are ways to come together in harmony to raise awareness for situations needing it.

This year, Parties 4 Peace is celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary - do you have any message for other artists around the world who might like to participate in their events or join the Peace Boat for the MUSIC & ART PEACE ACADEMY (MAPA)?
My message to all artists out there is to get involved with something that matters. Art is there to help bring about needed change. The line between design, advertising and art is so blurred these days. Many artists compromise their art for monetary reasons (which is pure corruption), in fact this is probably the biggest problem art faces right now, so to get involved with causes and use your creativity to help raise awareness will not only further your own art but it can change you as a person from the inside. I can only say it did this for me.

Tell us about your current music projects and non-profit adventures.
I am constantly trying to connect with new people, new artists and new technology to help further the message of global peace and respect to the earth and our impact on it. At the moment, I am very focused on Red Dot Relief and of course my mind is racing with ideas for MAPA which is an idea I was close to since the inception. I will continue to show my support for Peace Boat, and all positive initiatives in the world looking to bring about a new consciousness. Finally, we are all tiny parts in this big organism known as earth, and we all have an effect. It is time to start caring more about the bigger picture and less about the individual.


PARTIES4PEACE is pleased to introduce one of our favorite fashion experts in the city!

A native of Tuscany, Caterina Cardinali came to New York in 2008. After moving from her hometown of Cortona to Milan to study fashion and photography, she received her masters degree and gained a job at A magazine. It was at A that her editor took note of her innate sense of color and style and invited her to come with her to New York, where she continues to collaborate making beautiful images for the magazine // She has been working as a photo stylist for fashion shoots since her arrival in NYC, and also as the lead visuals director for Marni stores across the U.S. // "When I'm styling, I'm in my own world. I love mixing the colors and textures to the music that's around. There's such an energy. Work for me is like playing: when you see me working, you see me at my best." 

1)  How do you think fashion and art can positively influence the world ? 
I understand fashion as a form and part of art that specifically shapes our surroundings by the way of how people engage with it. Clothing and style are essential forms of expression that have a direct channel of visual communication. It shapes and defines the reality and culture around us.  While art in my opinion always serves some kind of aesthetic motivation or education it is also capable of changing circumstances through subversive means. Like art clothing works as a form expression and communication without boundaries as well. From traditional folklore settings to the runways of the big cities of our world, there is something ritual and essential to the way we chose to dress (given that we can), and I think that is something special about fashion that goes beyond the borders of big names and industry ambitions. 

2)  When did you hear about Parties4Peace and why do you think it is important for the music & art scene in NY ? 
I heard about Parties4Peace in 2012 when I attended one of their events in Brooklyn. The warmth and the welcoming atmosphere in the community  was immediately apparent and appealing to me. Also I was aware that you guys did several fundraisers and coat drives in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the rough NYC winters. I think it is a great thing to remind people of humanistic and communal aspect that connects all of us. I think it is great to bring the fun and escapist aspects together for a good cause. 

3)  What do you hope to be doing in ten years with your talent ? 
I would love to keep doing what I m doing just every year better and better.

4)  With the Peace Boat, we travel to many countries.  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you like to go and why ? 
I would love to travel to Japan as I have never been there but I am constantly amazed and attracted by the culture the style and food, I love Japanese culture.