LET’S GO HAM: THE ADAM WEISS INTERVIEW

Photography by : David Sabastian

Text by : David Sabastian & Milli G

August 1, 2014

ONE BREEZY NIGHT I FOUND MYSELF CONFINED IN A DILAPIDATED WAREHOUSE SOMEWHERE IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES IMMERSED IN A HIPSTER GIRLS VOMIT, EYES DILATED, PROFUSELY SWEATING WHILE STANDING ON STAGE OVERLOOKING A SEA OF INTERNET ZOMBIE KIDS GOING CRAZY TO THE SOUNDS OF ADAM WEISS. I LOOKED TO MY LEFT AND I SAW TWO LATINO GUYS IN DRAG MAKING OUT. I LOOKED TO MY RIGHT AND I SAW THESE JAPANESE HIPSTER GIRLS TWERKING UPSIDE DOWN ON THE WALL NEXT TO THE STAGE. I’D NEVER SEEN JAPANESE GIRLS TWERK BEFORE. MIND BLOWN. THE SMELL OF PERVERSION IS IN THE AIR. DRENCHED IN MUST AND PACKED WALL TO WALL. IN FRONT OF ME IS THE NOTORIOUS TWERKER REMY FOX SHAKING HER PINT SIZED ASS. HER FACE IS AS RED AS A TWIZZLER AND THE AROMA SHE IS SECRETING IS THAT OF A RUSSIAN BATH HOUSE. SHE IS DEFINITELY IN THE ZONE. THE MUSIC IS SO LOUD THAT THE BASS VIBRATES THE CONCRETE BENEATH US. EVERYONE IS IN ATTENDANCE. TRENDSETTERS, ARTIST, DESIGNERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, HIPSTERS, HOOKERS, FASHIONISTAS, RAPPERS, TWERKERS, TRANNYS, SOCIALITES, WEIRDOS, MODELS, AND THE OCCASIONAL “I DONT HOW I ENDED UP HERE BUT FUCK IT, TURN UP(S)!” IN SHORT I HAD A PRETTY FUCKING AWESOME NIGHT.

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IT IS VERY RARE, ESPECIALLY IN LOS ANGELES THAT YOU GET TO PARTY WITH SUCH AN ECLECTIC GROUP OF PEOPLE. USUALLY THE COOL PEOPLE HANG WITH THE COOL PEOPLE. THE FASHIONISTAS HANG WITH THE FASHIONISTA’S. THE HIPSTERS HANG IN SILVER LAKE, THE RICH KIDS AND THE DOUCHE BAGS KICK IT IN HOLLYWOOD. VERY RARELY DO THEY MIX. HAM ON EVERYTHING IS A MELTING POT THAT ALLOWS ALL THESE GROUPS OF PEOPLE TO COME TOGETHER. THE STREET KIDS GET TO INTERMINGLE WITH THE BOOGIE MODEL CHICKS AND FOR ONE NIGHT ITS ALL GOOD. THERE IS NO COLOR AT A HAM ON EVERYTHING PARTY. THERE IS NO CLASSISM. THERE IS ONE THE BEAT AND EVERYONE BOWS TO THE RHYTHM OF THE BOOGY. IN THE 90S IN NEW YORK PETER GATIEN ON A BIGGER SCALE ACCOMPLISHED THIS WITH LIMELIGHT. HE FOUND A WAY TO GET THE HIP HOP KIDS, GAYS, GUIDOS, SOCIALITES, AND TASTEMAKERS UNDER ONE ROOF. SINCE THEN NO ONE HAS REALLY ACCOMPLISHED THAT FEAT TO SUCH A DEGREE BUT I FEEL WHAT ADAM WEISS HAS BEEN BUILDING WITH HAM ON EVERYTHING IS SLOWLY TURNING INTO SOMETHING HISTORIC. HAM’S CULTISH FAN BASE HAS PROPELLED THEM TO BEING ONE OF THE BIGGEST AND FASTEST GROWING PARTIES IN LOS ANGELES. EVERYONE FROM LITTLE DEBBIE TO WIZ KHALIFA HAS GRACED THE STAGE AT A HAM PARTY. MY BIGGEST FEAR IS THAT MAIN STREAM ARTIST START LOOKING AT HAM ON EVERYTHING PARTIES AS A WAY TO VALIDATE THEIR COOL. THATS WHEN THINGS GET WATERED DOWN AND BECOME “TRENDY.” ADAM HAS DONE A FANTASTIC JOB AT KEEPING H.O.E GRITTY AND RAW. I HAVE HAD THE RARE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE GROWTH OF HAM FIRST HAND.

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MUSIC IS THE ONE LANGUAGE THAT EVERYONE SPEAKS AND I THINK IT’S THE ONE THING THAT BREAKS DOWN BARRIERS OF COLOR AND SEXUAL PREFERENCE. BLACK, WHITE, BROWN, YELLOW, GREEN. IF YOU HAVE EARS AND A SOUL THEN MUSIC WILL AFFECT YOU LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. ADAM KNOWS THIS BEST AND I FEEL LIKE HAM ON EVERYTHING IS SOMEWHAT SPIRITUAL. YES, SPIRITUAL. WHEN SO MANY DIFFERENT PEOPLE FROM SO MANY DIFFERENT WALKS OF LIFE COME TOGETHER IN POSITIVITY YOU CAN FEEL IT. ITS ALMOST AS IF GOD IS IN THE AIR. NOWADAYS PARTIES AREN’T REALLY PARTIES AS MUCH AS THEY ARE OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE MONEY AT A BAR OR TABLE. BOTTLE SERVICE KILLED THE NIGHTCLUB. V.I.P ALLOWED THE UNCOOL PEOPLE TO BUY THEIR WAY INTO THE SPOTLIGHT! IT MURDERED THE DANCE FLOOR. EVERYONE IS SO HUNG UP ON EGO AND SHOWING OFF THAT PEOPLE LOSE THE MAIN SENTIMENT OF WHAT A PARTY REALLY IS. H.O.E IS THE ESSENCE OF WHAT A PARTY SHOULD BE. A PLACE WHERE YOU LET GO OF YOUR TROUBLES AND FOR ONE NIGHT YOU GET LOST IN THE PULSATING 808. YOU GET ENTRANCED IN THIS MAGICAL OASIS OF MELODY AND RHYTHM. YOU FORGET YOUR TITLE IN LIFE. YOU LEAVE YOUR EGO AT THE DOOR AND WHEN YOU WALK INTO A HAM ON EVERYTHING PARTY YOU ARE JUST……….. HUMAN.

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  • Shea Reiswig ANTI

    Let me just start by pointing out my favorite quote from this post… “I’D NEVER SEEN JAPANESE GIRLS TWERK BEFORE. MIND BLOWN.”

    I am so happy with this post. I love to party. I have never drank or partook in any drugs, but I LOVE parties. My friends all think it’s weird, but I just am so happy when I am at these events. It is such a beautiful thing to see all these people, who you could imagine having lives outside the doors of the party, coming together and sharing a shit ton of positive energy. Everyone sings and dances and just is in the zone! It’s so cool.
    And I love how H.O.E. is embracing all that positive juju into some kick ass events. So ANTI!