Yes! We are back with our second edition stuffed full of articles to keep you going. This month we interview former and hopefully returning one day roots musician, the awesome looping Londoner ‘Krix panx’. In ‘Planet Surf’ we visit the roots of Handboarding, there’s Positive Thinking tips, Recipes, Cinema ….read on! Enjoy!
We catch up with Krix Panx who played at Roots Surf Fest in 2014.
What have you been doing recently?
I ran a successful crowdfunding campaign to fund my new album, create my very first music video and also improve my live show. The plan is to release the album and start touring it by this spring, so if your audience wants to keep track of this project, they can by checking out my social media networks. Also, this July I started to rehearse with a couple of friends in a project called ‘Chasing Foxes’. So far we have three members and are currently looking for one or two more, in the meantime, we are having fun jamming, writing songs and rehearsing.
What drives you as an artist?
I guess the ambition of spiritual achievement; I believe that any form of art brings you awareness, and this definitely helps the evolution of one’s consciousness.
How did you get into looping and what does it bring to your music?
Well the first time that I had contact with a loop pedal, was at a street festival in Germany in 2007. This guy called Rico Loop was giving a workshop in live looping; he was explaining and then performing. He totally blew my mind. Six months later, I saw a video of Dub FX and that was it, I was convinced. I was already planning to move to London so I thought a loop pedal would be perfect to keep myself busy until I met other musicians.
Live-looping has provided me with the chance to perform my music as a one-man-band, it is also very useful for practicing and experimenting.
How has London influenced your music, and how has your life in Mexico influence it?
Well I have to say that I lived in California, USA from the age of one to seven, so those years introduced me to rap and beat box mainly. It was in Mexico that my musical personality was mostly established. My older brother and friends introduced me to all shorts of nice music, from U2 to Metallica and all the grunge bands in between. Then I got interested in and found I identified with Mexican Rock. It is funny how life works out, I had to leave Mexico in order to become interested in its traditional music, stuff like Mariachi, Sones, Boleros, Danzones, Huapangos etc.
London has a massive influence on my music. To start with, three of my top five bands are from Britain; Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Radiohead. London is such an interesting city to be in as an Artist, you find lots of culture, green spaces, ponds, water canals, iconographic places, wildlife; there is indeed lots of inspiration. Also, the English language has a totally different meter to Spanish, so that brought some change to my melodies. I like to experiment and try new things out, sometimes I find myself singing in English but trying to give it a Mexican feeling.
Have you ever thought what kind of music you will make in 20 years?
Not really but now that you ask; it is going to be pretty amazing. Twenty years is a lot of time to improve my skills. I don’t really know to be honest but it is very likely that it will be something powerful, euphoric and provoking; that has always been my predilection.
What artists currently inspire you?
My band mates and many artists and musician friends all currently inspire me but I could also mention Gary Clark Jr and Jack White as the famous ones.
What was the last book that blew your mind?
El secreto de la serpiente emplumada by Armando Torres was the last book that blew my mind.
What is the most roots thing about you?
I’m not sure if I’m understanding the question correctly, but I think it is my attraction to my own roots, to my ancestors. Their spiritual, astrological and even technological knowledge really fascinates me, we even had a Messiah in Ancient Mexico man, how cool is that!
What is the least roots thing about you?
I think that may be my pathological usage of Facebook, YouTube and the Internet in general. Don’t get me wrong, as an artist I find these very useful but you know, it is so easy to lose focus on what you’re doing when you are on the computer…
PLANET SURF: HAND BOARDING ROOTS
Before all the polyurethane and polyester boards came the earlier pre cursor of surfing – Hand boarding.
The pure exhilaration of being shot through a barrel headfirst is something that has been lived across the ages. Many surfers nowadays use hand boarding as a way to reinstate their love for the ocean, perhaps if they are feeling a bit burnt out or want to view the sea from a different perspective. Some love it so much they even give up the big board and live forever with the handboard – it can be that addictive! So much can be learnt from strapping on that little board it can be a seriously humbling experience and one that will leave a big smile on your face.
HANDBOARDS: A Short History
1772-1778: British explorer Captain James Cook observed natives of Tahiti and the Sandwich Islands (now known as the Hawaiian Islands) bodysurfing during separate voyages. The ancient Hawaiian tradition of bodysurfing was known as “he’e nalu”, which means, “wave sliding”.
1920’s: Bodysurfing as a water sport was brought to life in Southern California by Olympic swimmer Wally O’Conner or Los Angeles. O’Conner would visit local beaches and demonstrate his skills for crowds by pushing off of the sand, catching an incoming wave and riding it into the shore.
1926: USC football player Marion Morrison tore his shoulder ligaments bodysurfing near Balboa Pier. After his injury ended his football career, Morrison tried his luck in Hollywood as an actor and took the name John Wayne.
1960’s: An Australian company begins manufacturing the Hand Surfa model handboard, approximately 1 foot long. This is where the evolution of the modern handboard that you see today began.
1990s: The sport of bodysurfing and handboarding experienced a renaissance due to a revival of interest among the younger generations in riding alternative crafts to catch waves. This resulted in the start of a number of small scale handboarding companies.
Today: Handboards can be bought and seen in action in many surfing spots.
Interested in finding out more watch ‘Come Hell or High Water’
ROOTS FOOD: SEITAN A GREAT MEAT ALTERNATIVE!
Seitan, the delicious vegetable meat.
Have you ever tried to replace red meat in your diet? Have you heard about seitan and its properties, its high proteinic and energetic value, and its flexible flavour?
Amongst the different substitutes for meat, we can find many options that give us interesting benefits and nutritional properties in addition to vegetable proteins which are more easily digested by our organism than animal proteins.
Seitan is a delicious food that can become into a exquisite meat alternative, not only for its nutritional properties, but also for its flavour and texture. Is a very versatile product which you can use in many different ways: in stew, breaded, battered, grilled, fried, baked…
This is a natural origin product, elaborated with wheat flour, particularly wheat gluten. Besides you can make it with tamari, kombu seaweed and ginger.
Although it is used in traditional elaborations in China and Japan, it is considered as a recipe or modern dish for macrobiotic, vegan and vegetarian diets.
Nowadays you can easily buy it in vegetarian food based shops in different shapes. But there’s also the option of making your own seitan at home, here you can find a recipe of how to make it to your flavour:
500 gr. wheat gluten
1l. cold water
2 strips of kombu seaweed
1 garlic clove
Put the what gluten in a saucepan. Now add water until you get an homogeneous mix that doesn’t get stick in your hands.
Make a ball and divide it in 4 equal parts.
Peal the garlic clove.
Put the water, the garlic glove, the soya sauce and the kombu seaweed in a cooking pod.
Let the water boil. When it starts to boil introduce the gluten pieces. Leave on medium fire for 45 to 50 minutes.
Turn the fire off. Leave the pot covered until the recipe is cold.
Now it is ready to enjoy!
LIVING CONSCIOUSLY: PLASTIC BAGS & PLASTIC FACTS
Nowadays plastic usage is so abundant and is so interwoven in our everyday lives, that little times we stop to think about its real function and its immense consequences.
Plastic is one of the materials that takes longer to decompose, and at the same time it is one amongst the most used in our society. Everything comes with a plastic container, so we can understand that the waste it generates is frankly alarming.
Our society shows a cultural addiction to plastic, with the habit of using plastic bags in supermarkets and shops. In an average home it is very easy to accumulate hundreds of plastic bags in one year.
Here you have some statistics of plastic consequences:
Plastic bags are the cause of more than 100.000 death of sea turtles every year, when these animals confuse them for food.
To elaborate plastic bags, thousands of atmospheric emissions of tonnes are released each year which pollute the skies and favor the greenhouse effect
– If plastic bags were banned in the UK, it would be like removing around 18.000 circulation cars that would no longer pollute.
Much more than 500.000 millions of bags are used every year in the planet (something like 1.000.000 bags per minute), demanding between 60 and 100 million barrels of oil for the manufacture of the same.
Most of the bags need around 400 years to be biodegraded, but around 1.000 years to completely “disappear” from the planet.
– China uses around 3.000 millions of plastic bags every day, and the average per person in the UK is 220 plastic bags every year. In the United States 100.000 million bags are discarded per year.
Besides, plastic in the environment is fragmented into smaller and smaller pieces that attract and accumulate toxic substances.
These fragments are currently polluting all the seas and coastlines of the planet, and are present in practically all ecosystems. The plastic fragments are ingested by animals, even by microscopic beings like plankton, contaminating the food chain which we depend on.
In oceanic spirals around the world (the central areas of the seas) there is more plastic in suspension than plankton (ie more plastic than food). These are called “garbage islands”.
Most are composed of small fragments (less than 4 mm) and scattered on gigantic surfaces (the Pacific spot is larger than the US) so it is impossible to see them with the naked eye, much less clean them. They are gigantic “soups” made of plastic.
100% of beach sand samples from around the world contain microplastic contamination, tiny toxic particles mixed with sand. This includes remote places like the Antartida. In addition, of course, the huge amount of visible plastics that pollute any beach on the planet.
Plastic beaches are already forming where plastic particles compete with natural sand. Most notable is Kamilo Beach, in southern Hawaii.
Good news is that is relatively easy to hugely reduce our plastic consumption of disposable plastics, and protect ourselves and all other beings from plastic toxicity.
The true solution is refuse disposable plastic.
Facing this problem, what can we do?
Here you have some suggestions in how to change your daily habits:
Say goodbye to plastic bags. Bring your own when you go shopping.
Say goodbye to bottled water. Drink tap water (use a filtre iff you tap water is not optimum), and you will save also a lot of money! When you go out take with you a refillable stainless steel bottle.
Avoid plastic packaging: buy in bulk if you can and choose glass or metal when you have the option. The quality will be also better!
Join initiatives and foundations such as Agüita con el plástico, Clean Ocean Project, Surfrider Foundation.
If you want to make a difference in your community, here you have some ideas:
Talk about this problem in your home, workplace, school and in the circles where you move.
Ask the shops to avoid plastic. Explain to them why you do it.
– Ask your government/council to prohibit disposable plastics, such as bags, bottles, straws ..Cities and regions like San Francisco or Melbourne have done so and also countries like Ireland and Denmark.
–Demand your government your right to know, this is, to inform the public of the dangers of plastic – just as it is informed of the risks of tobacco and other substances or materials.
Get on it and help the planet! 🙂
GET BACK TO YOUR ROOTS WITH POSITIVE THINKING
Saying ‘Yes’ to life is not always easy, problems can be thrown at us from all angles – positive thinking can help us keep our head straight.
Day to day there are many things that can mire us in negativity, from the latest news, relationships, work through to unexpected events. The important thing is to realize that you are in control and have the power of choice no matter how difficult it seems. Positivity can be rooted in reality and help manifest situations more favorable to you.
Here are some great tips to keep your head above the water:
1. Meditate or do yoga – say no more!
2. Offer Compliments to Others
Look for reasons to compliment others. Be genuine in your praise and compliments, but offer it frequently. This will help you look for the good in other people.
3. Surround yourself with positive people.
When you’re stuck in a negative spiral, talk to people who can put things into perspective and won’t feed your negative thinking.
4. Change the tone of your thoughts from negative to positive.
For example, instead of thinking, “We are going to have a hard time adjusting to our living situation,” think, “We will face some challenges in our living situation, but we will come up with solutions that we will both be happy with.”
5. Don’t play the victim. You create your life—take responsibility.
Even if our living situation becomes unbearable, there is always a way out. You will always have the choice to make change happen, if need be.
6. Contribute to the Community
One of the best ways to feel good about what you have, is to focus on what you have to give. Volunteer in some manner and give back to the community. Helping others can give you a new outlook on the world and can assist you with positive thinking.
7. Remember that no one is perfect and let yourself move forward.
It’s easy to dwell on your mistakes. The only thing you can is to learn from mistakes and move forward.
8. Establish and Work Toward Goals
It’s easier to be positive about problems and setbacks when you have goals that you’re working toward. Goals will give you motivation to overcome those obstacles when you encounter problems along the way.
9. Create a Daily Gratitude List
If you start keeping a daily gratitude list, you’ll start noticing exactly how much you have to be thankful for. This can help you focus on the positive in your life instead of thinking about all the bad things that have happened in the day. Getting in the habit of showing an attitude of gratitude makes positive thinking more of a habit.
10. GET OUT AND SURF!
This month we feature we feature this eye opening film ‘Cowspiracy’.
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.
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