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Stoner Girl Interview with The Outer Vibe

If you are into indie-pop, or surf-disco, you’ll dig this dope five-piece band out of Nashville, known as The Outer VibeFull Circle (released June 2015) was their first full-length album and now they’re back with the single “Sweet to the Rind.” You can listen to this track at the following link:  http://bit.ly/STTR_sp

I had the honor of interviewing The Outer Vibe, check out our chat below!

OG: So, what have you been up to lately?

In October, we had an Exodus and relocated our entire band HQ and crew to Nashville, TN from Grand Rapids, MI. We signed a publishing deal with Catch This Music and are in the process of releasing some new singles.

OG: General inspirations for how you live your lives?

Noah: Be good at what you do and don’t be a dick.

OG: How much time per day do you all spend on music?

It’s a life obsession. We tried doing the math and it was hard for us to think of times we aren’t spending on music. We do everything together … we live together (9 people in 1 house) so even when we are making dinner together, we are still listening to music or talking about song ideas. It never stops.

OG: Can you tell us about your artistic process please. Pot? Patting cats? Pacing?

Lisa: All of the above. Seriously though. Except we have a Papillon, not a cat.

Sean: We go to space and eventually find our way back home.

Noah: We go off on tangents, cross the line, and take ideas way too far, even if they’re bad ideas. It’s pretty fun. We also jam a lot.

OG: Any advice for someone who would like to do something creative for a living?

Nick: It’s gonna take longer than you think. And if it doesn’t, it might be over sooner than you want. If you want to get noticed right now, you’ll soon be forgotten. If you want to never be forgotten, you will have to be patient because it will be a slow process.

Everyone: Collaborate a lot with other artists. Find other people who are like you, even if they’re not doing exactly what you’re doing. Inspire each other.

Lisa: Someone else is always better than you, but it doesn’t mean they’re going to get anywhere. If you love what you do, then keep practicing a lot and stick to it. Don’t give up.

OG: How do you feel about Cannabis?

We are fans. It’s been a fun part of what we do together and gives new perspective we might not otherwise see.

Nick: It’s also been a fun way to meet peaceful, friendly people.

OG: How do you feel about edibles?

Edibles are a spaceship to space. They’re also a good companion for long car rides.

OG: What do you think would happen if an elderly woman fed a tray of hash brownies to a pack of squirrels?

Sean: She would have to have a lot more snacks on hand.

Nick: She should also have some banjos, acoustic guitars, and mandolins to hand the squirrels.

Noah: She could then train them to grow cannabis in our green house.

OG: How much coffee is too much coffee?

Wonder: Depends on how much weed you smoke because if you smoke enough weed there is no amount of coffee that is too much.

OG: What songs come to mind when you think about drugs?

Nick: The Beatles – I am the Walrus

Wonder: Suzuki by Tosca

OG: What’s a groupie?

To us, a groupie is someone who follows the band, is regularly present at shows, and is actively involved in whatever the band is up to. Someone who gets a notification on Spotify that says “you’re in the top 1% of listeners of this band.”

OG: How do you feel about Feminism?

Lisa: Feminism is not what people actually think it is. It’s a widely misunderstood concept.

Nick: Definition of feminism: “the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes.” So that being said … count us in.

OG: What do you think the secrets to happiness are?

Noah: It’s about the simple things like having good friends, a place to live, being accepted for who you are … and weed is a +1 at the end of the day.

OG: When do you think humans should be really brave?

Sean: When running topless down the street.

OG: How important are beauty, money and fashion?

Noah: Beauty is something you create in your life. It’s not a word that describes how someone looks, but true beauty is something you have to find for yourself. And money? We’ll let ya know what we think of it when we find some.

Lisa: Fashion is fun. It’s a hobby of mine. As a band, fashion is an avenue for expression that’s similar to music.

OG: Anyone you’d love to work on a project with?

Anderson.Paak. Dave Grohl. David Kahne. Pat Pattison. Damon Albarn. Dave Bird, a.k.a. Little Dickie. Ben Folds. Snoop Dogg. Danger Mouse. Mark Ronson. Justice. Nardwaar. Randy Newman. Dolly Parton. Jeff Lynn from ELO. Definitely not Paul McCartney. Just kidding. So yeah, we have big dreams.

OG: Women you think are amazing?

Lisa: Annie Clark. Annie Lennox. People named Annie, apparently.

Wonder: Carol K. and Karen O.

OG: What advice would you give to your 19-year-old self?

Wonder: Smoke more weed.

Lisa: Drugs are not bad. Seriously though, that’s what I’d tell myself. Don’t be so judgmental, oh wait I’m still working on that. Mom and Dad mean well but aren’t always right. Escape from your hometown, at least for awhile if not forever, and experience new places.

Sean: Call The White Stripes and make garage rock together, “Back To The Future” style.

OG: How many cats are too many cats, for one human to live with?

Lisa: Whatever the point is when your house starts to smell like litter box.

Sean: When you have more than one bald cat.

OG: Where do you think Stoner Heaven is?

Islamorada in the Florida Keys. Grand Junction because they have so much weed they have to give it away.

OG: Where should stoners visit in your city?

They should visit our house. Hit us up. And also Mas Tacos Por Favor.

OG: What do you want in return for dedicating your lives to music?

Nick: Good music and a community of people that appreciate it and want to enjoy it with us. Somewhat like those old Renaissance paintings you see of a guy dressed like a jester, singing and playing for a bunch of people in a tavern and everyone is having a good time.

OG: What’s next for you?

Writing songs endlessly. Touring North America. Maybe a Mars tour in 2025. That kind of stuff.

Haha. You cats rock! Thanks so much for your time everyone! Stay dope!!

🙂

Onya

The Stoner Girl’s Guide to Om Edibles

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Hailing from Northern California, Om Edibles / Om Collective is a beloved and world-renowned all-female collective which grows cannabis and makes amazing cannabis-infused products, from “Mushroom & Miso Broth” to soaks and scrubs. Om Edibles is a High Times Cannabis Cup and Emerald Cup winner. They’ve gone home with High Times Cannabis Cup awards over eight times!

You can check out more of the products Om Edibles creates at the following link: http://www.omedibles.org

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The Om Collective includes an all-female grow team. These women know weed inside-out and have many strains they have created and nurtured over the years. High Times visited the wonderful Om garden not too long ago, check out the tour below:

I aIso highly recommend checking out Maya of OM Edibles on Vice’s MUNCHIES:

Om Edibles was also on an episode of Coral Reefer’s Stoney Sunday, check it out below, she talks about everything from her first time smoking pot to getting into cannabis as a way to make a living:

Super pleased to have had the honor of interviewing OM Edibles myself …

Check out our chat below!

So, what have you been up to lately?

I have just been making the best medical cannabis products I can and doing lots of deep self-work … I feel the better that I feel in my body the better medicine I can make for others. Lots of angel work which is work I don’t get paid for but is out of the goodness of my heart — like delivering phoenix tears etc.

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General inspirations for how you live your life?

Inspirations for how I live my life are all about feeling good, taking care of myself and others, eating healthy food, listening to great music and trying my best to enjoy life in this turbulent time. I believe we live in a time where many small acts of self-care can help make these times more bearable. We are subjected to so much that we don’t have a choice about and so it’s our choice to engage in a magnitude of self-care tasks. Nature walks, coconut oil pulling, healthy foods, and good time with friends.

How do you feel about Cannabis?

Cannabis is my life, it always has been and always will be! I believe so much in this plant and I have seen miracle after miracle and peoples’ lives changed so many times. It’s an honor and a blessing! What a gift.

How much time per day do you spend on cannabis?

I spend all day every day on cannabis, LOL, it is my absolute life and my active service for the universe.

Any advice for someone who would like to do something cannabis-related for a living?

My advice for anyone who would like to do cannabis related work is to develop a solid relationship with the plant. Cannabis is truly personal and unless you’ve experienced it many different ways it can be hard to create medicines for people or understand peoples’ needs. My advice is to pick one thing that you really love and you want to focus on and do your very best to use the best ingredients possible.

How do you feel about edibles?

My feelings about edibles are that they are a very effective way to medicate especially if someone is on a budget or needs to be discreet. They’re also extremely effective for patients who need a lot of medication as they last so much longer and cycle through your vital organs giving you relief on a whole new level. Edibles are very powerful and something that should be respected and taken seriously, always start with a small amount and work your way up.

What do you think would happen if an elderly woman fed a tray of hash brownies to a pack of squirrels?

I definitely don’t think the squirrels would die… They might pass out for a long long time, unless the chocolate kills them! So many times the dangers are with other ingredients but not the cannabis.

How much coffee is too much coffee?

There is no such thing as too much coffee! As long as it’s organic… I try to limit myself to two per day though. Every morning I enjoy my beautiful delicious organic coffee and I truly do enjoy it.

What song comes to mind when you think about drugs?

I guess “Lucy in The Sky with Diamonds.”

What’s a groupie?

A groupie is somebody who groups around someone that inspires them! A fan or a supporter — someone who is greatly inspired by you.

How do you feel about Feminism?

I feel feminism gets really bad rap… and I feel that now is a great time for women to come together and stand with strength and creation. I don’t necessarily identify with being a feminist but I think I probably am. I love to be a woman, I love to inspire others and I love knowing that I can do anything my mind is put to.

What do you think the secrets to happiness are?

I believe the secrets to happiness are counting your blessings. Also eating good food, exercising regularly and remembering that your thoughts and words are really important and what you say and think does matter. Best to feel your feelings as you process them, to transmute them and do your work right then and there, instead of letting things build up. Also, important to always remember even when life has knocked you down, the universe has your back and this “too shall pass.”

When do you think humans should be really brave?

Humans should be really brave all the time. Such a beautiful reminder to remember our strength. We are capable of so much more than we believe.

Anyone you’d love to work on a project with?

I would love to work on a project with Thinx or another organization that helps women in need.

Women you think are amazing?

I think that all women are amazing.

What advice would you give to your 19-year-old self?

You might not know this yet but you can make a career out of weed! Keep doing what you love.

How many cats are too many cats, for one human to live with?

The question — no such thing!

Where do you think Stoner Heaven is?

Northern California! There’s a reason we grow the best trees! It’s not by chance and it’s not by accident.

Where should stoners visit in your city?

Stoners should definitely visit a whole bunch of different dispensaries, the beach, and all the wonderful restaurants we have.

What do you want in return for dedicating your life to cannabis?

All I want is for people to enjoy our products! Knowing that I’m helping people is what really makes me feel good and I’m super grateful.

OG: What’s next for you?

We have a lot of new products coming out and just preparing for regulation in California! Just keeping on the keeping on and hustling and continuing to create!

Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with me and share your point-of-view with my readers! Your spirit and the work you do is truly inspiring.

Stay dope OM Edibles!

Best wishes,

Onya

The Stoner Girl’s Guide to iRollie

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Pictured above is my fancy new iPhone case that is a handy joint-rolling accessory! This product is made by a company called iRollie, owned and operated by Joe Khoury and Luke Shepter. Joe and Luke are 21-year-old college students who competed with biotech companies for a startup accelerator and won! They have been featured in High Times and have developed some new products that they are to be launching in the next month or so.

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Check out my interview with Joe Khoury of iRollie below!

OG: So, what have you been up to lately?

I am finishing my final year at University of Massachusetts Amherst after living in Denver all summer. Additionally, we have developed a number of new products that are being finalized as we speak, and will be dropping soon! This is thanks to the TREMENDOUS iRollie industrial engineer that just came on the team. iRollie has expanded our white labeling portion of the business, and we are working with brands such as Def Jam Records to co-brand product. This has been awesome, and we have been able to meet some awesome new companies, people, and artists, such as Bibi Bourelly.

OG: General inspirations for how you live your life?

My biggest inspiration is Mark Twain. I think he is one of the great American innovators and cultural catalysts. He had the whimsical and adventurous spirit that led to a full life that spanned the spectrum of human experience. He was regarded as one of the greatest thinkers and orators of his time but maintained a subversive attitude. An attitude that was critical of the powers that be, and a sharp wit that compelled what would sway hordes of people to his perspective. For example, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the tale of a young ruffian boy born in Missouri during the height of the slave era in the 1830s. Similarly, Twain was born in Missouri in the 1830s. Huck runs away with a slave, Jim, and grows to love him as a friend. At ten years old, this child has the moral compass to deny everything society, family, and the law has told him about slavery and black people. Huck sees the absurdity and immorality in a culture that treats people this way. Similarly, Twain was as outspoken against the institutions and norms that harm people, individual freedom, and overall creativity.

That long winded synopsis of Huck Finn & Twain has a point. The current state of cannabis legality makes its support somewhat subversive. With objective analysis devoid of societal consequences, i.e. jail, this is an overwhelmingly beneficial plant. The people opposing it are the powers that be that have an insidious stake in keeping it illegal. These powers are the pharmaceutical companies that are able to profit from selling synthetic medicines that are highly addictive and harmful. These medicines would be replaced by cannabis and with more efficacy.

Twain influenced me by showing that what is law is not always right, and to trust your gut and moral compass, even when it is unpopular.

OG: How do you feel about cannabis?

LOVE IT! It is such a crime “no pun intended” that it is still illegal. With so many healing properties, and its ability to replace a lot of opiates, it saddens us to see people mired in addiction at the hands of big pharma profits.

OG: Any advice for someone who would like to do something cannabis-related for a living?

I know this is so cliche but just start. Whatever your idea is, begin the steps to making it a reality.

OG: What do you think would happen if an elderly woman fed a tray of hash brownies to a pack of squirrels?

A lot of trees would no longer have their nuts.

OG: How much coffee is too much coffee?

1 million and 1 coffees.

OG: How do you feel about Feminism?

I love it. Equality should be a cornerstone of any free society. I have two sisters, and they are going to be the most successful amongst us, or at least have the most ability. So, it is so troubling to think they would ever face bias because of their gender.

The men that oppose feminism are often self-conscious about their own capabilities and feel threatened because they will be beaten by a girl! (Every young boy’s nightmare.)

I’m not too up to date on feminist manifestos, but it seems the definition of feminism is becoming more abstract. I am not for the people that say men are the root of all problems and an all-female society is the solution. I am for everyone (race, gender, alien, whatever) having the same opportunities, pay, and treatment.

OG: What do you think the secrets to happiness are?

Hahaha, this seems to be the eternal human dilemma. It’s definitely an evolving answer for me, but I think good people and love are two of the big ones. The timeless aspects of humanity like a great conversation and love are the things I have found in my 21 years of life. More generally, the moments that seem uniquely human.

Once I die, I will have a better answer for you.

OG: Anyone you’d love to work on a project with?

SNOOP! If you’re seeing this Snoop, slide into those DM’s.

OG: Women you think are amazing?

My mother. She is a mother of four children, I’m the oldest. She lived a massive life. Lived in Ecuador & Spain, was a wall street broker for a while, she was a journalist for The Boston Globe, and raised some kick ass kids. She has started businesses of her own, and always pushed us to get out of our comfort zone. She is not at all a conventional mom. For example, during hurricanes where people are told to evacuate the beach, she would take us to the beach. The storms always made for the best waves, and she would take us swimming.

She taught us open-mindedness and compassion. This summer my mom put up six Syrian refugee children for a couple weeks. These kids got to play with my younger siblings, and just have a blast. I guess the biggest quality she has I admire is fearlessness. She didn’t let the war mongering fear of refugee terrorists deter her from helping where it is needed. She’s dope.

OG: Where do you think Stoner Heaven is?

Amsterdam.

OG: Where should stoners visit in your city?

The Institute of Contemporary Art is a really cool place to check out in Boston after rolling up on an iRollie. In terms of food, Anna’s Taqueria in Cambridge is some of the best Mexican food I have ever had. There are a couple of them around the city I think.

OG: What’s next for you?

We are launching a whole bunch of new products in the next couple of months. Additionally, some big partnerships on the horizon!

Thanks very much for taking the time to share your point of view with me, Joe!! Best wished to you and the iRollie team!

Toke it easy,

Onya G.

The Stoner Girl’s Guide to Demrick

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Can you say that your mentors include Cypress Hill, Kurupt and Xzibit? Demrick can!

Demrick is an MC from LA who just put out a dope video for his track “Different Day” ft. Casey Veggies … check it out below …

“Different Day” is from Demrick’s new album Collect Call.

Stream Collect Call on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/1242748003/playlist/2cIyCAmDvzsutlszCqNk8y

Buy Collect Call on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/collect-calls/id1114449754

Read my interview with Demrick below! Forgive him for not loving cats.

Onya: So, what have you been up to lately?

Demrick: I just finished a 20 city tour with DJ Hoppa in The States.

General inspirations for how you live your life?

Positive vibes and great weed.

How much time per day do you spend on music?

I spend most of my day working on music in some way. Either in the studio, on tour, shooting videos, the business side, or building with fans.

Can you tell us about your artistic process please. Pot? Patting cats? Pacing?

Definitely blazing up and thinking about what I wanna talk about. Always making sure I’m having fun with the music too. Yes and pacing around while I write, haha.

Any advice for someone who would like to do something creative for a living?

Create thick skin and believe in yourself.

How do you feel about Cannabis? 

I feel great about cannabis and what it has done for my life. It really calms me and helps me deal with life stresses. I wish it was legal everywhere.

How do you feel about edibles?

I gotta be in the right mood for an edible.

How much coffee is too much coffee?

One cup a day is good for me.

What hip hop tracks come to mind when you think about drugs?

Any of Juicy J’s albums or mixtapes, lol.

What’s a groupie?

Sometimes fans forget us artists are people too. They will do or say whatever to you because they’re treating you like an object not a person. Those people are groupies.

How do you feel about Feminism?

I don’t really think about Feminism but to each their own.

What do you think the secrets to happiness are?

Live for you and the people you love, stop caring about other people’s opinions of you.

When do you think humans should be really brave?

Be brave when you truly believe in something.

How important are beauty, money and fashion?

Depends on the person but I like what’s beautiful to me, I wanna have money to do the things I want, and I like to be fly so for me those things are important.

Anyone you’d love to work on a project with?

Wiz Khalifa.

Women you think are amazing?

Smart, cute stoners girls. 🙂

What advice would you give to your 19-year-old self?

Stay at it kid.

How many cats are too many cats, for one human to live with?

Never been a big fan of cats haha grew up with no pets (apartment life) and never really felt the love from cats. I like dogs.

Where do you think Stoner Heaven is?

Never running out of great weed.

Where should stoners visit in your city?

If you’re in LA visit Greenwolf dispensary.

What do you want in return for dedicating your life to music?

I be considered one of the greats. I just found my wave and I can’t wait to build it up.

What’s next for you?

A 15 track project with Dizzy Wright called Blaze With Us.

Thanks for your time Demrick! Stay dope.


Buy Collect Call on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/collect-calls/id1114449754

Collect Call Tracklist:
1. Collect Call (Intro) (prod. by Audio Jones)
2. Different Day (ft. Casey Veggies) (prod. by StandOut Musik)
3. Watch This (ft. Lil Debbie) (Prod. by Scoop DeVille)
4. Bad Guy (prod. by Lavi$h)
5. Freak Show (prod. by Scoop DeVille)
6. Pocket Full of Green (Prod. by Scoop DeVille)
7. Take Me to Cali (prod. by DJ Hoppa)
8. Down to Roll (prod. by Cali Cleve/ Roc and Mayne)
9. Broke Down the Walls (prod. by Scoop DeVille)
10. Back in the Daze (prod. by GMB Music)

Demrick Links: twitter | instagram | facebook | soundcloud | youtube
Toke it easy, Onya G.

The Stoner Girl’s Guide to Dr Meaker

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Last weekend, friends and I stood on a dock, at the edge of a lake, deep in the woods, in the middle of nowhere. We talked about music and we debated who the best MCs and producers in the world are right now. We expressed our burning desires for something hot to drop this summer–and soon! Which brings me to the fact that Dr Meaker, is a super dope drum and bass outfit hailing from Bristol, England and today is the day they are releasing their album ‘DIRT & SOUL’ on Circus Records. Thus today is the day my friends and I have our desires for a killer summer album satisfied, completely.

I know it is only July but I feel confident that ‘DIRT & SOUL’ is the dopest album of the summer. Here’s one of the singles from ‘DIRT & SOUL’ so you can hear exactly why I feel that way:

Whether digital or vinyl, I highly recommend getting yourself a copy of ‘DIRT & SOUL’ HERE & checking out my interview with Clive Meaker below!

OG: So, what have you been up to lately? 

I have been working on finishing and now promoting my new album ‘DIRT & SOUL’ on Circus records.

OG: General inspirations for how you live your life? 

I try to find happiness where possible and practice self love; that’s where it all starts. Fight only the battles that need to be fought.

OG: How much time per day do you spend on music?

It depends which day it is. As an average per week I would say 4 hours a day. There is a lot more outside of the actual ‘making music’ when you’re a musician.

OG: Can you tell us about your artistic process please. Pot? Patting cats? Pacing?

My process these days starts with playing on the piano until something feels good and then I start to record it. Being out and listening to other music inspires me and triggers ideas. No pot involved. It works for some artists and not for others.

OG: Any advice for someone who would like to do something creative for a living? 

Be prepared to not know where the next pay check is coming from so make sure you have your rent covered!

OG: How do you feel about Cannabis? 

I think it works for some people and not for others. It’s like any drug. It should be respected and not abused. Everything should be used in moderation. I believe the plant has many uses but I don’t look into it too much. I was more interested in it when I was a teenager.

OG: How much coffee is too much coffee?

More than 2 cups a day and I’m getting twitchy!

OG: What hip hop tracks come to mind when you think about drugs?

Snoop Dog saying “Sticky Icky” … lol.

OG: What’s a groupie? 

Someone who loves an artist (or the artist’s fame) so much that they are prepared to base a friendship or intimate relationship on that alone.

OG: How do you feel about Feminism?

I think it is important and I’m open to hearing about anyone’s plight for equality.

OG: What do you think the secrets to happiness are?

To be kind to yourself. Learn from mistakes and try not to repeat them. Surround yourself with positive people and good friends. Be open to change because life will always change. Do things that are good for you.

OG: When do you think humans should be really brave?

When they need to be.

OG: How important are beauty, money and fashion? 

Money is important as people need it to eat and live. Beauty and fashion are more superficial yet still important to an extent.

OG: Anyone you’d love to work on a project with? 

I would like to work with Randy Crawford.

OG: Women you think are amazing?

The women down the Jerk Chicken shop are really kind and friendly.

OG: What advice would you give to your 19-year-old self?

Try to have the courage to take all opportunities, regardless of how much anxiety you feel at the time.

OG: How many cats are too many cats, for one human to live with?

Any more than 2 is too many for one house.

OG: Where do you think Stoner Heaven is?

If it did exist then it’s probably in the mind of a stoner on a good buzz.  So it could be at any time in history.

OG: Where should stoners visit in your city? 

Everywhere. Bristol is a great city and attracts people of all backgrounds for different reasons.  The Stokes Croft area would probably be a good place to start for a stoner. There are plenty of them around.

OG: What do you want in return for dedicating your life to music?

It would be nice to be financially stable. But nothing really as the life is the life and is its own reward.

OG: What’s next for you?

More music and more life.

Thank you so much Clive — for taking the time to answer my questions, for sharing your point of view, and of course for making the soundtrack to my summer!

Best wishes from Canada,

Onya G.


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Find Dr Meaker on social media and catch them live if you can!

July 2: Colourfest – Dorset

July 9: Electric Beach Festival – Newquay

July 30: Kendall Calling Festival – Lake District

August 27: Field Trip Festival – Wiltshire

September 17: Bussey Building – London

http://www.facebook.com/circusrecords

http://www.facebook.com/drmeaker

http://www.drmeaker.co.uk

https://twitter.com/drmeaker

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