Category Archives: Personal

All Of The Changes

WHEW! I can’t believe the last time I posted was July 16. The things that can happen in the matter of a half of a month…

I decided to forgo full time freelance work for awhile and accept a job with a really awesome company called Crowd Surf. I’m working to connect artists with their fans via social media and digital marketing. I work for/with some pretty awesome artists (Ellie Goulding is one of them, which I’m personally super pumped about), so it’s prettttty rad! If you haven’t checked out Crowd Surf, DO IT!

AND

Some of you already know this, but I was asked to be the Music Editor of an INCREDIBLE website called You, Me, and Charlie. I’m really excited to be primarily bringing you new music via YM&C. I’ll still be posting here every once in awhile, but for more regular updates feel free to follow that little diddy too! Lots of incredible exclusives coming your way there. Best part? It’s re-launching TOMORROW. Get into it!

How could I leave you without some tunes? Here’s my favorite track of the new Passion Pit record. Get ready to trip out a little bit. This videos a doozy.

Happy Sunday!

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RP HQ: What’s Been Happening

It’s been a busy month over here at Runaway Projects, hence the lack of posts. I’m really excited about some REALLY awesome collaborations in the works! Chelsea, Trent, and I will be heading out to shoot an awesome exclusive for You, Me, and Charlie next week, and I’ve got some other little secret things with other brands in the works. You’ll hear alllll about it here first. :)

I’m also excited to announce a few weekly columns on the Runaway Projects blog. Along with sharing my favorite music weekly, I’ll be creating monthly playlists for you to hear via Spotify that include some of my favorite songs I’ve been discovering or rediscovering. I’ll be posting my favorite music video of the week every Friday, giving away some free downloads weekly, and just creating more original content overall. I’m excited to be adding a few new contributors to the blog, but you’ll hear more about that later. If time permits, you’ll also see RP getting a graphic facelift!

With change brings great things and wonderful opportunities. I’ve been meeting the most WONDERFUL people lately, and I’m really excited to share and create more music and art with you on the Runaway Projects blog. As always, if you’re interested in collaborating, feel free to e-mail me directly at spencer@runwayprojects.com.

Happy Summer!

-spencer.

Happy Saturday!

We’ve made it through another week. Here are some things that made me happy over the past seven days! All from my Instagram account. :)

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Aaand I’m Back To Eating Like a Normal Human Being

[delicious looking black bean salad]

Good news! I made it three days without any solid foods. How do I feel? To be quite honest, the same. Don’t get me wrong, and I don’t want to knock The Blueprint Cleanse, but I feel the exact same as I did 5 days ago. I waited for two days to see if after the introduction to solid foods I felt any better, but I didn’t really. More clearheaded, perhaps, but that might also be due to the cloudy weather that always leaves me feeling inspired and clearheaded.

However, I kicked the habits I wanted to kick. I DO feel like I don’t want to eat bad foods. I just went to Trader Joes and have never left with healthier foods. I suppose thats really good!

More about the cleanse plus music from Niki + The Dove after the jump!

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I gave up solid food today.

This post isn’t about music. Well maybe a little. But mostly, this post is about a change I decided to make for myself. A straight up healthy change. I’ve been treating my body like hell, and as part of my New Years Resolutions, I’ve decided to start a three day cleanse with one of my best friends, Aimee. We bought the book The Three Day Cleanse by the creators of The Blueprint Cleanse. Here’s how it started!

More about the cleanse and music by The Head and The Heart after the jump!

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What. A. Weekend!

The past few days have been some for the books. Full of art, film, music, West Side drives, a little DIY photo-shoot, and delicious wine (a weekend can’t be a weekend without it!), I had one of the best weekends I’ve had in quite some time. Here’s a little peek at a few things that made me happy this weekend!

I FINALLY watched Hugo on Friday. While I was a little disappointed by the lack of robot (haha) use in the video, it was altogether something I’d absolutely watch again. And the score? Someone gimme the soundtrack! Absolutely perfect. The old French influences in the score really complimented the visuals. Martin Scorsese did it again!

The always solid Lady Danville released their new EP “Operating” a few weeks ago, and it was definitely on constant rotation this weekend. Their incredible harmonies and catchy lyrics bring me right into Springtime. Check out their video for “Better Side”, off the EP, above!

Photo courtesy of Claire Oring

I had the best time assisting Claire Oring on her collaborative photo-shoot for the ladies of You, Me, and Charlie this Sunday. Not too much can be said about it just yet, but check out and follow Claire’s Twitter here and you’ll be the first to know when the “art-etorial” will be released!

What did YOU do this weekend? Did you watch anything blog-worthy that I should know about? Commmmmment or @reply me and tell me all about it.

Happy Monday! x

-spencer.

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Thank YOU!

This blog has been such an incredible outlet for me to write about things that I love while I’m pursuing my dreams. As you all have noticed, that thing is music. Music is an outlet that every single person in this world can relate to. It’s something that everyone feels, and that everyone connects with. Whether it be memories at Coachella, or an on-repeat song on a road trip, music connects us all in ways that nothing else can. From Los Angeles to Berlin, from Hawaii to Australia, music will never fail to connect us.

The Runaway Projects blog has grown much bigger than I ever thought it would grow in only 3 months. Just as I’ve enjoyed sharing my musical journey with you, I hope you’ll continue reading and sharing your journeys with me. Thanks for giving me the courage and strength to continue sharing not only my journey but the most personal pieces of my being with you. I love you.

-spencer.

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Watch and Listen – Bon Iver at AIR Studios

This is why Bon Iver has been unstoppable lately. It’s not about his actions or his words. It all comes down to his music.

In an age where ridiculous space costumes and autotuned vocals are the norm, its incredibly refreshing to see an artist like Justin Vernon come to light. I’ve been listening to his band, Bon Iver, for years now. It was his music that helped me get through my first month of living in Los Angeles, when I was missing my friends and my life in New Mexico. I was nervous and terrified, but this inspired me. No autotune. No costumes. No elaborate light shows and gimmicks. It’s artists like this who are the future of the music industry. Bon Iver is one of the first. If you’ve got half an hour, watch and listen to his newest and rawest live session I’ve seen yet. Justin collaborates with Sean Carey to create something beautiful and memorable. Enjoy, friends. x

-spencer.

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February Favorites

Click away and get a little insight to what my eyes, ears, and taste buds have been enjoying this month in Los Angeles.

The Woods

Milo Greene

Sayers Club

Aroma Cafe

Lesands

Space 15Twenty

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Weighing In on Lana Del Rey

I am so confused by “Lana Del Rey”.

I really want to like her. I really do. She’s got it all – a gorgeous image, an interesting voice, and a fairly reputable label. However, there’s something I can’t quite put my finger on that makes me feel like it might not all be… it. Is it the fact that I’ve been reading about her on the Internet trying to figure it/her out for a few hours? Is it as simple as a “gut feeling”? I couldn’t tell you myself. I guess it’s because Lana Del Rey can’t be categorized into an iTunes genre. She’s simply a little bit of everything. And, again, it’s confusing.

Her album comes out tomorrow in the US, but I couldn’t help myself. I spent an hour or so today searching Tumblr for uploaded tracks. After listening to what must be the entire album, I was even more confused. As I said above, the genres are hip hop/pop/indie-pop influenced and heavily produced. I used to be under the impression that Del Rey was some totally formulated radio pop star, but her voice is too sultry and her lyrics almost a bit too fucked up for the mainstream. I will say that her live performances totally suck, but she knows it and she’s said it herself. She’s a studio artist, a beautiful voice, and an interesting character.

I think in the end, I’ll have to wait and see what I think about this persona that is Lana Del Rey. She’s at the beginning of her career. Who knows what can happen. Artists evolve. She’s not done yet.

With that, check out my favorite track on her album, Radio.

If you’re not familiar with all of the Lana Del Rey debauchery, take a look at this Spin article that describes her history fairly decently. Try to see past their fairly obvious feelings on her:

http://www.spin.com/articles/deconstructing-lana-del-rey?page=0%2C0

Check out her album tomorrow and let me know what you think!

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