Top 25 Albums of 2013

1. VEX: MEMORIOUS 2. KATATONIA: DEAD END KINGS 3. PORTUGAL.THE MAN: EVIL FRIENDS 4. CARCASS: SURGICAL STEEL 5. GHOST B.C.: INFESTISSUMAM 6. DA MAFIA 6IX: 6IX COMMANDMENTS 7. BOSNIAN RAINBOWS: BOSNIAN RAINBOWS 8. EMPIRE OF THE SUN: ICE ON THE DUNE 9. SOILWORK: THE LIVING INFINITE 10. LEPROUS: COAL 11. SKELETONWITCH: SERPENTS UNLEASHED 12. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: …LIKE CLOCKWORK 13. IHSAHN: DAS SEELENBRECHEN 14. THE ZENITH PASSAGE: COSMIC DISSONANCE 15. KARNIVOOL: ASYMMETRY 16. GORGUTS: COLORED SANDS 17. KALMAH: SEVENTH SWAMPHONY 18. THE VEILS: TIME STAYS, WE GO 19. DR. DOG: B-ROOM 20. ULCERATE: VERMIS 21. OMNIUM GATHERUM: BEYOND 22. UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA: II 23. ORPHANED LAND: ALL IS ONE 24. AYREON: THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING 25. DEVIN THE… Read More →

The Jay Smith Group

The Jay Smith Group are an extremely talented group of musicians from Bakersfield that have created a unique style of jazz that begs to be heard. There style is can be a bit difficult to categorize since you can hear so many different influences, but if you are a fan of jazz, rock, latin, fusion, or prog, then you will love this group. We spent some time with the guys as they recorded their upcoming album, and it is clear that this group was meant to play together. Improvising any type of music is tough, but Jazz is a genre where improvising can seem messy, however, The Jay Smith Group just do it perfectly & in balance. Currently the guys… Read More →

Kendall Sanchez: Fashion Blogger

Kendall Sanchez is an up and coming fashion blogger from Oildale, California. At the young age of 19, she is already making her strong presence known in the fashion community. We initially discovered Kendall while browsing the street-style website Lookbook.nu almost a year ago. At the time, Kendall had already been successful as she was working with some big companies like Pac-Sun. In the short amount of time we’ve known Kendall, her style & her art has improved quite dramatically. Kendall’s style is definitely a force to be reckoned with, as she is always on top of the game. We see her improving every day, every week, and every month, which is extremely admirable and inspiring. It’s almost rare to… Read More →

The Secret VI

The Secret VI are an extreme metal band from Bakersfield, CA who are creating a buzz in the metal community. We got to hang with the band during their latest show at Jerry’s Pizza. (See photos from the show here). While hanging, we shot footage for our interview (obviously), as well has interviews for FuseTV, Driven Inc, and a music video! We cannot wait to see our work on TV! After you watch the interview, be sure to like The Secret VI on Facebook to see what the guys are up to. Follow The Secret VI: Photos By: Robert Bejil Photography

Jin N Tonic: Model/Actress/Bad Ass

In this murky pool of models in Bakersfield, Jin N Tonic successfully manages to set herself a part from the typical “cookie-cutter” model. Jin N Tonic (Jin for short) is a model with such a unique look & attitude, that you can’t help but fall in love with her work. How does she manage to be such a pro? Well we sat down with Jin to figure that out! How did you get the name “Jin N Tonic”? “I got the nickname ‘Jin’ while dating a guy with the nickname ‘Juice.’ The ‘N Tonic’ was added as a fake last name so people couldn’t look me up on Facebook. Ironic really, that now I spend 99% trying to get people to… Read More →

El Paraiso Tacos Y Mariscos

El Paraiso is a Mexican food truck based in the Southwest part of Bakersfield, CA. This town is no stranger to the slew of street style Mexican food trucks, but El Paraiso manages to stand out as being one of the best in town. Not only does the physical appearance differentiate this establishment from the others, but the food is the real celebrity of this unique truck. El Paraiso started its business around 2005, and still manages to provide tasty Mexican food to SW Bakersfield. Upon arriving to the restaurant, you immediately notice  bright yellow and red colors among the otherwise industrial setting. The trailer also includes 4 long tables, plenty of chairs, a TV, and an awning over the seating area so that you may eat your… Read More →

Meditated Assault

We sat down with Meditated Assault (left to right: Micah, Rico, Bryan, and Tony) in their extremely impressive practice studio aka Rented Storage Facility. Our first impression with them was more with their physical appearance… these guys look like they are supposed to be in separate bands.  Upon listening to them jam, it was immediately clear that they all belong in one band together. To hear them play sounds as if the music itself was one instrument that took all 4 of them to play… and they do it extremely well!  During the interview we found that the band members actually live together! Meditated Assault ARE the definition of a band. They are family, brothers, bandmates, best friends, and they play their music with such love and emotion that you can’t help to be moved by it.  Tony said while… Read More →

Vanessa Cabrillas: Fashion Photographer

When we initially brainstormed which photographers to feature, Vanessa Cabrillas of NES | Photographs was easily a “must have”. Our time spent with NES consisted of long laughs, passionate talk and an in-depth breakdown of NES | Photographs. We were so impressed with Nes, and we cannot remember the last time we heard a photographer speak so passionately about what they do! We left that night re-inspired and eager to continue on our own path to success. NES said something that night that really stuck with us, she said “Being able to SEE is a skill that is crafted over time and gained with experience”… it seems as if this young woman is already well beyond her young years. What follows is… Read More →

Save Mable!

Help Hectic Films Production make a real life country western movie! “Mable” is a short film about a Father in search of his daughter (Mable) who has been kidnapped by a gang of cowboys. After many failed attempts to rescue Mable, her father hires a man by the name of Tom Landry to find and rescue her. Tom had grown up near Mable and was always found of her. Tom plans to rescue Mable and make her his wife… but that may not be what Mable has planned. More info and how you can donate click the link below: http://igg.me/at/mablemove Follow Mable: Official Site: http://mablemovie.com Follow Hectic Films: Official Site: http://hecticfilms.com