I have a general interest in quintessential New Yorkers. I’ve always known that Debi Mazar was a former Hip-Hop dancer, very accomplished actress, and cohort of mega-celebrities like Madonna and Adrian Grenier. More interestingly though, she also came up inside a long-lost New York, with the likes of Doze Green, Lee Quinones, Charlie Ahearn, Bobbito, and Ricky Powell. These are people who I always had a genuine respect for, and have been blessed to form my own bonds with. It’s always easier to understand someone when you have a first hand experience with aspects of where they come from.
See, in the 80s, when you came to New York, you actually mingled with interesting people everywhere you went. It’s a New York that can be hard to find these days, although it’s still flickering here and there. Debi represents this golden era of the city, and I’ve always known it.
This year, around my house, we’ve been constantly glued to DVR’d episodes of Debi’s show “Extra Virgin” on the Cooking Channel. Debi and her husband Gabriele have that kind of on-camera chemestry that’s rare. They also chef up the banging Tuscan food. That’s Italian, busters…
I always thought Debi was Italian, but there was something in me that said she was a Jew. I can just tell. Yes, I come from Eastern European lineage. I don’t associate with my family’s heritage much at all, but I know another Russian Jew when I see one, especially if they’re from New York. Well, it turns out that Debi is Greek and Russian in decent, not that it matters. It’s just interesting that she’s always typecast as an Italian, married to an Italian, and has an Italian cooking show, but isn’t Italian at all.
At any rate, I was looking for the right interview with Debi to put up here, and I finally found it. Her piercing eyes, charmingly flawed face, and whole demeanor is just attractive, point blank. I think this interview really shows this in the right light.
DJ Synapse has been a constant figure in the NYC music lexicon for the past 14 years. He uses his fluency of multiple musical genres (pop, dancefloor jazz, hip-hop, funk and reggae to rock, dubstep and electro) to put forth his Cut & Paste style, garnering him the respect of the DJ culture's founders, as well as the new guard. As a purveyor of "Verge Culture", Synapse uses the turntables as a platform to musically expand minds. DEFINITION: syn·apse [sin-aps, si-naps] : the place where thought happens.
He has provided music and inspiration for clients like Leo Burnette, Frank151 Magazine, Hotel Chantelle, Red Bull, STK Steakhouse, Jive/Sony Records, Ad Week, Beautiful/Decay Magazine The Box NYC, Elemental Magazine, Palm Pictures, Royal Caribbean, Samson Audio, Mass Appeal Magazine, Canal Room, Santos Party House, Le Poisson Rouge, Hanky Panky intimate apparel, Shine Nightclub (Vancouver), Adidas, LRG, Karmaloop, Miller High Life, Red Bull, C3 Agency, Mountain Dew and more.
He's played alongside:
KOOL HERC, CLINTON SPARKS, RED ALERT, VIKTER DUPLAIX, PETE ROCK, DE LA SOUL, PRINCE PAUL, MOS DEF, DJ PREMIER, ROB SWIFT, QUESTLOVE, JAZZY JAY, DISCO D, STRETCH ARMSTRONG, URSULA 1000, LORD SEAR, J PERIOD, AARON LACRATE, NEIL ARMSTRONG, EVIL DEE, SCOTTIE B & BOBBITO and more.
In addition to his musical journey, Synapse has also worked in branding, marketing, publishing and journalism for the past 10 years. Working with Beautiful/Decay art and lifestyle Magazine, he created multi-media events that were used to brand the company, as well as writing articles for the publication. Following that, he spent four years as the brand manager at Frank151 Media Group, a magazine, website, apparel brand and growing world-wide icon. There he wore various hats, including writer/blogger, distribution, marketing, promotions and international network builder.
DJ Synapse is a professional DJ of over 15 years, and makes culture happen while he moves the crowd. He has provided the soundtrack for everything from private events, bars, clubs, hotels, loft and house parties, as well as corporate events.
His musical selection is completely focused on the needs of his client. From rock, funk, r&b, hip-hop, edm, reggae, soul, electro and oldies, this DJ holds the values of the DJs that started DJ culture. He can do it all. Just name the sound!