TribeLA Magazine Acrostic Interview by Rohitash Rao
[hoot_dropcap]Tagline: Give yourself and your work a Tagline and tell us why.[/hoot_dropcap]
Rohitash: The world is a ridiculous place. I do my best to capture that in my work.
[hoot_dropcap]Rest: How do you spend your time off (Resting and Relaxing)?[/hoot_dropcap]
Rohitash: What time off?
[hoot_dropcap]Influence: How do you hope to affect your audience?[/hoot_dropcap]
Rohitash: Try and laugh a lot. The only thing that keeps me going is trying to smile through the pain.
[hoot_dropcap]Back: If you could choose a past literary/art/music movement to be a part of, which would you choose?[/hoot_dropcap]
Rohitash: I wish I was in a punk band in the 80s. I also wish I could play an instrument.
[hoot_dropcap]Energy: What fires you up?[/hoot_dropcap]
Rohitash: New ideas.
[hoot_dropcap]Los Angeles: Where is your favorite place in Los Angeles and why? Where would you take visitors? If you could defend the city in one sentence to someone who doubts it, what would you say?[/hoot_dropcap]
Rohitash: I can’t say where my favorite place is because I don’t want everyone to go there. But let’s just say it’s my favorite place, because it’s so quiet (which is why I don’t want everyone to go there.) I didn’t appreciate L.A. until I left L.A. Upon returning to L.A. after 11 years in New York, I really fell back in love with this place. So I would say to anyone who doubts L.A., go away for awhile and then come back. Isn’t not having a winter awesome?
[hoot_dropcap]Advice: What is the best Advice you’ve received? What is the best advice you can give?[/hoot_dropcap]
Rohitash: Just keep getting up.
[hoot_dropcap]Aura: How would you describe your Aura, style, etc.?[/hoot_dropcap]
Rohitash: Here’s my normal cycle: Oh wow! A new idea – I must make that idea – Oh my god I haven’t eaten in 10 hours – Or had any water – Okay, I better get some sleep – Oh that felt good – Hey, I have another new idea – Oh no
[hoot_dropcap]Room: Where is your favorite Room to work and why?[/hoot_dropcap]
Rohitash: I have a studio in Venice, where I work. I’ve made more work there in the past 6 years than I probably have in my entire life.
[hoot_dropcap]Tools: What do you prefer to work with, physically and otherwise?[/hoot_dropcap]
Rohitash: I love working in every possible medium. But my favorite is just a pencil and piece of paper.
[hoot_dropcap]Indulgence: What is your favorite indulgence? Do you cook any specialty meals? What is your favorite restaurant in LA where you indulge yourself?[/hoot_dropcap]
Rohitash: Peanut butter and chocolate smoothies. It’s my drug. And those drugs aren’t cheap! Especially in Venice.
[hoot_dropcap]Special: Who or what holds a Special place in your heart? How does this factor into your creative process?[/hoot_dropcap]
Rohitash: I have an amazing group of cheerleaders around me that double as friends. There is no way I could keep going without them.
[hoot_dropcap]Time: What is your all-time favorite piece of art that you created and why?[/hoot_dropcap]
Rohitash: It’s funny you should ask this right now. I currently have a show up at the Google Venice called Rohit Records. It’s a record store for “bands that don’t exist.” I’ve created over 150 fake album covers for bands that don’t exist, as well as fake concert posters and T-shirts. I’ve also enlisted a music company called Jingle Punks to create original music and we’re releasing our first record on vinyl called “Rohit Records Greatest Hits Volume 1.” I’ve also directed a music video for one of the songs called “Coastal Elites.” So to answer your question, that’s my new favorite piece of writing/art/music.
Thank you Rohitash!
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