So welcome to the ninth installment of my series Get To Know Your Neighbor. It’s my way of saying thanks to those folks that have been cool to me, and a chance to give back to the community that I love so much. This was also an opportunity for me to give you, the reader, some insight into the blogs that have influenced me. Consider it my own personal take on #FF (Follow Fridays). The series will consist of a five question interview with a different blogger/writer each time, along with a few word associations and of course, a list of what you should be listening to. Hopefully you’ll discover a new blog or artist you haven’t heard of yet. You might even learn something new.
I loathe written interviews. That sense of rapport and human connection that brings a statement or question to life just doesn’t feel as 3D. So the irony with Get To Know Your Neighbor interview #9 is that it’s probably the most real and humanizing interview I’ve done despite the fact it was written, emailed, completed and emailed back. Maybe it was all Vlad and I just got lucky and asked the right questions.
I’ve been fascinated with Vlad Stoian, the mad scientist behind the mixtape focused blog Warmer Climes for what feels like forever. I love the concept behind Warmer Climes and the detail and care Vlad takes to make each mix special. Vlad Stoian is a intriguing study in his own right. His phantasmagoria of an internet existence is so much of his own creation. It’s something everyone living in this digital world can relate to on some level, and in the bigger picture of things, it’s a fascinating way to look at our freedom of choice as individuals and as a human race. Everything and nothing matters. It’s all excess, unless we choose to attach meaning to it. Vlad strives to share his every thought without deleting and re-writing, un-sending, or any other form of editing, in an attempt to paint a picture of one man’s life, and let you, the fan, friend, acquaintance, enemy, whatever, decide what, if anything about him his worth holding on to. It’s not spam, unless you decide it is. Vlad’s openness, fearlessness and refusal to be anything but himself is awe-inspiring. You can’t fake the sunshine. Vlad and Warmer Climes embody what is means to create your own reality, and for that I thank him.
Read what Warmer Climes says you should be listening to and the interview after the jump!