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Hello there! Jimi Jaxon here, and I am just beaming with excitement. This rock, gem, mineral and crystal shop has been a major influence in my life lately, and as you’ll read I highly recommend anyone in the nearby Washington state area (Kirkland specifically) to come check it out. I doubt you’ll be disappointed..

DD Welcome Kim and Earthlight to Disco Droppings! I’ve been looking forward to this for the last few months..

KV It has been great meeting you and talking with you over the summer, whenever you come into our rock shop.

DD This place really feels like the hidden gem of the Eastside. Could you talk a bit about its origins?

KV My dad opened the shop back in 1988 (27 years ago), we are known for our unique variety of so many different types of stones, along with our great selection and fair pricing. My husband and I travel all over the USA rock hounding, and my dad traveled all over the USA and overseas. We have stones from all over the world. We hand select ever piece personally as my dad has done from the start.

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DD I was talking with you the other day about your approach with patrons of various backgrounds and interests that come through the door. I appreciate your multi-faceted technique, as there are many ways to be be intrigued by these rocks, gems and minerals. Could you expand on that?

KV Our store has such a unique family feel to it, friendly and loving energy, that everyone feels at home here. We have every walk of life, every class of people and at many times, all in the store at the same time. It is a sanctuary, where many different people get along and talk rocks in the shop, that maybe never would have spoke to each other outside of the store. It is a beautiful thing to see and share with others.

DD I’ve had some memorable experiences at your shop. At the start of summer I went in and found this very special Moldavite. Once I had it in my hands the connection was made, and thanks to your layaway program I was able to start making payments on it. Every few weeks I would come in, hold the Moldavite and look around the spot. I don’t think I’ve ever walked into your place and not taken something home, and every time I’d pick a few out with the Moldavite in hand, I’d look up their properties/descriptions. Each time one of them would specifically say something like, “goes well with Moldavite”. It seems to have a mind and influence of its own, and was setting me up energetically to one day acquire it. Any experiences you can share that seemed magical in some way?

KV On a regular basis I have people coming in drawn to a certain stone or another, regardless if they have any knowledge of the stone. When we look up to see why they are picking that one up constantly, or why they are so strongly drawn to that stone, it many times turns out that it deals specifically with something they are working on in their personal lives or with health issues. I say the stones pick you – you don’t pick the stones.

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DD There’s a book there called “Crystalline Communion 2000”. This is a favorite of mine, very well written with many distinct descriptions. I remember one example being the information on Tanzanite, and its connection with dolphins. Anything you’d like to say about this book?

KV My dad Jack Frasl and his second wife Collen Marquist wrote three paperback books before this, and then this fourth book compiled everything together into one book. It is a wonderful book, with a lot of insight into the stones as well as a very nice index of properties that lists the stones for each one instead of just page numbers to look up, making it extremely useful. Currently this is out of stock, and we are hoping to either update it or reprint the current edition in the future.

DD I’m itching to hear about your recent diggings. Where did you go, what did you find and how was the journey?

KV Our last rock hounding trip was over labor day weekend, we got the privilege to go digging at the Polka Dot mine in Oregon, (usually this is not open to the public), but the mine owner let a large group of us in for the weekend and we had so much fun. Of course we paid for what we kept, but it was well worth it. The mine has a new find of lovely Polka Dot blue ice – so much fun, we came out with 661 lbs of a variety of this material. We have been bringing in raw pieces, cut and polished pieces and more will be coming in as we have time to work it.

DD You’ve got two upcoming shows, one on 10/24-10/25 (Bellevue Rock Club’s Rock, Gem and Jewelry Show) and on 11/7 (9th annual, Healing Hearts Psychic Fair, Bremerton). What goes into these presentations for you, and what do you look forward to the most at these gatherings?

KV We do – I am so excited to share with everyone some of the new things that we have specifically saved aside for these shows, I love to see the reaction and excitement that people get when you bring out new material, or new pieces that no one has seen before. All the stones at these shows will be things we have not had in the shop yet, granted we might have similar items, but it is all fresh, new and if you want the first and best picks come early. These both will be wonderful shows to attend. The first one the Bellevue rock show is just that , a wonderful rock show. The second one the Healing Hearts Psychic Fair – will be a new show for us, but I hear it is a fabulous show, it is a metaphysical show and a percentage of the proceeds go to charity, they will have more info about there charity at the show.

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DD Any last words? It’s such a pleasure to have you here!

KV It is a pleasure and I will see you soon in the shop, to seek out new treasures as we bring in new things almost daily. Have fun and remember, keep a smile in your heart and rocks in your pocket. Thanks again

 

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– Jimi Jaxon

 

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Just a few days ago, I posted my glowing Disco Droppings feature on Jimmy Edgar and his Ultramajic label. It’s just so surreal to now have him here for an interview, right on the heels of his Spring 2014 Tour. This string of dates has him in my area of Seattle on March 20th @ Q, via Studio 4/4 and Decibel..

 

DD Hi Jimmy, such a gift being able to talk with you here. This conversation is greatly appreciated.

JE Pleasure is mine. I am humbled by your gratitude.

DD Can you share any inspirations from your recent trip to Egypt? You mentioned meditating inside the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

JE I much prefer this conversation in person, but I might as well relay some of the things that happened since they were so amazing. Obviously, it was a challenge to even decide to go there because of the situation there, but I really convinced myself that it was fine. There were absolutely no tourists, the pyramids were completely empty it was kind of sad to be honest. We did a tour with a Khemit school of Ancient Mysticism and they had diplomatic ties so we were able to go into locked areas. The first locked area we went into was just adjacent to pyramids, but underground. As soon as we entered I thought there was a truck driver over us, and they explained that the sound is always there, and they asked me to sit in a sort of seat and close my eyes. I immediately started seeing geometry in my mind, since I have experiences like this often, I sort of accepted it and moved on. Later on, we go into the King’s Chamber and I was in awe of the design. The wall so straight and flat, and so high inside, no writing on the walls. All the documentaries and photos could not prepare me for the feeling inside there. I just got the feeling that there is much more to the story, it was so intuitive and obvious. Anyways, so we make it up into the King’s Chamber, completely alone again.  Inside the chamber I was so awestruck by the resonant sound of the pyramid. I was hearing such a pure high fidelity vibrating reverberation. The guide tells us it’s completely illegal to do any meditation inside, and there are cameras. But, he basically says the cameras are bullshit and that we should get inside the sarcophagus and he will look out for us. Pilar Zeta, who does the Ultramajic covers with me gets inside and we take turns doing a meditation. I see this geometry in my mind again and I start focusing on it, so now I know it is something connected. She asks me if I saw some swirling tetrahedron type shape in my head shortly after, and I didn’t really plan on saying anything since it was such a personal experience. Hard to say what happened in there, but something perhaps deep and subconscious. For me, the pyramids seem to be some kind of temple or spiritual technology, something about sound and resonance.

We also visited Luxor, which was beautiful.

 

DD How would you describe the Ultramajic energy?

JE The parties are all about having fun. For us, we appreciate when people give us feedback on the artwork, which is our focus now, to create a vibe connected with the music with a lot of artistic integrity. I love working with Pilar because she has a way of not settling for second best. Since we are both hard to please, once we have something that we like, we end up staring at it for hours to make sure it’s up to our standard and something we are proud of. We have an ongoing joke that has stuck, and as long as everything has a bit of fun, a bit of magic, a bit of mystic, and a bit of fashion then we are on.

 

DD Your 2014 Spring Tour is about to begin, with its first stop at the highly esteemed Fabric in London on March 14th. A few days after that, you’ll be returning to my city of Seattle on March 20th at Q nightclub. After seeing you at Decibel Festival 2013 via the Leisure System After Hours showcase, I’m curious about how your upcoming tour will sound. There’s also your recent RA mix, Warehouse Project and Boiler Room sets online. What happens now?

JE The RA mix was more about scaling back and showing a really specific vibe, since I knew people would be listening at home. This was a huge challenge for me because when I DJ out I just want it to bang and people to dance. But really, I can’t comment much because DJ’ing is a very intuitive thing… I need to see faces and bodies moving and the sound system and everything ya know….of course I love playing new music and unreleased Ultramajic…again, it’s all about having fun and getting into a vibe. Recently, in Europe I’ve been playing the first hour of my sets with almost exclusive drum trax. So when the melodies enter it really starts to feel like we are going somewhere. I don’t think this works so much in USA. In the states we don’t have the type of patience that Europeans do for DJs. Americans, for the most part, are expecting some kind of fire because we don’t have the same club culture. That’s fine too, I just feel I gotta tune my set a bit. What I actually do can’t be quantified, it’s all intuitive and felt when I’m there.

DD Are there plans to present more Ultramajic visuals at events? Your graphics are sure to be super trippy in the club environment. 

JE Yes, thank you. Visuals are a big part of what we do, but I am more interested in working with LED and lighting designers. I am not a big fan of projectors, I don’t think they have the impact and brightness I am looking for.

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DD How have your recent fashion projects been going? 

JE I don’t do much these days, but I just shot Pilar Zeta’s fashion line called Holographic Universe for their FW2014 collection. Really amazing designs and I am excited to see them released. The website is up..we worked on this project for months and then flew to LA to shoot it in the studio, we had a really cool team.

DD There are so many pictures of yours that latch onto me. The one of you holding that striking Black Tourmaline stone looked mesmerizing. I’ve become kinda obsessed with crystals lately, always carry something on me. What’s your relationship like with gems and such?

JE Ive always had crystals since I was a child, I don’t know what it is, I just really love them. Well, actually I’m lying, I just pretend I don’t know what crystals do, but I am convinced that what “new age” people say about crystals is true. You can program them and communicate with them. Ever since I was a child I used to always imagine being a room full of crystal walls, it was one of my youngest memories. I don’t understand why some people are so ignorant to the power of crystals, our computer hard disks are made of Silicon. Science already knows that crystals can hold memory. Anyways, you should Youtube “crystal documentary” and you will find this guy called Les Brown, who gives a very boring but informative lecture on the nature of crystals, and for me its important to have the scientific openness to convince myself of the authenticity. A few of my friends who used to be complete fuckups found themselves through crystals, which is quite drastic but really fascinating to see people really get into them. Once you have the belief and you allow yourself to connect, whether it be crystals, nature, aliens or whatever, then you open that door to see what’s possible. For me, I’d rather live in a world of magic and wonder rather than a world of “I can’t”, and limiting yourself to possibilities. I now find myself feeling really bad for people who can’t even consider the possibility. Like I said, just being open makes a doorway for these things to come into your life…but it applies to everything.

 

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– Jimi Jaxon