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our principals' bios 08.26.13  
MICHAEL ANTONIA - The Flashdance DJ
music obsessive. entrepreneur. brunch aficionado.
founding member of the flashdance, YEAH! Rentals, & YEAH! Weddings

i bought my first record at the age of 9 (45 of Frank Sinatra's - New York New York). in 1996 i started djing by night, while booking and producing shows in night clubs, theaters, and festivals by day. two years later i took a job in marketing, advertising, and brand strategy. after 10 years of the ad world i realized i needed more, so i walked away from the clients (stayed pals with the creatives) and moved to LA. i started the flashdance from my dining room table during the worst recession in recorded history with a pregnant wife and no money. in almost 5 years we've turned it into one of the most highly regarded brands in the wedding and event industry. the flashdance now houses 6 companies and supports over 30 people.

i currently juggle my time between creative direction and marketing YEAH! Rentals (my furniture and props rental company), and our newest wedding collective YEAH! Weddings. i still maintain a dizzying travel schedule djing, and get my music obsession fix working as music supervisor for the Ace Hotel. occasionally i brunch.
WHITNEY CHAMBERLIN
co-owner of Smilebooth , Our Labor of Love, and The Flashdance
"I'm coming at this from the perspective of a robot called Smilebooth. There's a scene in Risky Business where teenage Tom Cruise, with the house all to himself, puts on “Old Time Rock and Roll” and dances his heart out, sliding around the living room in his socks and whitey tighties. The absolute freedom of that self-interaction has always stuck with me. Something about dancing on your own or making faces in the mirror brings out an unrestricted playfulness in people. My aim is to transpose that feeling into the context of a shared experience, creating an environment where all participants are free to be the star of their own show. I've taken on a lot of different projects over the years, but throughout everything there has been one ultimate goal: to create complete experiences on all scales, whether massive corporate blowouts or intimate gatherings, that empower the inner bliss of the crowd and allow them to let go for the evening. I seek to strike that elusive balance between the reality of spectacular stunts and the sur-reality of widespread adrenaline rush, coursing through an entire crowd and creating a shared experience that cannot be forgotten."
BRIAN MORROW - film maker. day dreamer. rapper.
creative director of Shark Pig, a full service production company and creative collective

I've done about a million weird gigs. I was a paper boy, a wood workers apprentice, a projectionist at a movie theater. I installed a telecommunications network at a housing project for Indian Monks. I worked at the flag ship Taco John's in my home town - Cheyenne, Wyoming. I painted two building sized grain silos in the world's weirdest town - Fairfield, Iowa. I was the head of Security on that movie, Hesher. I got sent to Dubai as an air courrier with one hour notice, same thing with Rome except that time I saw the Pope! I've stood at the finish line of marathons and photographed thousands of runners drag their nearly broken bodies across. I've shot hundreds of graduations and hundreds of weddings. I've spliced fiber optic cable in cold tiny trailers, and mounted giant satellite dishes on the top of radio towers. One time I was hired to pretend that I worked at this architectural design firm so it seemed like they had more employees during a big client meeting. I ended up editing a rap video and answering to the name "Brant". It's all in a days work.

I finally stopped taking day rates when I started a production company called Shark Pig. Now I just have one job, but it keeps me busier than ever. Our recent clients include: Levi's, Purina, UGG, Midori, Audi, McDonalds, Pfizer, Lucky Magazine, and Paul Mitchell.

MAX - I was born and raised by reformed hippies. Educated in Los Angeles, Honolulu and the here and there of Tokyo. I've loved photography since the age of 7 when I built my first camera out of paper and scotch tape. I'm completely self-taught, other than taking a couple darkroom classes in high school. Before I got into photography full-time, I worked at FOX Sports climbing my way up the corporate ladder from production assistant to award-winning producer and director. I also started a company on the side called 4AM Film, where I directed music videos, put together EPK's and spent way too much time editing into the wee hours of the night. Other randomness: I took a year off to tour and document a band. I spent another year photographing LA's top chefs and their favorite dishes. I started a clothing company with a friend called "Work In Progress." I designed and manufactured vinyl art figures. I've even caddied for a professional golfer. Ultimately, I decided to take a leap of faith and do what makes me most happy: taking pictures.

MARGAUX - I've always wondered how it's possible to decide on just one career when there are so many interesting things to choose from. I've worked in a bakery, tormented by the smell of fresh cinnamon rolls every morning. I've assisted in a veterinary office, bathing, walking and cuddling animals of all shapes and sizes. I've sold sandwich coupons door to door, albeit not very successfully. I've planned celebrity fundraisers a plenty. I've worked in marketing and promotions for Fox Sports, an unlikely job for the girl who used to run in the opposite direction of the soccer ball. I've been the Director of Advertising and Marketing for a small indie magazine. I've curated art shows and coordinated weddings and interviewed some of the most well known chefs around Los Angeles (happily gaining 15lbs in the process). I've traveled the world taking photos of people in love with the person I love. It's all made me into who I am today and I wouldn't change a thing.

Us - We balance our lives photographing weddings, working with commercial and editorial clients, running a print shop and managing our own business. We've be honored by PDN Magazine as rising stars and by American Photo Magazine as one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world. Our most recent commercial and editorial clients include: Banana Republic, Target, Vans, Martha Stewart & Conde Nast Traveler. We are currently settling into our new roles as parents to a baby boy, but we continue to travel the world with hopes and dreams aplenty.
JESSE CHAMBERLIN
co-owner of Smilebooth, Our Labor of Love, and The Flashdance I have an admission to make, which is that I find I don’t always have the right words to express myself. Photography has singlehandedly contributed to my ability to communicate with others because I can show people what I mean instead of trying to find the feeling in language. So, you could say that photography is kind of like my superpower, really. My photos bring me into a realm of communication that bypasses the spoken word. Also, I can fly. But that’s totally a secret.

My first camera was a Pentax K1000—all metal, all manual, all the time. I had to keep the lens cap on the lens so as not to drain the battery. It was stressful. Nowadays, I still prefer simplicity. My favorite photography forms are pinhole and iPhone, although I do shoot professionally with a Canon DSLR, a Hasselblad, a Leica and some good old fashion Polaroid from time to time.

The first photo I ever developed myself was back in the Pentax days. I developed the photo in my bathtub. I was 12. It was a photo of a boyfriend. That’s all I’m gonna say about that. Now my favorite subjects include anything I’ve never seen before, anything I hope to look at again in 50 years, and anything I want to pass on to my two boys. If I’m lucky (and I’m usually pretty lucky), all of these bases are covered in a single shot.
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MUSIC 08.24.13  
The music that I play at any event is determined soley by the people in attendance. I can confidently cover the last 50 years of soul, jazz, funk, & rock. More recent stuff includes mainstream and underground 80's, 90's and current hip-hop, electronic, disco, house-party hits, and dance music of every variety.

Paying homage to artists like Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash, Z-Trip, DJ P, Jam Master Jay etc. THJ plays EVERYTHING! Funk / Soul, & disco, Rock & Hip-Hop, club classics, top 40, & electro all seamlessly blend together and bring a feverish energy to every event. Live remixing, and on the spot & Blends (or mash ups) can make the sets, at times humorous, and ridiculous, because of the juxtaposition of the tracks that are used, but the people NEVER stop dancing! THJ doesn’t take himself or what he does too seriously, just the way in which he does it.

Having shared the stage worldwide with artists such as: Diplo, Fatboy Slim, DJ’s are not Rockstars, Z-Trip, DJ P, 2 Many Djs, Swamp, Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, Andy Smith (Portishead), Thievery Corporation, Jazzanova, Bebel Gilberto, NERD, Kelis, Eddie Veder (with Queens of The Stoneage), Groove Armada, Felix Da Housecat, The Rub DJs, etc. THE HUMAN JUKEBOX has gained the respect of booking agents, promoters, the press, and most importantly, the audience.
below is a recent mix tape of mine. it has NOTHING to do with weddings! just some good music to bump in the car or headphones. enjoy!


(show off by the human jukebox)


I AM NOT going to tell corny jokes on the mic
I AM NOT going to play trance at your wedding!
I AM NOT going to play desperate, crappy disco to try to “Please everyone”
I AM NOT GOING TO PLAY DESPERATE CRAPPY ANYTHING!
I AM NOT going to be an ego driven “artist” and only play what “I” want to hear
I AM NOT going to be a shitty wedding DJ!
I AM NOT going to play thug hip hop at your dinner (unless of course…)
I AM NOT going to play ipods/cds



I AM gonna play VINYL (remember that format?)
I AM going to play the perfect music for the mood of the people in attendance.
I AM going to be able to read the crowd and build the energy accordingly.
I AM going to seemlessly blend from dinner to dance party
I AM going to make you dance your ass off.
I AM going to make you laugh
I AM going to make you cry
I AM going to make your friends jealous.
I AM going to create lifelong memories…

Hopefully you can do the same for us!
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where we are coming from... 11.08.10  
BACKGROUND

Whitney and Michael used to throw parties in clubs, theatres, & stadiums around Seattle in the late 90’s and early 2000’s as a way to showcase the amazing talents of all of their friends… When they started, Michael’s wife would make the flyers, Whitney would design and dress the stage, Whitney’s roommate and Michael would dj, another friend would make custom video projections, etc. 10 years later the budgets have gotten bigger, and the audiences smaller, but they are still doing what they love in a very similar way! Michael’s wife is an award winning art director and designer. Whitney and his wife are award winning photographers, Michael has travelled the world as a dj, and Michael & Whitney are still plugging away marketing and advertising their incredibly talented friends and family in addition to the art, music, and culture they love.

Partial Client List
Nike, Target, Apple, Microsoft, Armani, Nordstrom, Wallpaper, Levi's, Starbucks, Puma, Gap, Weiden and Kennedy, Bon/Macys, Mexx, Ben Sherman, Uniqlo, Seattle/Bellevue Art Museums, Seattle International Film Festival, The Truth.com, WOMAD Music Festival, What If?! Innovations, MSN, (red), Dell, Lucky Brand Jeans, Mad Men (AMC)…


Concerts Produced -short list-
ERYKAH BADU, PORTISHEAD, AIR, CHEMICAL BROTHERS, PEARL JAM, JURASSIC 5, BEBEL GILBERTO, BUSTA RHYMES, NEIL YOUNG, DAFT PUNK, SALT N’ PEPPA, DJ SHADOW, THE ROOTS, CRYSTAL METHOD, THIEVERY CORPORATION, LAUREN HILL, ICE CUBE, FELIX DA HOUSECAT, PUBLIC ENEMY, PAUL OAKENFOLD, JAMIROQUAI, TRICKY, MASSIVE ATTACK, AFRIKA BAMBAATAA, GRANDMASTER FLASH, MOBY, BOOTSY COLLINS, BLACK EYED PEAS, OUTKAST, WYCLEF JEAN, DE LA SOUL, KRUDER AND DORFMEISTER, Z-TRIP, DIPLO, FATBOY SLIM… and on and on


here is a little video of whitney & michael hanging a bunch of posters in the flashdance office from back in the days



We are not caught up in temporary trends or fashions (though we are fascinated by them!) we are not bogged down by arrogance and ego (we make fun of it!) We like house parties, and good art! We combine a DIY aesthetic with award winning production & design.
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pinata time 08.04.09  
for those of you who don't use Google Reader (what are you waiting for?) you might have missed this post that i put up yesterday of all of the smilebooth photos from my birthday (which was kinda the best day in the history of ever!) it had, among other things, a cookie monster pinata which i beat the shit out of & the animation below illustrates wifey, and my good pal marisa helping to get me prepared to do battle.
you better watch your ass pal... you're number 1 on my list as soon as i'm done with this shot!
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hello my name is michael and i'm a recovering producer 05.21.09  
I know this might seem like a bit of a cliche but all of my best buddies in LA make movies ... Some for a living, some for art, some study it in school but all of them do, or have done, it. Well I am like a junkie when it comes to production...any kind of production! Give me the keys to a 24' truck and I will rally it! Need something moved? Got a forklift? DONE! Need a bunch of people to operate one piece of gear? Ha! I cannot get enough of it. Needless to say, I fell off the wagon last weekend...

Director Zachary Sluser (directing) in between takes with (from left): Xander Berkeley, Sarah Utterback and John Hawkes.

John Hawkes and Robin Weigert (both of Deadwood fame) as Bobby and Ingrid

I'm on the right there (supervising).

The project is a short entitled "Path Lights" which was written for the New Yorker by Tom Drury read more about that, and see a lot more great photos here. THIS is a recent-ish music video produced by the same crew for one of my favorite new-ish bands Phosphorescent I'm real proud of my good buddies who are all regular contributors to the flashdance between gigs.
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happy mother's day 05.08.09  
there has never been a holiday that has meant this much to me... happy mother's day baby...
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