Anybody who tells you that nightlife in LA sucks haven’t been to the right places. This city is a melting pot of all kinds of people from different walks of life, there are bars and clubs for everyone. Despite the early closing time, after hours are abundant from Downtown to the Hollywood Hills if you know where to go.
Carte Blanche means complete freedom to act as one wishes, which is pretty evident in the variety of dope people that religiously follow their events. It is one of the parties I look forward to every month, from their Saturday parties at the Rosevelt Hotel, to their monthly party in China Town. I sat down with Sebastian Baptiste, co-creator of Carte Blanche and CREAM Los Angeles to talk about why we can always count on them to show us a good time, herding a bunch of party hooligans month after month.
Sebastian Baptiste of Carte Blanche, @sebastian_baptiste
Who is We Are Carte Blanche?
Carte Blanche is Sebastian Baptiste and Yung Sally
How did it come about?
I met Kim ( Yung Sally ) through mutual friends she has a night at the Ace hotel downtown and had a night at The Spare Room in Hollywood. Because I was the only one of our friends who ever made it anywhere on time I would be the first one to show up to all of her nights and we became really good friends. Eventually my birthday came up and I did no planning at all so I texted Kim ( Yung Sally ) and asked her if I could just celebrate my birthday at her night at The Spare Room. Well I blacked out by midnight and Kim ( Yung Sally ) face timed me the next day and told me it was one of the most lit parties the venue has ever seen. After a couple of weeks we started talking and she asked me if I thought I could pull that off again and now we’re almost 2 years and 2 parties deep.
How is Carte Blanche different from the other DJ collectives throwing parties in LA?
I wouldn’t really call us a Dj collective. Kim ( Yung Sally ) has been Djing and throwing events all over before we ever met each other and we work on our own solo projects outside of Carte Blanche. We both live in different worlds but love to come together and mix them. Our parties have something for everyone, we’re inclusive of all genders, orientations, races everything if you love music, dancing and a general good time you can definitely see that our events are somewhere you will be welcome.
What would you say is the top 3 parties in LA worth looking forward to every week?
1. Any Carte Blanch event
2. I love everything that House Party LA is doing and they are friends of ours and always pull a super dope crowd, we’ve collaborated a couple of times
3. It’s so hard to name another really I have so many friends who are such great Dj’s that I just end up going where ever they’re playing
Describe your party crowd
Our crowd is young, beautiful, full of energy, open minded, and ready to express themselves.
Tell us about your monthly event at General Lee’s.
Every second Thursday of the month Kim (Yung Sally ) and I throw a dope ass party in the middle of Chinatown. The vibe can be anywhere from Hiphop, R&B, Dance Hall, Soca, really anything that gets the crowd moving. We have guest Dj’s come through often and we like to let them do their thing and help us get the crowd going.
Where is the next party?
Every second Thursday of the month at General Lee’s and Kim (Young Sally) and I have some surprises in the mix coming up.
Follow them on Instagram to find out when the next party is: We Are Carte Blanche
Here’s some photos from their previous events provided by CREAM LOS ANGELES
Two of my good friends from the Philippines were visiting me that day and I wanted to share with them the local scene. Ishii has always had one of the most notable faces in the Manila Party Scene ever since I can remember. I was very curious about how LA compares to Manila’s nightlife and she gladly answered some of my questions.
Ishii Villaseca, Creative Director at Disjointed Studio, @ishiivillaseca
What was the first thing you did when you got here?
Checked in to a creative house along Beverly Hills.
How is the nightlife here different from Manila’s?
LA nightlife is very much different when it comes to Manila’s for its “legal” partying hours. Most clubs, bars and speak-easies in LA close down a little past midnight and most liquor stores no longer sell alcohol at 1:30am, hence paving way for a unique breed of underground after party scene ’til the wee hours. While as opposed to Manila, clubbing ends at 6am, with the sun on your face, just in time to get ready for that 8am mass. We’re not so keen on the after parties.
What did you like about your stay in LA?
Nightlife, art and street culture, and dining experiences from a Michelin star restaurant Osteria Mozza along Melrose Avenue to the gourmet food trucks spread all over downtown.
Out of all the cities you visited in the US which one was your favorite?
Los Angeles, no doubt about that!
Where are you headed to next?
Crossing my fingers to live and study in Florence next summer, but I’ll be setting my sail to Bali for now.