Mixtape XXV: 420 Gaze It

Written by BlackbirdGo September 19, 2018

Disclaimer: Keep out of reach of children. For use only by adults 21 years of age and older.

This week's mixtape was curated by Reno bartender and tabletop roleplayer Cayla Finazzi.

Please,Introduce yourself:

Hey! I'm cayla. People put me in charge of money during the day. I pour drinks at night. I'm a fan of eating, neutral pronouns, and fantasy tabletop role-playing games.

What is the name of your playlist?

420 gaze it -- it's not pure shoegaze. Don't @ me.

What was the inspiration behind your playlist?

I really just wanted to make something you can kinda zone out to. Something engaging enough to play, either through speakers or headphones, but neutral enough to match whatever activity you wanna do. Unwind, read, draw, steal a bunch of cheese in skyrim... This playlist is great for all of that.

Are you a creative person? What keeps you creative?

I think at my core, I am. I'm trying to show up more, do more, express more. Other creatives really drive me to want to get back into the swing of things when I feel stagnant, and I feel like the core of our community truly emanates from all of these amazing local artists that are willing to be vulnerable with us through so many different mediums. (This is why you should get to the gig -- support your scene!)

Do you smoke weed?

Yes! Medically and recreationally. I'm somehow still a lightweight, dabbing turns me into a potato. I'm fine with a quick small hit of cheesecake.

Tell me about the first time you smoked

I'm not originally from Reno, but I've lived here most of my life. I was 12, and hitched it with a bunch of high school kids to an old abandoned shack in the Virginia Foothills, not too far from a cheap mini-mart. They somehow dragged a loveseat to it and made it fit inside of this 8x8 dilapidated building from like the silver rush. We used a tiny pipe that someone had made in and smuggled out of ceramics class. It really just feels like a classic coming-of-age-in-Nevada story to me. I smoked too hard and ended up puking in some sage brush on the hike back home.