Sylvester Sessions #70

Moncia wears Cactus flower bikini.

Monica Felix

Los Angeles, United States

You photos feature on Hard Feelings records and around the LA music scene. How would you describe your approach?

The majority of my friends are in bands so I take a lot of pictures of them performing or hanging out. Most of the time I take pictures so I can remember how funny or how weird my friends are.

How do you go about collecting vintage clothing? What period are you most influenced by?

Collecting vintage for me really depends on my mood. If I feel like having a calming almost meditative time, I'll spend hours in my favourite thrift stores in Ventura or South Bay. If I'm feeling more adventurous I'll wake up at 6am and hit as many estate sales as possible. Estate sales give me a huge adrenaline rush that I crave! I like to buy what I would wear so I mostly am inspired to buy a western or 50s look.

What are you listening to at the moment?

I'm always listening to Shannon and the Clams! The Belles and Richard Hell are some new guys on repeat in my car.

Where can we find you when you’re not in Los Angeles? Any favourite spots?

I truly love going to the beach and Hermosa beach is my favourite to swim at. If I'm not at the beach I'm probably exploring new desert terrain in Yucca Valley.

Interview and photography by Sophie Blazey.