Alexis Rivera:

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"According to my dad, when he worked in Echo Park during the summer of 1961, the nice clubs in Hollywood and elsewhere in town wouldn't let people like him and his friends in: they were probably too young, maybe too brown, and definitely not rich enough. So on Friday nights, when he and his coworkers would close down the garage they worked at, they'd hose down the work area, bring in big speakers, and they'd have a dance party. Their friend would DJ what he called "Echo Park Records" - tunes that would appeal to people in Echo Park, which means they'd cut across all ages, colors, classes, and sexes. My dad told me this story when I was 19 and it stuck with me; when I was 23 and told him that I wanted to move to Echo Park, he said that he had never told me that story and that I should move to Santa Monica. I'm not really sure now what did happen and what didn't happen, but I've always been inspired by the idea of Echo Park Records, by the idea that music could cut across lines and just hit people straight in the heart, straight in the mind, and straight in the hips." - Alexis Rivera