can we speak in flowers.
it will be easier for me to understand.
— Nayyirah Waheed
 
 

As many thinkers, artists, musicians, and other great minds have quoted, music is the universal language of mankind. SupesBase (which stems from a culturally and timely relevant joke in the super basic way of saying "super basic"), who's real name is Justina Nguyen, has been immersed in music all of her life. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she began studying classical piano at age 5 and competed in performance and theory & composition during her childhood through young adulthood. She also picked up the oboe along the way, as well as joined drumline in school [read: band nerd alert]. What started out as an extracurricular skill and activity that was imposed upon her by her parents morphed into a lifelong passion.

Even after she stopped playing these instruments, she sought to fill that void of live melodies & beats and the unspoken connection between performer and audience by avidly attending music concerts and performances. However, the itch to perform and connect with others on this level crept up slowly over the years.

With the encouraging words of friends, family, and strangers, as well as guidance from a patient mentor [looking at you, Heaven Malone], SupesBase decided to reincarnate her musical chops through the curation of the music that engrosses her, as well as the orchestration of human connection throughout a space or environment.

She quickly realized that the music she played resonated with people from all different backgrounds with both similar and divergent tastes in music. Music has always been her genuine form of communication; you'll always know how she's feeling by what she decides to play for you. Forming that visceral bond with other people is so special; even the slightest nod, cracked smile, or foot tap from a person amplifies those intrinsic micro-moments we all live for. 

She's eternally grateful for her musical background, which allows her to see, hear, and feel music from both a mathematical & analytical standpoint, as well as an intuitive & instinctual manner. Her mind functions this way, through an equal marriage of the right-brain and left-brain; paramount facets of her life reflect this: the study of classical Latin [think: doing calculus with language], current employment as an experience strategist at DigitasLBi, and last but not least, her ambidexterity [left-handed writer, right-handed everything else-r].

Check out some of her playlists, through which she demonstrates the breadth and depth of various musical styles and genres for different occasions, moods, and mindsets. And if any of them tickles your fancy, then let's create a new experience together.

 

 
 

Brands she's worked with:

Eataly
Everlane
Innovative Dining Group
Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology
Leo Burnett
Leviathan
Lipgloss
Mike's Hard Lemonade
The Mobocratic Republic
The Wabash Lights

Venues she's spun at: 

Avenida Cantina (NYC)
Bassment (Chicago)
Berlin Under A (NYC)
Big Trouble (Denver)
Blue Light (NYC)
Cerise Rooftop (Chicago)
Eataly (Chicago)
Godfrey Hotel (Chicago)
Gravity Studios (Chicago)
DL Loft (Chicago)
House of Blues (Chicago)
Ignite Glass Studios (Chicago)
Katana Robata and Sushi Bar (Chicago)
Milk Bar (Denver)
Moonlight Studios (Chicago)
The Delancey (NYC)
The Gateway (NYC)
The Langham Hotel (Chicago)
The Lately (NYC)
Three Dots and a Dash (Chicago)
Von Bar (NYC)
Virgin Hotels Chicago

 

 

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