NOTO SOUNDS // PRIDE '21 BY SIMONE

You may recognize Simone Niamani Thompson, a friend, photographer, model and overall amazing being. Simone shot NOTO's Pride 2021 Campaign — Our first ever "campaign" that we've presented on a larger scale. We couldn't have brought NOTO's vision for Pride Month come to life without her and we love the way she tells the stories of others through her work. She has her hands in a variety of amazing projects, but we'll let her tell you more Enjoy!

Access the playlist HERE.

Can you give our community a quick intro?

I’m a queer editorial photographer, model and multi - discplinary artist based in Los Angeles.  I also co-host the podcast SHE / THEY / GAY with Noto - Botanics founder Gloria Noto and I enjoy thoughtful discourse and community building within LA’s queer scene.

If your playlist was one NOTO product, which one would It be and why?

Let’s say the Multi-Bene Stain!  It feels rich and brimming with queer love and rebellion. The Basil Yarrow Mist also feels fitting. My hope is this playlist can provide the listener with a spritz of gay, cathartic bliss. I wanted this one to feel fun and kind of wild and dancey. 

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If you could describe your playlist in one word, what would It be?

G-A-Y

If your playlist was a color, what would it be?

Royal purple 

What was your inspiration behind your selection?  

This playlist is a response to unbridled queer joy and the freedom to live unambiguously and unapologetically. It’s a celebration of community and our lovers and all versions of ourselves, both in the past and in the present. 

What do you want the listener to feel when they press play?

Total and complete rhythmic release 

What does pride mean to you?

Choosing love above all else 

For Pride, we've been asking our community to finish the statement "I AM : _______" with a word or phrase that encompasses who they are & their self expression. How would you complete the statement?

“I AM : Held in the hands of love”

When do you feel the most naturally you?

When I’m given the room to dance with wild abandon.


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