James Zachodni is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at Dope Media. A former world elite flair bartender, James was inspired to found D-List Magazine in 2007 to showcase the bar, restaurant, fashion and nightlife scenes of greater Seattle, Washington. In 2012, James was one of the founding owners of Foundation Nightclub. James left the club in 2015 to focus fully on Dope Magazine. Today, James leads the entire creative team at Dope Media, overseeing the production of each regional and national publication of Dope Magazine in addition to the architecture of all events, from Dope’s Golden Ticket parties to Dope Land, The Dope Cup and Dope Industry Awards. With all of this in mind, we asked Zachodni to come in for a Weedsday playlist and share his favorite songs to light one up to.
“No One (Kayge Calypso & DUNN Remix)” by Mothica
This track has one of the coolest hooks I've ever heard. It’s chilling. The short choppy sound clips sewn together to make a melodic rhythm is so creative. The breathy voice of Mothica gives relief to the staccato hook and her lyrics really draw you in: "You curl my name with your lip / I take a drink, I hate it / I tell you what you want to hear, so I / Can catch my breath, and step away / Think about what to say, to you / While you come unglued.”
“I Heard You Got Too Litt Last Night” by SAINt JHN
SAINt JHN has become my go-to artist for the summer. He has the same musical chops as other superstars like Drake and Post Malone, but without the overplayed songs on the radio. His whole album Collection One is the perfect backdrop to any smoke session. The shadowy production style and mix of R&B and rap make for something that most anyone can enjoy. His lead single "I Heard You Got Too Litt Last Night" perfectly dictates those nights we all face when we may have had a bit too much of a good time.
“Come Undone” by Duran Duran
Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a huge ‘80s fan. I especially love ‘80s pop music. Duran Duran is definitely one of those massive ‘80s artists who have stood the test of time. Their song "Come Undone" is dark, euphoric and still amazing to this day. Put this on, sit back in a dimly lit room and burn one. If you are feeling especially trippy, put on the music video and watch the serenity of ocean life swimming around. Big time vibes.
“Set A Drift On Memory Bliss” by PM Dawn
What I dig most about this song is that it's a very well done sampling of one of my favorite ‘80s songs. "True" by Spandau Ballet is the perfect backdrop for the ‘90s rap lyrics to float across. I really wish PM Dawn stuck around a while longer and released more music. This song definitely makes me nostalgic. The ‘90s seem so far away, but things seemed so much easier than now. Even smoking pot was less complicated in the ‘90s.
“Police In Helicopter” by John Holt
I couldn't put together a smoker's playlist without some reggae. While there are countless reggae songs giving tribute to cannabis, "Police In Helicopter" released in 1983 definitely was more of a protest song and call-to-action to let the people of Jamaica have the right to grow cannabis safely without persecution from the police. This song reminds us that while we are seeing great movement forward with the acceptance of cannabis across the world, there are still many out there that are in jail and marginalized because of an outdated stance on cannabis by many governments and law enforcement.