My name is Philo Hagen and I live in Los Angeles, California. I’m originally from Seattle, Washington, though which helps explain all the Pacific Northwest moss that grows beneath my California sunshine. I love shadowy things like dark wave, Nordic noir crime shows and urban exploration photography.
Perhaps you already know me from one of my previous and now defunct web projects like hooping.org – the world’s #1 hoop dance / hula hoop website for more than a decade, queerday.com – a top lgbt news resource for several years, or East Coast / West Coast – that original bi-coastal best friend blog where Choire Sicha and I shared way too much personal information about ourselves, and somehow won Bloggies in the process.
You see, once upon a time I was writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, had a thriving personal blog at this domain, and scored several awards for my New York Times featured short film Gotta Hoop including Los Angeles Downtown News Video of the Year. You could say I’d managed to rack up quite the internet presence – and then, one day, I vanished. Those wondering what was going on found not even my social media being updated. What was going on?
Well, three years later, after a lot of intensive childhood trauma therapy, I’m back, and I’m probably even better than I was prior. When the past came back to haunt me, unaware of what was even happening at the time, it arrived like a tsunami that wiped out everything in it’s wake. My websites were swept out to sea along with my other business projects, my car, and most of my marbles. The end result now, however, amidst a lot of rebuilding, is a new found level of comfort in my own skin, a new trauma recovery podcast to hopefully help others out there caught in the undertow, and a new dark music website.
While I’m not entirely sure what philohagen.com will be going forward, this website, like myself, will no doubt continue to evolve. Thanks for stopping by. It’s really nice to have my domain back – both literally and metaphorically.