Lunch With Ocean Park Standoff

You’ve likely heard Ocean Park Standoff’s hit singles “Good News” and “Photos and Liquor.” If you’re anything like us, you were an instant fan. We hung out with the band (members Samantha Ronson, Pete Nappi and Ethan Thompson) over Cuban food and pizza in NYC, and plugged front woman Ronson for details on life on the road.  The DJ-turned-performance musician is equal parts humorous and passionate, and she says resistance is the new potato. Read below for the full story; it’s the perfect start to your weekend…



From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?

All sugar. All the time. That being said, I try to not eat all of the sugar. All of the time.


What are your morning and nightly beauty routines? How do you practice beauty from the inside out?

I use Rilastil serum and moisturizer after I shower. I’m really lazy about working out. The best I do is to stretch once in a while at a truck stop. What my trainer would consider a “warm up” is as good as it gets.


What has it been like to tour with your new band? Any particularly memorable moments from the tour thus far?

It has been really fun. When you spend 4 weeks in a van, you get pretty close, pretty quick. I really try (read: mostly fail) to sleep most of the time…and tweet what I hear while eavesdropping on Pete and Ethan’s telephone conversations.



What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?

New York – Bar Pitti, Shabu Tatsu, and Tea & Sympathy. New Orleans – Cafe du Monde and Amelie. Los Angeles – Matsuhisa, Sushi Par, and Joan’s on Third.



What does your diet on the road usually look like?

It’s basically about finding the least deadly choice on the menu/rack, which means lots of almonds and bananas. I try to eat something green with every meal. M&Ms count, right? Breakfast on the road is Special K and a banana or whatever cereal has the least sugar at the hotel’s breakfast buffet.



What do you wear when performing?

Jeans, sneakers and a t-shirt (essentially things that can wrinkle and not look completely terrible).

What issue do you feel most passionately about right now and why?

I don’t even know where to begin. Every day seems to add another 15 issues to the list. I suppose I’m just trying to stay aware and focused, not get too overwhelmed, and continue fighting against the current administration.


In the same vein as what is the new black in fashion, what’s the new potato right now?

Resisting. Hopefully this isn’t a trend that goes away with the next season…

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*Ocean Park Standoff, photographed in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann