DJ Dilly (Dileepan Siva) started promoting events in South Africa in the mid-2000s in a country where music remains one of the few ways folks from diverse backgrounds could connect. He moved on to spinning sets in DC and NYC–inspired by cross-culture mashups from Thievery Corporation to Turntables on the Hudson–before heading back home to Cali. Dilly’s sound swings all the way from electro to hip-hop with a solid dose of global cuts from afrobeats to reggaeton. Check his recent playlist entitled ‘Hipster Interracial 2017’ on Spotify.
Proper began as a feeling, not as an idea. The feeling was something akin to empathy; an acute awareness that despite the current proliferation of “boutique” and “lifestyle” hotels and residences, there were precious few properties designed for and around today’s global creative nomad. Many in our milieu share the same daunting challenge: staying fresh and focused, energized and inspired—all whilst bouncing between London and Hollywood and Austin and San Francisco and Portland and back again. For them, intuitive service is a given. Mere table stakes. What they need and seek beyond accommodation, even at its most luxurious, is an inspiration. From the elevated and often surprising interiors imagined by Kelly Wearstler. From the sense of immersion in, and connection to, the vibrancy of the local culture. From the highly curated amenities. From the inspired collaborations with the city’s best and most innovative chefs and mixologists. From music and art. From every detail, every interaction, every moment. This is only Proper. And no one else.