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Ultra-talented Scott Weaver plunges into the season 

In one way or another, if you're a resident of the Q.C., you've most likely heard of or know Scott Weaver. But just how you know him could vary based on the many endeavors he's tackling at any given moment.

His divergent repertoire includes former work as a buyer at the retail shop Boris & Natasha's, as well as his work as a makeup artist, DJ, singer/musician (with the bands Babyshaker and Snagglepuss), party promoter, and most recently, interior designer.

"It's always been like a blessing and a curse," says Weaver. "Like, creatively I'm sort of being [a] jack of all trades, but I've never — I don't think — excelled in one career, because as soon as I get rolling with fashion or makeup, I have that itch to go do a big music project, and then there's an idea to do a big nightlife function. I stay really busy, but it's with all those things. I never think of myself as the authority on any one of those things, but I do think I'm a very good conceptualist."

Weaver — hair tousled like a rock star, wearing skinny jeans and a partially unbuttoned plaid shirt to reveal a dangling geode rock necklace — is modest as he sits chatting about his varied roles.

He arrived in Charlotte 15 years ago, after graduating from the University of Northern Alabama with an art degree. And since that time, he's filled his days with a wide range of projects, all of which are worthy of note. For example:

• He's done makeup on models for magazines like Glamour and Flaunt, for stars walking the red carpets, musicians (Hopesfall, Ultra Baby Fat, Nicole Atkins, etc.), numerous fashion lines, parties and indie films across the U.S.

• He's served as a promoter and/or helped in the planning for numerous events and parties around town, but his most rowdy soiree is Shiprocked at Snug Harbor in Plaza Midwood. The Thursday night throwdown (where he serves as ringmaster) draws a large and bizarre crowd of partygoers. "It's the closest thing to like an old-school downtown New York party, but Southern style. Rock 'n' roll meets dance music and go-go girls meets drag queens. Every kind of walk of life attends the parties," Weaver says.

• His bands, Babyshaker and Snagglepuss, have not been signed to major record labels, but Weaver says the groups are content. Having started in music for the fun of it, rather than with the agenda of being a "rock star," Weaver explains that his reason behind performing has always been to enrich his life. Of course, opening up for acts like Iggy Pop and the B-52's have been a perk. But because the groups have been able to independently make music for the extent of time they have, they consider themselves lucky. Most recently, Babyshaker recorded a vinyl record, produced by Don Dixon (who's worked with R.E.M., The Smithereens, etc.), released on Amazon, iTunes and via CDs that can be ordered through the band's Facebook and MySpace pages.

• And on the DJ-side of things, he spins an eclectic mix of music at his Thursday Snug Harbor gig and on Sundays (during brunch and at night) at Soul Gastrolounge (a popular restaurant/lounge that actually features interiors designed by Weaver).

Weaver's fall projects include designing the interior for The Diamond, the long-standing Plaza Midwood-based diner that's under new ownership and is currently being renovated and redesigned. He's also organizing the closing party for the TEDx Conference at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art on Sept. 24; he describes it as an "art installation/cocktail party" with an "African/French fusion" theme.

When asked what he would have majored in if he hadn't chosen art, Weaver says, "To be honest with you, I don't think that I had a choice. There would not have been a single other major — except I totally would nerd out and be like an ornithologist, because I love birds. But I sort of have to do artistic things or I think I would have a very unfortunate life if I didn't," he says. "When I'm older, I won't be maybe as involved in all this nightlife and stuff. And, who knows? I might be the old birdman down the street. I mean, why not? I think it's cool."

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