I’m very excited to be DJing AND VJing for this innovative and ground breaking event! Monthly ecstatic dance communities are emerging from all over the country and I’m thrilled to be a part of the first ever Yoga Rave at the SLC Krishna Temple. One of the best parts about preparing for this is that I am able to utilize my previous yoga teacher and massage therapist experience into an arena I have envisioned and dreamed about for years. I’ve always wanted to be able to combine my musical composition and love of yogic philosophy into an avenue that can facilitate joy and spiritual development for others. I feel very blessed that this materialized for me. Not only will I be VJing the live event with images of Krishna mixed with beautiful spiritually conscious graphics, I am also mixing and providing the ecstatic dance music. Caru Das from the Krishna Temple has been very diligent in providing me with the musical resources to showcase music that will appeal to the spirit and inspire joyful movement. The word “Rave” instantly conjures associations of drug use, especially MDA and MDMA, which youthful Rave participants are interested in trying as a way to experiment with ways to expand their consciousness and develop familiarity with the Divine. More than likely, they aren’t even aware that this is the base urge that’s stimulating these desires. What the Yoga Rave provides is a healthy drug and alcohol free atmosphere to learn, challenge, and inspire our Divine Consciousness through ecstatic movement without harmful side effects. All ages will enjoy dancing with intervals of directed Yoga sequences led by trained and experienced Yoga teachers from the Krishna Temple. There will also be performances on stage by lovely ladies trained in traditional dance techniques based in the Krishna culture. Your senses will be enveloped in beauty through visions, sounds, and the direct experience of the joy your body is capable of expressing. Click on the flier above for more details from the Krishna temple. Below you can download and listen to a preview of the Yoga Rave music I’m compiling. Some of the tracks were provided to me from Caru Das, some were from my personal library of favorites from my own Yoga Teacher days and some are new songs I’ve discovered through researching what other DJ’s in the Yoga Music community are providing. Included are songs from DJ Cheb I Sabbah, DJ Drez, DJ Sharu, Beats Antique, MC Yogi, myself, and even Beastie Boys. You’ll hear several styles of dance music ranging from techno, trance, dubstep and hip hop. All of the music has the common thread of mantra, conscious spiritual elevation, and the inspiration to dance! Please enjoy and I hope to see you at the first ever Yoga Rave!
Download Rx Yoga Rave Mix
The FBI Fines project is named rightly so for the extreme amount of copyright laws I’m breaking by even THINKING about doing this project. (FAIR USE!! FAIR USE!!) When you watch a movie on video you are informed that showing or distributing this work without express permission is punishable by some ridiculously outrageous fine amount through federal law by the FBI. I feel dirty and criminal even before I watch the movie. Anyhow, this type of law and mentality is directly applicable to the VJ who samples movies or other copyrighted video, as well as any music producer who is sampling music that hasn’t been rightfully cleared to use. This is a very controversial issue currently, that I won’t go into any great length here. (See Fair Use, Girl Talk) In any matter, here’s the concept of this project. I have taken some of my favorite songs from movie scores, and made them into hip hop/dance beats; Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Fountain, Last of the Mohicans… movie music and movie’s I love. The beats were actually pretty easy for me to construct, but taking the corresponding movies and taking the appropriate clips I want from them in order to mix a VJ composition that matched the beat is HUGELY time consuming. I won’t bore you with my geek details of that side of the creative process. This is purely a labor of interest and love. The music is available for free download, and although I can upload a VJ mixtape of the visuals onto youtube in technical terms, there would be a good chance it could be taken down for copyright infringement. Releasing this in full length time of the music with the visuals would require a printing rate which I would not be able to afford being that it would generate no revenue. Taking the time and money to clear the video and music samples from the movies is next to impossible. So, I would be counting on fair use in order to perform this project live and show these images in a public forum. Fair use includes many aspects, but here is the basis of this copyright law; if the work you are creating can stand alone without the copyrighted samples that you are using in order to create a new piece of art, typically you’re okay to use it. BUT, in reality, it’s a crap shoot mainly depending on the judge that your case went before and his understanding of works of art. I’m not planning on any financial gain from this project. I just love these movies, love these soundtracks, and I think it’s a REALLY COOL idea. Live movie/film manipulation. Neat huh!
Album art By Dusk
Each beat I’ve made for this project samples a well known pop, rock, or jazz tune. I play keys over the top of the beats while all while I mix and project (VJ) live visuals. The accompanying videos and VJ set includes shots I’ve taken of various dancers performing various styles of dance. Check below to see a Bboy video I shot and mixed a few months back for the project and stay tuned to the site because more videos are currently under construction. This project, like all the others, is also an interactive VJ set performed live, and I have some surprises in store!
Bargain Books and B Flicks is a full length album of all original work. Each song on the album is the score to a scene you would find in a trashy 5 cent detective novel or vintage film noir flick. Each soundtrack song is accompanied by a music video, many of which contain vintage material from seedy bondage films and detective flicks. Also, each piece on the album is accompanied by a PDF Chapter that you would find in the book the song and video are created out of. This dark underworld of tragic beauty’s, washed out private investigators, and evil drug king pins will be fully interactive as a live VJ set and available upon release in a mutli-media format. The format the album will be released on is an entirely new and original concept and I’m thrilled to be the first artist to formulate this idea. I can say no more. I’ll be debuting some of the songs for the first time live at the Utah Arts Festival. Check under Shows in the menu for details.
Where are the Hookers and Blow?! Fuck it. Here’s a Beat. I’ve accumulated a fair amount of beats I’ve made from Movie Soundtrack music. It dawned on me a few days ago that this is several steps in the direction of an incredibly ill VJ set (taking into consideration I use the accompanying movie footage). This set will not only copyright infringe in the traditional hip hop audio format, it will expand the corporate FUCK YOU of royalty entitlement into the film industry as well. Oh the ever impending interests of adding audio and visual together. * that’s sarcasm you dry fucks*
I’ve officially crossed the line into Rx rated. Children shouldn’t be reading this. Put your pipe down and put them to bed. Here’s a sample from one of the sound bytes I’ve been day dreaming about. I finished this today in a Sacramento motel room. There are no Hookers N Blow to be found, so I needed to occupy myself with something. It feels oddly empty to be in a motel room with no coca. Sad Panda. Listen to my beat. It will make me feel better. If you really care though you’ll send me over a Latino chic in red panty’s with a good line of traffic control. Thanks for your support.
I’m a big fan of Darren Aronofsky. My fan-ish started with Pi, moved along reluctantly into Requiem for a Dream, came to a complete stop with The Wrestler (but that’s beside the point) and culminated in The Fountain. Music=stellar. Images=stellar. Metaphor and Narrative=Stellar. Im excited to mesh his world with my VJ mind. Take a peek.
A La Video!
Listed in no particular order, here are a few of my favorite videos I have produced for other artists. Keep in mind, I am being selfish on this list and these are MY favorites, not necessarily anyone else’s favorites. BUT! You can hit my YouTube link to watch the full spectrum of my videography. Take your time with the menu. There’s plenty to digest!