Today, we started recording new material for Hassani Kwess' latest project, Tekken, at District Sound Lab. Our host and engineer Calin took us aboard his mothership and made us feel at home. My jaw dropped in the middle of the recording take when he hit a switch that showed off the lighting setup he kitted in the studio. It literally looked like scene from the Tron movie.
For the past 5 years, our friends at DC to BC have curated an exciting festival to wrap up the summer. This year it's happening at Merriweather Post Pavillion headlined by Kid Cudi, hosted by Yes Julz, and a line up of some of the hottest young acts in the game right now like Rae Sremmurd, Gold Link, and Lil Uzi Vert. In preparation for the festival and to give you a taste of the performing acts, Trillectro released this playlist to groove to.
The last time I did media for Trillectro (wow that was 3 years ago) I made this video. If you don't follow me on Snapchat already search for username gofresco and expect something fishy for a recap and an after movie special from GRVTY.
Oh, and incase you missed Trap Bob's Trillectro takeover, click here to catch up on the art she released via Instagram and enter her giveaway to win a free pair of tickets to the festival.
SEE YOU THERE!
I have so many friends who do all kinds of things and every chance I get to showcase one of them, I look forward to it. I got a text from Marcus saying he was coming down from New York for a studio session in Baltimore and he needed a cover. I pulled up at the studio around 10pm and he was already half way into a track so I got straight to work.
I met with Breemz at a carryout on U St. to test shoot promotional content for his Chicken & Mumbo Sauce event. An event for people/creatives with a DC culture experience with free food, art by local artists and live go-go music. Our first attempt was unsuccessful so I revisited an idea to make portraits of girls eating chicken in a messy way. It took some time to match our schedules with the models and the studio but we made these photos in the nick of time.
A huge thanks to Ahad for holding it down and everyone who cooperated during the shoot.
I got a wake call at 7a from Othello to meet at an airplane hanger to film some shots for NUEXs' latest single, Light's Off. Othello's idea for the music video was to explore the concept of inception; climbing inside of ones dream knowing life is just one big party and leaving path for the two to connect. If you aren't familiar with NUEX, visit their page and listen to their single here.
We recorded performance shots and b-roll scenes at the hanger and picked up later that evening to film the house party scene. I'm always surprised at how much equipment O uses during shoots but in photo and video work, lighting especially is the key for setting the mood. We used sparklers, china balls, neon lights, stage fog, and color gels to pull off all the shots we needed.
When he's available, I bring O with me to my photo assignments because his technical knowledge is so extensive. If I have an idea for a type of lighting he knows how to achieve it which saves us time. I always learn something new working with him.
You can view more work from Othello and follow him online here.
At the break of summer, Tenbeete & I took a trip to California to get away, bask in good weather and get inspiration for our creative work back at home. This was our first time together in LA. We used Airbnb for our stay and found a nice place in West Hollywood that was relatively close to everything. Tenbeete was excited to take me to the beach, Griffith Observatory, LACMA, Mulholland Drive and more.
We discovered Melrose Trading Post thanks to my new local friend, Benny. Turns out it was a gem of all marketplaces in the Fairfax District full of vintage clothes, posters, jewelry, art, classic games and so much more. If you're ever in the area (on a Sunday) I definitely recommend a stop there.
I was most excited to hike up Runyon Canyon for the first time but it was fuggin' closed for repair work. The weather wasn't so hot during our stay but we made a beach stop at Santa Monica and later on Fairfax Village where I accidentally bumped into someone's car coming out of a parking spot but they let us slide. We ate at Blu Jam Cafe, Mexicali and a couple other places I don't remember the names to. We partied with old friends which made it feel like we were still at home.
It was a great trip until we arrived at the airport check-in counter and the lady told us we arrived too late and had to rebook our flight for the next morning; but that's a story for another time.
One night after a conversation with a friend I came to the conclusion that I wasn't using my resources effectively. Instagram is one of my resources for people so I went scrolling through my friends list to find a mutual follower I didn't know and that's exactly how this shoot with Lee came about. We met at one of my favorite cozy little book stops in Adams Morgan called Idle Time Books and kicked it off.
SHOP REOPENS AUGUST 17, 2016
I caught up with Shayna at her apartment complex for a quick shoot. I forgot my swimming trunks and the harsh sunlight reflecting from the pool was a little challenge but we made some good photos.
I'm super excited to share PinkSongsEP from Hassani Kwess featuring production from Pleasure Curses, MisterNeek, Kenny Keys, Ron O'Neal, DJ DNA, Reno and Hassani Kwess himself. As part of management, this is our first project together and I'm proud of everything we've accomplished so far. Our vision for this project was to create a smooth sound with vibes that inspire a good time, love and positivity. Most importantly to enable the ambition, passion and enchantment in all of us to achieve what we want the most.