TOKYO, JAPAN - On Friday, August 11, 2017 - Japanese rapper and songwriter Mame officially releases “HOPE” as a short film and audio single, under Flourish$Prosper with distribution through Empi.re. HOPE is available across download outlets including iTunes, Google Play and Amazon, and streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal. Available via pre-order on August 4, 2017.
Born in 1990, and at the age of twenty, Mame left Japan in order to pursue his dream and went to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. During that time his father became ill. Upon the worsening of his father’s condition, Mame returned home to help take care of him and his family.
“Life was in extremes, up and down when I was pursuing a career as a fashion designer. I was emotionally fucked up, living alone, and trying to reach where I thought I wanted to go. Life wasn't easy, then I turned back to my country because of my father's illness. At that moment, I definitely hit the rock bottom leaving everything in New York, I had to start a new life. That was hard, and by taking the hard times as lessons, I kept going. That's how I felt when I could be on next level.
The experience made me realize my true passion and deeper dream in music and entertainment. Since then, I have transitioned from fashion designer to artist and have been working on lyrics and production, combining Tokyo flows with New York sounds in collaboration with super producer Dj Journey / Trip Digital Inc. Hope is the first song and music video of my struggles, and is what helped get me through them to now."
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Singer/Songwriter Musiic Galloway Talks About Freedom of Expression and Today's Music
Musiic Galloway talks about working as a songwriter for major recording artists, and how the freedom of expression is needed now more than ever in today's music. Hosted by DJ Journey and Lester Mendoza. Recorded at Dash Radio. Filmed & Edited by Steven Olmos
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Nick Hews and Khzzari Talk Life, Trials and Love of Hip Hop
Campfire Crew generals Nick Hews and Khzzari of Dash/Trip Digital Radio talk life, trials and the love of Hip-Hop. Hosted by DJ Journey and Lester Mendoza. Recorded at Dash Radio. Filmed & Edited by Steven Olmos
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West Coast producer and songwriter "King Shaw" talks about his stay in Brooklyn and how the experience affected his perception on the future of his music. Hosted by DJ Journey and Lester Mendoza. Recorded at Dash Radio. Filmed & Edited by Steven Olmos
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Trip Digital Radio interviews Vi City. The rapper, producer, songwriter and now movie director, talks about the trials and tribulations of the music and entertainment industry and how he almost gave up on his dreams. Hosted by DJ Journey and Lester Mendoza. Recorded at Dash Radio. Filmed & Edited by Steven Olmos
BY HILARY GEORGE-PARKIN FEB 10, 2017, 2:32PM EST
"A key part of the campaign, the hashtag #ItCanBeYou, is supposed to convey the idea that under different circumstances, anyone could be homeless. “I think a lot of people that are fortunate — that have support, have friends, have family — they don’t understand that a lot of times, homelessness isn’t an option, it’s a life circumstance that takes them that way,” says Guimaraes. “When you get really far down and you have no one to pick you back up, it’s hard to get back up on your own. It’s really to get people to be more compassionate.”
While they may not be walking the runway, a handful of people in attendance do have some personal experience with homelessness, including two of the night’s performers: Lucas Asher, the lead singer of the band Faulkner, and a Brooklyn rapper named Young MG.
Asher, who spent time on the streets of New York in his youth, doesn’t dwell on the negatives of his past. “I think it could happen to anybody, that's true,” he says. “But if you look at everybody here celebrating, it's not about how bad it is, it's about what's possible, so I tend to look at it in an aspirational way.” Today, he splits his time between his hometown and Venice, California, and last year his band released an EP produced by Wu Tang Clan’s RZA.
Young MG’s struggles aren’t quite behind him yet; I talk to him at the end of the night, after the last performer has packed up and the DJ is entreating the dwindling crowd to dance to a steady stream of Chris Brown and Bruno Mars. He wears a yellow hoodie and sweatpants and a backwards Yankees fitted. “I pulled up to show some love for the homeless people, because I too went through the homelessness and I'm still facing it,” he says.
“I have felonies, I'm a project kid, I've lived a hard life,” he explains, about three inches from my ear so I can hear over the music. “It's not my fault, it's the cards that I was dealt. But if you don't have a job, then it's hard to take care of yourself, to provide, to live your dreams. Everything costs money, and nobody's going to give it to you. You have to pay to get your way up, and then people will help you up.” At some point, I realize it’s the first story of homelessness I’ve heard all night. A minute later, though, he’s moved on. “Look me up on Facebook,” he says, and when I do, I see a few dozen photos and videos from the night — selfies, videos, shot after shot of Milian, and the requisite red carpet photos, though this time, without a cardboard sign in sight."
S.C.R.D. was proud to sponsor Young MG and The NYLON Project. Sweet Chuck closed out the event with a live performance of his soon to release, new single titled, "Art Bless America." This live performance featured professional dancers Dre and King Soup from Los Angeles, choreographed by King Shaw. If you missed these two performances you're in luck, and can catch them again, along with the rest of the Campfire Crew in April, on Thursday the 20th, from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Delancey, located at 168 Delancey Street, Manhattan, New York.
Introducing the S.C.R.D. #Streetsock, a one-of-a-kind smart, streetwear stash pocket sock designed for the active enthusiast. Rooted in the culture of Hip Hop the design of this sock considers the functional necessity of being able to easily stash small things such as lighters, keys, coins and medications in a convenient place when we don't always have pockets.
One sock of each pair come with a stash pocket easily able to accommodate for life's little necessities. Order this week and get the entire complete collection to kick up your sock game or give the perfect give this holiday season. Every pair of S.C.R.D. #Streetsocks sold help cover cover the cost to create original content that we release in the form of songs and videos across the globe. So essentially you are not only keeping your toes warm, but also helping to support the local development of independent art.
Released in the fall of 2015, Downtown, is an original S.C.R.D. song and music video featuring Sweet Chuck and Ravin Dave (see introduction video below). Downtown was the duo's second official single studio release featuring world renowned violinist Marissa Licata, New York City Hip Hop group 2 Skinnee J's Bassist, Eddie Eyeball, and Super Producer Dj Journey. The music video features Lady Gaga's Lead Band Member, American Jazz Trumpet Player, Brian Newman driving his low rider named "Showboat" around Gramercy Park.
Open Your Eyes to the Patterns and the Sequels!
Friday, November 4, 2016 - New York City: Breaking News is a refreshing perspective on an over saturated topic we've all seen time and again this year. Local actor and artist, Charles J. Jugans III., also known as “Sweet Chuck”, finally brings an honest “spin” on current events in “Breaking News.”
Unlike other contemporary music videos, major network news, or late night satire – “Breaking News” is a real, unabashed and irreverent sketch , which happens to also be a kick ass song (the first of four singles off his forthcoming album titled, “The Adventures of…” due to release in 2017.
Sweet Chuck features Super Producer Dj Journey, and directly tackles fundamental philosophical, race, and gender and issues juxtaposed with facts and sources. In order to bring the song to life visually, the unlikely production duo enlisted New York based Rock and Roll photographer, Jason Sheldon and co-founder of S.C.R.D., Ravin Dave as co-directors to shoot and edit the short drama.
Breaking News actually goes deeper beyond that of a typical music video or even a short film. This video captures individual characters, who are playing the roles of those delivering the news. As a result each character comes to life in an authentic and vulnerable manner; in the roles where they are not allowed to break character when reporting the worse of news stories.
The music video represents and speaks directly to today's sharing culture, the participants of which often pass along informations and react to content without digging deeper or knowing anything greater than just headlines.
Charles J. Jugans, III. is a professional actor that plays the character of Sweet Chuck, an artist and co-founder of S.C.R.D. In the past, Charles played roles in both film and music videos including: Alanis Morissette ”Unsent” and “Lucky Days,” directed by Anglica Page, as well as been featured in “Man on the Moon,” “Finding Forrester” and many commercials. The character of Sweet Chuck is limitless, and fans are able to live vicariously through his character and adventures.
ARTIST: SWEET CHUCK
RELEASE: BREAKING NEWS (FEAT. DJ JOURNEY)
OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016
LABEL: TRIP DIGITAL, INC.
STREAM AUDIO: LISTEN
DOWNLOAD ART: OFFICIAL COVER
Trip Digital, Inc. is a digital production and music licensing company. “Breaking News” © 2016 Trip Digital, Inc. Digital-Galactic, Inc. is a performing arts company. “Sweet Chuck” © 2015 Digital-Galactic, Inc.
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NYC’s very own S.C.R.D., whose old school rock star vibe and fresh new hip hop beats have been hailed as a mashup of unlikely styles that delivers a deliciously guilty pleasure worthy of heavy indulgence. They say what you wanted to say, but never did. And they execute the recording in a smooth and sophisticated way that seductively lures viewers into a catchy, irreverent fun hook, that is neither Petula Clark nor Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to the faintest bit. In fact, S.C.R.D. delivers a whole new sound with this record.
S.C.R.D. is named after Sweet Chuck and Ravin Dave, the two principal members of the group based in Gramercy, Manhattan. Together they infuse old skool beats, live instrumentation and witty, humorous and slightly satirically lude lyrics to take fans on a journey through heartbreaks with an ebullience for life and the thirst for adventure. Their collaboration between each other, thrives off co-collaborating with local musicians, friends and fans they lure into their musical tsunami, which helps drive their artistic creativity to new heights.
On their newest single “Downtown,” they once again teamed up with the “Mermaid,” world renowned violinist, Marissa Licata to craft an exquisite tale of temptation, dedication, and pure, unabashed urban fun and frolic through her violin’s voicing. Locking in the groove, this dynamic duo tapped Eddy Eyeball the former bassist of the 2 Skinnee J’s along with the vocals of a young, talented singer/songwriter named EMCity.
For the “Downtown” video, Sweet Chuck and Ravin Dave examine that fragile balance between the daily grind of work life, social obligations and the difficulties of finding time for personal relationships. The video begins with superstar NYC producer Journey dropping by to try to get Chuck to the studio, but he’s preoccupied and heading downtown. Then life begins to imitate art, and art blurs life, the nights get longer, and the stakes get higher. When heading “Downtown,” sometimes the night doesn’t end, when the day begins.
We are thrilled to be working with S.C.R.D.! Please get in touch with us here at HIP Video Promo if you would like more info… You can call (732)-613-1779 or email us at info@HIPVideoPromo.com . You can also visit http://www.SCRDnyc.com or http://www.TripleDigitalInc.com for more info.
Friday, November 13, 2015 - New York City, S.C.R.D. (Sweet Chuck Ravin Dave) along with Dj Journey, EMCity, Maria Del Mar Gonzalez, Nyiela Barret and Dillon Heins along with Jonathan B. Ragle (Photographer/Director) at the Norwood Club during a private friends and family premiere screening of Downtown [Official Video]. Official release is Tuesday, November 17, 2015.
DOWNTOWN FEAT MARISSA LICATA EDDY EYEBALL EMCITY DJ JOURNE
- Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/1PiMVwBpQNSqk1yqeilyMy
- iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/downtown-single/id1033921722
Directed By: Jonathan B. Ragle / Charles J. Jugans III / David R. Iannone Jr.
Written By: Jonathan B. Ragle / Charles J. Jugans III / David R. Iannone Jr. / Emilia M. Wilson
Executive Producer Digital-Galactic, Inc.
Lead Producer - Charles J. Jugans III; Producer - David R. Iannone Jr.
Co-Produced By JBR
Producer - Jonathan B. Ragle; Production Coordinator - Dillon Heins
Cinematography: Jonathan B. Ragle
Co-Art Directors: Sweet Chuck / Ravin Dave / Jonathan B. Ragle
Assistant Art Director : Emilia M. Wilson
Edited By: Jeremie Dameme / David R. Iannone Jr.
Camera Operator: Jonathan B. Ragle
Location Manager: S.C.R.D.
Digital Colorist: Derek Amengual
Digital Capture: Maria Herron
Titles & Graphic Design: Ravin Dave
Craft Service Lead: S.C.R.D.
Craft Service Assistants: Felipe, Kevin & GPB Crew
Casting: S.C.R.D. / Jonathan B. Ragle
Stylists: Lizzie Arneson
Behind the Scenes Photography: Bruce Dumont
Starring: Sweet Chuck, Ravin Dave, EMCity, Maria Del Mar Gonzalez, Nyiela Barret, Showboat, Yo Bexxx, Victoria Edwards, Kesha Blake, Big Hollywood, 187 Sound, Dj Journey, Felipe
Extras (in no particular order): Jezza Regoyal-Estaris, Jessica Israel, Kim Ross, Tori Long, Jefferson Pierre, Kevin Lynch
S.C.R.D. managed by Charles J Jugans III. and David R. Iannone Jr.
Special Thanks To: Ryan Reynolds, Jared L, Kevin, Jason Oswald, Mahsa, Jenny, Eric, Billy, Stephanie, Franny, El Jefe, Scully and the rest of the neighborhood who put up with us and our shenanigans. RIP Steve D.