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Trip Digital Records, Release, Production, Music

We Love that Summertime!

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LOS ANGELES, CA - On Friday, May 25, 2018 - West Coast Hip Hop group the Klick, featuring independent artists Nick Hews and Derik Lavers released their first single titled, “Summertime,” the first of three singles they will release this year. This upbeat summer jam features Super Producer DJ Journey on the beat, Ramin Abrams on the bass and executive production by S.C.R.D. under the indie record label Trip Digital. Released by Flourish$Prosper Music Group and distributed by Empi.re, “Summertime” is available globally on Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, Amazon, and YouTube.

Back in 2009, while working as an intern for Rocafella Records, Nick Hews met Derik Lavers who had just finished Season 8 of American Idol. After becoming friends and a couple of small bedroom production projects, they both moved to LA, met DJ Journey and formed the Klick by 2015. Between December 9-10, 2015 the duo wrote and recorded Summertime at the legendary Skip Saylor Recording studio in Ensino, CA, with engineer Lester Mendoza.

Summertime is poppy, vibrant and clean fun, targeting the happy, go-lucky collegiate party-types. The Klick plans to release two more single recorded during the same time this year. Meanwhile, Nick Hews is currently finishing his solo debut album Matthew 17 expected to drop in the fall, and previously released a collab single with DEV, titled “Done That” last year.

TRIP DIGITAL is a rapidly expanding music, film & tech content development company that specializes in music production, songwriting, customized sound for film/tv, artist development, and audiovisual content for the entertainment industry. Trip Digital operates two studio offices in New York City and Los Angeles. Their seasoned artists & engineers have developed an innovative and sustainable approach to songwriting, music production, visual content and technology.

For access to tracks, interviews or questions please email: scrd@digital-galactic.com

Music, Production, Release, Trip Digital Records

Not Playing Games!

NEW YORK, NY - On Friday, May 11, 2018 - Brooklyn made, Queens saved Hip Hop artist DEV released his second studio single, “Games,” the first single to drop from his forthcoming album titled Arrogant Youth, expected later this year. Released by Flourish$Prosper Music Group and distributed by Empi.re, “Games” is available globally on Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, Amazon, and YouTube.

Arrogant Youth is a project based on years of writing, rapping and learning the art and game. It’s a reflection on the current Hip Hop landscape from an educated perspective. Games is a hard 64 bar verse laid over a Super Producer DJ Journey beat. Recorded at Lounge Studios Vanilla Sky with engineer Joseph Angol, the record was mixed and mastered by Mikaelin ‘Blue’ BlueSpruce at Brown Sugar, and executive produced by S.C.R.D.

 Artist, actor and security guard at one of Manhattan’s most prestigious hotels and nightlife hub, DEV spends his days writing and recording records based on his reflections of interactions with so many different types of people, and his own upbringing and studies of Hip Hop, while growing up in New York City. DEV’s first single release was a collab project in Fall 2017 with Nick Hews and DJ Journey, titled “Done That.”

Production, Music, Release, Trip Digital Records

Shhhh... HUSH!

NEW YORK, NY - Friday, April 20, 2018 - Baldwin/Brooklyn rapper and songwriter Kris Payne officially released “HUSH,” his second official release as a Trip Digital artist working with Super Producer DJ Journey and executive production team S.C.R.D. Released by Flourish$Prosper Music Group and distributed by Empi.re, “HUSH” is available globally on Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, Amazon, and YouTube.

The record HUSH is about not listening to the hype or the haters, that often talk in your ear and on social media. Kris Payne’s lyrics, flow and delivery are all a reflection on the senseless chatter and hate. Kris Payne is not your average rapper. His flow and lyrics will take you back in time, while his smooth, raw vocal delivery is poetic and wistfully visual. Kris often draws comparisons to the likes of the Notorious BIG, LL Cool J and Dr. Dre, which considering his childhood upbringing, and being a Leo with the same birthday as Chuck D and Professor Griff, may be an indication. Payne grew up in Brooklyn, and then moved out to Baldwin, Long Island for high school.

Kris worked his way into regular rotation on BET’s 106 & Park and then found himself in a cipher with Run DMC. Payne drew the attention of Public Enemy’s Chuck D and The Bomb Squad super producer Keith Shocklee, both local Roosevelt, Long Island natives. Kris invested the past five years into building trust, which led to his mentorship from Hip Hop legends and eventually projects with Common and Rakim. Most importantly, Kris made the transition from playground battle rapper to recording artist now is now poised to set the stage on fire.

TRIP DIGITAL is a rapidly expanding music, film & tech content development company that specializes in music production, songwriting, customized sound for film/tv, artist development, and audiovisual content for the entertainment industry. Trip Digital operates two studio offices in New York City and Los Angeles. Their seasoned artists & engineers have developed an innovative and sustainable approach to songwriting, music production, visual content and technology.

Production, Release, Trip Digital Records, Music

🔥 👠 #kickoff #2018 off with a banger!

NEW YORK, NY - Friday, January 19, 2018 - Gramercy production duo S.C.R.D. released their highly anticipated, club-crossover jam, titled “Saturday Right,” featuring Sweet Chuck and A$ton Dollar$ trading bars on verses and hooks.

This hypnotic, melodic and catchy composition is tightly crafted by DJ Journey, with lowend support from American Jazz Bassist, James Genus (SNL/Herbie Hancock) who once again delivers his signature groovelines. Meanwhile, the whimsical rhythmic riffs of Daniel Picciotto’s Gibson guitar, playfully dance along the topline in the background. Both tease the melody and then prominently strut across the bridge before sweeping listeners back into a final chorus and breakdown.

This single release is the first collaboration between S.C.R.D. and A$ton Dollar$ who originally met after multiple back to back studio sessions over the past couple of years. Producer/Engineer Rich Ahee (Shelter Island Sound) was the common denominator and mutual engineer between the two groups.  Eventually dots were linked and everyone came together to make this record.

While the record was conceived, written and recorded over a couple of days at Shelter Island Studio on April, 20th, 2016, the final record was actually mixed months later at Lounge Studios / Vanilla Sky, and didn’t get mastered until late last 2017 by Mikaelin ‘Blue’ BlueSpruce.

"From then, until now, many things have happened in our worlds’ and the world around us. And we’re just blessed to be able to make music that makes people feel something, and in this case it’s a warm, loving, family and friends vibe ‘n good times. Especially after last year, and just in time for the Spring and Summer!" - S.C.R.D.

Saturday Right is available across global retailers Amazon, Google Play, and across streaming platforms Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal.  Saturday Right is a Hip Hop genre, danceable track that grooves at 105 BPM, with remixes expected during spring and summer, be released by Flourish$Prosper Music Group. 

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S.C.R.D.

Artist production duo, Sweet Chuck Ravin Dave write, produce and perform music, videos and content under Trip Digital, Inc. The two met in Gramercy, New York City during the fall of 2013, and by 2014 began writing and recording at the 19th street studio.
 
On June 30, 2015 the duo released their first single titled “Someday.” Over the past two years S.C.R.D. have released four additional singles, two videos and have executive produced over twenty more records that will release in 2018. “Saturday Right” is the first release of 2018.
 
S.C.R.D. is named after Sweet Chuck and Ravin Dave, the two principal members of the group. 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.

A$TON DOLLAR$

Marlon Beaudouin (born July 17, 1986) better known by his stage name Young Aston/Aston Dollars, is an aspiring American Rap/R&B artist. Marlon was born to Haitian parents and raised in Hillside, Queens, N.Y. His first introduction to music was through piano instructions as a child. He also participated in musical activities at his church and school. In junior high school, he began writing his own music producing songs. During this time, Marlon was introduced to different artist in the business that inspired him and guided him into improving his musical projects.

Jeremy Gonzalez, aka “The Jerm”, introduced Marlon to different beats and techniques for improving his sound. James Williams, an old school producer, taught Marlon how to use words to add meaning and taste to his work. Aston has a very authentic way to his rhyming & singing. He is very versatile with concepts when it comes to his lyrics. Not only are his lyrics spectacular in the fact they are deep and at some points make you question facts about your own life, but also the fact he is obligated to getting his thoughts on paper shows his passion for the music. Passion that you yourself can feel when you sit back and actually listen, no do not listen HEAR what he is trying to portray.

The determination from this twenty five year old will shock you. The consistent hits, which pour from his mind is “remarkable” The way he portrays himself as a true Artist. Aston gets the party started wherever he is at. Today, at age 31, Marlon’s passion continues to grow as he spends his free time in the studio recording and producing songs such as What's My Name, Stripper Pole (SP.1) and Stripper Pole 2 (SP.2), in preparation for his upcoming album.

For access to tracks, interviews or questions please email: scrd@digital-galactic.com

Music, Production, Release, Trip Digital Records

"Been There, Done That!"

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - On Friday, September 15, 2017 - Native rapper and songwriter Dev (Brooklyn) and teammate Nick Hews (Brooklyn/Venice) officially released the record titled “Done That Feat. Dj Journey)”, under Flourish$Prosper with distribution through Empi.re across download outlets including iTunes, as well as streaming platforms including Spotify and Apple Music.

Dev & Nick Hews - Done That (Feat. Dj Journey) is the first studio single of a series, in collaboration with production partner Trip Digital, founder Dj Journey and executive production duo S.C.R.D.. The melodic, uptempo, New York style beat lends itself well to the writing and flow of New York’s own Dev, who delivers a sharp message pointed at all the people who don’t believe in the grind. Specifically he’s taking shots at the naysayers along the way who try to play you but then want to jump on the bandwagon when you’re hot. Pulling from life experiences, Dev works security at a high-end luxury hotel and nightclub in the off hours between work on a solo album and a collaborative project with writing partner Nick Hews.

While currently in Venice, California, Nick Hews met Dev in New York when both artists were living in Brooklyn, back in 2013. A year later they began writing together and the following year they finalized Done That, in Lounge Studios with a recording on March 15, 2015 under engineer Joseph Angol. From then till now Nick Hews moved out to Los Angeles and then Kuwait, before settling in Venice. Working bicoastal, the future Dev and Hews worked with Mikaelin ‘Blue’ BlueSpruce (Solange) to mix and master the first collaborative release, with future solo and collaborative records coming down the pipes in 2018.

For access to tracks, interviews or questions please email: scrd@digital-galactic.com

Events, Music, Trip Digital Records

Trip Digital Live - Sound, Art, Expression (4/20 Showcase)

Thursday, April 20, 2017, Manhattan, New York - The Delancey Main Floor (168 Delancey Street, New York, NY) Trip Digital and the Campfire Crew kicked off Spring and celebrated the holiday with a Hip Hop Showcase. Featured artists included: Dev, Sweet Chuck, Sean Scott, Young MG, Kris Payne, The Report Circuit; hosted by Dj Dcoded and Ravin Dave

The showcase was New York City music fan's chance to catch rare live performances of emerging, upcoming artists on the verge of taking their craft to the next level. All performances were original Hip Hop and Dance music compositions, recorded and performed by the artists themselves. The majority of the music being performed has yet to be officially released, and been played exclusively on Trip Digital Radio, Wednesday nights on DashRadio.com, hosted by Dj Journey

EXCERPT FROM SET LIST:

Sean Scott shook up the net back in February with his "Banned From TV" re-work "Been Waiting." Not only has the record racked up over 75K+ audio streams, the original song's creator Noreaga caught wind of it and gave his nod of approval publicly via Twitter (http://bit.ly/2oS7eLj).

Events, Music, Trip Digital Records

Trip Digital Radio - Sound, Art, Expression (Weekly Mix Show)

Los Angeles, California - Trip Digital Radio is now officially 2 hours long each week. Reaching over 85,000 active listeners via Native Rhymes station on DashRadio.com. Local Los Angeles and New York City listeners are so engaged in the platform and show, that over 50% of the weekly show listeners, are tuned-in for an average of 30-60 mins every show.

If you think about it and break down the numbers, that's well over 1,000,000 hours of music listened to over the year. For an independent start-up label, that's not bad reach to start. 

The weekly show is hosted and produced by Trip Digital Inc., founder Dj Journey. Along with Seattle born and currently New York based DJ Dcoded, the two tag-team weekly sets and segments that primarily feature new independent and upcoming artists, mixed in along with already made artists across generations and genres.

The show is rooted in Hip Hop, and because of Hip Hop's roots, Dj Journey and Dj Dcoded delightfully dance across grooves, "keeping it moving" and devoting nearly 80% of the show spins to the Campfire Crew, a team of east coast, west coast and worldwide artists that collaborate with Trip Digital. 

Tune-in each week by logging on to DashRadio.com / or download via iTunes App Store or the Google Play Android Store and listening to Native Rhymes station every Wednesday from 7:00 - 9:00 PM PST / 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM EST. 

Music, Release

Spotlight: S.C.R.D.'s "Phone Sext"

Shuffle Beat Music - Summer Hartley

"The intro, which can be a recognizable sound to anyone who has "done the deed" via phone call, draws you into the whole story S.C.R.D. and their talented group are about to take you on. Lyrically, "Phone Sext" is pretty much what to say during one of these steamy moments with your boo-thang, as it fully goes through someone's experience with phone sexting (even the "race to the finish" moment as your phone dies but you haven't reached that finish line, if you get what I'm saying). The college-age demographic for these guys, though, will know exactly what I'm talking about, as this is practically the epitome of what "phone sexting" is about, which makes the song lewd and real, but in an entirely good way.

Not only do the lyrics take you on a journey, but musically, the song gives a beat resembling that of "let's do the nasty" music that you may play or just hear in your head (or those R-rated romance movies with the oddly placed sex scene between your two protagonists. The delivered bass line from Genus meshes well with Harrison's piano (which you can hear really well in the instrumental) to give that feel good vibe behind the beat. And although I was skeptical of it at first, the violin delivered from Licata, which can also be heard better in the instrumental, blends in perfectly with the track to give a whole new layer to that dip of music.

Oddly enough, I see myself listening to "Phone Sext" again in the future, even if it's not my typical taste of music. Is it for the phone sexting tips/how-to? Is it for the sexy music that makes me just wanna vibe? Is it for the sultry vocals?

Well that's only for me to know."

Music, Release, Video

S.C.R.D. Teams up with Hip Video Promo

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.

Video

Gramercy Duo Ready to Rock It!

Left to Right) Dj Journey, EMCity, Ravin Dave, Maria Del Mar Gonzalez, Sweet Chuck, Nyiela Barret, Dillon Heins.

Left to Right) Dj Journey, EMCity, Ravin Dave, Maria Del Mar Gonzalez, Sweet Chuck, Nyiela Barret, Dillon Heins.

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

 

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.  

Music, Release

When love turns to lust...

Gramercy, New York City, NY (September 15, 2015) - S.C.R.D. (Sweet Chuck Ravin Dave) officially released their second studio single, titled “Downtown” on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

The unsigned, musical storytelling duo’s record release includes three versions (Explicit, Radio, Instrumental) and will be available via a year-long contract with TuneCore for global distribution across iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Direct, eMusic, Spotify and other major retailers.

S.C.R.D. explains that “Downtown” is the next chapter of the story following heartbreak in L.A. and returning to #NYCity for the summer. This song is all about lusting someone and the lust turning into love, but then not being ready to handle the commitment with so many professional and personal obligations at the given moment. As a result, hearts break as both parties struggle with reality, emotion and passion -something we can all relate to.

“It’s funny,” remarks Ravin Dave, “this song just happened right after “Someday” released. Literally, it was 5:30 A.M. after a long night of concepting a couple of other new songs, EMCity had just passed out and Sweet Chuck was walking out when it just happened:

Ravin Dave: “Got ur keys in your pocket?”

Sweet Chuck:  “Ready to rock-it!”

Ravin Dave:  “With your cellie in-hand?”

Sweet Chuck, Ravin Dave:  “And our girlies on standby!”

Ravin Dave says, “At that moment we both looked at eachother and blurted out, write that shit down! We then laid down the guitar and initial beat.

“We needed lyrics so we pulled up a couple of text conversations to fill-in verses and recorded a reference. The next couple days we fleshed out the rest of the story and lyrics. Initially we did not intend to include piano or strings, but Sweets sent a text requesting some piano to support the choruses.

Our initial thought was to call on Benny Harrison for the piano, but then I decided to take a crack at it for 24-hrs. That weekend, I fleshed out the piano after some inspiration from an amazing musician and friend Mark Rechler. That following week we were in the studio recording the instrumentation.”

Following in the vein of their first record, S.C.R.D. called upon their deep network of professional friends to help produce and record. Most notably world renowned violinist Marissa Licata, who has performed on their first record (and with the likes of Alicia Keys, Ben Harper, Ringo Starr, Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, Gloria Estefan, Pras of the Fugees, Jermaine Paul, Elle Varner, Gaby Wilson) signed on for a second.

To play bass, they brought Eddie Eyeball of NYC's multi-cultural alternative rap group 2 Skinnee J’s back to his hip-hop roots.  More recently he has played in Gordon Gano’s (The Violent Femmes) solo band and with retro-futurist musician/artist Vic Thrill.  Currently plays in Valley Lodge, the NYC power-pop band whose song “Go!” is the theme song for HBO’s “Last Week with John Oliver” as well as in the “Meet Me in the Bathroom & Tell Me All Your Secrets” all-star house band backing artists such as Har Mar Superstar, Bridget Everett, and Jenny Lewis.

To help steer the recording process, S.C.R.D. again brought in the talent of upcoming superstar producer Dj Journey who helped rebuild drums and coach vocal production in addition to providing spiritual guidance and industry insight. Dj Journey s also the founder of Trip Digital Inc., an independent record label and music licensing company.

It’s clear from both the “Someday” and “Downtown”, why this is a highly creative and collaborative duo features participating artists as much or even sometimes more than themselves. And this approach, is definitely paying off, at least in terms of overall sonic quality of the record. Falling somewhere between Hip Hop, Pop and RnB, this duo has created a fun new kind of sound that hits the listener a bit deeper than most of the mainstream, electronically produced songs. Whether it’s the rolling basslines, voicing of the violin, melodic quality of the verses and choruses or overall production, these guys have got something going here… Only time will tell how far it will go or where this little journey will take us!

Photo(s) by Jonathan B. Ragle

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