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Production, Release, Music

Under A Spell

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NEW YORK, NY - On Friday, June 8, 2018 - Singer / Songwriter Bella Saona officially released sixth single from her debut album “Parousia.,” along with five remixes on the six song The Hollow EP available on Spotify and iTunes. In April, 2017, released her first studio album titled, “Parousia,” meaning presence or arrival in vinyl and digital format. The album’s title is reflective of Bella’s Paraguyan and Brazilian descent.

The Hollow is a song about not falling under the constant spell of lies being casted over us by the media, society, and when it comes to love. Its a message about questioning the norm and not accepting things at face value. Being awake. Seeing past the mirage and the manipulation. Bella's music is a mix of dance, electronic, rock and intelligent pop. It is conscious music aimed at a global audience, with no defined age. The production of the Parousia record lasted 2 years. It was a collaboration with her producer and creative director, Victor Lau.

The Hollow Remixes were each collaborations with other artists and producers which include Stacey Ayers, Andres Diaz, Er!c Lee, and Ravin Dave (S.C.R.D.). Each collaboration was a result of relationships fostered over years and experiences, and reflect the nature of those circumstances. Bella and Victor met Ravin Dave during the summer in 2013. Since then, they have collaborated on a couple of Bella’s live performances at Beatique, CBGB Festival and a Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn block party.

About: Bella Saona

Bella began her career at age 14, with performances at different festivals and clubs in New York, Miami, Los Angeles and the UK. In 2011 she joined the record label Ultra Records, one of the most popular and recognized in the genre of electronic music. During her early years as a solo artist she worked with major English producers such as Grammy Award-winning Sandy Vee , who released her single Nobody Loves Me and Bare Noize, British producers with whom she worked on her song Off With Their Heads. Furthermore, her hits Do it Again and Off With Their Heads were included in MTV reality shows and the NCIS Los Angeles television show. Bella received the New Now Next Award as a artist on the verge of fame by the prestigious LOGO television network. -- ❤

For access to tracks, interviews or questions please email Victor Lau - kapo.entertainment@gmail.com.

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.”

Music, Production, Release, Trip Digital Records

A New Perspective - Someday!

On June, 30th of 2015, we release our first single record, Someday. It took only a couple of months to write, record, produce, mix and master. Just starting out we had little choice but to self publish through either Tunecore or CD Baby. We chose Tunecore, and subsequently released four more since then till now, while working on finishing our first albums worth. Fast forward to 2018, and since then, we've secured a distribution deal in partnership with Flourish$Prosper Music Group, with distribution through Empi.re. In addition, we now also distribute sound packs designed for producers by Trip Digital artists, through Sounds.com, a Native Instruments powered "sample" site. 

As a result, we've taken a new perspective on releasing music and are beta testing this new approach. Someday is a simple, old school, Hip Hop style record that features a number of recording artists who actually play live across the tracks and has multiple writers. In addition to accessing new distribution methods we decided to re-release this song in an unorthodox way, not using Tunecore. Instead, we leveraged our resources and access, in order to distribute over 109 different pieces, all monetizable units of content. 

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Here's the approach:

Through Stems.is we re-released the original release as a single with three tracks the album version, the radio version and the instrumental version. The net difference versus Tunecore was that this release cost us $49.99 less, 5% of net sound recording and publishing that results. Furthermore, Stems.is manages the distribution of royalties and publishing payments to each of the owners, writers and authors. As a result, Someday is available on Apple MusiciTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Music, Deezer, and YouTube.

But then we took it a step further, and released our stems to the record as an EP by renaming the record as a "Remix Kit" and targeting producers, remixers and djs. The Someday (82 BPM KEY F) [REMIX KIT] features two vocal acapella, bass, piano, violin and drum stems, also available on Apple MusiciTunesGoogle Play, Amazon Music, Deezer, and YouTube.

 

For the trifecta, we also released a 99 sound sample pack on Sounds.com as a "Producer Pack" that feature cuts of original drums, piano, violin and bass. The violin samples feature performing artist Marissa Licata (The Fugees, Alicia Keys, Wyclef) and the bass guitar samples feature James Genus (Herbie Hancock, SNL Band). Each sample is a high-resolution slice from the final studio mix, pre-mastered.

Events, Music, Release

Bella Saona "Parousia" Vinyl LP (Limited Edition) Release 2017

Parousia is Bella Saona's debut album comprised of 10 tracks and 40 minutes in duration. The album was recorded in New York and produced by Bella Saona and Victor Lau. It is available as a digital download and a limited edition (edition of 250) 180-200 gram color vinyl LP. The vinyl jacket was printed on 300 gsm art matte paper and the typography on the cover and insert feature a spot UV gloss finish. Click images above / below or here to purchase.

On Tuesday, April 11th, Bella Saona launched her debut album Parousia and hosted her release at Beautique, next to the Park Plaza Hotel, in New York City. The album release party featured DJs DaLyte, Ravin Dave and Romain NYC; and a special live performance by Bella Saona and Victor Lau, enshrouded by lighting and visuals by Sima Visualhh. Attendees included over 150 family, friends, fans and influencers from across New York City. 

Bella Saona is a singer / songwriter who wears her heart on her sleeve in everyone of her songs. Her infusion of soul into electronically driven dance music is a delicate mix of vocal melodies interwoven with intstrumental phrases that take the listener down an emotional path.

 

Just like her album, Bella's live show is an emotional multi-sense experience, brought to life from inside a mesh cube. Along with co-producer and creative director Victor Lau, Bella and the Beast unleash an audio visual performance that brings the audience inside the song, and into their world.

Parousia can be purchased in Limited Edition (LP) Vinyl here or Digitally at over 150 global online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and MySpace. A limited number of signed copies may be available in the future. 

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. 

Events, Music, Production, Video

The NYLON Project - Launch

Fashion Week Takes on Homelessness with Christina Milian, JWoww and Bravolebs.

Fashion Week Takes on Homelessness with Christina Milian, JWoww and Bravolebs.

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 and the band Faulkner, who performed at the event. 

Asher and the band Faulkner, who performed at the event. 

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. 

 

Music, Release

S.C.R.D - The Mistletoe

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2016 (NYC) - Two years ago, just six months after beginning their music voyage together, Sweet Chuck and Ravin Dave while attending the Gramercy Park Bar Holiday Party, suddenly up and left. Two and a half hours later, they re-emerged with The Mistletoe, a local classic, and the duo's only unofficial off-label single that uses noteable samples in the instrumental. Happy Holidays from S.C.R.D.!

Music, Production, Release, Trip Digital Records, Video

Complete Collection of S.C.R.D. #Streetsocks $77 Limited Time Offer

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. 

S.C.R.D.'s music is available on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, and many other global digital retailers. 

Music, Release, Trip Digital Records, Video

#BREAKINGNEWS: All Men Aren't Equal...

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

GLOBAL ONLINE RETAILERS:  iTUNESGOOGLE PLAYSPOTIFYAMAZON

LABEL:  TRIP DIGITAL, INC.

STREAM VIDEO:  OFFICIAL TRAILER   /  OFFICIAL TEASER   /  OFFICIAL VIDEO

STREAM AUDIO:  LISTEN

DOWNLOAD VIDEO:  OFFICIAL TRAILER   /  OFFICIAL TEASER  /  OFFICIAL VIDEO

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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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

Contact: S.C.R.D. Email: scrd@digital-galactic.com Instagram: @scrdnyc Twitter: @scrdnyc Facebook: @scrdnyc Web: scrdnyc.com