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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.

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.

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

Music, Production, Release, Trip Digital Records, Video

“Take these hard times as lessons and keep going”

Mame - Hope

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 iTunesGoogle 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."

Follow MAME on Instagram @mame0712mame

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

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. 

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, Production, Trip Digital Records

Gramercy Duo Cook Up Crazy New Single!

Gramercy, New York City, NY (April 01, 2016) - S.C.R.D. (Sweet Chuck Ravin Dave) officially release their fourth studio single, titled “The Crave” on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and over 20+ digital, global retailers and in CD format via Amazon. The Crave is the musical, storytelling duo’s first record release on indie record label Trip Digital Records, and includes two versions (Radio, Instrumental).

S.C.R.D. explains that “The Crave” pushes the boundaries set by traditional genres by drawing inspiration from three primary sources –Hip Hop, Rock and Pop. The resulting combination is a new FUNK ROCK sound with an old skool Hip Hop inspired beat and verse flow, a Rock and Roll style arrangement, chorus execution and orchestration mixed with a Funkadelic vibe and rolling bass-line.  This record is the first entirely written, composed, orchestrated, produced, performed and recorded by the duo, stepping out from under their partner and co-producer Dj Journey, and features only one other performing artist Eddie Eyeball.

The storyline once again is easy to follow and is about a one night stand that turns the corner, and the person you went home with goes from rave and sweet to crazy with a case of the crave! New York City causes normal people to do wild and crazy things as they seek to live out their fantasies. Sometimes people hold on to these experiences and keep coming back for more. We call this a case of “The Crave.”

As the sole featured artist on this record, S.C.R.D. once again enlisted the talented 2 Skinnee J’s bassist Eddie Eyeball to lay down the deep and groovy bass-line that drives the rhythm of the record.  S.C.R.D. explains that, “we needed to make sure that the bass nailed down the groove of the record, especially when trying to combine so many elements. The bass-line and trumpets are key to moving the song as well as keeping listener interest and accenting the chorus. Really, we just wanted to bump on car systems!”

 

Contact: S.C.R.D.

Email: scrd@scrdnyc.com

Instagram: @scrdnyc Twitter: @scrdnyc Facebook: @scrdnyc Web: scrdnyc.com


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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