Kublakai - One of a Kind

Check out the latest music video I directed for my friend Kublakai. The song is titled "One of a Kind" and is off his sophomore album "The Basics 2" available for download here. Kublakai was behind the idea here and I was able to bring it to life. Originally we we're going to use tango dancers but we pulled a last minute switch to ballet which I think turned out really well. For me, this was a breath of fresh air. I love that Kubi wanted to take a new approach by using a dancer and go black and white.

Thanks to Captain Midnite, Jay Battle, Minta, Meg, and Steele for making this happen. Also note, Jay Battle learned to play that piano sample in a matter of minutes so I could film his part. Super impressive!

Enjoy the video! If you dig it, share it, like and spread the word!

Th3rdz - Rap Rap Music Video

I remember when I was like 16 and me and my buddy Andrew would head downtown every week for the local hip hop shows. Most of the places we went to are now closed but I remember the Eye Spy, The Paradox and The Noise Lab to name a few. Old Dominion was at every show.They opened up for every act that came through the town. These dudes we're like the Seattle Wu Tang Clan. Every time we'd see em' at a show they had grown in numbers. Some of my favorite spitters we're Sleep, JFK and Onry (Grayskul) and Bishop I. A lot of these guys are still making music and have had successful careers in the game. JFK hit me up after seeing the Kublakai music video I shot and asked if I'd be down to shoot one for his new group Th3rdz. To get a chance to work with rappers I looked up to over 10 years ago was awesome. I obliged.

This video was SUPER fun to shoot! We had a keg of beer and three cases of "Genessee" (which looked like Duff) to get the party started right (at 11am...). We basically clowned around, danced, put on a show, got drunk and rapped. It was awesome.

Here's what we came up with. Enjoy the show and please share it if you dig it. If you like what you hear, be sure to follow @Th3rdz on twitter to keep up to date as they'll be dropping an album in early 2012.

Scribes | Pass You By | Music Video

A while back my buddy Scribes asked me to shoot some behind the scenes footage for a music video being directed by Jon Jon. They were working on several different concepts and ended up really featuring Scribes' unknown skills in the boxing gym. I had the opportunity to help shoot some of the music video as well and I'm really happy with how the shots look. Jon did a great job editing the whole project and making Scribes look like a young Balboa. We had a great boxing gym to work out of which had tons of character and all the tools necessary for a great video. I still need to get Scribes to teach me how to do the crossover with the jumprope. He's got it down!

What do you think about the video? If you like it, share it with the world. If you think we could've done better, let us know in the comment box below!

Going Going Back Back to the Future Future.

That's right folks, we traveled back in time for this one. I've been working with OL' Small for over a year now and this marks our third project together. When we first met up he showed me this song and referred to it as "his baby". Well "his baby" is finally growing up! Here's a quick teaser of what's soon to come. Official Back the the Future music video dropping in October! How do you like these teasers? Are they too short? Too long? Just right?

On Set with Ripynt and Griff J

The other day my buddy Griff J (photographer/film maker) asked me to help out with a scene in his latest project with Ripynt. Griff has been shooting a music video for Ripynt's song "Take it to the Top" off of his latest album "Re-Inventing Poetics." My part was to stand in as a photographer taking some snaps of Rip while he spits the line "and pose for some photos". Since I was there with all my gear set up, I figured I may as well snap away.

We had a good time and it was cool to be with these dudes for the last scene needed for the project. I could definitely feel some relief and relaxation after "that's a wrap" was said by Griff. The video is rumored to be debuted at a show on November 12th in which Ripynt is opening up for for Keith Murray at Haley's in Everett Wa. As soon as it's released I will post it up on this here blog.

For now, here are some of my favorite snaps from the shoot.