Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Make A Wish With Catherine Duc's 'Stargazing' Remix Of Ben Hobbs' 'Blind To You'

BEN HOBBS is a South London singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer whose sound been compared to Chris Martin meets Sting with nu-80s sensibilities. He is influenced by great pop artists including David Bowie, The Police, The Weeknd and CHVRCHES.

Ben has received coverage from notable media outlets such as Billboard, USA Today and BULLETT and has been featured on Spotify's New Music Friday playlists with over 6 million Spotify plays. He has toured with Alex Clare and will be supporting Bright Light Bright Light.

The original version of 'Blind to You' is a modern take on 80s pop with catchy hooks and lush arrangements and harmonies. Catherine Duc's 'Stargazing' Remix takes the song into the EDM realm with club-friendly Future Bass vibes in the style of The Chainsmokers, Marshmello and Flume.

Catherine is a GRAMMY nominated composer, multi-instrumentalist and remixer who has remixed songs for The Corrs, XYLØ and Paloma Rush.

The remix was mastered GRAMMY nominated engineer Gene Grimaldi who has mastered songs for artists such as Lady Gaga and Lana del Rey.

ARTIST WEBSITES
Ben Hobbs: http://www.BenHobbs.co.uk
Catherine Duc: http://www.CatherineDuc.com
http://open.spotify.com/album/7BMy6v4hVq89aCe6QWJ0b2

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Asian Pop Queen Celest Releases Debut English Single/Video "I Got Him"

First taste for North American & European pop music fans of "Most Captivating Voice in Singapore"

Career highlights so far include:

- Over 65 million streams on Chinese music services
- 20+ international film & television projects
- Voted one of the "Top 100 most beautiful women in the world"
- Has appeared on the cover of dozens of magazines worldwide (Vogue, Elle)

The video, directed by Phil Kluba (Justin Nozuka, MONOWHALES, Command Sisters), was filmed in Ontario's Kawartha Lakes region, and aims to capture the waning days of summer, complete with jet-skis, male swimsuit models, and a watergun fight.

The song was co-written and produced in Toronto by Omar Martinez (Justin Bieber), co-produced with Max Roach (Shawn Hook, Kardinal Offishall, Serena Ryder), mixed by Chris Anderson (Justin Bieber, The Backstreet Boys, Selena Gomez), and mastered by two-time Grammy winner Robert Hadley (Journey, Nine Inch Nails, Ray Charles, Dixie Chicks).

Celest says:

"The confidence of a woman is fun & full of vitality. Loving yourself brings Love ❤️"

Bio:

Born on Christmas Day, Singapore-born, Toronto-based Celest (張玉華) is a singer, songwriter, supermodel and actress. From singing for Singapore during the Beijing 2008 Olympic opening ceremonies, to television and film projects in Taiwan & China, to a NYC girl group managed by punk impresario Malcolm McLaren, to gracing the cover of dozens of magazines worldwide, Celest's globe-spanning career is an ongoing story of what can be created by a mix of hard work, talent and a harmonious balance of inner and outer beauty.

Released via ArtistHQ / Believe.

For media inquiries/downloads please contact:
Kun (Eric) Xiong [熊堃]
work@celestchong.com

http://celestmusic.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSIxvLV0nwk

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Listen: Darquise Explores The Art Of The Beak Up In His Debut Single "I Say One"

Afrobeats meets Calypso, Pop, R&B and Hip-Hop in the genre blurring I Say One, the lead single for Singer/Rapper Darquise's his EP "A Date With Lucy"

The love song, transverses a desperate need for a lovers commitment, finally saying goodbye, searching for new love, expression of the failures of the relationship and reconciliation.

Produce by Flashbeats(Alex Isaak), whose credits include Trey Song and Chris Brown, I Say One, is heavily influenced by an afro-carribean theme but the Singer/Rapper mixes it up with light pop vocals, R&B harmonies and a comparable rap.

I Say One was first released in 2016 but the singer found it difficult, though he had management at the time, managing his career, grad school and dealing with management issues. It was decided that all music would be pulled and postponed for this and other business reasons.

A video was still released for I Say One.

I Say One was re-released official on April 4th to all platforms.

Darquise born, Jack Lee Darquisé Henmy IV, is a singer, songwriter, rapper, producer originating from Houston, TX currently residing on the Treasure Coast, Fort Pierce, Florida.

https://www.facebook.com/darquise
http://audiomack.com/song/darquis/i-say-one-1

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Cinq Music Partners With Janet Jackson For First Independent Release On Her Rhythm Nation Records

Global icon Janet Jackson has partnered with Indie distributor, label and publisher Cinq Music for a recording and distribution agreement through her label Rhythm Nation Records for her recently announced new single, "Made For Now" featuring Reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee. At 12am on Friday, August 17, the "Made For Now" video will debut on Janet's You Tube page and later that morning she and Daddy Yankee will appear on MTV's "TRL AM" at 8:00 a.m. EST to discuss the project. The announcement was made by Janet, her brother Randy, who is her partner at Rhythm Nation Records, GoDigital Media Group and Cinq Chairman Jason Peterson alongside Cinq co-founder and President Barry Daffurn.

"Janet is a singular talent, a pop culture icon, incredibly innovative and socially conscious, a true music superstar," says Daffurn. "Her career is a highlight reel of an artist pushing the boundaries of pop music. Together, we'll leverage Cinq's data-driven toolbox, global presence, and best-in-class capabilities in Latin and Urban music to connect with and grow her worldwide fan base."

The "Made For Now" video is an ambitious multi-million dollar Dave Meyers-directed music video for the song recently shot in Brooklyn, NY. ,Meyers has collaborated with Jackson extensively, including previous videos "All For You," "No Sleep," and "Dammn Baby" as well videos for other megastars including Kendrick Lamar and SZA ("All the Stars"), Ariana Grande ("God is A Woman") and Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug ("Havana").The "Made For Now" video is produced by Peterson, along with Nathan Scherrer and Justin Diener from Freenjoy (productions for Beyoncé, Drake and Kendrick Lamar). Additional songs and videos are also scheduled for release later this year.

Janet Jackson is one of the most influential entertainers of the modern era. Her music has won her 6 GRAMMY® Awards, 2 Emmy Nominations, a Golden Globe Award, a nomination for an Academy Award along with dozens of American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards. She has received accolades as an actress as well including the NAACP Best Supporting Actor award. Janet is a published author, dancer, businessperson, philanthropist and one of the biggest-selling artists in popular music history. With sales of over 160 million records worldwide, Janet Jackson stands as one of the best-selling artists of all time with a string of hits that have left an indelible impression on pop culture. Her music and artistry has opened doors through which other top artists have followed, many acknowledging her impact on their musical perceptions. She is currently touring this summer as part of an extension of her outstanding and in-demand State of the World Tour with stops remaining in Raleigh, NC (Aug. 1), Charlotte, NC (Aug. 3), Miami (Aug 5), Tampa (Aug. 7), Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey (Aug. 10), and Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco (Aug. 12).

About Cinq:
Cinq Music is a technology driven distributor, record label and rights management company. Cinq's repertoire has won four Grammy awards, dozens of Gold and Platinum RIAA certifications, numerous number one chart positions on the Latin Urban and Tropical Billboard charts and was nominated for Latin Rhythm Label of The Year at the 2016 Latin Billboards. http://www.cinqmusic.com . Cinq Music is a GoDigital Media Group company http://www.godigitalmg.com

http://www.cinqmusic.com

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Rick Vines Debut Release "So Happy!"


"It gives me the strength to say... what do you know about it anyway" -­‐Rick Vines, "Secrets"



Songwriter Rick Vines strives for energy. He lives for the energy of the song, evoked by its meaning and its story. He cherishes the undefined, unpredictable beauty when people join together to create a moment, timeless in sound. And with his debut record So Happy, he realizes into tangible form his own energy poured forth into a

selection of ten songs that speak the truth.



He set out to make a record with wide appeal, not necessarily demanding of the listener's full attention. But should one choose to tune in and listen closely, one would find meaning and significance in the melody and lyrics. In this respect, So Happy succeeds.



The ten track album is clean and polished, but not so much as to dehumanize the sound. Recorded at IV Labs studio in Chicago (notable output from IV includes jam rock Umphrey's McGee, soul singer Cole DeGenova, and hip-­‐hop band Sidewalk Chalk) the record treats themes diverse and far-reaching, from self-referential social criticism and light-­‐hearted mocking to deeply personal stories of loss, faith, love and redemption. This range also expressed in the multiplicity of genres that appear here is juxtaposed with a consistent sonic palette, giving the record a cohesive and listenable character.



The record begins with the title track "So Happy," featuring Bassist Tadd Santos' driving bass line, pop style handclaps and a vocal performance reminiscent of an uplifting REM tune. But the happy go lucky sound masks the lyrical content, a commentary on selfie culture. The way we present ourselves on social media isolates us from one another, and even ourselves. How much time do we spend staring at smiling faces, erroneously assuming that the grass is really greener? How often do we tailor our own images so that someone else assumes the same? Examining the twisted hypocrisy of consumer culture, Vines accompanies this theme of isolation with "Giant Can Of Beans," employing this contrast of sonic style and lyrics: the sound is whimsical with washes of guitar and keyboard accompanied by melodic interjections from lead guitar. Still we keep "our doors locked tight." Vines uses his experience to craft a way of looking at the world, both thankful for the comforts of house and home while critical of the effacement that comes with that life.



To create So Happy Vines was joined by an all star cast of studio musicians with considerable accomplishments in their own right. Each gets time to shine. Guitarist Chris Siebold stands out on the Allman Brothers styled blues rock track treatment of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" where his thick tone and searing licks cut through the driving rhythm beds filled out with the Hammond B3 organ. His more sophisticated side shows up on the jazz ballad "Nights Like This," evoking Jim Hall or Barney Kessel with a classic archtop guitar sound alongside pianist Dave Gordon's chordal support. Drummer Gerald Dowd (holding a longtime post with prolific country singer-­‐songwriter Robbie Fulks) is heard in full force on the classic rock tune "D'Lila."



All of these elements are seamlessly woven under the direction of producer Anne Heaton. Vines reached out to Anne with his catalog of work in 2016. She weighed in on song and studio selection, as well as arranging, tracking, and even composing and performing original vocal parts. "In my heart of hearts I'm a collaborator," she says of her style, which often gives "more leeway to explore and break rules." Her presence is powerful on the lush vocal arrangements at the end of "I Can't Breathe," Vines' tribute to the tragedy of Eric Garner's choking death at the hands of New York City police officers. From the perspective of Garner, Vines sings "tell my wife and kids, I'm doing it for them." With a wife and child of his own (whose struggles and stories appear in the semi-autobiographical "Making My Way") Garner's death strikes close to home.



This debut record brings a heavy dose of disillusionment and self-deprecation, tempered by humor and hopefulness.



At times the record is sincere, personal, and deeply sensitive. Other times it is acerbic and incisive. Perhaps it is the force of years that allows for this double‐edged introspection. But this music can speak to song lovers anywhere, of any age. Some will nod in understanding or shake their heads in commiseration. Others may learn or be called to think about the world differently. Some may just sway back and forth while doing the dishes. "So Happy" is vital and important for all these contexts,


http://www.heymanrecords.com

http://bit.ly/2n2VwuE

Friday, August 17, 2018

IES 18 Explodes With WARPED Kevin Lyman’s 1st Appearance After 24 Year Run


WARPED Creator KEVIN LYMAN made IES - the INDIE SUMMIT, His FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE Since Final WARPED TOUR Show, & Receives 'TRAILBLAZER' AWARD, Along with MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON, & 3 days of SUCCESS Panels-Workshops By Industry Leaders highlight a vital INDIE SUMMIT-I E S 18



Dateline : Los Angeles / N.Hollywood CA



The seventh annual IES - the INDIE ENTERTAINMENT SUMMIT wrapped up another successful global Music & Entertainment conference Sunday evening August 12 in L.A. - in the entertainment capital of the World. Among the many highlights of the action packed 3-day summit of Music - Movies-TV - Touring & Tech, were WARPED creator KEVIN LYMAN making the INDIE SUMMIT as his first public appearance after wrapping the final show of the 24 year run as the 'world's biggest & longest running traveling alternative festival in the World'. The WARPED TOUR is historic in it's legacy in helping launch more current Superstars than any other tour or platform in history, including EMINEM, BLINK-182, KATY PERRY, TWENTYONE PILOTS, PANIC AT THE DISCO, BEBE REXHA, ALL TIME LOW, FALL OUT BOY, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, WEEZER, THE USED, NEW FOUND GLORY, PARAMORE & countless others! Kevin has been a longtime friend & supporter of IES founder/creator & 40 year industry innovator JAY WARSINSKE & was quick to jump on the opportunity to make the INDIE SUMMIT his first public appearance since getting home from the last ever show of the 24 year legendary WARPED TOUR run. The appearance was at the final day of IES 18 at the SONGWRITING SCHOOL of Los Angeles (with previous days at THE FEDERAL & the AMP Complex, NoHo Arts district, adj. Television Academy, Arts Institute, among others).



IES Founder/Creator gave LYMAN the 'IES TRAILBLAZER OF THE DECADE' Award for his quarter century of developing stars on WARPED, as he announced the imminent forthcoming announcement of the start of the giant WARPED FESTIVAL & his professorship in cutting edge entertainment courses at USC. "Kevin has blazed a trail like no other", Warsinske stated, "in creating the ultimate platform for New Music Discovery & incubator in creating arena & festival headliners like no other!" Kevin returned the compliment "The WARPED brand continues, as strong as ever, we're about to announce our first Festival for our 25th Anniversary next year!Jay you have built with the INDIE SUMMIT, a place like no other that aspiring artists, managers & entrepreneurs can learn from the best, make new connections & mentors, & gain inspiration to take on the World in their own unique way! The music business is very hard & complex & things like IES give you a roadmap & blueprint to see how fellow creative talent & entrepreneurs are winning these days in more & more creative indie ways! We look forward to all coming to the INDIE SUMMIT for many years to come!"



IES HONORS also inducted MEGADETH & reunited three members of the earth shaking & influential debut 'KILLING IS MY BUSINESS, & BUSINESS IS GOOD' album; founding member DAVID ELLEFSON, founding guitarist CHRIS POLAND & 'KILLING' TOUR guitarist MIKE ALBERT. ELLEFSON was presented the 'TRAILBLAZER OF THE YEAR' Award for starting his successful Indie Label EMP, re-activating COMBAT (who originally put out MEGADETH & 'KILLING', among other greats), started his Management company, indie Booking Agency, & Coffee company, in addition to touring the World & headlining festivals & arenas with the mighty MEGADETH! "The IES Honor is huge to me", Ellefson states, "Jay I wanna thank you for all you're doing there with IES & keeping everybody informed & excited about getting out there & going for it, these are the building blocks of your future. Jay you've built an incredible opportunity here with the INDIE SUMMIT to really teach people all the things that myself & others have experienced that can help you get ahead, kinda walk a mile in our shoes & great to have a community to bring people together so you never go it alone, so encourage you all to get out there with a great opportunity like IES & go for all you can be!".



IES HONORS also inducted this year the iconic powerhouse band AC/DC from Australia, Canadian Hall of famers THE GUESS WHO ('American Woman' & over 12 other Top 10 classics), & the alltime biggest selling & most influential hard rock band of all time LED ZEPPELIN, with induction by John 'Bonzo' Bonham's sister, soul sensation Deborah Bonham (on Tour with Jeff Beck & Paul Rodgers). IES 18 kicked off with the induction of MICHAEL JACKSON, widely regarded as the greatest entertainer in history, with a star studded & key player induction for the 'King Of Pop', including legendary bass player NATHAN EAST (who played on Michael's hits & those by ERIC CLAPTON, PHIL COLLINS, STEVIE WONDER, TOTO, GEORGE HARRISON, DAFT PUNK, HERBIE HANCOCK & hundreds of others), QUINCY JONES' main engineers MATT FORGER, BRUCE SWEDIEN, ANDRE CROUCH's main man ROBERTO NORIEGA, Michael's duet partner & writer of 'Man In The Mirror' SIEDAH GARRETT & Michael's iconic Publishing company exec & current SESAC VP JAMES LEACH.



IES 18 ran over 24 major Success oriented panels, Workshops & Keynotes with many of the industry's leading hitmakers, Managers, Producers, Social Media gurus, top Music Video creators, Branding execs, Label heads, Metadata experts, Film-TV Music Supervisors, Film Makers, Concert Promoters, Festival Owners, Booking Agents, Tour organizers, Marketing directors, Publishers, PR / Publicists and many other top execs and creators. Artists & Careers connected to these illustrious speakers include DR. DRE, LED ZEPPELIN, 2PAC, QUINCY JONES, JEFF BECK, TECH N9NE, MICHAEL JACKSON, BRUNO MARS, OZZY OSBOURNE, TIESTO, KISS, GWEN STEFANI, THE BEACH BOYS, SCOTT STORCH, MACKLEMORE, BOB MARLEY, EAZY-E, BAD CO., WHITESNAKE, EMINEM, AC/DC, PAUL RODGERS, BONE THUGS 'n HARMONY, NO DOUBT, RUN-DMC, METALLICA, RANDY JACKSON, ICE CUBE, FREE, RANDY RHOADS, NIPSEY HUSSLE, WARRANT, BLINK-182, PARAMORE, THE CLASH, SLY & THE FAMILY STONE, KENDRICK LAMAR, ELTON JOHN, DAFT PUNK, MADONNA, BODYCOUNT, JES, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, SEAN KINGSTON, HEART, BLACK EYED PEAS, STEVE AOKI, NEIL YOUNG, NIRVANA & many more. Attendees came from over 12 countries and all parts of the US. The eighth annual IES - Indie Entertainment Summit is set for August 9-11, 2019 to close out the decade & leading the indie creative movement Worldwide in the 2020's. IES is 'The Greatest Weekend of the Year to Move Your Creative Career Forward!'. Those serious about their careers inquire now.



For more info : 818-505-9537 info@IESfest.com


http://www.IESfest.com

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

indieOn Connects Music To The Blockchain And Creates Better Experiences For Artists And Music Fans


indieOn Inc.(indieOn™) is excited to announce the release of its music currency NDI to bring blockchain technology to the music sharing economy. Using a consensus platform allowing indieOn App subscribers to listen and vote on music selections in return for NDI tokens. indieOn is confident of creating a "music miner" who listens more and grow their Token value.



The indieOn protocol is based on a decentralize ecosystem and revolutionize the music sharing economy industry. Chain of custody and smart wallets solve critical problems for musicians in marketing, managing and monetizing their creative talent.



The global music sharing industry commands a market size of nearly $14 billion as of 2017. The industry continues to grow; however, persistent problems remain for musicians and listeners alike. indieOn’s protocols intend to resolve the following four major pain points:



* Protection of musician identity and rights

* Token reward system for frequent users known as "music miners" who listen and vote on music

* Immersive and more intimate entertainment experience for listeners

* Higher levels of remuneration and faster payout for musicians.



Blockchain provides the foundation of a genuine peer-to-peer sharing economy by providing a trusted transaction platform with no intermediaries. Using blockchain technology to run a sharing-economy ecosystem means no central authority is needed.



IndieOn has these interlocking components:



1. A digital platform for artists to market, manage and monetize creative content, media, and merchandise.

2. A music token (NDI) allowing participants to store value and make purchases in the indieOn App.

3. A truly intimate experience for listeners, viewers, and purchasers of artist’s creative content.

4. A consensus platform creating music miners who listen, vote, are rewarded.

5. Revenue generation and licensing agreements with numerous industry advertisers.



Dr. Micah Hale Managing Partner of indieOn commented, "indieOn is positioned to disrupt the music sharing economy by working with existing partners in the industry and growing the ecosystem by inviting industry partners and other businesses to join. This innovative approach in building a sharing economy ecosystem will make indieOn a leading provider in this growing space."



The company also announced that Phoenix Arizona based Black Dog Venture Partners has been retained as a strategic advisor.



Music fans, artists and labels can learn more and download the indieOn app by visiting indieon.com Follow indieOn on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Melvin Riley Of Ready For The World Celebrates 35 Years In The Music Business And The Re-launch Of His Solo Career And New Billing Title


Balladeer, songwriter, producer and musician, Melvin Riley will mark his success with a celebration around the world that will mark his era as a legend within the entertainment industry and being one of the most influential songwriters of our time for Multi-Platinum Ready For The World. Riley Co-founded the Flint, MI band in 1982. Melvin was honored when the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame requested personal memorabilia to be showcased in their artist showcase.



Melvin Riley, original Lead Singer of 'Ready for the World' is known for writing and bringing the house down with his sensual, smooth slow jams while delivering hooks on a slow song that fans will remember for generations to come. What the music industry and fans never knew is that Melvin wrote, produced and performed all vocals and instruments on hit songs such as "Love You Down", "Gently", "Can He Do It Like This", "Who's Is It" just to name a few. Riley produced, wrote and sang 'Tonight', 'Slide Over', 'Deep Inside Your Love', 'Ceramic Girl', 'Can He Do It Like This', 'My Girly', just to name a few and take you down memory lane.



The year will not only be a celebration for Melvin Riley's success, but the re-launch of his solo career and new show billing title. It will mark the 35th Anniversary when Melvin wrote the catchy lyrics and music for "Oh Sheila". Drummer Gerald Valentine put the funky drums on the #1 pop/rock & R&B Hit "Oh Sheila". We often wondered who was Sheila so now we will give fans the opportunity to meet Sheila. That's right if you bare the legal first name Sheila you can enter the "Oh Sheila" contest. The grand prize winner of the selected city will receive two (2) front row tickets, (1) Night Hotel accommodations and attend a private meet and greet with Melvin Riley. To enter go to https://www.facebook.com/officialmelvinriley



Booking available now under the title Melvin Riley & Ready for The World, alongside original band members Gerald Valentine and John Eaton and a few new faces to give you a show stopping performance. The title billing for all shows; Melvin Riley & Ready for The World. Promoters can also book Melvin Riley in the round as he prepares to launch new music and continue his solo career. He will perform his solo songs and Ready for The World Classics.



Melvin continued to deliver when he launched his solo sides with album Ghetto Love. The balladeer graced the microphone with chart topping hits like 'Who's It', 'What Makes A Man'" and 'Servin It'. Riley, followed up with his signature sound with album Bedroom Stories and hits like "You Complete Me" and Scream, Shout (featuring Jamie Foxx). His creative side continued to shine as he wrote and produced the Top Ten R&B hit for 4 By Four "Come Over". Melvin worked with Rod Temperton to create yet another musical masterpiece "I Just Wanna Be Loved" on the sound track for the movie Running Scared starring Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines. He wrote the song 36 lovers for the movie Beverly Hills Cops starring Eddie Murphy along with band mate John Eaton and engineer Gary Spaniola. 2018 get ready for more of Melvin Riley.


http://www.melvinriley.net

http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=203003

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Triplets Bringing Their Jersey Roots To Country Music

Triple Addiction

August 16, 2018 - Classic rock n' roll band fused with country and blues sets the tone when they open up for country music sensation Billy Currington on August 16, 2018 at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park NJ.



Triple Addiction is a band of are triplet brothers and their best friend. The band has had the opportunity to play all over from the New Jersey Balloon Festival to playing at the Highline Ballroom in NYC. Getting the chance to open up for bands like 3 Doors Down and R.E.O Speed Wagon has been such a rewarding experience.


"We released a self-titled EP January of 2016 and have never looked back. We have gotten such a great response from all of our fans for all the hard work we put into it, that it has only motivated us more to record new music". Right now we are in the process of recording our first full length album that will be rock blended with country and blues featuring some ballads as well.



Other upcoming shows:

August 11th Vets Summer Fest - Hope NJ

August 16th Billy Currington - Stone Pony Asbury Park NJ

August 31st Fire Co. Fair

September 2nd Don Jamieson BBQ at Brighton Bar - Long Branch NJ

September 8 - Bella Music Fest - Red Bank NJ

October 27th Scout Fest - Mercer County Park


http://www.tripleaddiction.com

http://soundcloud.com/triple-addiction/triple-addiction-remind-me

Friday, July 27, 2018

Pace Pictures Posts Live Video Series For Benedict Cork


Pace Pictures provided post-production services for a remarkable series of live videos by breakout artist Benedict Cork. The five videos were recorded at Red Gate Recorders in Eagle Rock, California and are being released individually, one per month, in support of Benedict's debut EP The Piano Tapes. The videos were finished in Pace Pictures' DI theater with colorist Jason Knutzen applying the final 4K grade.



The novel approach of releasing five videos in sequence over a period of months was conceived by Benedict's manager Aubrey Wright as a way of organically building an audience for the 24-year-old singer/songwriter. "It's our way of showing the world who Benedict is as a composer, pianist and vocalist," explains Wright. "It seems everyone today is focused on putting out as much content as quickly as possible. We are taking a step back and producing high quality content in a measured way so that people can better appreciate his uniqueness as an artist." The videos were directed by Matt Edwards.



With its wood floors and bookcases stacked with vinyl albums, Red Rock Recording provides a warm and intimate backdrop for Benedict's heartfelt, lyrical music. Ghost, the first video in the series, is an emotionally raw ballad about a relationship on the brink. "All of the videos are very raw and real with few cuts," notes cinematographer Josh Figgs, owner of LA-based production company Compass Coalition. "Some are just one take. They are meant to feel live."



Pace Pictures provided dailies processing, media management, editorial conforming, final color grading and deliverables. During grading sessions, Knutzen worked with Figgs to give each video an individualized look. "A lot of the aesthetic came from how Josh lit them," recalls Knutzen. "In the theatre, we concentrated more on bringing out a style as it related to the music itself. We listened to the soundtrack while grading the videos and let the music drive the look."



"We shot everything RedCode raw, which results in very robust, malleable files," adds Figgs. "That gave us the most latitude in post-production to manipulate what I shot. I had a look in mind for the room and we able to hone in on that look, dial in on the mood and feel, and capture as closely as possible the look and vibe of the room."



The videos were finished in 4K so that they could be released to Spotify, YouTube and other venues at high resolution. "We held a screening session for Benedict in the theater," recalls Knutzen. "It was great to be able to showcase the finished work for the artist with the best possible sound and projected in 4K on a big screen. Doing the color in the theater was a great way to refine the look of these videos."



Benedict Cork

Website: http://www.benedictcork.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/benedictcork

Instagram: http://instagram.com/benedictcork

Facebook: http://facebook.com/benedictcork

YouTube: http://youtube.com/user/benedictcork



About Pace Pictures

Pace Pictures is a full-service sound and picture finishing facility. It offers a range of post services including color grading, editorial finishing, visual effects, titling, sound design, sound mixing, media management and related services, available individually, or as turnkey solutions. The company employees a team of highly-skilled artists and technicians who are passionate about television and cinema, and dedicated to making every project the best that it can be.


http://www.pacepictures.com