Every year, LA radio station 94.7 The Wave produces a
segment called "Making Waves." "Making Waves" is dedicated to
recognizing status quo movers and shakers in the African-American
community from all different professions and purposes.
being assigned to co-produce this year's installment alongside Morning
Show Host Pat Prescott, Pat gave me the opportunity to produce the theme
music that will be heard under the interview highlights (in radio, we
call it a "music bed") that will be aired throughout February on The
So right as the station is going to commercial, don't touch
your dial just yet, lol! That is when these 1 minute production spots
will be gracing the airwaves backed by some H.F.P. sonics.
All Instrumentation and Programming By DJ Chuck "thE oLd SouL" For Honor Flow Productions
This past Tuesday night, I finally found time to go to the movies and
check out "Dear White People." Man listen... in a status quo were "post
race" and stereotypes are a subject of debate, this flick throws that
conversation right in your face and makes your laugh in the process. I
identified with his movie so much. I can't tell you how many scenes
seemed to have came right out my college undergrad years, lol!
personally, I am EXTREMELY proud to be a part of the film's soundtrack!
Pay close attention to the scene where Coco is filming her infamous
vlog, that is this Honor Flow Productions jam in the back I named "And
Then I Saw Her..." because the instrumental just felt like "A Fly Love
My sister and I were hi-fiving in the theater like we just
scored a touchtown lol! Super crazy to hear something you cooked up in
your bedroom in a movie on the big screen, and then to see your name in
the credits!? Wild man.
Lastly, a testimony of listening to
your gut; when I was submitting beats for this and other potential
projects, this was the only beat that I didn't make before hand in the
batch I submitted. Something told me to make a fresh one to complete the
group of tracks. And it turns out, this was the one that was placed. I
heard this story a million times, but since I've experienced it, I'm
firm believer in this saying: it only takes one. But it does takes a
couple dozen before you get to that one, lol!
Special thanks to
Paul Stewart of Atom Factory Music for the opportunity and go see Dear
White People now! And take a couple friends with you!
To hear over half a million people... yes, seriously, no
exaggeration... A HALF OF MILLION PEOPLE start word for word
"sing-a-longs" while your on stage performing is the greatest feeling
any DJ or musician can experience. And it happened in masses 3 times this year at Taste of Soul 2014.
1) Greg Mack and I's 3 minute impromptu Funk music revue in this order: George
Clinton's "Knee Deep," Zapp's "More Bounce To The Ounce," Brick's
"Dazz," Lakeside's "Fantastic Voyage," Parliament's "Flashlight" and Prince's "Head."
2) When The E Family was about to take the stage and we had to pause
their introduction for a second because the crowd was still singing part
of the 2nd version AND chorus to Michael Jackson's "Rock With You" even
though I had just stopped the record about a minute before.
Then 35 minutes later at the end of The E Family's set, Stevie Wonder
pops on out of no where stage with Shelia E, and sung a piece of "Don't
You Worry About A Thing" (A personal favorite of mine in Stevie's
catalogue to boot. And yes, thanks to my sister Tyler,
we have HD film of that, lol!) That led to me a 10 minute impromptu mix
of all Stevie records. My Lord, if their was going to be an earthquake
on Crenshaw Blvd that night, it was close. That crowd energy was at
critical mass and I cut the crossfader so much for the crowd to sing
back, I honesty could have left the songs completely off and they would
have carried the entire tune word for word.
Honestly, my written
account doesn't do this justice. You had to be there to experience this.
If you ever doubted that music is one of the most powerful pieces of
energy in the world and brings us together, "one nation under groove,"
this is my testimony. I only dreamed of days like this. Feeling euphoria
like this. Rocking stages like this. And God willing, hopefully many
more to comes. This is why I love why do. I will never forget this day.
Thank you Crenshaw Blvd. Love to my crew at 94.7 The Wave... we did that, lol!
- "thE oLd SouL" Photography By Tyler Ann Nunley For Genevieve Munroe co.
See more photos from Taste Of Soul 2014 at Genevieve Munroe's website HERE!
94.7 The Wave's Pat Prescott & Greg Mack, Dana Dane of The Get Fresh Crew, and Yours Truly
Headcrack of Dish Nation/The Rickey Smiley Show getting busy on the mic with a freestyle. Our second year straight at Taste Of Soul we've played a game of "He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper."
Steve Wonder being escorted off stage by 94.7 The Wave's Frankie Ross after his impromptu duet of "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing" with Shelia E.
Living "The Glamorous Life" with one and only, Shelia E.
From "breaking it down" as DJ Lance Rock from Yo Gabba Gabba while on the decks at Eighty-Two...
To thanks to DJ Waldo Rules, making a connection that was "just a Stones Throw away," with MED and The Beat Konducta, Quasimoto himself, Madlib; never a dull moment during the H.F.P. "Sunday Funday Award Tours."
you to everyone at the Nokia Theatre for being a dope host to me. This was my 1st
time rocking a theatre and you guys made it easy and memorable. Shouts
out 94.7 The Wave for the look, and Fantasia & Brian McKnight for
their showstopping sets. And most of all... That Dancefloor Burner of a
crowd! Thank you for the love and partying with me. Here are some shots I took through out the night from my four eyes.
Taken @ The 94.7 The Wave Studio days before the show...
Third time is the charm and third time is the deadliest. This Saturday night, The RAD Cabin presents another holiday function sure shot. A LOT going down with this one. Read all the details below directly from The RAD Cabin crew. See you on the other side... this Saturday night *Insert Vincent Price laugh*
_____________________________________________________ FREE ENTRY ~ 21+ It's a Warehouse, UBER there's no parking! **ENTER on 58TH Street**
Dress in your Zombie Best! It's scary how good this will be. A Wound Bar? Yup! You can get your scars and gashes done by Special FX make-up artists at our Wound Bar!
You can come in prom wear OR be the Undead of your choice. Sexy
Zombies. Celebrity Zombies. Evil Zombies. Rotting, undead, brainsucking
mutant virus voodoo Zombies. It's a dead man's party... who could ask
for more?!? -------------- Please contribute to Charleyville.org,
a charitable foundation which provides scholarships for musicians and
writers. You can make a direct donation to Charleyville here: http://charleyville.org/support/contribute/
Just a reminder that this benefits a great cause: Charlotte was an
amazing and inspiring musician and poet and her family will be here from
Nashville and Wisconsin to celebrate and raise awareness for the
foundation that they set up in her name. If you can’t attend, please
consider making a donation to this charity.
Get your classic Zombie Prom picture taken by Playboy Magazine Photographer, Joel Flora!
***Make sure you show the flyer above on your smartphone for entree at the door!!! And say the password: "PromKing"
In late September, I received a Facebook message from a college
classmate that "wanted to see if I could do something for her since I was all in the music business."
Oh boy I thought, messages that start off like this usually result in two kinds
of requests: one, to help them get something on the radio or two, concert
tickets. Turns out, she asked if I could type out a playlist of some popular
mainstream Hip-Hop and R&B songs from our freshman year at Marymount
College for a memory box she was complying.
Now, anyone that knows me will tell you, I am always one to
soundtrack associate almost every occurrence in my life. From the moment I
received that message, the wheels started turning, and I saw myself scribble
out a list of over 40 songs the next morning. Once I looked down at my
hieroglyphics, bookmarked moments of my freshman year of college; one of the
most influential 12 months in my life, started to flashback in my mind. A time
in my life when I realized "I knew this world was crazy, but not this
crazy." I realized it moves at the speed of light such as the album cover’s
photo; a shot I took of myself one late night on the college’s
bus for photography class. Just a written list would not suffice nor do
justice, these experiences had to be relived through speakers.
Unlike The Demonstration series, the record selection
process was more based on historic context than my own personal taste. It had
to be given that this was the soundtrack for that time period, and not just for
my own ears (that is another list in itself).
Important to highlight is much of the landscape of what Hip-Hop
and R&B music has become presently started to manifest that year. Just
listen to Snoop and Akon’s “I Wanna Love You”or the “Hyphy Movement”cuts on this tape and tell me you can’t
hear its minimalist influence on DJ Mustard; currently spearheading arguably
the West Coast’s most influential sound since Dr. Dre and Scott Storch
unleashed the lowrider Grand Piano and Symphony String bounce of the magnum
opus, “Still D.R.E.”Then there is the affair of Hip-Hop
with Dance music. It is a common place now, but later became pop culture
foreshadowing heard in, my humble opinion, Timbaland’s best cover to
cover production work outside of Missy and Aaliyah: Justin Timberlake’s
Future Sex/Love Sounds, Nelly Furtado’s Loose, and
his own Shock Value. All three of those LPs were laced with vibes of
Electronic, dance floor driven monsters.
Admittedly, 95% of these songs I jammed from jump, 4% grew on me over time, and
one song on here I honesty cringed at including. But I knew I had to given both
its popularity and association with one of those hilarious flashbacks I
mentioned above. I'll let you try to figure out which song it is.
But that is the power of music. It is a hell of a stimulating
sensation. The melody and lyrics are the flux capacitor and our mind is the
DeLorean. With that established as the motto, I welcome you to the first
installment of my nostalgia trip with “no roads.”First stop... 30800 Palos Verdes Drive East... Fall of 2006.
These were the sounds, these were the quotes…this is the music Yearbook of The Mount: Year One.
Soul Claps & Salutes and Thank You For Listening,
DJ Chuck "thE oLd SouL"
PS- Thank you Sara "placing" the light bulb over my head.
Arranged and Mixed By DJ Chuck "thE oLd SouL" For Honor Flow Productions
Album Art Design: Tyler Ann Nunley For Genevieve Munroe co.
For Promotional Use Only!
Last Monday, I had the honor and privilege to participate in the LA
Edition of the iStandard Producer Showcase! For those not in the
industry know, the iStandard Showcase gives up and coming producers the
opportunity to play a set of their beats in front of an elite group of
fellow producers and record label A&Rs.
This was an excellent
experience and it was a release to finally get to preview some of the
new-new we have been working on for over a year and half now to the
public. Some of those new jams I played during my set you can hear in
this short film.
Thank you to iStandard, thank you to Shawn
Barron, Cardiak and Dawaun Parker for the words of wisdom and thank you
to everyone who came to The Dragonfly to vibe out with a brotha! Soul
Claps and Salutes.
Lapdances in the middle of an arcade... now that's a first. I haven't seen a
chair pulled in the middle of a dancefloor like that since high school
dances at The L. And the owner Noah making it rain soon after this was taken lol! Thank you as always Eighty-Two for another Sunday Funday Award Tour!
Remember ya'll, I'm at Eighty-Two EVERY OTHER Sunday from 4pm-8pm. Next time with be October 5th!
#LaborFriday... Soul Claps and Salutes
and Thank You. That shit reminded me of the the same high
school/college functions that made me fall in love with cold rocking
parties. A topnotch assembling of party people. To all bands, vendors,
photographers, sound men, security, helping hands, and Dann Saxton of The Rad Cabin... you kick ass as usual. Here's to more.
Photography By Tommy John For StillMotionLA
Photography By Paola Patricia For Pistola Photography
On Monday, September 15th, I have been selected to have the honor and privilege to participate in the LA Edition of the iStandard Producer Showcase! For those not in the industry know, the iStandard Showcase gives up and coming producers the opportunity to play a set of their beats in front of an elite group of fellow producers and record label A&Rs. It's sort of a battle as well because all competitors will be judged for prize packages at the end of the night. That is why I am personally extending the invitation to you all to come out to The Dragonfly that night and vibe out to some brand new, unreleased H.F.P. jams!
I have limited number of free tickets to the event that I will be giving out. Hit me on Twitter at @thEoLdSouLHFP or by email at HFPempire@yahoo.com if you want to grab some! Otherwise, tickets will be $10 at the door. Holla at me and see you all at The Dragonfly on September 15th!
The Dragonfly 6510 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038 Doors: 8:30pm Show: 9:45pm
It's been two straight Sundays of jams on top of jams. Rocked the decks at Eighty-Two (8/3 and 8/10) and Lucky Strike Hollywood & Highland (8/10)! Thank you again to Waldo and Noah at Eighty-Two and Dann of The RAD Cabin for always giving me the opportunity to be the soundtrack for good times.