Tuesday, January 31, 2012

V.I.S.I.O.N.S. Now Available @ Amoeba Music! ("Is V.I.S.I.O.N.S. In Your Amoeba Bag?" Contest)

We are EXTREMELY ecstatic to announce that starting today, Amoeba Music will now be selling V.I.S.I.O.N.S. in its glorious racks of music paradise, lol! To celebrate, we having a little contest. There is one autographed copy of the LP signed by all 8 us laying in the Hip-Hop section right now, right now.

For the person who goes down to Amoeba, and buys that copy of the album, and tweets me at @thEoLdSouLHFP, with a picture holding up that copy of the album with the receipt in their hand, will not only receive a free 2 LA T-Shirt, but also 2 Free Tickets to our next show!!!

6400 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Get to diggin ya'll and thank you so much again for your undying support!!! We getting there because of all of YOU!!! *Soul Claps & Salutes*

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

V.I.S.I.O.N.S. Added To KUCI 88.9 FM Irvine

Shouts out to Jason and everyone over at KUCI 88.9 Irvine (UC Irvine's radio station) for adding V.I.S.I.O.N.S. to their rotation!!! Please request it and move us up the CMJ charts!!!
Website: http://www.kuci.org/
Request Line: (949) 824-5824

Sunday, January 22, 2012

H.F.P. Featured on Myspace Music

Looks at the page. Let's see we have Kendrick Lamar (#2LA), Lil' Wayne, Machine Gun Kelly, The Black Keys, Soulja Boy, Snow Patrol... but wait... who the f#%@! are those guys in between Ke$ha and Kid Cudi? "hehehehehheee" (c) Major Payne

Saturday, January 21, 2012

2 LA: Honor Flow Productions Live @ The Troubadour (Film & Photography)

As history has shown, since Doug Weston opened up shop at 9081 Santa Monica Boulevard in 1957, there have been a number of career/genre defining moments at The Troubadour. It was the center of folk music in the 1960s (James Taylor and Carole King in particular). It has been the first United States stage touched for a list of then emerging United Kingdom artists and bands (Elton John, Coldplay, and Radiohead are three of them). In 1970s and 1980s, although popular belief usually solely credits Sunset Boulevard has the center of the Los Angeles music scene, all those bands of that era (Motley Crue and Guns N Roses for example) had to also complete The Troubadour "rite of passage."

While the trends of popular music have altered many times over the course of its 55 year existence, one crucial characteristic of The Troubadour has not changed at all; and that is its undisputed reputation as being one the leading tastemakers for not just the Los Angeles scene, but also internationally. Don't believe me? Just mention the venue's name to any self-respecting music lover, and take note of their reaction. There are musicians who work an entire lifetime hoping and praying to at least, get to play one song on Troub's signature hardwood floor. They gave us the "keys to castle" without restraint for an entire night. And that was a once in a lifetime opportunity I will forever be grateful for. And I once again thank The Troubadour for being such gracious host.

Since The Troubadour is known for ushering in new eras in music, I want to continue that tradition and make it the center vocal theme of this live experience. Words cannot completely do justice to how proud I am of this night. To DJ Em-One, The Beat Advocate Steve Liriks & The Spoken Herd, and Hugh Augustine The MC, you guys left everything on that stage and as a fan, I am extremely happy with your performances. Thank you for trusting us and being a part of the vision that is "2 LA". It was an honor and pleasure to share the stage with you all. To all my staff and crew, we could not have done it with you.

To my fellow band mates, what can I say? We're like fine wine, and we just keep getting better with time. Musically, this was the most challenging set we had constructed yet and I can say without regret we gave everything we had up there. I hope you all feel the same way when you watch this. Because we had a hell of time up on that hardwood stage. So on behave of myself and everyone in H.F.P., we send you the upmost Soul Claps & Salutes for all of your love and support, and are proud to present, in its entirety, our Troubadour "Rite of Passage."

- DJ Chuck "thE oLd SouL"

EPKs Filmed & Directed by Ron De Leon for Mass Hysteria Werx

Photography By Angie Ortaliza for Photoaddikt.com

Thursday, January 19, 2012

"The Road Less Traveled" by Ohemaah (Co-Produced By DJ Chuck "thE oLd SouL")

College made me a musician. Why do you ask? Because all of my bandmates, for the exception of Key, I met in college. One of my professors Dr. Pearson once said during a lecture (and I hope I get most of her quote right) to "take advantage of the ability to freely exchange ideas in college, because it is one of the last opportunities you will be able to gather in one space to do so without restraint." And this is what happens with musicians in college. No managers, no contracts, no politics; you just decide to put yourself in room with other talented and willing folks and let the magic naturally emerge, as it should be. I've had many a moment like this at both Marymount College and LMU. Working with Ohemaah was one of them.

As a matter of fact, I had no idea she even a singer/songwriter until almost 2 years into our friendship, when she approached me in Spring 2010 to her help make a demo for a song she wrote. She had build up the nerve to perform at LMU's weekly Open Mic @ The Living Room and needed a beat. So we met in one of LMU's small piano practice rooms in the Music department on a Saturday morning and put together a demo instrumental of the song. She layed the piano cords on one of LMU's old rickety grand pianos and used my Korg X-50 to lay down the strings. I programmed the drums and other musical arrangements. That next Monday, she performed the song to a very receptive crowd. Which I still have the footage of her performing that night to this day. We talked about actually recording the song in full soon after, but schedule's never lined up, and it never happened.

Cut to about 3 weeks ago when I received a call from 'Heeme (a nickname I still call her which was given to her by my then girlfriend), telling me she had just finished recording her debut EP and was asking me advice on the best way to release it. At the end of the conversation, we both promised we would send each other autographed copies of our albums. A week ago, she received her autographed copy of V.I.S.I.O.N.S. signed by me and fellas. Just today, I received my autographed copy of her EP entitled Symphony.

To my delight, when I opened up the booklet to read the liners, I saw she had included The Road Less Traveled, the song we recorded that day on the EP. But to my surprise, she gave me a production credit on it: "Beat originally mixed by Charles Nunley IV (Honor Flow Productions)." EVEN MORE surprising, when I popped in the CD to listen to the track, as it turns out, although now it's much more mixed down with some additional instrumentation, she used THE EXACT SAME DEMO we recorded that one Saturday morning at LMU!!! I can still here the cricks of that old piano, lol!!!

I couldn't be more happier that my first official production credit outside of an H.F.P. record would come from a beautifully written record such as this. Sonically, it's pretty different then you're use to hearing from me. Furthermore, I'm glad 'Heeme is really make a run for it (no pun intended) in terms of pursuing her passion of music. She has a message in her songwriting that needs to be heard. And I'm blessed that I was given a chance to contribute to her journey; the road less traveled.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Monday, January 9, 2012

So... Who Else Is "2 LA?"

While this is a Honor Flow Productions show, make no mistake and let me be perfectly clear when I say that this Sunday is more about what this city is contributing to the status quo of music than one particular band. DJisLORD and myself have had many a conversation about how this "out for self" attitude has created toxic-like vibes in a culture that originally is all about building something F.R.E.S.H. and unique together. Think about it. Your rarely see groups in Hip-Hop anymore (and that's a whole another conversation for a whole 'nother rant, lol!).

Furthermore, as FANS (because artists forget how to be fans sometimes) of this music first, we are always eager to introduce artists to you that you might not be up on, and that we think you should be bumping too. And that is what we try to accomplish in putting together these complete, doors opening to doors closing, live experiences.

So with all that said, let's meet the line up for "2 LA." For each band/artist, I have supplied their website and three different Youtube videos of theirs that I think you should check out. The rest would be up to you search and discover... like a real music lover should do ;-)

Hugh Augustine The MC

Steve Liriks

The Beat Advocate

Famous Live at Key Club with The Beat Advocate & Lily Elise from Famous on Vimeo.