Friday, November 7, 2014

And Then I Saw Her... (From The Motion Picture "Dear White People") By DJ Chuck "thE oLd SouL"

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!

Furthermore, 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 Song."

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!

- DJ Chuck "thE oLd SouL"

Backstage Pass # 2- 2014 Taste Of Soul with 94.7 The Wave (10.18.14)

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.

3) 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.

Sunday Funday Award Tours: Eighty-Two X The Boo Over (11.2.14)

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."

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Backstage Pass # 1- Spinning For Fantasia & Brian McKnight @ Nokia Theatre (10.24.14)

Photography By Bernstein Associates

Thank 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...