Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Views

With My Co-Author Anthony Colombo

With Anthony and the women of the View
I started off down in Florida doing book promo for Colombo: The Unsolved Murder. My partner and I were guests on the local View program and followed with a book signing. Then I jumped on a plane to LA and spent a few days up a Big Bear for a Power 106 radio show with team Dawin. I ran down the mountain on a Burton snowboard and felt like a kid for 30 minutes. The cabin we stayed in was awesome and the views were enough to come back for so we hope we get the invite next year. While I was at rehearsals in LA a nice piece landed on the front of the Huffington Post for the Colombo book. Anthony asks the question "Did the FBI Kill My Father?" Click on the link to hear his thoughts. We started working with a new artist that I met about a year ago through my brother Skam Dust. He was rapping back then over trap style beats. The new project is Black Punk and the front man Black Dave, a 23 year old from uptown has really found his lane.. Check out the video for "Squad" below.
on the chair lift @ Big Bear

Dawin rocking the crowd
Black Punk

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Brooklyn Trifecta

This month I started in Williamsburg working on the Dessert "Acoustic" Video from Dawin. The song had always been a really cool take to me so we convinced the label to highlight his unplugged skills and shoot a video. Directed by my longtime friend and legendary photographer /director Estevan Oriol, we went for the Tri-fecta of legendary and shot in Fortunato brother's Bakery and were graced with a Cameo appearance from Brooklyn native actor/rapper/visual artist Kaves. Dawin has solid chords so we recorded the live take on the spot and dropped it in for the videos audio. We hopped over to see the folks at Teen Nick Radio who have been supporting the Dessert single. My partner and I have also started working with another artist from Brooklyn. Enisa, a female singer/songwriter, making waves on the internet with only a few cover songs. She is working on a single with producers now, but you can check out her voice on Hozier's "Take me to Church" cover below.
Estevan shooting Kaves

Estevan shooting Dawin

Biaggio Fortunato, Dawin & Estevan Oriol

Estevan Oriol

Dawin @ Teen Nick

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Don Capria on Joe Colombo

December started off with Danny Diablo's annual DiabloFest show at Santos Party House. He headlined the gig with Crown of Thornz and White Trash also blessed the bill. After that my month was about to be life changing. For years I have been waiting to release a project that took me years to build. I started working on the biography of Joe Colombo in 2010. I completed the writing of the book in 2013. During the production phase with our publisher my agent gave me word that the publisher (Wiley) sold its company. I did not know at the time what that meant, but than months later, we found out our title along with 1000 others were being sold off to the highest bidder. It was a sad, dark time as I watched something I worked so hard on being tossed around to a bunch of indifferent companies looking to make a quick buck. After years of limbo we retained the rights and released Colombo: The Unsolved Murder on paperback DEC 18th. My co-author, and Joe Colombo's oldest son, Anthony Colombo and I did some signings in New York surrounding the release. It was a good Christmas present for all involved. After the signing in my hometown, I went straight to JFK to meet Dawin in the Philippines for his New Years Eve performance at Eastwood Mall in Manila.

DiabloFest Line up 2015

Colombo Book Jacket

Signing in Little Italy with Anthony Colombo

Signing copies with some close friends

 with Danny Diablo, Anthony Colombo, and Elmo
At Eastwood Mall the night before making final preperations

With Will, Dawin, and DJ HTown in Manila at the ball drop

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Tony Curanaj in NYC to the Weeknd in LA

One my oldest and arguably most talented friends had another art show in NYC. Tony Curanaj (known as SUB in the Graffiti world) Showed some more of his impressive still life oil works on canvass. He shows for a few weeks at the Joshua Liner Gallery in Chelsea. I jumped on a plane and caught The Weeknd at the LA Forum on Dawin's Bday. Lied to him and the gang and told them I was taking them all to see Slayer. They were pretty happy it was Abel instead. And Lana Del Rey came out to do a song together which was a nice perk. Played a bunch West Coast dates with Dawin before heading home to NYC.
Tony Curanaj "Big News"

Tony Curanaj "The Gumball Incident"
Dawin with Kalin White

Dawin in San Fransisco
Abel & Lana Del Rey

Life on the road.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Dessert Paramore

This month was all about that goood old Dessert. Dawin released his official music video for the featured version with Rapper, Silento. We also took a trip to Hawaii to play the official 102.7 Bomb Birthday Bash with Dj E-Man, Silento & Natalie LaRose. Back home the cold weather in NYC makes me miss the road but we did get to eat some great food @ Emporio in Little Italy with Rosanna Pansino and her team while they were in town.
Dawin, Natalie Larose, Silento

After a good Surf Lesson with my boy Stav

Working hard at the hotel

Catching the views before heading back to NYC

Dinner with Dawin, Rosanna, Molly and their amazing team

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Striaght outta Astoria

This month was another exciting one filled with shows, and movies. The Martian with Matt Damon is a must see. I think Ridley Scott is reaching new heights in his old age. Black Mass was another piece of art for Johnny Depp, he too keeps stepping it up. A sleeper for me was Sicario, I think Benicio Del Toro was overlooked on this one for sure. And I finally got to catch up and see Straight Outta Compton. The Beats campaign behind this film was amazing and took over the internet and helped the film opening break records. I made it down the Bowery for Jimmy Gestapo's birthday party at Bowery Electric. The vibe at Murphy's Law shows are always amazing. He is such a living legend. I also got to catch a Rancid set in NYC before I hopped on a plane to LA to film the music video for Dawin's chart climbing single Dessert.The video was a fun filled day in Malibu where we were Steve Jocz directed a pool party video with lots of energy. We were also blessed by Rosanna Pansino and her team as Rosanna played Dawin's love interest in the video.

Tim Armstong - preshow

Jimmy G rocking with Murphy's Law on his bday
Big Chris watching over Rosanna Pansino
Steve Jocz directing

Dawin & Rosanna Pansino

Rosanna Pansino - nonstop working  - ethic is 110%

Thursday, September 10, 2015

AYER's Shotgun & Zac Brown's Queens visit

This month was the release of AYER's second music video from the In My Headphone's EP for "Shotgun to my Heart.' Directed by Rick Day & Steve Benisty and shot in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Caught him at a show  Dawin released his Dessert EP which added one new song and a few featured versions of his pre-released tracks. My partner has been consulting and working A&R for John Varvatos records (Republic) and this month we got to share in the festivities at Shea Stadium as the Zac Brown Band received their platinum plaque and played an amazing show at CitiField.

AYER live show in the LES NYC
Dessert EP

At CitiField before the Zac Brown show