Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Glory Days in BK for Enisa, while Dawin is in Indonesia

May is always one of the busiest months for me. Black Punk front man Black Dave was still out in LA kicking it west coast style and he finished off his trip with an interview on Adam 22's coolest podcast in the world;  No Jumper. Back in BK, Enisa released her 2nd track, Glory Days; an earlier work she did in collaboration with producer Nacey (Misun) The song debut at #152 on the singer/ songwriter charts and will hopefully be doing some more this summer. Dawin began his "BoomShakaLaka" tour in South East Asia, delighting all his fans with a full 1 hour set of originals keeping them smiling and dancing into the next day. He finished off the tour strong in front of twenty thousands fans in Vietnam to close out the Color Me Run Festival. I stayed back in New York getting the day to day work done and also for the annual BNB Bowl weekend. We kicked it off on Friday night at SVA Theaters for a premiere of Drew Stone's NY Hardcore Chronicles film which was a great experience and a well needed film on the N.Y.H.C. culture. Then the weekend finale was seeing Gorilla Biscuits at Webster Hall. A packed house proves Hardcore Still Lives.
Black Dave - No Jumper
Enisa - Glory Days - cover photo by Estevan Oriol
Boomshakalaka Tour
Dawin in Bandung at Sobbers


with the fellas at the NY Hardcore Chronicles film premiere

with Danny Diablo aka Lord Ezec
Gorilla Biscuits at the old Ritz


Black n Blue Bowl 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

Dawin turns his Errors into a win


Like many of us Dawin  has been making mistakes all his life. Some of them in music with business, sometimes in the studio while producing, sometimes these are just complications from a relationship. What he decided to do for most of 2016 was turn all of those experiences into his full length album, Errors. He still pays of his fan base with bright, catchy and powerful hooks and choruses, but most of these songs are not about empowerment; this batch of audio sings a song of struggle. I went out to LA so we could promote the new LP and got to also spend time with Black Dave who was also in Hollywood making moves after dropping his controversial record, Stop Frisk. The best part of the trip was catching another New Yorker while they were on the west coast for the first time. My mom was in town on vacation with her cousin and my buddy Nolan and I got to take the ladies out for dinner in Venice. Dawin dropped a few cool dance videos to promote the record, check out Pepper Spray below.
Dawin flexing at YouTube with 1 Million Subscriber

Dawin getting fly for pics on the gram

Shazam HQ

Dawin prepping for his Q&A @ Facebook HQ
Brooklyn Dom and Black Dave
L-R Dawin, me, Steve Baldwin, Matt Skiba, Black Dave
Sitting next to my Mon, with Nolan and my cousin Sandy

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Anthony Colombo R.I.P. 1945-2017

This month was the saddest of news. I lost a dear friend and a mentor. on Jan 6th, Anthony Colombo passed in his sleep at home in San Diego, CA with his wife of 49 years. I learned so many things from Anthony through discussions and stories, but that story of marriage was one that always made me smile. He found an endless happiness in his relationships with the people he loved and for me it was not only admirable to witness but palpable. I will miss him on my journey to take his story and legacy to the next mediums of art as we venture into the world of film and TV his fathers life story. I watch the videos we made together from time to time hope one day soon we can reach a platform that allows the world to see the difference he and his father made together in 1970 and 71. The NY Times wrote a piece on him right after his passing highlighting a few of the many accomplishments Anthony made with the Italian-American Civil Rights League. His Obituary can be found here.
Anthony to the right of his father Joe Colombo at a rally (1970)

Anthony Speaking with vigor to a 200k plus crowd in Columbus Circle (6/71)

Anthony with Frankie Valli (1971)

Anthony (L) with Nelson Rockefeller at a rally (1970)

Anthony photographed by Estevan Oriol in Central Park. (2013)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Enisa Sets Fires

This month is the long awaited release of 110 Artist Managements newest artist; Enisa. Her debut single "Burn This Bridge" showcases her lyrical drive that parallels her everyday attitude. A true work of art imitating life. The words are uncompromising and the beat leaves no bars for you to slow down representing  Enisa in all her true colors. The track premier was done by Frank 151 here. A few weeks after the release she landed on the iTunes Singer/songwriter charts along side Ed Sheeran and Norah Jones. Following the release I got to take a nice trip to upstate New York to play my part as the best man in my little brothers wedding. A really perfect day and night up in High Falls, NY. An amazing experience making it very tough to leave.


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Dawin on Sunday and Black Punk with Tim Armstrong.

This month we got to drop some exciting new Dawin music. He released four brand new tracks on his "sunlight" inspired new EP Sunday. I went out to LA to catch some rays and get the promo started with him. I also got to spend some time in the studio with Tim Armstrong (Rancid/Operation Ivy/Transplants) and Black Dave as they got some sounds together for the winter. The new music they are working on is like nothing out. Really excited about what the future will be for Black Punk.  I headed back to NYC I got to attend a benefit for Dr. Know of the Bad Brains in Tompkins Square Park. It was pretty amazing to see the amount of people that came to the event. Cromags headlined and the warm ups were among Token Entry, Breakdown and Maximum Penalty.


Dawin catching a poster selfie in LA



Black Dave working on the EP in LA
Tim Armstrong & Black Dave
Matt Freeman & Black Dave

Black Dave & Joey Castillo

Cromags in Tompkins Sq. Park




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
ENISA