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)