Posts Tagged music

yandel

in 2005 i was in houston, tx for the summer and i got turned on to reggaeton music. especially a song called “mayor que yo” by the  collective named “mas flow.” i had no idea who these dudes were or what they were saying, but i would crank it up whenever it came on the radio and completely rock out. i’ve been a fan of reggaeton ever since. i don’t know what any of it means but i still get down.

a while back my friends at HBO asked me to go to puerto rico for a week and shoot the reggaeton singer yandel. hang out in PR with a dude who sings awesome music i love but don’t understand? count me in.

the bottom line is that yandel is one of the coolest dudes. he’s such a big name and is really successful – but despite his fame, and despite the fact that he had a crew of people all up in his business for a week solid, he was so chill and accommodating. just as nice as they come.

after the week was over i had a ton of pictures and yandel had a new fan – but i later found out i really wasn’t a new fan. when i got back to nyc i was at my desk doing an edit on the pictures and looked up the song, “mayor que yo” for a flashback desk-work dance party. i read a little about it, and get this: yandel was part of the mas flow collective that made that song! so i was a fan of yandel long before i was a fan of yandel. crazycakes…

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yandel with his son approving the final tweaks to the stage before his sold-out concert

yandel with his son approving the final tweaks to the stage before his sold-out concert

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will sheridan is G.I.A.N.T.

this time last year i got a call from espn.com to shoot for will sheridan’s “coming out” story (see those photos and outtakes HERE). he had just released an album called “ngoma” and was in full-persuit of his passion for music. he recently got up with me about shooting some art for the cover of his new album, “G.I.A.N.T.” – so we made it happen. the bottom line is that will is a fantastic guy with a good energy about him. just a warm-hearted kinda person. he’d shoot a set of really serious pictures, then his seriousness would shatter into a big, friendly smile. keep will sheridan smiling and buy his new album G.I.A.N.T. HERE ON ITUNES.

 

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choc quib town

when i was in colombia, my friends, pollo and plata, introduced me to a band called choc quib town.  ever since, i’ve been all about em.  and guess who ended up in front of my camera?  completely awesome.

check out a few of their songs Somos Pacificos and Alguien Como Tu

check out their FANPAGE

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asa

while we were shooting the first look, i asked asa (pronounced “asha”) if she would sing while i shot.  she was quiet and a little shy, so i figured puttin her in her element might help her feel more comfortable.  the second she started her song, everyone in the studio froze in their tracks like they were playing red light/green light, completely mesmerized.  she has THAT kind of voice.  i got some great pictures – and she got a new fan.

HERE is the piece on the MTV Iggy website.

here are a couple of my favorite asa songs:

BE MY MAN

FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN

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emily hope price performs “between two trees” (lady lamb the beekeeper cover)

emily does this thing where she has absolutely perfect lipstick lines.  they’re friggin perfect, man.  it’s like she has some ancient grecian stone sculpting fairy that chisels her lips into a perfect shape every morning.  i mean, i have no idea how she does it – and i don’t really want to ask because it gives her an air of mystery that i kind of enjoy.  so this is emily hope price.  she’s my friend and she totally rules the chello.

“between two trees” written by lady lamb the beekeeper – www.ladylambthebeekeeper

performed/arr. by emily hope price – www.emilyhopeprice (of pearl and the beard – www.pearlandthebeard.com)

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dj embee

if you’re swedish and you don’t live under a rock, then you probably know about looptroop rockers.  i hung with embee, the DJ/ looptroop producer for a couple of days after looptroop played their last show of their USA tour at the highline ballroom with cunninlyguist, grieves with budo, and tunji.  the show was ill and everybody in the crowd was feeling it.  especially a couple standing close to me who got hassled by security because they were about to bump uglies right there at the show.  i might not have been conceived at a looptroop show, but that night my appreciation for looptroop rockers was born.  embee not only rocks the looptroop sounds, but does his own thing as a solo DJ which won him the swedish grammy award for best hip hop or soul release of 2004.  i heard rumors of more good things to come – so be expecting.

check out his newest work featuring nina ramsby:

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