Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles’

Dec
0

New Video – Fear is Over

Fear is Over Official Video

After my last two videos (To the Sky and My Own Way) which required a ton of pre-prouction and a 4-day shoots each at various locations I told myself the next video I made would be something very simple…

Fast forward a few months to when I had finished writing and recording “Fear is Over”, which I never had any plans of making a video for. One night the lyric “in this corner me, in the other corner – me” inspired a vision of me training in an old boxing gym for a big fight… with myself. I shelved the idea at first since it wasn’t exactly something that would be easy to pull off. But the vision kept coming back to me. I kept fighting it. A few nights later I googled “old boxing gym Los Angeles” just to see what came up. I found the place you see in the video. The rest as they say, is history.

I really did want to do something simple. It was not within my comfort zone to walk into a boxing club that had seen better days in an unfamiliar part of LA and ask about shooting a music video there. I had absolutely zero experience boxing, except for when I would prop up couch cushions and punch them after watching Rocky 4 when I was a kid. And I certainly didn’t want to get up at 5:00 am three times a week for a month and drive downtown through miserable morning LA traffic for training.

During the training I developed some kind of ankle injury which made it nearly impossible to jump rope and do some of the other drills that required any lateral movement. I also messed up my knee playing football on Thanksgiving, which was two weeks before the shoot. I had to wear a brace for the remainder of training. The pinky and ring fingers on both of my hands got so sore from hitting the heavy bag that I could barely make a fist at one point (and they still hurt). Then to top things off, I got the flu during the peak time I was supposed to be training.

It finally came time to shoot the video. All the equipment was loaded into the gym. The lights were all set up. The set dressed. Cameras rolling. But every time “action” was called, the lights would go out. Despite being assured that the building could handle the power required by the production, circuits kept blowing. Someone had to go rent a large generator so we could even make it through a single take. We lost half of the first day of a two-day shoot, which meant we wouldn’t have time to film 25% of the shots we had planned for the video. Adjustments were made. We kept going. Did the best we could with the circumstances.

Given the subject matter of the song, it was only fitting that it was a struggle, that it took a lot of faith to keep going when there were plenty of opportunities to give up. I remember one time at the gym when I was sick, pedaling one of those stationary cycles with “No Easy Way Out” from the Rocky soundtrack playing in my headphones. The sweat dripping off me was half workout sweat and half fever sweat. The image I saw looking in the mirror that day will be burned into memory for a long time, and the extra lessons of faith over fear learned while making this video will never be forgotten.

Here are some “Behind the Scenes” pics from the shoot.

Fear is Over video shoot
Fear is Over video shoot
Fear is Over video shoot
Fear is Over video shoot
Fear is Over video shoot
Fear is Over video shoot
Fear is Over video shoot
Fear is Over video shoot

Jul
0

My Own Way – Official Video


I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverge in a wood, and I
Took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

– Robert Frost “The Road Not Taken”

 

This is not a song about being a rebel. It’s about celebrating the unique imprint given to us upon our creation instead of trying to change it to look like everyone else’s. If you follow the crowd, you’ll never leave any new footprints. That’s the vision we tried to capture in the video.

Mar
0

To the Sky – Official Video

The first official video from the new album.

Mar
0

Prostitution Escalating in Los Angeles – Good or Bad?

I’m not sure which is worse – the proliferation of prostitution in Los Angeles, or citizens being in favor of it.

Because of a loophole in a recently passed state law concerning therapist certification, many areas of Los Angeles are seeing a noticeable increase of erotic “massage parlors”. Bad for the community right? Not according to the majority of comments left on the article. Here’s a small smattering of opinions in reaction to some police busts and local community leaders who are trying to crack down on it:

“Those darn right-wing Christians are running California into the ground!”

“I am really sick of the puritans of this country telling me what I can and can’t do.  You can pass all the laws you want.  You cant’ stop it.  Idiots.”

“This is AWESOME!  Finally, something in LA that is what the people want.  We need more places where men can go escape from their wives.  Thank you for making this possible!  Legislature, YOU ROCK!  Why would anyone want to stop this?”

“Oh Who cares if two consenting adults agree to an erotic massage for money.  It is nobodys damn business. I am so sick of these uptight religuous freaks telling people how to live their lives.”

“Why on earth is it the government or law enforcement’s job to regulate sex between consulting adults?  We have religion to blame for this”

 

I could go on. There were also many that want police to concentrate on “real crimes” such as robbery and gang activity.

It’s all perspective right? Being mugged or shot is something bad that could happen to you, whereas paying money to human traffickers to have sex with girls that may or not be prostituting themselves willingly is something bad happening to someone else. As long your own salacious desires are fulfilled it’s all good right?

If we have religion to blame for attempting to keep this world from becoming one big seedy red-light cesspool, well, thank you religion. And thanks for reminding us that our potential is infinite, that we can be much more than animals controlled by every carnal impulse. Some nerve you have religion, some nerve.

Link to LA Times story