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uptown and the bronx, riding the 1 train video

I think the best rappers are the new york city metro conductors. here’s a little video I shot and scored some music to. unfortunately, digital camera quality back then wasn’t what it is today. maybe if you watch it from far far away it’ll be a bit more focused…

I shot along the 1 train, and some sections feature the infamous coffeeshop hostess frau viola. the video was not shot in the bronx, as many assume, but in manhattan, where all the station entrances to the 1 line say “uptown and the bronx”, so when I thought about a title for the flick this came to mind. I guess if you read something a million times it sticks.

to me this little document brings up fond memories of a really good time in a great city. hope it makes you feel the same way.

relax like alec baldwin


here’s something I found recently. I’m an avid follower of “inside the actor’s studio” in new york. when they talk with alec baldwin he describes a relaxation technique he’s been using for centuries. interesting enough, I do the same exercise before shows and it helps me tremenduously to relax and get in the zone. I didn’t know it was actually a technique until I saw alec talk about it. I just thought I tend to go into narcolepsy mode before my shows and that’s it, haha…

here’s what you do:

sit down in a comfortable armchair or sofa backstage, just before your show. find a postition you could sleep in (don’t fall asleep!). then observe your body from your ancles up to your head and find out where you hold tension in your body. you don’t nescessarily have to release that tension. the important part is to be aware of it, knowing where it is.

easy. you’ll be surprised at how this simple exercise will get you into the zone, relax you and get you 100% into the moment, where you need to be when you perform.

try it and let me know ho it’s working out for you!

New York Hip Hop – what you get video

this is a new york hip hop video to promote the album the change up, which we recorded in 2006/07 and which I produced.

Steve Blanco (who also shot this one) from insomnia creations shot it on practically no budget and a timeframe that would  make most moviepeople sick. thanks Steve!