Here is what they wrote: Heartache is a common enough theme in music that the hip-hop project Dreams in Static was keen to find a fresh angle for the video for their new single, “You’re on Your Own.” Speakeasy today premieres the resulting clip.
First, though, some background. Dreams in Static is a collaboration between the Los Angeles producer Erez “Diwon” Safar and the guitarist and composer Levi Martinez, known as Dugans, who create a sound they say conjures “the aesthetics of ‘Pulp Fiction’ and Curtis Mayfield.” Diwon and Dugans’ forthcoming album, “Part of the Machine,” features the vocalist Akie Bermiss throughout. (There’s no release date for the LP, though a rep for the duo said it will be out in 2014.)
“You’re on Your Own” is a booming hip-hop/soul track with a robust beat, sweeping hook and vocals with a tinge of raw anguish that make for a wonderfully incongruous video featuring a bespectacled, floppy-haired little boy grappling with his first broken heart.
“He makes a video to express himself, the song is the soundtrack and the video is for his crush Lucy,” Diwon told Speakeasy. “As he shows her that she broke his heart, he starts to get into the song and as it progresses he realizes he is going to be ok, and both the song and video close with a girl jumping into his video and dancing off with him.”
Diwon produced the video for his Bancs Media production company, and Jonty Fine directed the clip. What do you think of the video? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
Dreams in Static “You’re On Your Own” is the first single from their upcoming album featuring Akie Bermiss. Dreams in Static conjures up the aesthetics of Pulp Fiction & Curtis Mayfield. The upcoming album produced by Los Angeles based hip hop producer Diwon and multifaceted guitarist/composer, Dugans will feature Akie Bermiss throughout. Bringing his own signature sound — with hints of Smokey Robinson and TV on the Radio – Akie Bermiss’ timeless dream-like voice breathes life and narratives into the Dreams in Static grooves.
** Be on the look out for the full music video directed by Bancs Media’s own Jonty Fine accompanied by the big Indaba Music remix contest later this month and keep up with Dreams in Static, here.
The music video for Mikey Pauker’s “Top of the World” is bittersweet but entirely joyful, a beautifully shot celebration of life, love and light set in the glory of the California coast. It’s a fitting reflection of the song, which explores the idea that all living creatures are connected to spirit. “Top of the World” is featured on Pauker’s album Extraordinary Love, produced by Diwon, which encourages listeners to connect with their inner light through a blend of folk, electronica, pop, hip-hop, and reggae.
In time for Chanukah, Moshav releases its new music video, “World on Fire” featuring Grammy-nominated artist, Matisyahu. At a time when holiday shoppers are tripping over each other to buy presents, the video shows that the greatest of gifts requires very little money. The camera follows a $20 bill as it passes through the hands of children and adults that have different hopes and hardships. Produced by Bancs Media, the video boasts a stellar cast of actors. Moshav, whose first studio album was titled ”The Things You Can’t Afford” continues the theme of kindness as the best currency in their new album “New Sun Rising.” “World on Fire” is the infectious lead single of the album.
Watch the video and answer one or both of the following questions to win a copy of their latest album!
1. If you found $20 in the street, how would you spend it this holiday season?
2. How did this video inspire you?
Our latest PR client is none other than the ubiquitous Kosha Dillz! His epic album ‘Akward in a Good Way’ will hit stores tomorrow via MURS’ Murs 316 label. You may have caught the France freestyle session he did with Matisyahu and A$AP Rocky last week on Complex, Vibe and XXL. Well, now you get a chance to stream the entire album a day early now at Billboard (here)!
We just wrapped a 3 day shoot for World on Fire, a mini-film for Moshav’s upcoming music video featuring Grammy Nominated artist, Matisyahu. The theme of the song and video is restoring faith in humanity. The story follows a 20 dollar bill through various characters, their lives, their hardships and their hopes. It ends with love, hope and inspiration. Stay tuned for the full on video as well as behind the scenes with the cast, crew, band and Matisyahu himself.
Bancs Media turns up the heat with their searing Endless Summer compilation! The new album features dazzling originals, remixes, and previously unreleased tracks by Grammy winning artists like RZA, non-stop touring artist Kosha Dillz and every rapper’s favorite rapper, Kool G. Rap. The compilation also includes material from emerging artists like Bonhom, Ducky and more. With a quarter of the tracks produced by Bancs Media CEO Diwon, this is a compilation hotter than the West Coast sun in which it was forged.
The compilation twists and turns between soaring vocals and melodies by Seven Saturdays and Dreams in Static and trap cuts like “Booty Bounce” by HTTP and Pickster One’s remix of Eprhyme. Bonhom’s dreamy “Live for Now” gains a new punch with pulsating EDM by Neutron.
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Our collaboration with Inhabit Ent. brings the single music video for Diwon’s debut album, New Game. The video, “Games That We Play”, premiered on Earmilk earlier today and features Barney Bones and Jesse Scott. Diwon is known to New York audiences for his mix of Middle Eastern samples and Baltimore club beats and renowned worldwide for his remixes of pop acts like Lana Del Rey and The XX.
We just finished production on Mikey Pauker’s “Extraordinary Love” LP. Top of the World is the first leak off the album which will be released on October 1, 2013.
The album is a seamless blend of folk, electronica, pop, hip-hop, and reggae, weaved together by Pauker’s divine experiences with ancient texts that pulse through the artist’s veins and enter listeners’ hearts. Pauker’s beautiful melodies and unique lyrics convey his desire to connect people with their inner light. This is a folk album that pop culture fiends will love. With hip hop producer Diwon (Y-Love, Bonhom) manning the wheels, the song rhythms and soundscapes layer electronic beats on a foundation of acoustic folk. The album brings together elements of Bon Iver, the XX, Trevor Hall, The Civil Wars & Imagine Dragons creating a fusion that’s both bumping and exalting.
We just wrapped on our music video shoots for Sarah Aroeste’s “En Suenyo Te Vi” and “Las Estrayas”. One of the highlights of the videos was telling the story with Sarah and Alan (the male model from everyone’s favorite Tropicana commercial)
The “En Suenyo Te Vi” begins with Sarah singing in Ladino, “Anoche en durmiendo, Yo en suenyo te vi, Tu sunrisa tan dulse, Tus palavras a mi” which means, “Last night as I was sleeping, I saw you in my dreams, Your smile so sweet, Your words to me”.
Celebrate the historic “Downfall of Doma” with Bonhom’s “Free My Love” single and music video! The release date honors the 44th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots coinciding with Gay Pride months worldwide.
Like the stand gay rights activists took at Stonewall, this single advocates for freedom to love for all people. “Won’t you free my love?” vocalist James Coleman sultrily sings as the music video takes your breath away just like falling in love. The video features stunning time lapse shots of the natural world by Blake Ciulla. Majestic mountains, lush forests, and sensual sunsets capture the mystery and passion that is love. Set to Diwon’s trance-like, transcendent big beats, this orchestrated pop song is a stirring anthem for love for all.
“Free My Love” is the next in a series of singles from Bonhom’s forthcoming EP, titled #BNHM. Their past two singles, “Live for Now” and “NYE,” were remixed by Dubstep duo Neutron, composed of Hollywood producers Laze & Royal, responsible for some of the hottest songs by Tyga, The Game, Chris Brown, Ke$ha, and more.
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One of Pepsi’s ever-changing slogans promised, “Where there’s Pepsi, there’s music.” In writing their debut single, dream-pop duo Bonhom weren’t inspired by a soft drink campaign, but found the track shared a name with another Pepsi catchphrase, “Live for Now.”
When it came to filming the video for the song, the band — comprised of singer-songwriter/producer James Coleman and DJ/producer/songwriter Diwon — chose to embrace the coincidence.
“A couple weeks after we wrote it, we drove past a huge billboard that says ‘LIVE FOR NOW — PEPSI,’” the band tells Spinner. “Once we realized that we basically wrote the anthem for Pepsi’s new campaign without even being aware, we thought it would be cool to shoot a video that had a inspirational feel that brought diverse people together with a positive message, almost something Pepsi wish they had done with their campaign. At one point we thought it would be hilarious to start the video off with a big title card that read THIS IS NOT A PEPSI COMMERCIAL.”
Pepsi inspiration aside, the video, directed by Matthew Stubstad, took on a deeper meaning.
“Once we got into the video we forgot all about the Pepsi coincidence and just had fun running around to different neighborhoods in L.A., finding people from different walks of life and really getting to see what they live for,” they say. “‘Live For Now’ was written about living momentarily rather than in the unforeseen future or the distant past. It’s forgetting the worldwide tensions that can boggle us down and experiencing life as if we are observing it with new eyes.”
And Bonhom’s take on living in the moment?
“Sometimes we are not exactly where we want to be, but ultimately where we are is where we are supposed to be. It’s the journey that counts. That’s why we ‘Live for Now.’”
Check out the band seizing the day in the video below.