A couple things I love about having a blog is that I get to share music and talk about the sh*t that interest me. I definitely wanted to take the time to post this new music from the indie BayArea Queen and rising star Ka’ra Kersey. I’ve been a fan for a while and I love exposing people to her soulful eclectic sound. The young goddess has been hard a work self recording/completing her ep , raising her baby boy, organizing with artists in her community and singing to plants. Peep her progress and check out her “HIDDEN BEAUTY” EP which was released online on April 20th. Here’s the link thank me now! www.Karakersey.bandcamp.com
I recently had the opportunity to design and illustrate album art for Telekinetic Walrus latest ep ” The Instrumental Adventures of Faun 5000 : King of Faunzellia”. Here are a couple images of the process and the final packaging. The final packaging comes with a blueberry inspired cd. We also ate blueberry pancakes to celebrate the release of this project. You can listen to the music here www.telekineticwalrus.bandcamp.com Enjoy!!!!
A wise person once said good things come to those who wait and I believe it to be true. Back in 2009 when I was living in Atlanta I started working with a talented producer with a unique style by the name of Y Diz. I shared my self-recorded demo with Y Diz and he shared his spaced out funky bass tracks with me. There was one track in particular that struck a chord in me called “Cristal On The Moon”. As Y Diz proceeded to play his track “Cristal On The Moon” I felt so inspired by what I was hearing that I started to write the lyrics ” All I really wanna do is sip cristal on the moon”. This was the first song Y Diz and I had collaborated on. I was super excited. The track reminded me of something familiar but yet so fresh. It was exactly what I was looking for in terms of music production; It was a new musical direction for me.
This track was a sign of growth in my rapping style and ideas. After sharing the track with so many people over the years and continuously working on it, “Cristal On The Moon” is finally ready to be shared with the interwebs and beyond. I present to you “Cristal On The Moon”. This song features verses from Miami based Beatboxer/Mc/Dancer Komakozie and myself. Production by Y DIZ, Guitar from Buffalo Brown and mastered by Adam Schechter (Warp-9). I sincerely appreciate everyone who has supported the song and given me feedback and hope. Listen and Enjoy!
Dear Musicians & Art Lovers,
I am now taking commissions for the fall season.
My specialties are : Illustration, Children’s Book Illustration, Album Cover Art, Editorial ARt, and custom painting of your choice. Prices very so contact me directly.
Telekinetic Walrus and The Pride of Ions is one of the most hard working creative musical entities in the atmosphere!! The Telekinetic Family has steadily been developing and creating unique arts and culture to bring to the listeners/supporters. Come join Telekinetic Walrus as we celebrate our new release “Believers of The Flying Squirrel” at Friends of Nature Festival (FONFEST) Nov. 9. 2013 Virgina Key, Miami, Florida. Check the promo video and flyer below!
When you have many different skills,it’s always good to sharpen those skills to keep yourself on top of your game. I recently decided to tap into my illustration side to create something fun, whimsical,and vibrate. I chose to create this illustration entitled “MOLLY CIRCUS” because I felt like the concept spoke to my youthful playful side. Now of this course this is an illustration inspired by Miley Cyrus and her zany VMA performance. Sorry I couldn’t resist.
Oakland bred experimental soul singer Ka’ra Kersey has recently dropped her latest visuals. The track is called “HIDDEN BEAUTY” and suprisingly enough I did the beat production. This song was written by Ka’ra and the video is a follow up to her Junkyard Mixtape Vol.1 release that hit the interwebs this past summer. I think she’s on a roll so it’s time to ride the Dreamy Wave.
Jack Preston is an Atlanta based emcee who has consistently been sharing his creative gifts with the Interwebs/world for a while now. He recently dropped his latest single called “Replay” on his soundcloud page so I decided it would be a great time to pick his brain and find out more about the man and art.
CS: Who is Jack Preston?
JP: An Atlanta based emcee, producer, musician, graphic designer and visual artist.
CS: I’ve seen you around in the Atlanta scene before I knew who you
were and you seem to stick out because you have a distinct style. How
important is style to you?
JP: Style is important in the context of creativity and communication. Style to me is much like an element. If you thought of the elements of creativity like a periodic table of elements, style would be one of the most important elements on the table to me. I enjoy utilizing style to personalize my art and daily expression.
CS: The first time I’ve seen you perform was at the Haiti benefit
concert early 2010. How long have you been performing live?
JP: I’ve been performing live since 2004. My first performance felt pretty natural, and it’s been nothing but fun since. The Haiti benefit show was actually the first performance with my band The Dojo in Atlanta.
CS: How do you stay inspired?
JP: Life within itself is inspiring to me. I appreciate dynamics, the highs and lows, and I’m always inspired by the human experience. That’s what most of my art is about.
CS: I know that you are a modern day renaissance man. So when it comes
to creating what usually comes first. The art? Lyrics? Or the instrumentation?
JP: It all comes at different times and different rates. I can choose to focus on one craft or another to maximize productivity, but when creativity is in it’s rawest form, I can’t control what comes first. At the end of the day, it’s coming from the same source, so I look at each discipline as different tools in which to help communicate with others.
CS: I consider you to be an independent artist who books your own gigs
and creates independently. What do you think is the best part about
JP: The best part is having control of your image and art. A lot of times, the trade off for having outside support is that you have to surrender control of yourself to them. I enjoy having my full integrity intact as well as being able to get all of the return from my efforts.
CS: What are you currently working on?
JP: I’m releasing a record that I’ve been working on for the past year called End Of The Future which is produced by fellow Dojo homie Jon Bom. I’m also working with The Dojo on an EP follow up to In The Land Of Wanderers. I’m also prepping some instrumental projects and my first mixtape.
CS: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
JP: I see myself sustaining an evolving music career, and growing as a person and artist.
CS: A motto you live by?
JP: I’ve always liked the golden rule, treat others like you’d like to be treated. I do my best to adhere to that.
CS: Final thoughts?
JP: Thank you for inviting me for the interview. S/O to all the party people of the world. Much love to you all. You can catch my work at www.jackpres.com and www.thedojocollective.com
“Replay” The Single
Replay is the lead single off of the new album End Of The Future by Jack Preston, produced by Jon Bom. Replay is a “Dopeness Proclamation” asserting Preston’s position as an emcee.
End Of The Future
The End Of The Future refers to a moment manifested. It is the time during which an idea blossoms and the vision that was only imagined becomes tangible. Essentially the follow up to a 2010 collaboration, The Sonikah Project,emcee/producer Jack Preston of Atlanta and producer Jon Bom of the Bay Area further explore diverse musical terrains while exhibiting an intensified sense of stylistic command and musical maturity. Blending west coast production sensibilities with southern lyrical charm, these artists have fused together a Hip Hop album that is undeniably current yet forward looking. With assistance from their extended musical family including The Dojo Collective and LeVice, EOTF easily pushes boundaries and seamlessly blends fresh synths, 808’s and live instrumentation.
Photos were taken by Dre Davis (top),Ian Flannery(second one).
RAH Threads is a Miami based t-shirt company that I have collaborated with over the past couple of years. I’m so happy to have collaborated on another fresh t-shirt design called “Plant Vi$ion”! Check out the image below and purchase the t-shirt “Plant Vi$ion” for only $20 from www.RAHTHREADS.com
Y-DIZ is a Miami based producer and one part creative brain behind the band Telekinetic Walrus. He recently dropped his latest ep called “Oscipurpillate”. His experimental BASS gets under your skin and touches your soul in infinite ways.
I encourage you to experience Y DIZ playing his music at a live show. Watch your mind and body melt into the musical landscapes he creates. Dive in!