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Things to Look Forward to..

19 Oct

We’ve been pretty busy lately. Its a fact. There’s no getting around it. As much as we’d like to be playing Connect Four, Croquette or whatever kids our age are doing these days, we simply don’t have the time. We are artists and we have a business to run. We have projects to finish (and start), events to plan and future accomplishments to boast about. Luckily for us these things that prevent us from participating in things like box car races and hot dog eating contests are also fun to us, in fact its our passion. I guess that’s why it doesn’t seem like we’re missing out on too much. But while we are on the subject on missing out on stuff I thought this would be a good time to let you all know what we have coming up so you don’t miss out. So without further filler/intro text here is our list of things to look forward to:

1. Keep on Dancing, FREE Single Release – Its off the upcoming The Circus House LP and it out now. The upbeat track features Armando’s innovative production laced with the dance ready vocals from Marie Robertson from Story and Clark.  If you don’t have it already then you need to get it. We like it, a lot of people like it and there is a good chance you might like it.

2. Salsa de los Muertos – Salsa de los Muertos is an event we are putting on in Pueblo, Colorado in conjunction with Nano’s Video Services and Garibay Law Office. The evening will feature live music from Fleur de Canna as well as dance lessons from Lucas Pratt and music from The Blackout Beat. Tickets are on sale now for $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Contact 719-671-7297 for info! This is one not to be missed!

3. The Circus House, Digital Release: On November 14th we will release The Circus House for FREE. It will be availible from our website. You will love it.

4. Circus House Event: On December 10th The Blackout Beat will host a concert event in the TAXI 2 building. The $5.00 cover will provide you access to an amazing live performance of The Circus House, a free adult beverage, a free snack and the possibility of more drinks. Guests can also expect a magic/sideshow act courtesy of our friend John Hanson.  Our friends from the Comic Book Classroom will also have a table at the event to let you all know about the awesome work they do and the great things they are working on… Like Denver’s very own Comic Con!

5. FREE Single Release from Reflecshaun’s Love/Hate EP – December. Not gonna give you an exact date but know that its coming. The song is crazy and we are going to show you all what an evolved Reflecshaun sounds like. We are pretty excited about this record.

6. Mr. Collins (Emmett of BKO) Single Release – Also in December. This time we do have a date. Its going to be on the 5th. The single is a song called Mysterious and it will feature a guest appearance from Reflecshaun. This will be a FREE Single as well.

7. Mysterious Music Video – On December 12 we will release a brand spanking new music video for Mysterious. Filming starts this weekend.

8. Reflecshaun’s Love/Hate EP Release – Reflecshaun and The Blackout Beat will release the entire Love/Hate EP in December as a FREE download. Hard copies will also be available for purchase. Date coming soon.

9. Mr. Collins EP Release – We will be releasing the Mr. Collins EP for FREE as well on December 16th. Its pretty damn fantastic.

10. The Blackout’s Beat, A short Film by Marcos Garibay – In November Marcos will release his short film, The Blackout’s Beat. The film is a commercial/documentary hybrid that delves into the sound that Blackout has created, covering its evolution, projects, artists and its future.

11. Marcos’ 5 Part film project – December 2011. Can’t say too much about this one except that it will “allow me to free up the spirit so I can start and complete my own solo project”. Except the project to feature Blackout music as well as an eventual release date(s) and a real description instead of this cryptic and vague one.

So that’s it. Hope that’s enough to impress you. If not then we might have to throw in a few more Salsa events and FREE albums. Oh wait.. there is one more little thing. We have a feature article coming out in the next issue of DeVelo Magazine next month.. The story is pretty good, a much better read than the mess Marvel has made of the X-Men comics lately,

Thanks for reading,

-The Blackout Beat

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Blackout Beat Updates

4 Jun

Hey everybody!

We finally saw X-Men First Class. It was awesome. Go see it a few times if you haven’t

"Life seems so bleek and empty now that we don't have X-Men First Class to look forward to. What is left for me in this world?"

already (I’m about to see it for a third time). So now that the movie/biggest thing of the year has come and gone its time to get back to The Blackout Beat, the other thing Armando and I are really known for.

While some search desperately for direction in life after X-Men First Class other give up on it completely. .

So without further delay, here are our updates.

1. Blog

First is the blog, the same blog your reading right now… The Blackout Blog.
Throughout our move we were temporarily unable to make music, record, continue FREE Song Friday and almost anything that would help us to get our name out. The move was long, grueling and enormously frustrating. But despite that roadblock, our blog flourished. Our subscriptions and hits grew daily.

For us, our blog is a great way to connect with our fans, updating them on Blackout and things that are important to us. We try to put as much of our personality (magnetic and awesome) into it as we can. I feel that its is key.

So one of our first priorities is to keep the blog going and to revamp it a bit. We want to post at least 6 times a week, expand our topic range with more local focus, try to spend a bit more time to make each post more entertaining. We have some really great posts coming later this week to jump things off. Additionally, we will be revamping the look and feel of the blog which brings me to our next update…

2. Look and Feel of Everything Blackout

We are working with a very talented graphic design firm to redesign our logo, website, marketing and promo materials as well as this blog. We want to create a motif that translates well to everything we have out there, whether its our website or a brochure about our production and recording services. Our new logo and look will reflect our personality much better than our current logo and look. The motif we are sticking to is very original and I’d love to expand on that but I think it speaks well for itself. Can’t wait for you all to see! To coincide with the image revamp we will be doing new photo shoots that will include new pics of Armando and me, artists we frequent in the studio and our new studio itself.

Yes your read correctly. We are about to get even sexier.

3. Marcos Solo EP Project

That’s right. I’m starting a solo project that we intend to release before the summer is over. We are thinking of doing somewhere near 6 songs.  The sound and feel of this project will be much different from TBA and the recent songs I have done.  I want to put the some of the Latin flavor back into our music as well as do tracks with Armando that will go beyond what we did together on TBA.  I’m also doing a track for it that takes our listeners back to the days of The Revolution in a very clever way that fans of  Lexie might like.  I’m actually in the studio now and after this blog is done I’m going to go back in the booth to finish vocals for the first song. We will document the entire thing via a video diary/blog that we will release weekly to build anticipation for the project. We are looking at selling the EP for a few dollars online were all or most of the proceeds goes to a charity or cause that we feel passionate about. Also, as Armando and I work on my project we will be simultaneously working on a EP project for Colorado Springs Hip Hop artist and frequent collaborator Reflecshaun.

4. Reflecshaun EP Project
One of our favorite artists to work with will be returning to our studio to do a brand new project. We have been trying to coordinate something with Reflecshaun for the last 6 months

Reflecshaun, Marcos and Armando reunite in the studio. (Armando not pictured. Someone had to take the picture)

and it looks like we finally figured out how we are going to be able to make this work. We will  be documenting the making of this project to keep a buzz growing. We are also tossing an idea around to include a track on both projects that features both Marcos and Reflecsuan and it could be used as the first single off both projects.

5. Blackout Week

This one is so big that it might end up as its own blog/article later. Blackout week is going to be our official jump off week were we will announce new projects, premier new music, help out a cause that’s important to us as well as party like only we can.  Blackout week will take place in the 2nd week of July and it will be a week full of events (both online and at our studio) that will celebrate the launch of our new space and new projects. Each day will feature an event that includes free digital releases, video premiers, workshops in our studio for artists, song writers and producers and a Salsa fundraiser for our great friends at 5280 Comic Book Classroom. This is all leading up to our open house party that will include live performances from us and artists we work with, drinks that make you feel good, dancing to very loud music and great networking. Yea.. this is a pretty big thing so we will definitely be doing a separate post about this soon that breaks down each day.  If your from out of town start making travel arrangements.  Its gonna be a good one and we’d love to have you here!

You can bring your dog to our events because we have a pet friendly building (unless you try to keep a dog as a pet).  Note: Party hats for dogs is not optional.

You can bring your dog to our events because we have a pet friendly building (unless you try to keep a dog as a pet). Note: Party hats for dogs are not optional or negotiable, they are required.

6. The Beat Shop

I’ll make this one quick.  A ton of awesome new beats+New look and feel+New and intense marketing efforts+New prices and sales = Updated Beat Shop

7. Other things..

Yes.. there is more. Quite a bit more in fact. So here is the gist of it…

Armando is already working in the studio with new artists (singers and bands) and producers. Expect to see some video and hear some amazing new music from Armando soon. Speaking of new music, Armando and I are currently gearing up to get back in the studio with R&B group BKO to start work on their second project, their first full length album that follows their 7 track EP that we also produced. And speaking of that EP… we will be releasing that project in its entirety very soon, maybe during next months Blackout Week event. Lastly, you can expect a truck load of new video content from us that covers all our projects and events.

Imagine all the video content we can load into that truck!

8. Conclusion

So that’s our update. I think its safe to say that we have a pretty full plate (full of things that we love).

Fries = new music, salad = events, and other thing, maybe chicken=everything else we are doing.

I always like to close these updates by reflecting on what came before and thanking everyone who has and continues to support us and our dreams. We are still here and we are not giving up. It has been a interesting (to say the least) few months prior to the move. We grew professionally and personally as a result and we also made some pretty significant steps forward despite some annoying setbacks. We are truly blessed to be able to do work that we love and to do it with people that pretty much rock.

Thanks for reading,

-m

Beat Preview of New Free Song Friday!!

25 May

Here is a sneak peek at the beat for the new Free Song Friday track! Produced by Armando Garibay, the track features Ian from Lifted Entertainment. Video will be up tomorrow! Check it out! Armando Garibay

Our New Downtown Denver Recording Studio

3 May

Here is a quick look at our new downtown Denver recording studio. The studio is located in the famous TAXI 1 building in the RiNo Arts District. We are still in the process of moving in and setting up but I think its decent enough to give you all a look. The studio area is located in the back and the front have is where we will conduct the day to day business of The Blackout Beat. We love the space and would like to show it to anyone who wants to come by. In the second week of June we will have our first open house in the new space. We’ll announce the date as soon as we figure it out!

-m

Musical Clouds

22 Apr

Check out the SoundCloud of Armando Garibay from The Blackout Beat! I regularly upload new and old Blackout songs along with new instrumentals and beats in progress (remixes soon!). So be a man….step up to the plate….love your life and listen to some good music!

New Introduction and Tutorial Video for The Beat Shop

29 Mar

Check out our brand new video that introduces as well as explains our new Beat Shop!

-m

This is our New Blog!!

2 Sep

Marcos Garibay, Blackout Beat Producer and Song Writer

Hey everyeone,

We are now going to be hosting our blog here at wordpress.  Doing this will allow us to blog more, and keep all our our sites (official website, Facebook, MySpace etc..) linked together better.  You can still visit our website and get links to our newest blogs.  It will be updated instantly.  We will still cover the main topics we usually do but we will be doing it in a much more efficient way.  As we get busier and busier we are always looking for new ways to move quicker.  I think this is a good move and we hope you will see that too very soon!


-marcos