The Blackout Anthology House Party Concert Featuring The Circus House, Emmett Collins & Marcos Garibay

7 Jun

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Join The Blackout Beat on June 19th for a special event that celebrates the past, present and future of The Blackout Beat. Marcos Garibay, Emmett Collins, The Circus House will all perform sets alongside a special soon be announced DJ.

To help celebrate the history of The Blackout Beat, guests will be treated to a free advance copy of The Blackout Beat Anthology Mixtape EP, which features over 45 Blackout Beat songs blend together in an 80 minute mix. The event will also feature several curated exhibits that tell the story of The Blackout Beat and all the projects Marcos and Armando have been involved with since they started their production company.

And like all Blackout Beat events, you can be sure to expect drinks (one free drink with cover fee), snacks and dancing! Hope to see you there!
Contact The Blackout Beat for more info.

https://www.facebook.com/marcos.garibay
marcos@theblackoutbeat.com
(917) 455-3577

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Marcos Diary Entry: The Blackout Beat Anthology, A Celebration of Armando and Marcos’ Work Up Until Now

10 May

11214159_10205434368530914_1633519626845562234_n-1What a month it has been!  The year has brought challenge after challenge and May has already proved to be some sort of insane endurance round, pushing mind, body, wallets and relationships to their limits. Luckily for me I came up with an idea during a shower,  that I was able to work on in small pieces, which has done wonders to keep my sanity in tact.   In many ways I felt like I was stuck in a standstill, paralyzed in inactivity as I tried to complete Emmett’s project, outline a book project I started all, while putting a set together for a new show and working at a school for 50 hours during the week.  I understandably ran out of creative juice and decided to take a step back before taking so many forward. Listening to the first Circus House album also led me to decision to start this project.  Not hearing that record for so long allowed me to hear it with fresh ears.  I was proud of it, proud of what Armando had envisioned.  I then began listening to our entire catalog.  I became inspired to do something to celebrate the work we had done. SubstandardFullSizeRender Each song, each beat told two stories.  One is the one that the song is written about, the other is the one that only Armando, I and the artists we worked with experienced at the time we created the song.  That is what really means the most to me about this project. It’s both humbling and overwhelming to think about everything we have been through while chasing this dream: leaving Pueblo for more opportunity and a bigger stage, our first commercial recording studio, the studios that followed, all the artists we worked with, the performances, the highs, the breakdowns, the parties, dances, beats, recording sessions, press and all the unexpected developments.   Above all else, Armando and I both went through our own personal and creative evolutions.  For me this included redefining what it means to be successful. The process for putting this project together was different than anything I’ve done before since the songs were already made.  I had to start by going through our catalog and pulling the best song and highlighting my favorite parts.  Initially I wanted to do each songs in chronological order, but eventually I decided against this because it was so much more fun to blend songs that would have never been heard back to back before, like a Juan Alvarez song and a Circus House song. The transitions, effects, song order and energy level are all the building blocks that I’ve used to weave our entire catalog into one continuous mix that tells the story of our creative journey.  Well not all of it, just about 10 years of it. It did take a lot of work and creative energy to complete The Blackout Anthology Mixtape EP but in a weird way it also recharged me so that I could complete the other projects I took a break from.  Now that I’m about two weeks away from releasing this free project I’ve already begun mapping out the songs, sets and new concepts for current and future projects. To help build excitement for the release of The Blackout Beat Anthology, I’ve been posting pictures and video clips with captions that tell the story of The  Blackout Beat.  It’s a personal marketing tactic for a projects that’s personal to me.  As we get closer I plan on ramping it up some cool video stuff and a very special event that no one dare miss.  And I mean that, if there is one Blackout Beat show to see it will be The Blackout Beat Anthology show, and not for reasons that are immediately obvious. More updates this week. -m

Beats in The Making with Marcos

22 Mar

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Marcos Diary Entry 3-19-15: X-Men Club After School Program Ends, New Music Based Ones Begin Next Week

19 Mar
"Chum Chum " paper today and classic X-Men story.

“Chum Chum ” paper today and classic X-Men story.

 

One of the few things that went right today.

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Last week I presented a short film to staff and parents that explained what my X-Club was all about and what the students got out of it.  I’d love to show it here but there is a lot of red tape when it comes to showing this sort of stuff.  I can however, post some of our work and talk a bit about the experience.

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X-Men Encyclopedia

My original intention in starting this club was to use The X-Men as a vehicle to foster creativity while creating an opportunity to shine some much needed light on important themes like inequality, racism, tolerance, bigotry and what it means to be different.  I felt like the mutant characters of the X-Men universe where perfect for this.   To some degree I was successful in this.  I was able to introduce characters who are near and dear to my heart to a large group of young, eager readers.  Each had their favorites, gravitating towards characters who they could relate to the most.  Students where given an X-Men encyclopedia and a fantastic award wining X-Men graphic novel as text books for the class. The students picked their own code names, powers and created their own origin story.  It was great to see  these kids framing their own life and experiences in a different way.  Some where able to see the beauty and necessity of the hard times as they crafted origin stories for their own characters.  After all, who likes an origin story that is without challenges?

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After the first month of our meet ups it was apparent that we would not be able to get through half of the projects I had in mind for us to complete by the club’s end.  Two 90 minute classes a week was simply not enough to create a class graphic novel, with interwoven stories, original characters and student artwork.  That project was supposed to be our big finale but it was not possible with the time allowed.  So we adjusted.  I presented students with projects that would cater to their own creativity.  They could design their own characters, write short comics, make 3 dimensional paper toys of their original or favorite popular characters, or make masks of their characters.  Eventually, each student would make all three.  It was a good feeling to know that these kids where taking these projects home and working on them after their homework.  They were doing homework for an after school club!

This is a type of excitement that I’m more than familiar with.  I saw a lot of my own tendencies in these kids.  The act of spending most of your day being excited to go home and work on a project that you’re emotionally invested in, is how I spend Monday through Friday.  Coming back the next day, eager to show off what progress you’ve made is also a joy that most of my X-Class found.  That is also a behavior I still exhibit, just ask anyone who works with me or knows me.  I’m always excited to show or talk about what I’m cooking up, hence this blog.

As the club came to a close it became really clear that the students had only wet their appetite to explore their creative potential.  This helped motivate me to go an extra mile, and dig a little deeper when it came to putting my next after school club together.  Since I had a lot of the same students and they all shared a similar interest in music and dance, I wanted to do something different that would challenge them, which brings me to…

“Music Club”.  The unimpressive and very generic title of my 3rd-5th grade club that starts on Monday.  When the students singed up for new clubs I was surprised to learn that this club had not been filled up immediately.  It’s possible that the name didn’t really paint the picture of the vision I had in my head.  So I spent the day explaining / hyping up the class to the students.  Explaining that its really all about music.  Not only would we be learning new Hip Hop choreography, but we would also be making music and performing it.  We will make our own instruments out of ordinary items (like Stomp) and then we would recreate the beats and melodies to some of our favorite songs.  Students would even have the chance to sing  these songs as we dance and play our instruments.  Beat boxing, scratching, rapping and improvisation are all on the table.  So in a way “Music Club” really is an appropriate name but my selling of the club and a name change to “Music Club with Mr. Marcos” ended up getting the rest of those vacant spots filled up!

I’ll update on the progress of this this in the next few weeks!

Thanks for reading and be sure to check out tomorrow post on what I call my “creative renaissance”. That diary entry will cover my own projects and where I am in my own journey.

 

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New Circus House Album Due This Spring

19 Mar

The Circus House and The Blackout Beat are happy to announce that the new Circus House album titled Graceful Jungle will be released this spring.  Expect more news, sounds and show announcements in the coming weeks!

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14 Mar

It’s going to be a creative weekend for me.  Here are a few of the things I’m working with right now.

 

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Emmett & Marcos Song Writing Session

14 Mar

Check out this short video of Emmett Collins and Marcos Garibay working on new music.

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Art Appreciation: Storm X Janet Jackson Album Cover Homage

6 Mar

This is amazing and I love everything about it.

"Storm Control". Awesome Janet homage.

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Marcos Begins Work on New Project

5 Mar

Stay tuned from more info on this new project in Marcos’ new diary blog in a few days.

-TBB

Mile Hi-Fi Reviews China Doll by The Circus House

5 Mar

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Here is a great review of the new Circus House single, China Doll by Mile Hi-Fi.

There are numerous advantages of having the producer Garibay as the lead creative: the pristine production is palpable from the moment the track starts. Layers fade in and out of the main soundscape in tasteful ways, and there is a certain cohesiveness throughout

Click here for the full article and to hear the song!

-M