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Frontin (cover) by Marcos & Mia B. from The Past is Prologue LP

29 Dec

Now that the box sets for Marcos Garibay’s album, The Past is Prologue have been out for a while The Blackout Beat has begun releasing the album digitally.

This is The Blackout Beat cover / homage of Pharrell Williams’ classic hit Frontin from The Clones album.  . This song features Mia B. and Marcos Garibay over a Latin Pop beat (produced by Marcos) that pays tribute to The Neptunes through drum and guitar chords.

“The Neptunes played a huge part in inspiring Armando and I. They are part of the reason we are producers now. I always wanted to do some sort of tribute to them as a way to say thank you. Doing this cover with Mia was such a fun experience because we got to put our own twist on something that’s meant a lot to me. I hope you all enjoy our Frontin with a latin twist!”

-Marcos Garibay

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Marcos Diary Entry: 12.4.2014: Messiah Complex – My Experience Thus Far as an Artist and Educator

4 Dec
Most important lesson ever.

Most important lesson ever.

I though I had just been tired after not getting back into a normal sleep cycle after Thanksgiving break, but it’s now clear to me that I’m just emotionally worn out.  I am full of anger, anger over all the nationwide injustice at the hands of police.  I am not alone as countless others share my rage.  The problem is that I am not sure how to direct this energy.  I’m less faithful in peaceful protesting as I was prior to Ferguson.  Where did that get anyone the last 30 days?  I also do not want to be hasty and join the newest non minority supportive fad like the silly #alllivesmatter thing.  And like I said before, hashtags are not solutions.

My current political philosophy.

I spend the majority of time at a school Monday through Friday.  Today I realized that part of my frustration comes from the lack of conversation in respect to all of this. Nothing, teachers to students, students to students or even teacher to teacher.  As the only one who wants to talk about these things I’m left to feel like some kind of extremist. In my mind there could not be a more relevant thing to discuss, especially since the majority of our kids are likely to be profiled or to end up on the wrong side of the stick if they ever enter an altercation with an officer (statistically speaking since our student body is made up mostly of minorities).  Maybe people are afraid of rocking the boat, rustling feathers or whatever metaphor you like.  It’s never mattered to me when it comes to doing or saying what’s right and that’s why I’m glad it came up today amongst some kids.  It breaks my heart that these kids who already have it so hard are growing up in a world where we need another, more aggressive Civil Rights Movement.

In addition to the before mentioned, I’ve also been drowning under a sea of stories and moments that give me more insight into the lives my students live when they leave the school.  I used to think that loosing my mother at 14 after watching her die in my arms was as rough as it could get.  I was insanely wrong. Today I feel like young Xavier in Days of Future Past, more so than I have lately. (Everything can be an X-Men analogy to me).  Worn, beaten, a shell of a man who never lived up to his own expectations and a man haunted by all the thoughts and pain he feels when he uses his abilities.  I can’t read their minds or hear their thoughts but I can see and feel their pain, always hearing their stories in my head.  They ricochet and repeat in my mind all day long. “Love them while they are here and let them go when you go home. We can only do so much.” That’s advice a teacher I respect told me.  It’s easier said than done.  The downside of being the one that everyone wants to talk to, play with,  hang out with and be taught by, is that the kids open themselves to you, exposing their fears, pain and venerabilities.  They trust me and they look up to me.

And who am I?  That’s one of the main questions that have been staring at me, right in the face for the last few months. That answer can change depending on how I’m looking at my life that day.  Currently, I feel as though I exist as a invisible artist who has not reached anywhere near his potential.  A struggling facade of a man who works a day job that keeps him impoverished.   The questions right next to that is,  “who do I want to be?”.  It’s like I’m Logan / Wolverine in a place I don’t really feel that I fit in, belong or a place I’m not sure I want to be an extended period of time.  In my own mind, my life is a complex hive, full of departments that represent things that make me happy.  The problem is that I haven’t found a way to connect all or some of these things to create some sort of clear and tangible life that allows me to do and be exactly what I want to.  So by no means do I have things “figured out” or “together”. Perhaps these kids see something in me that I can’t see in myself?  I’m not sure, but I know that working with them has changed me.

I do not want to be a career teacher.  Let me just get that out of the way before I go on.  My heart is still in music, still in art.  I have been changed by these kids in that, I am always remind that there are fights bigger than me, struggles harder than my own, stories worse than my darkest and  that there is an infinite number of little people who are in need of motivation, inspiration and love, way more than I ever am, have been or ever will be.  So as The Blackout Beat continues to evolve, grow and in some ways simplify, I know that it has to involve some element that caters to the young underdogs and the future Marcos and Armando’s.

It’s my damn messiah complex that I have to put into check right now though.  I’m sure things will make more sense as the fog that clutters my mind and life clears up down the line.  But right now,  I want to fix everything for everyone in one fail swoop.  End racial inequality, find those Mexican students, avenge their deaths, fix every broken home for every student I work with,  inspire them all to live up to their potential, and then fix my own life, my own career so that I may be so busy with projects I love, so happy, that I’ll never have time to even consider that I may or may not be doing what I want to.  I can’t do this though.  I probably can’t even do anything on that list but the last one.  But my mind doesn’t allow me to think that way.  It sees everything as a possibility.  It really is a double edged sword.  It’s one thing to fail when you never really believed in yourself but it’s an entirely different thing when you fail and believe with all your heart and soul that you are capable.

The funny thing about my experience as a teacher is that I sometimes feel as though I’m the one there to learn.  I’ve learned a lot about strength in the face of terrible odds.  I’ve also learned that the ability to dream as big as I did (still do) is something that is becoming a rarity.  I’ve learned that when you do see that spark in someone’s eyes, it’s your duty as a human to focus on it, nurture it like it’s your own passion.  I also learned that the definition of success is a very different thing to children.  This is crazy to me because I had to redefined it for myself after starting Blackout over 10 years ago.  But that is redefining it as young adult and then later as an older young adult, (er… I mean adult).  But, the child definition is what I am still processing.  I have a car, I can dance, draw, I play and make music, have a studio, a log, a CD, I’m on Youtube, etc.  Those are things that make me just like Pharrell, Ginuwine, Justin or Timbaland to these kids (those are the people I aspire to be like in terms of career noteriety).

So as I plow forward, always moving towards a dream that is both vivid and invisible, in pursuit of becoming the most self actualized version of Marcos there can be, I will take comfort in the fact that I am already the kind of person that is worthy of all the hugs, high fives, secret handshakes and comments like “I wanna be like you Mr. Marcos when I grow up.”


Marcos Garibay: Producer, song writer, dancer, educator, X-Man and 30 year old big kid.

Marcos Garibay: Producer, song writer, dancer, educator, X-Man and 30 year old big kid.

Finally!! Timbaland to Produce New Album for Ginuwine!!

28 Nov


Yes!!  After over a decade, it is now official!  Timbaland will produce the next Ginuwine album, due in 2015!  The acclaimed producer and cult favorite singer both made the announcement yesterday via their social media.  The announcement also included a short iMovie trailer that is only viewable (at this time) on mobile devices.  You can view it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTXAl8O6RGw&feature=youtu.be …  One thing worth noting is that Missy Elliot was mentioned on the credit part of the trailer as a feature!  This is also fantastic news that so many of us die hard Basement fans have been waiting years for!  We will report more news as we get it!

Timbaland Reuniting with Ginuine and Missy?

20 Nov

10394045_10153034752160348_2063208235919206335_nFollowing the disaster that was The Lifetime Network’s unauthorized Aaliyah movie, Timbaland began posting a barrage of pics, memes and that mocked the made for TV film.  Additionally, Timbo also posted a few pics with him, Ginuwine, Missy Elliott and group shots of the famous “Basement Crew”.  What is he hinting at?? Could it be the return of The Super Friends on a song to honor Aaliyah?  Maybe Ginuwine and Missy will appear on Tim’s new album or perhaps, the best of all possibilities: could they be working on a brand new full length project together?


I’m not sure I can even process how great it would be to hear new music from Missy and Ginuwine produced by Timbo but I also don’t want to get my hopes up.  I’ve been eagerly waiting since Ginuwine’s third album, The Life for a project that had the same elements in terms of song writing and production, that made The Bachelor and 100% two of my favorite albums of all time.  We did get the underplayed Get Involved from Ginuwine’s 2010 album A Man’s Thought’s and eventually the leaked Hate To Love You, but those songs did little quench the thirst of Basement fans.   Hopefully Timbaland reveals details soon and hopefully those details involve project announcements!  We will be following this one closely so be sure to check back for more info.


New Snippet of Reflecshaun Single “All Coming Back to Me”

3 Apr

Snippet of Reflecshaun’s new single “All Coming Back to Me” off his LoveHate album produced by The Blackout Beat. The song features female Hip Hop artist AC and Abigail Freed (of The Circus House) singing a fresh take on a familiar Celine Dijon chorus. The full song will be released in the next month!

Blackout Beat Moves into New Recording Studio in January of 2013

19 Dec
View from the mezzanine of the new Blackout Beat home base.

View from the mezzanine of the new Blackout Beat home base.

The new Blackout Beat recording studio will be in Denver's new Drive building in the Taxi development.

The new Blackout Beat recording studio will be in Denver’s new Drive building in the Taxi development.

In late January The Blackout Beat will open the doors to their brand new upgraded recording space located in Denver’s Taxi development in the rapidly expanding RiNo Arts District.  The studio can be found on the first floor of the newly completed Drive building.  This new storefront space is by far the largest creative space The Blackout Beat has occupied and it includes some great new amenities such as neighboring  ReFuel Sandwich shop and Boxcar Coffee — two new Taxi additions that are located right outside the door of the new studio.  The new space will also function as dance/rehearsal studio and mini shop that will carry Blackout Beat music, clothing, art & books such as the A is for Authentic comic book by Marcos Garibay.  The dance studio will offer Zumba, Hip Hop, and latin dance classes with more to follow in the future.  “The dance studio aspect of Blackout is something I’ve been wanting to do for years.  It kind of takes our whole journey full circle and ties it back to our roots as dancers in our mother’s dance group.  In fact, 5 years ago before I left Pueblo for Denver it was my dream to open a recording studio that included a dance studio, store and coffee shop.  We are less than a month away from living that dream.  Its a very exciting time for us and I’m rising to the occasion like never before.  The future is now.”  Said Marcos Garibay.


Expect to see this item in the studio’s new mini shop.


Official Blackout Beat gear and AsteroidM clothing designed by Marcos will be available at the new studio.

Work on the studio’s new vocal booth and other studio workstations in order to have the new space up and running by the end of January.  Grand opening party info to come soon..

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Sample of “This is How We Get Down” from A is Authentic Soundtrack

7 Dec

How We Get DownHere is a small clip a song off the soundtrack for The A is for Authentic graphic novel.  This merenegue track features myself, Emmett Collins, AC, Reflecshaun & The Circus House.  The full high quality version will br released later this weekend!  If you haven’t had a chance to back or check out the Kickstarter project for A is for Authentic you can do so here. 

New Missy Elliot!!!

19 Sep

This is a banger!  Classic Timbo is back! We can’t wait for this album to drop!

– The Blackout Beat

New LoveHate Song Sample – Girl Come Around feat. Yaw

31 Jul

Enjoy, share and dance!  Remember, LoveHate will be availlble as a FREE download on August 24th!

-B. Rossin

Download Mysterious The R&B EP now for FREE!

23 Jul

Mysterious is here!

Mysterious is the bold debut of Denver native Emmett Collin’s fresh take on the R&B genre. Collins teamed with Denver production duo The Blackout to create a sound that pays homage to late 90’s R&B (think Timbaland, Aaliyah & Ginuwine) while at the same time remains new, original and free of the radio format.

Note: you can download the digital CD book at this page: http://theblackoutbeat.com/music.html

-B. Rossin