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Marcos on The Beat – June 2015

9 Jun

 

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So far June has been a busy month for The Blackout Beat with shows, a upcoming release, three projects in the middle of production and a big submission!  Here is some video and audio of some of Marcos’ work over the last few weeks!

Bounce!! #beats #producer #sameolg2015 #synth #maschine #gummiebears #plants

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Guess where I am DJing / making beats all day?!

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Stormy Beats!

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Beats in The Making with Marcos

22 Mar

Song writing Saturday. #producer #songwriter #piano #denver #indie #beats #beatmaking #theblackoutbeat #groot #lush

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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.

X-Men Encyclopedia

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.

 

-m

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.

My new ukulele!! Excited to add a new flavor to my sound! #theblackoutbeat #producer #denver #denvermusic

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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.

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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

From more from The Blackout Beat and Marcos Garibay’s album, The Past is Prologue, be sure to check back here and at www.theblackoutbeat.com as well as FB: www.facebook.com/theblackoutbeat or twitter: www.twitter.com/theblackoutbeat

New Beats, New Songs in The Works

7 Dec

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.”

-m

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

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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!

Marcos and Emmett Working on New Emmett Solo LP

20 Nov

Here is a video of me (Marcos) working with Emmett on a song for his new album.  So far we are about a third of the way through this record.  Each song we work on make me more excited for the finished product.  There is so much growth in terms of song writing and the singing.  Now that we are up and running at our new studio we can get back to business!

-M