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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


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.”


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.

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!


Wave 2 of Past is Prologue Time Capsule Box Sets are Here!! Order Yours Today!

30 Sep

After a long wait the second wave of Time Capsule Box Sets for Marcos Garibay’s album The Past is Prologue are now shipping!  Like the first wave, they will be going fast so be sure to order yours today!  You can order your album box set at http://www.theblackoutbeat.com/tpip.html  

And just in case you missed out on the madness that took place during the album release for The Past is Prologue, we have some more info on the box sets and the album bellow.


The Past is Prologue is the first solo effort from Blackout Beat Production Company producer and song writer Marcos Garibay. Important moments in time are colorfully painted on a Latin canvas that incorporates elements of Merengue, Bachata, Flamenco, Kizumba, 3Ball, and Dance Hall, over percussion foundations that draw inspiration from Timbaland and The Neputunes. Marcos assembled a unique and extremely talented group of musicians to help bring his vision to life: his brother Armando Garibay (the other half of The Blackout Beat) and his band The Circus House, Jillian Grutta, Felicia Gallegos Pettis, Lara Gallegos, Mia B., Emmett Arthur Collins III, and James Hurtado. The album explores the past, present and future while exposing a mainstream audience to a new fusion sound that carries The Blackout Beat’s signature. The Past is Prologue will be released as a special box set on June 28th, 2014.


The Past is Prologue Time Capsule Box Set

When you purchase The Past is Prologue Time CapsuleBox Set you get much more than the album.  Each hand assembled and uniquely numbered package contains the following in addition to a few surprises: The Past is Prologue CD, welcome letter, original lyrics, deluxe extra sized CD companion book, Blackout Anthology infographic poster, photo cards, Blackout Beat magnet, Circus House teaser, time capsule carrying case, preview of Marcos’ upcoming book and more!

And here is one of the songs from the album: Click, Click, Glow featuring The Circus House and A’Dula

Click, Click, Glow is the first single from Blackout Beat producer, song writer and artist Marcos Garibay’s album, The Past is Prologue. The Circus House (Denver’s popular Electro Pop Band) and Denver Hip Hop heavy weight A’Dula are also featured on the track.

and here is the music video for the Dance Intermission Remix.


Marcos’ Custom “Producer on The Go” Backpack

16 Sep


“I wanted something that I could house my Mac, drum machine, a mini keyboard, headphones and all the notebooks and candy I need to get through a mobiles session.  I haven’t really quite figured out how to ride a bike with a messenger bag and they usually can’t hold all the stuff I need to work anywhere.  I made the pattern myself.  Each graphic on it represents something or someone who if important to me.  Some are obvious, like The Blackout Beat logo, Pharrell, Timbaland, Rod Serling and my dog Nano.  Others are not as obvious.  They all make me feel inspired and grateful for my life and experiences.”


Marcos Working on New Projects

15 Sep


Humble beginnings of new Emmett Collins album and #ThePastIsPrologue2.  Yup, there is a part 2.  More info soon 🙂


Click, Click, Glow Music Video is Here!!!

2 Jul

Here is the music video for Click, Click, Glow!  This song is Marcos’ first single off his album, The Past is Prologue!  It features The Circus House and James Hurtado.  Please enjoy and share so we can help spread the word and excitement about this song and project 🙂


You can also download the song for FREE here:

The Past is Prologue: Marcos’ New Album 2 Years in The Making

13 May

10294228_10202863903390892_3536594918014921641_nThe Past is Prologue

It has been nearly two years since Blackout Beat producer and song writer Marcos Garibay began work on his solo project that has now become The Past is Prologue.  With a firm release date set for June 21st and a complete track listing, it seems highly unlikely that Blackout Beat fans will have to wait much longer to hear new music from Marcos.  Thankfully Armando (the other half of The Blackout Beat and Marcos’s brother) and his Electro Pop band The Circus House have been making plenty of noise this year as they have been playing all through out Denver while promoting their most recent album, Flesh.

The Past is Prologue is many things.  A homage to the Latin sounds that Marcos grew up around, a throwback to a different eras of Pop music, and a personal diary of a producer/artist/song writer who knows where he came from, know’s where he is and has no idea where he is going.  One would think that an album built around Merengue, Flamenco, Bachata, Kizumba, Rumba, Reggaeton, Dance Hall, 80’s & 90’s Pop, coupled with Timbaland & Neptunes percussion influences, would have a scattered inconsistent sound.  But thanks to a two year creative process Marcos has managed to create an album that has a consistent, defined sound that takes inspiration from many different genres while still remaining true to it’s Latin Pop foundation.

Although Marcos has been extremely busy working to finish this project (so busy in fact that he took on no new projects in 2014) he has managed to generate some excitement for his album  by way of a personal social media campaign that gave friends and fans small glimpses into the creative process.   Now as the album is near completion, Marcos intends to create a “temporal storm” to let people know why they should be as excited for this album as he is.  The first real hint that The Past is Prologue is more than a hashtag, came about a week ago when Marcos began releasing teaser posters for the album via his personal Facebook and Instagram account.  With a little over a month until the release date we thought it would be a good idea to sit down with Marcos and get all the details about this project, in the hopes that we will leave the interview counting the days until we can have hands on this album.

First and foremost, why is the album called The Past is Prologue? 

It dawned on me as I neared the end of the recording process that I needed a name for this project.  It’s not something you take lightly, just as you wouldn’t just assign any random name to your own child at birth.  I made list after list of names and none of them felt right to me.  That to me is the key, the only real guiding light I’ve followed for this entire thing, feeling, “what feels right?”  I originally wanted to name the album after an episode of The Twilight Zone as an homage to Rod Serling, a great idol of mine.  Just as I was looking through an episode list my eyes gazed at a bulletin board I keep above my desk at home.  I looked at a poem that a “on the spot poet” had wrote for me the night before at a Circus House show.  I asked her to write it about time.  It’s a subject that I’ve been obsessed with lately, for many reasons.   The poem began with a Shakespeare quote “the past is prologue”.  It jumped out at me and I knew that was the name of my album.  I then looked through all the songs I had done and the theme of time fit perfectly.  Each song in one way or another deals with time, questions of future possibilities, past regrets, living in the present.  There are even some songs that tell a story that spans many eras, many moments.  The album is a collection of moments that are happening, have happened or could happen.

Twilight Zone

Why have you been “obsessed with time”?

For many reasons.  I’m at a point in my life right now where I can’t really see too far into my own future.  I don’t know where I’m going or what road I want to take.  In life, I suppose, I’m also just guiding myself by way of feeling.  At times I feel embattled, like an old seasoned veteran who has been doing this for too many years, seen fads and people come and go and I keep trucking along despite the harsh landscape that is this industry.  I spent a lot of time thinking about the choices I’ve made that lead me to the place I’m at now.  If I knew where I would end up, would I have made different choices?  With respect to my music career, these questions resonate in a way that lingers.  So much so that they have inspired a book project that I will complete after the album.  Originally I wanted to put them both out together.

Does that time theme carry throughout all the songs on the album? 

It does.  There are many perspectives, angles and ways of telling a story that deals with time.  The great thing is that a song can have a different feel, message and emotion depending on the perspective.  For instance, After Love is a song about a lost love that stays with you like a ghost.  Each verse takes place in different times, the first being closest to the actual relationship and with each following verse more time has passed and more perspective is gained in hindsight.  If I wrote the whole song form the perspective of a person who just lost this love that they were so accustomed to, it could be a very dark and painful song.  But with the perspective gained from time lapsing it becomes something bigger.  You always see the good in bad situations when you are further away from them.

So is the entire album one story? 

I would say that each song is a story.  Some connect, telling a larger story but all the songs are not one giant story.  They are all fragments of a larger, personal narrative.  I think of them as moments.  Some are even the same moment told from different perspectives that are from different places in time.  Details, my Sheila E. inspired song is uptempo, lively and dance ready.  More Than This Dance is passionate, minimalistic, and soulful.  Details was written from a kind of after the fact perspective and More Than This Dance was written from the perspective of being right there in the heat of the moment.  They are about the same thing, same situation, same story and moment.

Did you have a theme, or sound that you were going for?  


Marcos far right

When I started my graphic novel project the soundtrack was supposed to be latin themed.  I thought it would be a good fit since a large part of the book took place during my childhood as kid in my mother’s dance group where we danced to latin music.  Once the graphic novel got to a point to where I needed to put it on the back burner, I decided just to do an album and eventually come back to my graphic novel.  I was already in a latin mindset and felt like it would be cool to take our sound in that direction.  We had done latin stuff before but not full blow, not full out.  I always wanted to combine all the latin sounds I loved with the sound of producers like Timbaland and The Neptunes to create a kind of “modern latin pop”.  I’m still having trouble nailing the genre that this album actually should be labeled as.

What genre is the album?  Who is it for?

The sound is consistent but I’m not sure who it is for yet.  I guess we will find that out when it’s out.  It’s not meant for hardcore Bachata or Merengue fans but it’s my hope that they will appreciate and feel what I’m doing here.  I also hope that the pop, Hip Hop and dance elements of the album that I have fused with the latin sounds help introduce genres like Bachata, Merengue etc. to a new, more mainstream audience.

What artists and sounds influenced you while making this album?

Gloria Estefan, Timbaland, The Neptunes (Pharrell and Chad Hugo), Sheila E., 90’s dance music, early 2000 Hip Hop and R&B and my brother Armando.  I see how much time he takes to make each of his songs what they are.  If people saw how much time and thought he puts into his arrangements they would freak out and send him checks for all the free songs he has given the world.  It is inspiring and it made me look at how my songs could always be more, be better than what I originally thought.

Armando Garibay

Armando Garibay

Can you tell us about some of the features on the album? 

Emmett Collins, an R&B singer we have worked with for about 4 years in on a few tracks, Felicia and her sister Lara Gallegos from Soul Kidz are on the album, new R&B singer Tamia did 3 songs with me, Jillian from The Circus House as well as full The Circus House are all on the album.  It is very much like a Timbaland album in the sense that its almost like a compilation but the producer is also an artist who collaborates on most of the tracks.

Marcos, Emmett Collins, Lara Gallegos, Felicia Gallegos Pettis

Marcos, Emmett Collins, Lara Gallegos, Felicia Gallegos Pettis

How did the writing process happen for this album?  Was it different for each artist? 

It was different for each artist.  Sometimes I would have song written for the artist, sometimes I would have parts written and we would collaborate on the rest or other times the artist would take the concept I had for a song and make it their own.  Click, Click, Glow (the first single)  was a song concept Jillian had in her head for a long time and when she heard the beat it for lack of a better word, clicked!

As an artist I kind of had to discover my own process.  I’m so used to working with others that I never really had a chance to discover how I operate as the artist/ writer.  I would make a beat, add to it, build a basic skeleton and arrangement, then I would load it into my phone and dream what the song should be over the next few weeks.  I then write at home or in the shower.  After a few days of letting the lyrics simmer inside I would then go to the studio to record vocals, then I’d load it back in my phone and listen for things to add and change before I went back in the studio to mix.

The first single off the album is called Click, Click, Glow.  What is that song all about and why is it the first single?  

The song is about socialites, status seekers, the kind of fake enlightened people who claim to be progressive and at the same time are the most out of touch people in the world.  It’s Jillian’s idea and I related immediately.  It’s uptempo, full of crazy live horns and it features The Circus House.  It’s the only song on the album that me and Armando were able to work on together but it’s also one of the craziest!  I’m really happy that we were able to introduce my project with The Circus House and my brother on the song.    It’s the perfect opener!

Marcos with The Circus House

Marcos with The Circus House and Hammer

What where some of the most memorable collaborative moments that came out of making this album? 

Every song for me was a fantastic experience.  I was able to work with and get to know so many great and talented people while expressing myself.  It was so cool to see people take my thoughts, concepts, lyrics and sounds and make it their own.  It was one of the funnest experiences I’ll ever have.

One song that was really fun to see come to life was With You.  I recorded most of the live guitars on the album in one day back in September.  One of those beats was a Bachata track that had so much heart.  I knew it was something special and I had an idea to bring life back into a song Armando had written about 8 years ago.  We recorded it for a very early project and it never really took off.  I knew that the song could be so much more than it was and I decided to remake it into a Bachata song.  Circumstances lined up (as they often do in these kind of situations) and I came across a talented young singer named Tamia.  We hit it off in the studio as I helped her with a few songs for an EP she as working on then I asked her to try singing over a Bachata beat.  The end result was With You, one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever produced.  It’s the only song on the album where I don’t have a verse or vocals (with the exception of some beat boxing).

The Blackout Beat: Marcos and Armando Garibay

The Blackout Beat: Marcos and Armando Garibay

What was the biggest challenge for you creatively?

For me the biggest challenge was to prove my self as a competent artist.  I’ve been producing and writing for years but this is my first real move as a solo artist.  I had to inject personality, meaning and emotion into all my vocals.  My contributions vocally include add libbing, rap verses, spoken word and some singing.  My sound may evolve and change in the years to come, so it was important to me to make sure not to put myself in one box or category.   It’s my hope that the meaning and personality comes through no matter which way they are coming out of my mouth.  It was a lot of pressure to deliver on this front.

Why did you remove “I Miss You”, the song about your mom from the album?

I felt that it took away from the momentum and the larger narrative of the album.  It’s one of those songs that I feel will never be done and I didn’t want to put it on the album unless I felt it belonged there and fit the experience I was trying to create.  I did put it out on mothers day though.  Maybe on the next one I can finally say what I want to in regards to my mom.  I miss you cover


There has been a lot of talk about a “super deluxe” box set as the standard release.  What is this about?

It’s the most amazing thing ever!  The box set is the only way to get the physical CD.  It’s going to be around $15-20.00 but it’s well worth it.  I won’t name the many contents of the box set here, its coming in the weeks ahead.  But I will say that everything in that box will make it a full experience, for al the senses. It is personal and a really unique way to connect with everyone who hears the album.  I’ve put so much thought into the presentation, packaging, and contents of the box.  It will be awesome and the untraditional marketing  in the weeks to come will start revealing clues to the contents of the set.


You mentioned that the marketing for the album will be untraditional.  Can you expand on that please? 

I don’t want to have spent all this time and energy on this album for only a handful of people to hear it.   I want it to be everywhere and in order to get that kind of reception yo need to get the word out.  Marketing has always been a difficult thing for many indie artists and with this project I really wanted to do it right.  There is social media, on the street gorilla marketing, video, live events, radio and many other non traditional things like the #past #present and #future #thepastisprologue teaser movie posters that are starting to come out.  It’s exciting but the key for me that ties it all together that it all needs to have heart, be sincere and in theme with this album.

1 of 3 #past album teaser poster

1 of 3 #past album teaser poster

2 of 3 #present album teaser poster

2 of 3 #present album teaser poster

Music videos?
They are coming!  Click, Click, Glow shoots in two weeks and I’m already working on With You / More Than This Dance.  Click, Click, Glow is going to be a crazy performance video, Craig Mack Flava in Ya Ear style.  With You will be Dirty Dancing themed.  I want to do videos for most of the songs on the album.


Dirty Dancing? 

I’m working with an amazing friend/ dancer for the With You video.  It will incorporate amazing performances from Tamia with a love story inspired by Dirty Dancing. My friend, the dancer, my love interest in the video is perfect for bringing the song to life.  She is beautiful, funny, humble, and intriguing.  She is the kind of person I’d imagine someone thinking about as they listen to With You on repeat.  The first part of the video will have us stumbling awkwardly though our steps as we are nervous and awkward around each other.  We will nail that when we finally shoot (laughing).  Working with and getting to know her has been as fun and exciting just as it has been with all the artists I’ve collaborated with in the studio.   It’s been great, it feels so good to be dancing again and now that I’m done with the recording I can bring more and more dancing into this project as I start to translate it into live and video interpretations.

Dance rehearsal for With You

Dance rehearsal for With You.

How will your live set differ from that of Armando’s Circus House?

We are just figuring out that now but there are many things I want to bring to the stage.  I think the video look will have a different aesthetic than Circus House fans our used to.  Dance will be a big part and I’m hoping to create several different sets that can adapt to whatever featured artist is available for each show.  I’m really excited for the rehearsal part!


What can we expect from the release party?

It will be very different from our other parties.  Expect the staples like great food, plenty of drinks and dancing.  The album will be performed live and each guest will receive “goodies”.   There is another element to the event that will really enhance the whole night, fitting in with the theme of the album.


The Past is Prologue is set to be released on June 21st.  Keep your eyes and ears open  as more promotional material is released.