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X-Men Days of Future Past Updates

6 Dec

header3Bryan Singer’s follow up to X-Men: First Class is shaping up to be the movie of our dreams (and of our apocalyptic mutant hunting nightmares).  Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen have recently signed on to star alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Nicholas Hault.  But wait, there’s more.. Hugh Jackman is currently in talks to reprise his role as Wolverine while rumors have begun to surface that Singer wants other principale cast members from the original trilogy.   The last little bit of news this week comes from Bryan Singer himself:  A picture of the first page of the script.




More news to follow as it comes in.



Bryan Singer Confirmed to Direct X-Men: Days of Future Past

31 Oct

Although Armando and I were not excited with the news that X-Men First Class director Matthew Vaughn left the project we were cautiously optimist that Bryan Singer would return to direct the film.  We had been hurt before, hurt bad (X3 and X-Men Origins Wolverine) and we didn’t want to rush to conclusions.  But now it’s been confirmed.  This is fantastic news.  Here are a few reasons why:

1.  Bryan Singer created this X-Men universe.  And not only that, he really is the man responsible for making good, grounded and believable super hero films.

2. Bryan Singer is the best person to fix continuity errors and bridge gap between all X-films.

3.  Bryan has good established relationships with actors from the original trilogy.  This makes it more likely that most actors would return to reprise their roles in this new film.

4.  Bryan can create complex treatments that have heart. (see X1, X2 and X-Men First Class)

And this is what we are excited about most…

1.  Seeing characters from original trilogy and First Class prequel together in one movie.

2.  Sentinels!!!!!!

3. Cable or Bishop?

4.  A chance to give Cyclops some real depth and screen time.

5.  Undoing all the horrible writing decisions that happened in Bret Ratners X3.

There are no words for how excited me and Armando are.  We have until July of 2014  for this movie but midway through the wait we get to enjoy The Wolverine.  Looks like things are shaping up great for mutant fans!


Marcos’ New Project Announcement: “A is for Authentic”

19 Sep

Hi everybody,

Hopefully most of you saw a few of the pics I’ve been posting this week of artwork done by my longtime pal Riki Takaoka.  I’ve also been leaving some hints the last few months about a new Blackout I’m starting project that will be epic.  I’ve refereed to it as my “legacy project” more than a few times.  Before I go on with the project announcement its important to explain why the project was refereed to as my “legacy project” before it had an official name.

This July the nation was horrified as the Aurora Century 16 movie theater was the setting of a massacre that took the lives of 12 and wounded 58.   It was a tragedy that was felt everywhere.   It also left a sting that hit very close to home from many Denver/Aurora families and comic book fans everywhere frequent midnight showings.  Aside from that fact that I live in Denver, am a huge comic fan who is always at midnight showings, I also have a very real connection to the shooting.  I should have been there.

In the first week of July myself and 3 other friends watched the midnight premier of The Amazing Spider-Man.  We were the first in line and first to be seated in theater 9.   Since the price of a ticket was considerably cheaper than most other theaters and it was located in an area that was close to all of my friends (including Riki Takaoka and my girlfriend)  we made plans that night to watch the Dark Knight Rises a few weeks later at Century 16.  I even purchased tickets for the midnight showing.  The big day finally came and up until a few hours before the movie our plans did not change.  It was due to an interesting string of coincidences that we ended up watching the premier in south Denver.  Unfortunately a good friend of mine  who saw Spider-Man with us decided to still watch the movie in Aurora.  Luckily he was able to escape the theater during the massacre.

The next days were very difficult.  My friends, family and I were left shaken and contemplating our own mortality.  Once again I was reminded how precious and uncertain life can be.  It was also the second time in a year that I was able to escape a violent death at the hands of an armed criminal.   As I navigated my way out of the initial shock I began think about my life as a whole.  With the new perspective I gained from the Aurora shooting, I began to see that I was still a long ways off from reaching my goals with Blackout.  I also understood that there is more to life and the projects I took part in.  I always did a project with a bigger idea in mind.  There would be an outcome or some kind of endgame I’d have in mind.  I think in the beginning this helped.  It allowed me to make sure all my efforts and time was being used in a way that would help us grow and get closer to the goal of being a self sustaining business.  Over time this way of doing things slowly sucked the fun and life out of the actual art making process.

I also thought a lot about legacy.  Would I be happy with the body of work that I would leave behind if I were to not wake up the next day?   Deep down I knew the answer was no.  I always assumed there would be more time for me to create that great epic work that I would outlive me.  Once I was able to pay all my bills, do all the hourly projects that put food on my table and finish my marketing campaign there would be time.    I realized that day might never come unless I make it a priority.

So for the first time I’m doing a project that I’m absolutely in love with.  Its a project that I’m doing for the joy of the process, for the joy of the art.  Its something that will allow me to express myself in ways I never could have before.   Not only will this project be spiritually rewarding and healing for me but it will result in a product that is entertaining, inspiring, thought evoking and beautiful.  And in true Blackout Beat fashion, I will be using 10% of this profit generated from this project to fund scholarships that will allow underprivileged children to dance in local folkloriko groups, another artform that is near and dear to me.

Now you know the story that inspired the project.    Read on to see what the project is all about.


Thanks for sticking with me through the long introduction to “A is for Authentic”.

-Marcos Garibay

A is For Authentic:

 A is for Authentic is a graphic novel that is written by Marcos Garibay and features artwork by Riki Takaoka.  The graphic novel is the heart of a gift set that includes an original soundtrack that is entirely produced by Marcos Garibay that features a new latin fusion sound.  The gift set also includes many other exciting contents that include: a sketch book of original artwork, hand made book marks and may other great extras.

The Book:

A is for Authentic chronicles the life, times, and outlandish adventures of Marcos Garibay, a young man with a distorted view of fantasy and reality who is determined to leave his mark on the world.  A is for Authentic is filled with true tales that include heart racing action sequences, tearful moments of pain and loss, a mysterious romance, and the reoccurring  underlying theme that screams “follow your bliss, follow your passion, and expect an adventure!”

Concept art from the books first chapter titled: The Bear Trap

The unbelievable true stories in this graphic novel includes many costumed adventures, hard life lessons about pain, poverty, and inequality, and a section of stories that take place in a period of time that are referred to as “Marcos’ vigilante years.”  Murky swamps surrounded by a gang of angry dirt bikers, life altering midnight rumbles, and various disaster situations that all involve string-pulling animals are just a few of the adventures Marcos’ quest to find his place in the world takes him!

Concept art from another chapter in A is for Authentic by Riki Takaoka.

Meet The Revengers: Marcos' true life family super hero team that is featured in A is for Authentic - Art by Riki Takaoka

Meet The Revengers: Marcos’ true life family super hero team that is featured in A is for Authentic

The Music:

Unlike any other graphic novel project, A is for Authentic is accompanied by an original soundtrack.  This album, with the same title as the book, features 10 brand new recordings produced by Marcos Garibay with assistance from his brother and fellow producer and partner, Armando Garibay.  The Garibay brothers are both halves of The Blackout Beat, one of Denver, Colorado’s leading music production camps who have made a name for themselves with their groundbreaking music that includes the popular performing group, The Circus House.

Marcos Garibay

The sound of the soundtrack is best described with Marcos’ own words.  “It is going to be mainly a Latin album.  There exists a level of Hip Hop, R&B and Dance influence but each track will have a Latin soul.  I think this is appropriate considering the content of the book, especially where the dance group is concerned.”   Bachata, Merengue, Salsa, Reggaeton, Flamenco and Rumba sounds are all elements that Marcos Garibay (with his vocals and a handful of talented upcoming local artists) blends into a fusion that gives the A is for Authentic graphic novel an equally moving and heartfelt musical component.

Who’s behind it? 

Marcos Garibay (Blackout Beat co-founder and producer) beautifully brings to life his words through the vibrant artwork of the stunningly talented Riki Takaoka.  Marcos and Riki both attended the same high school together in Pueblo, Colorado where the two would spend many hours (at the expense of other classes) drawing, dreaming, and laughing in art class.  In the years following high school, Garibay and Takaoka left Pueblo in pursuit of their dreams and over the last decade, they have conquered numerous opportunities that warrant why they are worthy of praise in their respective fields of music and art.   A is for Authentic is a project both Takaoka and Garibay have been excited about for years, seeing it as an exciting opportunity to tell some great true stories in a unique way that entertains and inspires.

Riki Takaoka and Marcos Garibay

Excited??  I sure hopes so because it will be amazing.  If your interested in helping bring this project to life then keep an eye out for our Kickstarter campaign which is going to begin in the next 14 days.


-Marcos and The Blackout Beat

X-Men First Class Sequel & The Wolverine Updates

11 Jul

Good news coming in on these movies.  It looks like James Mangold helmed Wolverine sequel or The Wolverine is set to start shooting next month.  The film’s release date is July 26th 2013.  So far according to Variety, Fox and James Mangold have found the villain for their upcoming Wolverine movie in the form of Will Yun Lee. The site reports that – “details of the Harada character are being kept under wraps and production is scheduled to begin next month in Australia.”  Rumor has it that Lee is set to play Wolverine’s nemesis in the film, The Silver Samurai.

Additionally, four more actors have been cast in supporting roles.  Hiroyuki Sanada (“Lost,” Rush Hour 3, The Last Samurai) is set to play Shingen; veteran actorHal Yamanouchi (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Push, Sinbad of the Seven Seas) plays Yashida; and new discoveries Tao Okamoto and Rila [frick]ushima will star as Mariko and Yukio, respectively.

And on to the main event… the sequel to 2011’s X-Men: First Class.  There are only a few things to report but I’ll save the best for last.  First, filming is set to start on the untitled sequel in January (date was pushed back to allow Jennifer Lawrence to shoot The Hunger Games sequel).  Second, the film has an official release date of July 18th 2014.  And last but certainly not least…

Fox recently registered the name “Days of Future Past” with the MPAA.  Could this be a clue for the direction Vaughn is taking the X-Men franchise?  If it is then there are no words to explain how amazing this could be.  The possibilites are endless. For starters we could get a movie with the First Class cast and characters from Bryan Singer’s original X-Men trilogy.  We could also get time traveling mutants such as Cable or Bishop.  There is a big possibility of really seeing sentinels fight mutants the way everyone wants to see it (X3 doesn’t count).  And here is in my opinion the biggest plus for doing a DOFP story:  It could potentially fix all continuity problems and undo established movies and events all together, like X3 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

After the incredible success of The Avengers it’s not the most impossible thing in the world that Fox may be considering doing their own ensemble mega mutant movie.  Well I’m keeping my fingers crossed (in an “X”) until we learn more!


Matthew Vaughn and Bryan Singer Confirmed to Return to X-Men First Class Sequel!

30 Jan

Deadline just confirmed that X-Men First Class director Matthew Vaughn will return to direct the films sequel and Bryan Singer will also return as producer.  Simon Kigberg is already working on a script for the sequel.  No word on whether or not Jane Goldman will come back to help pen the script or when we can expect to see the film.  This is a great day for X-Fans.  Glad Fox came to their senses and didn’t mess with the winning formula.


X-Men First Class Sequel News

29 Nov

The news for X-Men movies hasn’t been been pouring in lately but the little bits that do come in are good.  Here is what we know so far:

-After Hugh Jackman finishes Le Miserabes he will begin shooting The Wolverine in the US and in Japan.

-All principle actors from X-Men First Class are interested (and contractually committed) to doing another film.

-Fox hired Simon Kingberg to pen the script for a sequel to X-Men First Class.

-James Macavoy recently stated in an interview that director Matthew Vaughn has pitched a story ideas that has a strong focus on Xavier dealing with his new handicap and they are currently waiting for Fox to green light the project.

And here is the last interesting bit of news that came out earlier today from comingsoon.net with Fox CEO Tom Rothman.

–Rothman confirmed to us that they plan on continuing on from both movies and they’re going to try to get both Rupert Wyatt and Matthew Vaughn back to direct once they get the scripts together. “Both of them were really great scripts and so we have to be sure to get great scripts again,” Rothman said. “We’re working hard on the scripts for both of them, but we have every hope of moving forward with them.”

Looks like things are moving along.  Lets hope that they can keep the elements in place that helped to make First Class such a great movie.  We’ll keep you all updated as we learn more.


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,