17
May 10

You Broke MotherF*cker!!!

If you didn’t know I got my start shooting the nightlife scene.  First for free and then for pay.  In general most promoters and artist in the scene were just plain broke.  As an artist getting started I pretty much had to take whatever gig I could get for exposure, and then somehow leverage that exposure to get bigger more lucrative gigs.  In the past year or so I commited myself to just saying “No, You Broke Motherfucker, I won’t be your slave” and move on.  Making that commitment allowed me to be able to get back to doing what I love and not hating it.  I am willing to pass up a bad gig even if it means going late on the rent in exchange for not having my blood sucked dry by broke clients.  So far the better gigs have come along in their place.

The videos I posted below was sent to me from a friend and client Ron who deals with this same thing on a corporate level.  They are created from the company xtranormal and utilize a pretty cool concept where you type a script and they turn your words into an animated movie.  The videos below focus on nightlife and are a pretty accurate depiction of what went on in my life on a weekly basis between 2006 – 2009.  I wish I had the balls to say what these characters are saying out loud.  ”$50 you Broke Motherfucker!”

Trevz


15
May 10

Exit Through the Gift Shop – Are Warhol’s 15 minutes up?

I finally got around to seeing the street art documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop.  This much hyped documentary is one of the more fascinating and entertaining films I have seen in a long time.  It poses the age old question ‘what is art?’

Many people feel like (and there are clues to suggest) that this film is a manufactured experiment.  An insiders joke orchestrated by the Master Prankster and the most well known street artist Banksy.  A commentary on how easily the masses are “Brainwashed.”  The film focuses on a French filmmaker named Thierry Guetta who seemingly transforms himself into an art star overnight and goes by the nom de plume Mr Brainwash. Even if this film is a complete work of fiction scripted for gullible audiences it still holds up as a fascinating commentary on the concept of Pop Art and a look into the birth of the Street Art movement.  The idea that one can appropriate everyday items, utilize assembly line techniques, brand it and call it art has been called into question on the big screen.

Knowingly or unknowingly Exit Through the Gift Shop reveals that The Emperor that is Street Art has no clothes. The Street Art movement finds much of it’s inspiration from Andy Warhol’s factory and the assembly line techniques born out of that legendary space.  This film places street artists in the very same cross-hairs that took aim on the mighty Warhol.  In less than 6 months Mr Brainwash manufactures his own stardom utilizing the Warholian blueprint.  The question arises, if all it takes to be an art star is a great marketing strategy and a craigslist ad (Which is how Mr Brainwash finds his little elves) then when does it cease to be art and start to be product? And it begs the bigger question, is this Pop Art movement all a big fraud?  Are Warhol’s 15 minutes up?

I have been a fan of street art since the mid 90′s and after leaving the theatre I found myself really struggling with the question, is this art?  Suddenly I challenged my own visceral appreciation of this movement because the process was being called into question on the big screen.   It is this debate that make Exit Though the Gift Shop a stimulating and entertaining film.

Check out the trailer below.

Trevz


14
May 10

New Pop Vintage 2008 – Danger Party

Here is another old video I dug up featuring one of the legendary Danger parties.   The Danger crew consistently threw the wildest most out of control parties in the city.  The ones we documented occupied this two story loft in Bushwick and went on until the next morning. This particular party may have gone over the line when the naked guy started peeing on his friends.  I love the way this video starts with Texas getting the surprise of her life.  Along with the last two vintage videos I’ll place this in the Where did I find the energy? file.

Enjoy

Trevz


12
May 10

Sene – Workflow

Check out this really cool video titled workflow from the artist Sene shot by the guys at noisemaker media. I respect their creativity.  Check out their work.

Trevznewpop


12
May 10

Malcolm Mclaren’s Last NYC interview

Our friends at gakcity interviewed the legendary Malcolm Mclaren about technology, the industry and his past.   Hard to believe that he is no longer with us.  The fact that there is little editing somehow seems appropriate considering the gems that he is dropping.  He will be missed.

Malcolm McLaren’s Last NYC Interview with Gakcity.com from GAKCITY.COM on Vimeo.


12
May 10

New Pop Vintage 2006 – Afrokinetic

So I am finally getting around to uploading some old New Pop videos to YouTube. Something I avoided in the past due to the terrible YouTube compression standards. Diggin’ through the old vids I found this gem.

This video really brings back some old memories. It represents the very, very early days of New Pop back in 2006.  This is one of the first parties I ever covered.  It took place at a beautiful indoor/outdoor venue on Kent ave called Miss Williamsburg.  It is now torn down I’m guessing due to gentrification.  This scene had very little if anything to do with the Scene that I eventually fell into. These are folks who I wish I had paid more attention to and maintained relationships with.  Folks like Amon Drum, Ben Moore, Chris Annibell (who produced Afrokinetic and is interviewed in this piece), Mona, Nikolai and so many really good folks. They were in it for the love of music and friendships as opposed to the fame.  I should have done more to keep them close.  I documented allot of great moments with these guys and I regret moving on the way I did.  The scene I moved into put me on the map and was great for my ego, but for the most part it was and still is very shallow and self involved.

I am at a stage in my life where I am trying to reconnect with good people who I didn’t appreciate the way I should have. Unfortunately sometimes people move on, things change, and you just can’t pick up where you left off.  I don’t know if this would be the case with this group, if it is at the very least I’ll have these videos as a valuable memory of what was and a more valuable lesson as to what should be.

Trevz

Exterior Of the Former Miss Williamsburg Diner on Kent Ave & North 3rd


11
May 10

New Pop Vintage 2007 – Korrupt

When I started shooting back in 2005 youtube compression standards were so horrible I would stay clear of uploading anything there.  It’s different today so I started going through my old videos and uploading them to youtube.  It’s like going through an old album.  So many memories.

Yesterday Tone and I were talking about the days when we were shooting all the time together, and we wondered where did we find the energy.  As Tone put it, nightlife is a seductive world especially for film/photo geeks like us.  It was like nerd crack, it’s not good for you, but it is so much fun.  Trying to ween myself off that lifestyle is tough. Working in the real world it dawned on me that just being cool, or in my case, just knowing cool people won’t cut it.  I actually had to have some skill and professionalism.  I picked up a ton of bad habits shooting nightlife which I am slowly trying to correct. My other filmmaker friends probably laugh at my bad audio and lighting, but I also picked up allot of unique skills and traits that make me unique in the comparatively bland world of commercial filmmaking.  I wouldn’t trade those days in for anything in the world.

In this video from 2007 shot during one of the Mean Red Korrupt parties I was really into these interactive videos because I wanted more than a montage of cool folks being cool. So at this party I asked people to write anything that was on their minds on the “What?” board.  The variety of comments were fascinating to say the least. 

Trevz


05
May 10

Ralphy Boy “Tell Me”

The Ralphy Boy Saga continues


03
May 10

Life According to Woody Allen

In this great scene from the film Hannah & Her Sisters Woody Allen gives a very simple reason for not ending it all. It is elegant in it’s simplicity.