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Pinkfong’s Baby Shark Becomes Global Sensation

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — OCTOBER 30, 2017 — Pinkfong, a worldwide children’s entertainment company, today reported a huge milestone for digital consumption of its flagship video series, “Baby Shark.”

 

The series, which has spawned an international social media challenge, has been viewed 1 billion times worldwide to date, which amounts to more than 1.4 billion minutes of view time; equivalent to marathoning the “Harry Potter” movie series 1,258,000 times. In addition, the colorful and engaging “Baby Shark Dance” video, which inspired the eponymous challenge has achieved 400 million views, surpassing the views of 2016’s hit viral song  “Pen Pineapple Apple Pen.”

Steadily gaining popularity across the globe, Pinkfong’s “Baby Shark” video has contributed to the explosive growth of the company’s YouTube channels, which have nearly 5 million subscribers cumulatively, doubling since May 2017. The English version of “Baby Shark” has gained 2.4 billion views since its launch, and reached 4 billion viewers across its channels.

 

Pinkfong’s cache of content includes 2,500 songs, stories and apps within its vast library. Its videos can be accessed on the App Store and Google Play, as well as on YouTube and Amazon Video.

 

For more information about Pinkfong, visit Pinkfong.com.

 

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Win a Recording Package from Produce Like a Pro

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — OCTOBER 27, 2017 — Paul Simon once sang: “These are the days of miracle and wonders,” and that applies to just about every facet of modern human life – from self-landing rockets to electric cars to producing music: Quality studio equipment has become more and more affordable, which makes it possible for home (or bedroom) studio recordists to produce great sounding tracks.

Tony Franklin and Warren Huart in the studio. Photo courtesy Kasia Huart

As an advocate for high quality, low cost recording equipment- Warren puts his money where is mouth is by achieving million-dollar results for only thousands of dollars.

To prove his point, Huart recently took a low-cost recording bundle to Sunset Sound – where Prince, The Rolling Stones and Whitney Houston recorded massive albums. Huart rocked up with his $4,300 worth of recording equipment and went head to head with the best of the best at Sunset Sound.

Tony Franklin – photo courtesy Kasia Huart

He is giving away this $4,300 bundle to one lucky engineer! Enter here

Working with guitarist Christian Vegh, Tony Franklin (Jimmy Page, Whitesnake) on fretless bass and drummer Greg D’Angelo (White Lion, Anthrax), Huart recorded a session comparing his four-figure equipment against Sunset Sound’s equipment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars:

· Audient iD14 interface & ASP800 preamp ($950 value) against Sunset Sound’s custom built console in Studio 3 (estimated value of 1 million dollars).
· 12 Lewitt microphones ($3,250 value) against Sunset’s beautiful mic collection of Neumann U67s, M49s and FET47s, AKGs and Sennheisers ($100,000 value)
· IK Multimedia AmpliTube 4 ($99 value)against the best amps & cabs Sunset has to offer ($10,000 value)

Photo by Kasia Huart

The results were amazing. It shows that for a fraction of the cost you can get incredible recordings. Watch the comparison here

Warren Huart knows his stuff, and now he is giving away this entire recording package ($4,300 value) to a lucky budding sound engineer. Enter the giveaway here

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‘Street Dreams’ Becomes a Driven Reality

Jordan Cann and Aaron Thompson of J&S Film Productions are set to produce the much anticipated “Street Dreams.” This film is about an undercover cop from the streets of LA who overcomes racism, politics and opposition from those close to him to become a counterintelligence agent in the FBI. Production is slated for November 2017 and stars R&B superstar/writer Eric Bellinger (Usher, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber), rapper/actress Siya (Dueces, Sisterhood of Hip Hop, Wyclef Jean), social media personality/actress, Jessica Vanessa and rapper Yung from Cali Swag District. This will be Cann and Thompson’s first major motion picture led by executive producer, Malik Delaigle of J&S Film Productions in association with multi-award winning filmmaker Romane Simon’s Lucky Strike Films. Simon is also the founder of the Lucky Strike Film Festival.

Jordan Cann and Aaron Thompson. Photo courtesy of Alysse Stewart
Filmmaker Romane Simone, founder of Lucky Strike Films and the Lucky Strike Film Festival

Cann, who is just months out of film school and Thompson who are no strangers to the film biz with several award-winning shorts along with dancing in music videos and commercials behind Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars. This film has an expected 2018 release. Cann and Thompson said, “It’s a huge step from our beginnings to make a project like this, but we are confident in our experience and talents to bring a game changing action drama, yet a heartfelt piece of work that audiences relate to…Maybe even Oscar worthy.”

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GRAMMY Award Winners Tak Matsumoto & Daniel Ho’s New Album At JACCC’s Aratani Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles

HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS — OCTOBER 13, 2017 — American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) present the mainland concert premiere of GRAMMY Award winners Tak Matsumoto and Daniel Ho’s new album, Electric Island, Acoustic Sea. Following a sold-out 24-show tour in Japan and Hawaii earlier this year, Los Angeles audiences will be treated to two special events celebrating Gibson Guitar legend Matsumoto and ukulele virtuoso/multi-instrumentalist Ho’s debut album. First, the duo will kick off their mainland premiere with an intimate Q&A and exclusive live performance – An Evening With Tak Matsumoto and Daniel Ho – at the GRAMMY Museum in Downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 10 at 8:00pm. Then, four days later, a sensational live concert experience – Electric Island, Acoustic Sea – will rock JACCC’s Aratani Theater in Little Tokyo on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The performance will start at 7:00pm, and tickets range from $39 for balcony seating to $49 for orchestra seating. For additional information on the artists’ debut collaborative album, please visit. Tickets to the GRAMMY event can be found here and tickets for the Aratani concert can be found here.

The prolific duo’s first project together – Electric Island, Acoustic Sea – which was greeted with widespread critical acclaim, debuted at #1 in Japan upon its release on February 8, 2017. In a role-reversal, the album channels Ho’s inner rock star and Matsumoto’s love for the relaxing pace of Hawaii.

As Ho explains, it features an original collection of contemporary compositions rooted in the artists’ native cultures, “Our album is a musical convergence of our island cultures of Japan and Hawaii. We used traditional instruments like ‘ukulele, slack key guitar, ipu heke, taiko, sanshin, koto (June Kuramoto from the group Hiroshima recorded the koto parts) in our original music.” The almost entirely original, instrumental album sports one song with vocals by Ho, a cover of Journey’s ballad “Faithfully.”

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Interview with Pop Sensation Heather LaRose

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Sept. 29, 2017) — The Hollywood Press Corps recently got a chance to speak to musical artist Heather LaRose. Earlier this month, Heather dropped a new track on  all platforms called Mixtape. Mixtape is pop music with a synth/electronic music backdrop. This is fun music that you might listen to at the gym or while driving your car. It’s been about two years since Heathers project “Beachside” came out. We wanted to ask her about her latest project called “Mixtape” and see what she’s been up to lately.

Heather LaRose. Photo by Martin Mendez

Hollywood Press Corps (HPC); Could you tell us a little about Mixtape? How did you select this song for your latest musical release?

(HLR); I wrote Mixtape after my ex liked a photo of mine on Facebook, and then obsessively played a mix CD he made me the summer before. I’ve been writing a lot of new material about so many different experiences and feelings, but Mixtape just felt like the song I wanted to listen to right now. It’s my summer jam: high-energy and optimistic, admittedly a little “extra,” but that’s just who I am!

(HPC); Could you tell us what genre of music Mixtape falls into, in your opinion.

I’d say it’s a modern “Top 40” style pop song, with a slight mix of tropical house. Mixtape differs from my previous record, Beachside in many ways. It still has those recognizable Heather LaRose pop melodies and singalong choruses, but now I know myself a lot better and am writing with a totally confident mentality, which I think really comes through in the music.

(HPC); What’s your songwriting process like? How do you come up with an idea and then record it in the studio?

(HLR); I always seem to get the best new song ideas while I’m driving… there’s something about driving that really frees up your mind – feeling that breeze rushing through your hair while the sun is shining? It’s definitely different every time though: with Mixtape it all started from the moment I got that notification on Facebook, and I just locked myself in my room all day until I finished it. Other times, the chorus or verse will pop into my head and the rest of the song will come to me later. I’m very inspiration driven, and I like to essentially allow the song to write itself.

(HPC); What was it like to work with MTV on your song “New Moon” which was featured on MTV’s show “Teen Wolf”?

(HLR); Pure Teen Wolf magic! I binge watched the third season, and then wrote “New Moon.” I was so honored to hear back from the Music Director and have New Moon featured in the fourth season! And then the Teen Wolf fans are so beautifully intense and interactive, and also gave me a huge boost. They have supported me so much in my career through listening to my music and coming to my shows. I love meeting them at my concerts – they always make really cool posters, it’s awesome!

Bi-coastal Heather LaRose glamming it up on the West Coast(Best Coast). Photo by Pearl and Ash

(HPC); You started in New York’s Westchester area, and now you’re in Los Angeles. What was the transition like?

(HLR); LA is the anti New York, so it’s really funny being out here. People’s personalities are a total 180 from the New York crowd, but I love the artistic community and support here. We all lift each other up and are each other’s friends and fans. It has made the transition much easier knowing I have families on both coasts!

(HPC); Do you have a favorite coast? West coast or East coast?

(HLR); West Coast is the best coast of course! But whenever I’m away from my NY homies I miss them like crazy, but we have these epic snap streaks that go on for months! However, my style of music is totally more West Coast, so it makes sense for me to be out here.

(HPC); Could you talk about your relationship with your mother? Did she help you get to where you are today?

(HLR); My mom is amazing! We are super close – she calls me at least once a day and we talk for hours. She and my father have been my biggest support system throughout my whole life. If I didn’t have their full support about my choices with my career, I would have nothing.

(HPC); It looks like you’ve become quite a social media influencer. How do you use your social media to promote your music?

(HLR); I started out my Instagram posting selfies and promoting shows, and it just expanded from there! My friends all say I talk too much, but I think that really helps with my Instagram account! I love meeting the people who reach out and like my posts. Just last week I met with a group of girls in Manhattan right before a fashion week event I was going to. We had plans to meet up for lunch but I got locked out of the apartment I was staying in so we met up at Union Square’s Forever 21 and they helped me pick out my Fashion Week outfit then grabbed some Chik-fil-A and ran over to the event. Over the years, I’ve become more deliberate about what I post and promote, but I will never stop talking to people who dig my music, fashion, and cool pictures!

Heather LaRose. Photo courtesy Fifth Member

(HPC); Is there any musician that you’ve worked with in the past that you learned a lot from?

(HLR); During High School and college at Lagond Music School, I studied with Darryl Tookes and Paul Maddison. They both helped mold and shape my career and taught me so much about performing and the music business.

(HPC); Is there a musician that you’re looking forward to working with in the future?

(HLR); I would love to produce a song with BloodPop – the remix they did for HAIM is amazing! I’m also super obsessed with Justin Beiber’s new tune “Friends.”

(HPC); You have so many interests and talents. You’re in music, and fashion. Any plans to start your own clothing line?

(HLR); Not just yet. But, I’m trying my hand in designing band merch, so I’m super excited to unveil new tees and maybe some more unexpected items…

(HPC); What’s one thing that would surprise people about you?

(HLR); Growing up I loved catching frogs in my backyard and use to pretend to be Steve Irwin (rip) so when I’m older and have a family I want to host a show on Animal Planet and travel the world teaching people about animals.

Thanks for taking your time to speak with us and our readers! Check out Mixtape on YouTube!

Dustin Brown

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First Annual Lucky Strike Film Festival is a Major Success

The much anticipated Lucky Strike Film Festival rolled out it’s red carpet for it’s first annual festival featuring celebrities and awardees such as Emmy winning actress Judi Evans of Days of Our Lives, Natalie Burn, Jamie Bernadette, Iyad Hajjaj, Massi Furlan, Stephanie Spruill and many others in attendance at their awards ceremony on September 22nd at the Regency Valley Plaza 6 Theatre in North Hollywood.

In addition to the exposure, the winners for Best Film also received a distribution deal through Lucky Strike Productions. This was a wonderful opportunity for films of all genres and filmmakers of all backgrounds. This festival will truly be a home for indie filmmakers and a new voice for artists, which will allow for their talent to emerge. Traci Lynn Cowan and Ryder Davidson co-hosted the awards ceremony.

This innovative festival was founded by multi award-winning filmmaker Romane Simon. Asked why he created his own festival in addition to writing, directing and producing countless films and being a highly regarded author, Simon said, “it feels really good knowing that I created a platform for creative fellow filmmakers to showcase their work for a broad audience.”

It was also Simon’s birthday. “I couldn’t ask for a better birthday party. To be able to spend the day with talented fellow filmmakers while providing a platform for creative people to come under the same roof to celebrate art. The turnout was more than I ever hoped for! It was a great success. Love, laugh, live and follow your dream,” he added.

 

Simon, himself, has an interesting background as he was born and raised in Haiti. He moved many miles from home to the United States to continue and expand his dreams in the entertainment industry, by embarking upon several more projects. Simon currently works as a screenplay writer, actor, fight choreographer, stuntman, dancer, and even model. Simon is also a great MMA fighter with a record of 9-2-3. His most recent film Hybristophilia stars Quinton Aaron from the Blind Side, Sadie Katz from Wrong Turn 6, Jenna Willis from the People Vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, Iyad Hajjaj from Madam Secretary and many others.

Here’s a list of winners from the festival:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Judi Evans

Best Docu Feature: Isis Crisis by Dr. Elham Madani, who was also awarded best female director

Best TV episode: Bad Pizza by Mark Schaefer

Best Animation: Sweet Tooth by Kelse Whitfield

Best Short Film Thriller: Strangers in a Book by Marc Rezvani

Best Drama Short Film: As We Say Goodbye by Jhosimar Vasquez

Best Action Short: Among Us by Joss Gomez

Achievement in Film: Robert Parham

 Rising Stars: Carolyn Dupree, Brooklyn Robinson, Alexander Man, Lillian Lev, Jamie Bernadette

Achievement Award winners: Natalie Burn, Iyad Hajjaj, Stephanie Spruill, Shane Sparks, Bobbie Chance and Massi Furlan

Best Horror Slasher: Prey in Cold Blood by Alex T. Hwang

Entertainer Award: Sonia Harley

Achievement in Fitness: Traci Lynn Cowan

Media Award winners: Mark Sevier, Stephen Ingves, JP Beaulieu, Orlando Jose, Guillermo Proano, Shane Silvester, Roland de Guzman, Svetlana Krapivina, Ryan Nguyen, Cerdan Smith of cdaem, and HPC’s own Vida G!

More info about the festival at:

https://www.luckystrikefilmsfestival.com/

Photos courtesy of Mark Sevier and Ryan Nguyen

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World Premiere of ‘Blood Runs Thick’

The much anticipated horror film, “Blood Runs Thick,”  which stars legendary actor Tom Sizemore,  will have it’s world premiere on October 31st, appropriately on Halloween, at the Beverly Hills Fine Arts Theater at 6pm.

Filmmaker Romane Simon with actors Tom Sizemore and Alexander Man with Emily Killiam in the background
Filmmaker Romane Simon directs actor Matthew Ashford on the set of “Blood Runs Thick.”

Rising to prominence in the 90s, Sizemore has starred in iconic films such as ‘Saving Private Ryan’ ‘Natural Born Killers’ ‘Heat’ ‘Blackhawk Down’ ‘True Romance’ and ‘Point Break’ and many others. This film has a wonderful ensemble cast consisting of Emmy winning soap stars Matthew Ashford and Judi Evans, Emily Killian, Alexander Man, Brooklyn Robinson, Isaac Rhino, Aaron Doh, with special appearances by Lilian Lev, Anjelika Kaufman-Joyce-JP Joyce, ,Ewart Chin, Karra Mane, and Carolyn Dupree.

Movie Poster

“Blood Runs Thick” is about Vikki (Killian), a beautiful young woman, who struggles with frightening hallucinations and a crumbling mental state after her husband goes missing.

Still of actors Judi Evans and Braxton Davis

This compelling film was produced by Lucky strike Films studio LLC. This film was directed by noted filmmaker Romane Simon and written by Simon and Rhonnie Fordham, who has collaborated with Simon before.

“It was great working with Tom Sizemore , he is one of my favorite actors and to be on the same set with him  and directing him was truly a great experience,” said Simon.

Romane Antoine Simon, is also the author of best selling novel (Red to Black-The Power of Love). He’s a thriving young filmmaker from Haiti. He was determined to get to the place where he could paint his own screen stories and images he hungered for the world to know about.

Romane finally arrived in Hollywood & quickly made himself known among others who had a similar passion for film which resulted in a new world of cinematic magic. His dream took root & before he knew it, he was yelling ACTION! And his successful film-making journey began.

This was only a few years ago and Romane has continually directed feature films with big stars making the industry feel his artistic power and passion for story-telling on a grand scale.

Here’s the link for tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blood-runs-thick-halloween-red-carpet-movie-premiere-tickets-36199725353?aff=efbeventtix

More links about the film:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6120496/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

https://www.facebook.com/BloodRunsThickmovie/

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Aaron, Laura and Steve Rise to the Challenge and Climb US Bank Tower’s 1000 ft. of stairs

On Friday, September 22nd, Laura Sharpe, Founder of Artists For Trauma (AFT) and Aaron Baker, Co-Founder of C.O.R.E., Center Of Restorative Exercise, and Steve Sarns from NuStep.com, as a part of the Together We Rise Team, will climb the typically closed to
the public, US Bank Tower’s 1000 ft. of stairs, equaling 75 floors at 1,664 steps, averaging 22 steps per floor. Laura and Aaron are both of whom are polytrauma survivors that are climbing for those can’t. This event has an average of 4,000 participants and is a fun Block Party in the streets of LA, complete with games, live bands, food trucks, and a beer garden. ALL the proceeds go to the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA charity.

Laquita Diane, John Behzad, Laura Sharpe, Aaron Baker and his wife Katie. Photo courtesy of Al Ortega/Gettyimages

WHO: VIPs expected at this event such as Laura T. Sharpe, Founder of Artists for Trauma, and Aaron Baker, Founder of C.O.R.E., Center Of Restorative Exercise and Steve Sarns from NuStep.com

Steve Sarns of NuStep.com

WHEN: September 22nd, press check-in at 3:15, event 3:30-8pm Please join the Together We Rise team of Laura, Aaron and Steve will climb the stairs

WHERE: US Bank Tower Building 633 West Fifth Street; Los Angeles, California

PARKING: The organizers highly recommend carpooling, lyft or uber or other garages in the area.

ATTIRE: sportswear
RSVP: Please RSVP at info@artistsfortrauma.org

More info about AFT: http://www.artistsfortrauma.org/
More info about CORE: http://www.centerofrestorativeexercise.com/
More info about the US Bank Tower stair climb at www.ymcala.org/stairclimb

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Grammy Nominee Ariel Chobaz on Mixing Hiphop

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 — Pro Mix Academy founder and producer/engineer Warren Huart (Aerosmith, Ace Frehley, The Fray) has teamed up with Grammy Nominated engineer Ariel Chobaz (Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Drake) to release a new ProMix Academy video on mixing hiphop. Chobaz has mixed and recorded over 40 GRAMMY winning or GRAMMY nominated HipHop and R&B artists from Eminem to Snoop Dogg.

In this 4 + hour course, you’ll learn techniques, tips, and tricks that big-time mixers use to craft massive hits. Chobaz takes you through his entire mixing process from start to finish and explains his thought process and the mixing techniques he uses in real time.

Warren Huart from Produce Like a Pro

Chobaz walks the viewer through every step of the way from completely raw tracks to a radio-ready mix, and takes you through the common issues you face when mixing HipHop and shows you how to handle them with confidence. This tutorial explains how to mix knocking kick drums and growling 808s, how to acieve a raw and in your face rap vocals sound, how to to use various special FX to liven up your samples, create breakdowns and build tension in your mix by using automation, and how to take your mix to a competitive level, so it can stand up next to any commercial release without losing low-end impact, causing distortion, or a ‘pumping effect.’

Ariel Chobaz in the studio. Photo courtesy Ariel Chobaz

To learn more or purchase the course please click here;

Mixing Hiphop with Ariel Chobaz

Warren Huart interview with Ariel Chobaz on Produce Like A Pro;

3 Tips for Music industry Success from Grammy Nominated Mixer Ariel Chobaz

 

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Kevin “Brandino” Brandon’s 63rd Birthday Party in Burbank


(BURBANK) September 19, 2017 – Kevin “Brandino” Brandon celebrated his 63rd birthday at Tallyrands in Burbank. So many friends, family and jazz legends stopped by to pay their respects and say Happy Birthday to Brandino. The evening was all about Brandino, but the amazing Jazz talent that was in the room was astounding.

Janis Mann, John Heard, Karl Vincent, Kenny Elliot, Edwin Livingston, Quinten Denard and Brandino (R)

A few of the people that watched Brandino blow out his candle were; LA Jazz legend John Heard. John is known for his work with Pharaoh Sanders, Count Basie and George Duke. Chatting with John was LA Jazz singer Janis Mann. Janis sings at clubs like Charlie O’s (when it was still around), Catalinas and the A Frame.
San Francisco Jazz bass player, Karl Vincent, stopped by to pay his respects to Brandino. Karl was relaxing and chatting with session jazz violin player, Crystal Alforque. Crystal has done session work with Brandino.

Crystal Alforque and Karl Vincent

Kenny Elliot was also at the party. Kenny is known for his work with the Lou Rawls band. Kenny had a great time and seemed to get everybody laughing.


James Leary is a legendary bass player who has played with Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie. James was at Brandino’s side when Brandino blew out his candle.
Also hanging out and posing for pictures was Quentin Denard. Quentin is a legendary drummer from Detroit.

Brandino

For those who don’t know, Brandino is a 7 time Grammy Awarded, Producer, Composer, Arranger, and Bassist. There are really so many projects over the years that it’s hard to tell his story in one article. Brandino created a tune called “Singularity,” which was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album of the Year in 2011. Brandino recorded this with Robby Krieger of the Doors. Brandino has worked with Michael Jackson, Bootsy Collins, Justin Timberlake and Mary J Blige. Brandino has worked with so many people. Andre 5000, Stevie Wonder, and so many of the jazz legends have worked with Brandino. Check out the link to Brandino’s website to read his incredible story;

http://www.brandino.com

 

 

Also another link to check out is Brandino’s latest project. It’s called Summer Love Remix featuring Ty G and of course, Brandino on bass;

 Summer Love Remix

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