Looking over the horizon to the upcoming year in Sykophunk, I am super excited about the things we have in store! Starting this weekend, a series of joe DOE videos called “Acapellocalypse” begins – one video every week for 15 weeks on the official Sykophunk Youtube channel. Battle plans are in the works for recording and production of two long-overdue projects: a full-length album from BL8 and the Democalypse trilogy prequel, Happocrisy. Later in the year, we will be releasing another instrumental album of soundtrack music, Haunted Moods, as well as an EP from Project D.O.T.A. version 2.0 – wait until you hear the sick transformation this group is undergoing! And by the end of 2016, maybe I will have even finished one of the new books I am working on.

So yeah, as we slip back into the shadows and do our ninja work, do not be mistaken… there is more epic artcore formulating in the lab! Stay connected to the rEvolution Underground by following #Sykophunk on Facebook, Twitter, and of course our official website.

This has been a great year for Sykophunk Productions, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of the people who believe in what we do. If you took the time to read this, you are probably one of those awesome people. Thank you so much for showing a completely independent, 100% underground label and its creative artists some love. The world needs more of that. Stick with us in 2016, and I promise we’ll deliver our best work yet!

JVB a.k.a. etc.

Believe it or not, 2015 is almost over. It is that time of year again when I look back and reflect on the last 365 days of my life. I think I can honestly say (for the first time probably ever), “This year was awesome!” I truly feel that 2015 was nothing but good to me in all ways: personally, academically, and professionally. Did everything go 100% perfectly? Of course not. But I am closer to all of my goals, in a good place mentally, and free of all toxic people in my life and company. That is the definition of “winning” to me.

I know some people thought I was putting Sykophunk Productions on the back burner since I returned to school, but all that noise was laid to rest this past year. We dropped 5 releases in 2015: 3 instrumental collections (Abandoned, Emotional Moods, and Cinematic Moods), Third Eye Open by joe DOE & of course the long overdue mixtape EP from Project D.O.T.A. entitled The End is Near as well as a single called “The Devil Within.” Finally got some Sykophunk shirts made! We did very few shows this year, but on Halloween we came out to rock the stage at Carnevil, and then we slipped back into the shadows. This case study file on joe DOE surfaced recently. Oh yeah, and I worked on a couple tracks for an upcoming film.

All of that, and I got almost straight As in school (I got one B – damn you Math, my Achilles Heel!). And kept my relationship with my awesome and supportive girlfriend 🙂

It is not easy to dig your way out of the ditch you were thrown in, and it is often even more difficult to keep your personal demons in check. I am living proof, however, that it can be done. My plan is to keep on moving forward and continue using my creative outlets to make art that can entertain and sometimes enlighten others. What is in store next for Sykophunk Productions? Check back next week when I post about our plans for next year…

JVB a.k.a. etc.

a3126021096_10#Sykophunk * Epic Artcore * Hybrid Hip Hop

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Tell joe DOE what you think on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JoeDoeSyko

Project D.O.T.A. #TheEndIsNear is now available! You can stream and/or download the digital tracks from the Sykophunk bandcamp page or order it on CD from the Sykophunk Store. BOOM! Oh yeah, and here’s a preview of joe DOE’s upcoming bad ass mixtape dropping next month on Friday the 13th:

One more week and the new release from Sykophunk Productions​ drops! Project D.O.T.A. featuring BL8​ and joe DOE​ – redefining horrorcore. It’s sad but true that even in the most underground & local levels, a lot of artists these days rely too much on gimmicks and already done formulas. The market is saturated with staleness. We’re choosing quality over quantity and putting out dark music that speaks about true terror… mostly 😉 Not that “we sing about murder and scary stuff, ain’t we cool” bullshit that’s been done to death. This project has a theme and a message – I’m proud of this release and can’t wait to share it with yall!

official Project D.O.T.A. page on sykophunk.com – click here

Exactly one year ago, my life changed. While trying to drive home drunk from a local show that I performed at, I crashed my vehicle head on into a tree, totaling it. If not for the airbag, I most likely would have been killed, and it was pure luck that nobody else was on the road around me at the time. This single event, the result of my own stupidity and poor decisions, has made a large impact on my life. The obvious effects are all of the time and money wasted due to the legal repercussions, but really that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Part of the consequences of my actions included a falling out with my creative partner and friend of 18 years. This, in turn, resulted in my departure from Triple Vision, a group that I co-founded and a name I have been representing for a decade and a half. Between all of this and a sudden forced sobriety, I was kind of lost. It felt like a big chunk of myself was torn from me. And getting fed through the system didn’t help matters at all. My heart was full of sorrow and my mind was clouded with anger.

I could have let all of this negativity devour me, as I knew it wanted to, as I might have done in the past. But I didn’t. Instead, I used it as a learning experience. And with the help of a few loving, supportive people, I transformed that energy into positivity and rode the wave of momentum. I booked a summer of shows, rocked them all and collected lots of clothes and food that was donated to those in need. I got my defaulted student loan paid off and went back to school. I finished my drug and alcohol counseling without a hitch and even learned some things in the process. Slowly but surely, I made progress on music for three different projects. I even scored my first (and second!) television appearance. Plus, I got back into my writing, which I’ve been wanting to do for years. And all of this while maintaining a great relationship with my awesome girlfriend, which is an amazing achievement in and of itself, considering I was single for 9 years prior. Oh yeah, and I remained completely clean and sober throughout it all, which I still am.

Don’t misunderstand me as bragging when I say that I have accomplished great things against the odds this past year, because I’ve also sacrificed a great deal. In retrospect, I realize that what I lost was mostly my own fault, but I must also acknowledge that what I have gained is largely the results of my efforts and desire to not slip into the downward spiral. And I don’t want any recognition, because personal gratification is more than enough for me. The only reason I even share this story is in the hopes that you will read this and, maybe one day down the road when the darkness becomes almost unbearable, remember that you are not alone. The people close to you can help you find the strength to overcome. But also remember that, ultimately, that power lies within yourself.

JVB a.k.a. DOE, etc.

Abandoned

WARNING: disturbing content based on real life accounts.
It is recommended that you listen to this album through headphones in a dark and quiet room. Close your eyes as you listen and watch the story unfold in your mind’s eye.

https://sykophunkproductions3.bandcamp.com/album/abandoned