New Year’s rEvolution 2011 recap

Posted: December 26, 2011 in News, Reviews

It’s that time of year again. Time to recap all of the accomplishments (and occasional shortcomings) of Sykophunk Productions in the past twelve months, and to set the foundation of battle plans for the upcoming year. In my personal life, 2011 brought a fair share of tragedy and stagnation. Doing my best to transform negative energy into creative forces, I ended up with a lot of music (120 tracks this year – new record?) and a few other creative outlets as well. This is a long post, because I’ve done a lot of shit this past year! Feel free to visit the links and look back with me on an absurdly productive 2011.

I started 2011 off making instrumental music for my licensing catalog. Some of these tracks were compiled into the album Where Angels and Eagles Soar, which I released under my birth name and dedicated to my stepfather, who left this earth on January 20 after a seven-year battle with cancer. After a period of grief and reflection, I made the album available in March. The other project I did under my birth name was Abandoned, a multimedia experience of horror and Hudson Valley folklore consisting of 15 tracks and 6 videos, co-produced by Ryan McClellan of Khaos Records/New Breed Media. In June, Indaba interviewed me about film music, which made me feel awesome.

As joe DOE, I recorded a total of three releases. Originally a mixtape idea, Mostly Recycled was released to fans in two volumes (including bonus tracks) before the official retail album was released in June. It’s available worldwide, on iTunes, Amazon, etc. I started work on new joe DOE material in September, including solo stuff and collaborations, occasionally posting previews on Sykophunk Weekly and/or Facebook. Being on top of the Occupy movement from the beginning, I made a sick video for the rEvolution. I played a kick-ass Halloween show at the biggest local music venue in my area. In December, I dropped the EP Tripolar and the mixtape Collaboremixtape 2011, both for free download.

Under my most mysterious alias, Dostah Shilailee, I released an album for free download, Copyright Laws Are For Pussies, in April. As the name suggests, the music contains its share of uncleared samples and unlicensed remixes; perhaps that is one reason why I didn’t promote this release much. Dostah is always my most incognito alter ego, and 2011 proved no different in this regard.

As for writing projects, I started the Other Shadows blog in May, named after my short story collection. Within two months, I was already too wrapped up in music projects to show my writing any love, so the blog became inactive. Towards the end of the year, however, I decided to meet a self-given deadline and finish the first draft of my first screenplay by the end of the year. I have other writing projects on the table and hope to bring the blog back from the dead early next year.

And what else is in store for Sykophunk Productions in 2012? I’ll break it down in my next post… keep your third eye open. And for anyone that actually read this whole thing, you’re probably the same down-ass people that stuck with me and all my craziness all year. I can’t express how much I appreciate it. The only way I know to thank yall is to keep going despite the odds.

    • tech says:

      much love from cali bro. didnt manage to catch a lot of what you did this year, busy trying to keep my head up with stuff getting downright retarded out here on the west coast. miss you lots though. maybe 2012 will see a new couple of tracks from domino effect if you’re down. i feel like it’s probably due.


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