In my last post 5 days ago, I gave a brief glimpse into my 2015 plans for Sykophunk Productions. Truth is, I wasn’t yet sure what I could realistically expect to accomplish. But now I am! In fact, Sykophunk is going to drop 3 releases in 3 months. Yeah, we’re making up for lost time. Here’s what to keep your third eye open for in the near future:

1. Abandoned. I originally created this video series based on the true terror of the Hudson River State Hospital, with the help of Ryan McClellan of New Breed Media, in 2011. I also composed a 15-track album of instruMentals for it that never received a proper release. So I am going to kind of re-release it, this time as both a digital album and as a physical 2-disc set. This is set for January 24. Most of the original videos are still on Youtube.

2. Project D.O.T.A.The End Is Near. What can I say? We were supposed to have this done by Halloween, but then life happened. It’s all good though. The tracks were given enough time to come out the way they’re supposed to, and now I have actually officially begun mixing the final products. My partner in crime, BL8, and I are about to redefine horrorcore music with this one. Release date is Febuary 13 – check out the bad ass new teaser video!

3. joe DOE – new solo stuff. After recently going through all of the demos I recorded last year, I realized that I am one song away from having 9 tracks on my hand. So I’m going to put that together and make it available, probably in March.

Stay tune to the rEvolution Underground for all this epic awesomeness and more…

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If there’s one thing I can say about 2014, it definitely had highs and lows. Personally, I had some serious struggles early on in the year in the form of a near death experience, followed quickly by my forced departure from Triple Vision and an 18-year friendship, and then came all of the legal and financial repercussions of my poor decisions. And all of this while dealing with adjusting to sobriety.

There were times when I wanted to cave in and crumple up. But with the help and support of my awesome girlfriend and a handful of die-hard Sykophunk believers, I did not fall – I fought instead. Paid all my legal crap, completed 16 weeks of counseling, got my old day job back, paid off my defaulted school loan, went back to school full-time and got straight A’s in every class my first semester. BOOM! Considering the odds, I did amazing things. And I’m not bragging. I’m just saying that if I can do it, then so can anyone else that truly puts their mind to it.

And through it all, I somehow managed to work on new music, slowly but surely. I did enough shows in the summer and fall to introduce Sykophunk’s newest act, Project D.O.T.A. We also made several television appearances, and BL8 did some collabs and kept rocking stages into the winter. Life didn’t allow things to go as planned, but our determination and love for what we do assured that things did happen.

2014 was the first year since the inception of Sykophunk Productions that I didn’t release a new album, EP or mixtape. A few new songs surfaced at shows, online and as bonus tracks on the collection Random Acts of Epic Awesomeness. But it’s all good – as of this date, both joe DOE and Project D.O.T.A. are one song away from new releases. And we already have material partially written for other projects. There will be no shortage of tracks for 2015. And we shall deliver them with the raw and cerebral Sykophunk style – as life permits, of course 😉

I’ll be working on a new site for Project D.O.T.A. as well as updating sykophunk.com this coming week. We’ll be doing multiple weekly promotions on our social media pages, including instruMental Mondays, Throwback Thursdays and Sykophunk Saturdays. So keep your third eye open for awesomeness both new and old.

One final note on this look back & forward: if you actually took the time to read all of this, chances are that you are one of the few true supporters of Sykophunk, the music & the message plus the people… You kick major ass! Thank you so much for sticking with us, believing in the audacity of insanity a.k.a. true underground and independent methods. Real doom music, lol, but with positivity and truth hidden in the darkness. Despite the ups and downs, every year that we can do what we love to do is an amazing blessing! Here’s to another one…

– JVB a.k.a. etc.

We got sent a ton of interview questions from a Swedish blogger asking to interview Dostah Shilailee. He answered & sent them back about a month ago. For whatever reason, the blogger refuses to respond to us and decided not to publish the interview. So we published it ourselves 🙂 Enjoy! P.S. we kept all the typos in for authenticity.

What´s the name of your band? Dostah Shilailee

How was the band formed? My host was born, then at some point in its life span I splintered off from him. I am one of three, yet I am not one.

Can you tell about your band? I can…

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? We are originally from the Hudson Valley, New York, USA. Dostah Shilailee is a one entity act, usually just making rhythm and noise with computer programs, keyboards and sound effects.

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? At first, Dostah Shilailee embodied all of the different Sykophunk styles together. But over time the personalities split into separate artists.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven’t heard you? An orgy of emotions and electronics. My label often refers to me as the “experiMental electronic enigma” – that works for me.

Where was your first gig? Chester, NY – it was like Fisher Price, My First Rave. But I recall one chick going to the hospital for dehydration, so I guess it was legit.

Where was the latest gig? Carl’s Tavern in New Haven, Indiana. One of our favorite venues in the area.

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? The world writes the songs. I’m just the vessel through which they get chewed up and puked out.

Who has the best since of humor in the band? Clearly, an artist with a song called “A Narcoleptic on Elm Street” has no sense of humor.

What’s good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? Everything is both good and bad about Dostah Shilailee – that’s what the name means. What genre my music is depends on the audience. To drunk people in a bar or club, it’s dance music. To hipsters, it’s indie post-electronica. To people who hate me, it’s called techno.

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? I don’t pick style. Style picks me. My songs usually symbolize extremes of human emotion and/or the chaotic order of pure randomness. With a little bit of horror and rEvolution thrown in the mix. Because broccoli.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Most of my music is original arrangements of borrowed elements. You know, electronic music.

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? I have three albums currently available: Long Lost Experiments, Bad Trip In Stereo and Copyright Laws Are For Pussies.

Do you have any clips on YouTube? There are a few videos featuring Dostah Shilailee music on Youtube. There needs to be more. I think the video of Stephen Colbert poppin and lockin to my track is still out there somewhere.

How old are you?/What got you started in music? I was probably born in the mid to late 90’s, but my host is way older 😉 He’s been into music since he was 12. By the time I emerged, he was just getting into techno/industrial/goth music, and ultimately I am the product of all that.

At what age did you start playing? At birth. I was born out of music. Rhythm fucked melody and created a monster!

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? Early twenties. Before that we always sat on stage.

What year was the band started? The first demo tape with the name Dostah Shilailee on it was recorded in the ancient year of 1996.

Best/worst gig you’ve played? The best gig I ever did was probably New Years with joe DOE and BL8 last year. Those two got shitfaced and freestyled to my crazy beats for a full half hour, which somehow we pulled off awesomely. The worst gig: every one that Sykophunk Productions doesn’t put me on. Fuckers.

What places will you be playing in in the immediate future? We’re actually taking a break from live shows to work on recording new material. After that, all I know is we don’t want to play the same spots we used to. Fort Lame is played out.

Where have you played from then till now? We’ve gone from New York to California and ended up in Indiana. Don’t ask me how that happened.

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? Probably Die Antwoord. Lots of lights and theatrics, great energy and loads of sexual imagery. Rammstein might be a close second on all accounts.

Is it always the same songs live? What is it? It’s it! What is it?

What has been the best/most promising gig so far? Like I said, that New Years show was tits.

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? Not really touring in the conventional sense, but we have traveled across the US and settled into different scenes, until we realize that it’s wack, then we pick up and move on to a new area. Probably about time to do that again. We’ll find our home one day.

How big crowds do you usually play for? Depends on how good the drink specials are at the venue. Ha ha ha… I laugh because it’s sad.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? Writing, recording – maybe actually working on the Democalypse prequel, finally, again!

Where do you usually play? How do you get psyched up for a gig? What are your goals with your music? We don’t play anywhere right now. I don’t get psyched up for a gig, I get depressed because I know it’s going to suck. My goal is to never play a show again. I’m kidding?

When did you decide to go all in for the music? The second I realized that the music industry was a poker game.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? I get more inspiration from different sources, not so much other artists. But in general, music from the 80’s and 90’s probably inspires me most.

What are your sources of inspiration? Video game music, memories, dreams, psychology, philosophy, metaphysics, extremes of human emotion, rEvolution, horror movies and literature, apocalyptic scenarios, tai chi and chai tea.

What’s the first step when making a new song? A random idea that hatches in my brain like an intrusive newborn that must be nurtured or it will die.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? One of my albums is called “Copyright Laws Are For Pussies” – that about sums it up.

What would be your dreams for the band? We just want to be able to make a comfortable living off of doing what we love to do without compromising our artistic integrity, and get our message out to people who really care in the process. Hey, you said “dream”!

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? I like scores and soundtracks, cheesy Halloween albums and polka.

What do you hold most dear? My junk.

What would be your greatest fears for the future? Losing my junk.

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Shitting my pants.

Have you been part of any other projects? Dostah Shilailee has been a part of the Democalypse trilogy, Sykophunk Soundtracks, The Stephen Colbert Me-Mix and several online collaborations through Indaba.com.

Have you been in any other bands? My host and/or alter ego(s) have been in many bands/groups, including Triple Vision, Dramatic Effect, Uther, Mother Prick of Misery (oh wait, that was just another one-man act, I think), Domino Effect, Mo City Misfits, etc.

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Time and money, baby, time and money.

What would you do if there was no music? Invent it.

How important are your fans? On a scale of 1 to 10, they are a W.

What’s the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? Probably not a fan, but I recall someone on the old Garage Band site told me that I needed to “pray to God for forgiveness for making that song.” Not sure exactly what they meant, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

How often do you rehearse? Never.

Where do you rehearse? In my head.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? My own songs are hard to talk about objectively, so I like them based on their titles. My 2 current faves are “I’d Hit Dat” and “Baby’s First Chicken Twat.”

What do you feel is the best live band you’ve seen? I’m having deja lu.

What drives a band that isn’t all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? I can’t speak for anyone else, but personally I am addicted to making music. And I don’t really care to kick the habit.

Do you have any webpages? Indeed. I can be found somewhere on http://sykophunk.com and also on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DostahShilailee), Reverb Nation (http://www.reverbnation.com/dostahshilailee) and I think I’m still on Soundclick and Myspace too, but who cares?

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Don’t half ass it. If you don’t love making music with every ounce of your being, don’t do it at all. This is a competitive, thankless cut-throat business. Going indie and underground is where it’s at, but you will almost always lose money instead of making it. It’s all a big numbers game – nobody but you and your true diehard fans give a shit about your music.

Describe your show, visually and musically. We usually put all Sykophunk artists on the same show, so visually it looks like a bunch of maniacs jumping around in masks and bloody shirts with heads on sticks. We like theatrics and lights. And blood. Musically, it sounds like a clusterfuck of genres glued together with bass-heavy beats.

How do you view the musicindurty of today? “It’s got a death curse!”

What advice would you like to give other bands? Keep your day job.

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Money, time, people, bullshit politics of a dying industry… just to name a few.

What is worst with playing the clubs? Dealing with venue owners and drunk people.

Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? Is this a trick question? Most people don’t come out to local shows to support the artists – they come out to party.

How would you describe your sound in one sentence. Dostah Shilailee is a chaotic fusion of sounds and concepts electronically manipulated and molded into small doses over banging beats.

What is your favorite crappy instrument? The accordion.

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? Every day is a struggle.

Whats your Pre-show ritual? Dwelling on regret in between puking.

Do you have anything to add? Despite my piss poor attitude, all of my music is free, so there is really no reason to not give it a shot. Go to the Sykophunk Bandcamp page and download Dostah Shilailee or any of our artists. Look us up on Facebook & Twitter too – that way you can hit us up and tell us personally how much we suck. We love hate mail. But if you actually like it, we wouldn’t mind hearing that either.

Now available for pre-order! Reserve your copy today & get 3 exclusive bonus tracks – that’s a total of 27 hybrid hip hop tracks! This is a rare once-in-a-purple-moon opportunity so pre-order your copy today! Only available on the Sykophunk Productions Bandcamp page: https://joedoe.bandcamp.com/album/random-acts-of-epic-awesomeness

Keeping with its long-standing tradition, Sykophunk Productions is dropping a release this coming Friday the 13th. Random Acts of Epic Awesomeness by joe DOE will be available June 13, 2014. This digital album is a relentless onslaught of lyrical insanity – 69 minutes, 24 tracks, spanning the last 6 years of the Sykophunk madman’s career, including some previously unreleased alternate versions. In the words of DOE himself: “This isn’t necessarily all of my best songs, but it’s a damn good collection that hopefully shows off my skills as a lyricist and my dedication as a 100% independent underground artist.” The album will be available exclusively for download on the Sykophunk Bandcamp page.

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Emotional Moods, Joseph VanBuren’s latest collection of instrumentals, has already gained some praise from the online community. Here are some of the nice words people have said about the music:

“This is amazing. I love this… the spacey landscapes of an almost forgotten world. Barren, yet with glimpses of life peeping through the earth.”
– Nigel Lloyd-Latham, Indaba user

Quotes from the Musicxray.com focus group:

“I really like this. It has a very nice harmonious soothing touch to it. It just goes to show what one can do with music, even without the indefinite power of lyrics.”

“Very enjoyable music – very pleasant vibe. The mix and production are excellent. Good variety in the music.”

“I like this music. It takes my mind off the stress of the day.”

Emotional Moods is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and many other places online – CLICK HERE for a list of links where you can stream and/or download the album.

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OK, so what can I say? Running your own label & publishing company + being part of several projects and having a day job half of the time – it all gets hectic. Sometimes you take a step back and realize oops, I haven’t updated my blog in months. But now, we’re back (again)! Here’s what’s what:

Our most recent release is the newest in the Mood series. Sort of the opposite of Dark Moods, which we released in 2012. This one is Emotional Moods. Fifteen mellow and mood-altering pieces of music flow through time and float through space, pulling the strings of the heart and pushing the limits of the soul. Through a unique mix of organic and electronic elements, VanBuren takes the listener through a variety of emotions and moods. At once thought-provoking, mystical and sensual, this collection of music stimulates the senses through repeat listens that weave in and out of new age, ambient and chillout soundscapes. Check out the News page on sykophunk.com for the growing list of places online that you can listen to and/or download this album.

Our other recent releases from Dostah Shilailee & BL8 are available on our Bandcamp page. Plus all our older stuff as well. Dive in and enjoy…

So what are we working on next? A joe DOE video mixtape, a solo release from Misfit of Triple Vision, and the Democalypse prequel Happocrisy, for starters. Also, we’re going to let Dostah Shilailee take over the artist2artist interview series and unleash him upon our friends and foes alike. Oh yeah, and Triple Vision will be opening up for some established underground acts and performing live on Outlandish Reality for their first television appearance ever! Keep your third eye open & stay tuned to the rEvolution Underground.