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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.

rEvolutionary rap with that hardcore swag…

 

The new mixtape/album from Triple Vision, Mic Checkmate, is now available online for stream or download! Check out Sykophunk Productions’ newest collection of epic awesomeness – preview every song in its entirety. Buy Now and receive three exclusive bonus tracks! Keep your third eye open for more videos of live shows supporting the release.

 

True, I haven’t posted on this blog in quite some time. But rest assured, Sykophunk Productions has not slowed down a bit. We’re preparing to relocate back to the midwest, to reunite the Triple Vision team and throw some all new flavor at the world. So I’ve been doing my best to wrap up all current projects & unleash them upon the world.

Recently, Sykophunk Productions dropped two digital mixtapes: You and Your Friends are Dead. Game Over by joe DOE, and the collab collection VERSEatility from Jahg and joe DOE. We released both of these on Bandcamp as a “set your own price” model. You know the deal: donations always appreciated but not required. The most important thing is that if you like what you hear, share it with your friends and enemies & bump it for the rEvolution Underground.  Another project I’m currently working on is Abandoned Revisited. I had to take one more trip to the asylum before leaving the Hudson Valley for a while, so new videos for the Abandoned series are inevitably being produced.

So, what’s on the horizon for Sykophunk? The next release will probably be the joe DOE & GrimWitcH collab album, followed shortly by a new Triple Vision album/mixtape. Hopefully some more collabs with Christel South as well. And somewhere in there, I’ll find the time to finish and release Happocrisy, the prequel to Democalypse. As the fire of summer burns off, melting into the inspirational smoke of autumn, keep your Third Eye open for more epic awesomeness in the near future…

With all the crazy shit that’s been going on lately, I almost thought I wouldn’t see this day, but it’s here… the “official” version of Mostly Recycled is available and starting to infect the internet! *wipes sweat from brow* After dividing the album into two volumes for the advance copies (that’s right, it pays to be a true fan of sykophunk), the retail version of this insanely epic album is finally getting some distribution. So if you haven’t heard it yet, check out the full previews on Bandcamp and prepare for an eargasm: http://joedoe.bandcamp.com/album/mostly-recycled You can also download the MP3s there or on CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/joedoe3 Of course, it’s also available on CD from the Sykophunk Store. Mad love to everyone who kept asking for it and bumped the advance releases. Now we gotta let the rest of the world know!
* Update 6-27-11: Now live on Last.fm.
* Update 7-2-11: Now available on iTunes and Amazon.

The “experimental electronic enigma” of Sykophunk Productions known as Dostah Shilailee is making a comeback… again. This time he returns with a new album, a catalog for licensing, and a piss-poor attitude to ruin it all. In this conversation between his two personas, perhaps JVB can learn more about himself and determine a place for his oldest alter ego.

Joe DOE: You’re releasing new music after an almost two-year-long hiatus. Why were you inactive for so long?

Dostah Shilailee: I always pop in and out of existence. A while back I released an album that went nowhere. Whether that’s due to Sykophunk Productions’ emphasis on you rather than me or just because I suck, that’s up for debate. Either way, knowing nobody would miss me, I decided to ninja vanish while we figured out what direction to take my music in.

JD: By we, you mean you.

DS: And you.

JD: Right… so what did we learn in the past year?

DS: We learned that people suck and the economy’s worse. Nobody wants to pay for music, so if you can’t download the torrent then it’s obviously not worth having. Real art makes terrible ringtones. People are searching Youtube for Rebecca Black so they can hate on her, instead of looking for something they might actually like. Some clichés are actually true, and it takes money to make money. But it seems nearly impossible to cover your costs when releasing an album independently these days, especially if your music is on the experimental side and defies traditional marketing.

JD: Damn, you just about convinced me to not release another album, ever. Any good news for us, or should I just blow my brains out right now?

DS: No, don’t do that, because I’ll be dead too. But yeah, there is some good news. Composing and licensing. Getting music placed in movies, TV shows, video games, commercials – that shit pays big time. Of course, it depends on the company you’re working with and their budget, but overall that is where the revenue stream is for indies right now, not in album sales. It’s hard times for everyone, financially, so even the major movie studios are looking at independent music, because it’s much cheaper for them.

JD: Yeah, I think all of Sykophunk Productions will be focusing on that area more. And yet, even with your negative view on releasing albums, you’re about to put one out.

DS: Sort of. I have a bunch of songs that we can’t make available for licensing, mostly because they contain uncleared samples. It’s fucking stupid, in my opinion. If I take a clip of something and place it in my music, I’m using it as if it were an instrument or a sound in Fruity Loops or whatever, as part of the arrangement of the song. It‘s now part of my art. But that’s not how the law sees it, and I don’t want to get us in trouble. So I’m calling my album Copyright Laws are for Pussies, it’ll be a free download under Creative Commons. People can steal it, remix it, sell it. I don’t give a damn – as long as they’re listening to it and possibly sharing it with others, that’s all I can really ask for.

JD: Ever since you did that Colbert remix through Indaba, you’ve kind of been anti-copyright.

The Colbert Report interview with Dan Zaccagnino, founder of Indaba [link to the video – Dostah’s remix gets Colbert poppin & lockin @ 3:57]

DS: There is a purpose for copyrights, but some of it is bullshit. I register my music with the Copyright Office so that somebody else can’t try to pass it off as their work. It’s just documented proof that I made that music. But if somebody samples a part of one of my songs and incorporates it into one of theirs, I don’t feel like they owe me something for that. My art inspired someone else’s art – that’s awesome! I would feel honored, not cheated.

JD: That actually makes a lot of sense. When did you become so reasonable?

DS: Somewhere in between the time Homo Sapiens first walked the earth and the time you shut the fuck up.

JD: Word. So, are you sticking around for a while this time, or are you just gonna drop another album and disappear again?

DS: Who the hell knows? You’re in the middle of an album right now, plus we have Abandoned coming out next month. We’re only one person, so we’ll see if Sykophunk Productions can afford the time to promote its bastard elder child. I might be taking over for the prequel to Democalypse, because it’s supposed to be more dance-oriented. If that doesn’t pan out, I’ll just move to somewhere in Europe where they still listen to good music.

JD: You sound like Fred Durst right now.

DS: Don’t start with me, Hugo! Seriously, I should kill you for saying that, if not for the aforementioned dilemma of our lives being one in the same.

JD: We are one. Any closing remarks?

DS: Everyone download my new album on April 22, 2011 from sykophunk.com. It will be free because it has to be, and because I want it to be. Stay tuned for other awesome shit too, from joe DOE and JVB. Those guys are alright. Join the rEvolution Underground, or be burned over a basket of living cats! Ghost in a dream, out.

[People who were entertained by this display of my insanity also enjoyed D-O-E interviewing joe DOE]

There’s a story behind every release that I unleash upon the world, and these tales aren’t always told through the music itself. Sometimes I think that if people knew about the ghetto tactics I must employ to even get an album out there, maybe they’d appreciate my art a little more. So for those interested in the behind-the-scenes stuff, here is the background and history of the new joe DOE album, Mostly Recycled Vol. 1, which is now available on CD or MP3 from sykophunk.com.

I chose the title Mostly Recycled early on, because I knew that I wanted to resurrect some older material. I also believe that the entertainment industry makes new hits mostly by recycling old stuff. I wanted to go all out with this one, so I licensed beats from top-notch underground producers from Shadowville Productions and Anno Domini (who have worked with such artists as DZK and Jedi Mind Tricks) among others. Mixing old and new material, the songs were epic and the recording sessions were going great… until my piece of shit car broke down and couldn’t get me to the studio anymore. With just two weeks left until my release date, I found myself with only half an album. But I had other rough collab tracks that have been sitting around, for a Triple Vision album that will probably never see the light of day. So basically, I put two unfinished albums together and called it Mostly Recycled Vol. 1. Crisis averted. It’s not exactly the album I wanted to put out, but it is 18 tracks of awesomeness featuring bonus material with guest vocalists from across the nation and producers from around the world. It’s an intense collection of songs and stands solidly on its own, but I still have a bunch of tracks that need to be finished. So this is volume one, with number two to follow at an undetermined time in the future.

Check out the promo video, containing previews of songs from Mostly Recycled volumes one and two.