Posts Tagged ‘Joseph VanBuren’

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.

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.

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 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.


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…

In the spirit of indie horror and expreiMental art, Sykophunk Productions proudly presents Dark Moods – the first in a series of mood specific music for licensing. We’re starting the series off with one of our specialties: horror music. Eerie ambience, gothic melodies, twisted soundscapes. 15 tracks of such dark delights, invoking images of madness and the macabre. Turn out the lights, put on your headphones, and bug yourself out to some audio horror stories. Available both for licensing and for digital download for your personal listening experience.

This is just one of the steps in our new focus on licensing and soundtrack work. JVB is also providing the score and sound design for the upcoming video game Precipice. For more examples of our work in this area, please visit our new site:

“Music enhances the mood of movie scenes by speaking to our emotions, sometimes subconsciously, giving the audience a deeper connection with the characters and events in the film.”

Indaba was cool enough to give me a quick interview the other day about music in movies. They posted it on their blog – check it out here.