March 25th, 2008
March Madness is the title I’ve given this period of time in my annual calendar and no I’m not referring to college basketball. It seems that every year around this time a lot ends up on the plate and it becomes the beginning of the fiscal year for GGN due to its original birth date. It’s been officially two years since we began and as per usual, the grand plans for this network has evolved and figuring out its strategy for reaching the masses keeps shifting. Now usually this journal entry would involve stories of WMC, which begins this week in South Beach Miami, but due to our financial commitments GGN has to sit this one out. It was a touch decision but with the TV show beginning its pitch rounds in the coming month and full tilt editing with the documentary, I had to make a choice. Now I’m very excited about these developments and the process of getting things to the big and small screen but to miss out on sun and great beats still sucks… next year!
Nic Faniculli… I just wanted to start with this name because I was blown away by this UK artist. Last month I mentioned I was going to interview him at the Guvernment in Toronto and let me say that his set was something that really blew me away. It was my first time seeing this d-jay live and he lived up to his mixed taped sets that I had heard up to that point. On top of this great mix, he ended up being a hell of a guy! We chatted for about 30 minutes and he really opened up and had a lot of insightful things to say on the scene of both past and present. This is someone you should look out for… he really has the goods behind the decks as well as just a genuine soul. The interview will be posted soon so make sure you look out for it!
Lee Burridge… I don’t have a lot to say yet on this guy due to a family emergency. I had to cancel my interview but I do promise he will get in front of the cameras soon when he’s back in Toronto. I’m a huge fan and even though I haven’t had the personal moment to gage a proper opinion I can tell you this… the boy knows how to mix! In the meantime I will have to just keep listening to the MP3’s I have available and again if you have some time to download some of his sets or buy his music you won’t be disappointed! Stay in tune with this beat master; he has a sound that is distinct and full of emotion.
Now in terms of filming this month my adventures were a little thin. I found this month was more devoted to editing and footage review for the documentary. The one thing that I did do that is certainly note worthy was visit Ithaca College in New York State. Now the reason for my trip was to film an anthropology class where I arranged with the professor an open forum type discussion class that talked about the tribal tendencies and affects of music on connectivity between people. The class consisted of 20 students and discussion questions were provided prior along with a viewing of the TV pilot in order to achieve some real thought from this generation of students on what this type of music in general provides as a connection and communication tool to the individuals who embrace this culture. The class was a big hit and we got a lot of interesting feedback on the scene as well as just general references of other types of musical festivals and events that create these environments for people to connect. I’m really excited to incorporate this with my other anthropology angles which include the POW WOW, my rainforest experience, the drum circle, as well as the upcoming interviews with some anthropologists. Theories that come to life through film is something that really intrigues me because of my visual sensibilities. I look forward to presenting it to all of you in the near future.
Well that’s it for now… I have some great interviews lined up which include Benny Benassi and Christopher Lawrence which I look forward to shooting and presenting to you the network. In the meantime the show must go on and we need to find a home for our show. If you enjoy reading these notes I have a treat for you that will not be offered anywhere else…
How would you like to check out the pilot for the TV show? This is the only place where you’ll get the link so pay attention. Just go to:
User: guest Password: groove5
I would love to get your thoughts on this…
Feel free to email me at Courtney@admitone.ca and let me know what you think!
Until next time, ARE YOU LISTENING?