With Learic's latest victory, that brings his (modern day) battle record to 2 victories and 1 overtime loss! Not too bad!
I say *modern day* because Learic has been battling rappers since 1996, so we can't possibly keep track of all of those victories!
The Aztext have never put out a music video. Learic and I have been in a few indie movies though, so we are not strangers to film sets. I thought I had an idea of what to expect. I didn't. This weekend was about as boring as possible! Filming music videos means listening to the same song over, and over, and over, and over... It's not like recording a track, where you have the instant gratification of a rough mix to listen to the next day. You work your ass off and have to keep telling yourself that it will be worth it in the end.
To put things into perspective, the song is about 3 1/2 minutes long. Yesterday we shot for about 6 hours, and when we met up this morning our videographer said we had about "30 seconds of useable material from yesterday's shoot", ouch. Today, we shot for another 2ish hours (bigups to Fattie B, Dante and the rest of the Steez crew for allowing us to use their spot!). It turns out, we are no where near finished shooting the video, but all in all, we got some great footage. I know we had promised some photos to post online, but I haven't been able to get my hands on any just yet. As soon as I get them, I'll post'em up!
On a side note, I started working with GarageBand this weekend, and made a new beat. The Drums are pretty fuckin' lame, but I was surprised at how ill some of the bass sounds were on that on that program! Any GarageBand users our there??? I'm waiting on Big Kat to throw an accapella on it, but i'll have it up soon.
We are taking a risk by releasing our album as a season with each episode consisting of 4 tracks by the same producer. The reason it's risky, is because it will probably be hard to get much press, I mean honestly, is 4 tracks enough to write a review on? As an indie group with no budget to promote ourselves, we rely heavily on those reviews to support our albums.
From an artistic perspective, it made perfect sense. We have the luxury of working with many talented producers, who all bring a certain flavor to the table. Rather then try and mesh all of their specific sounds into one cohesive album, we thought we'd try this approach. What it has allowed us to do creatively, is really play to each producers style and let the producer have a voice! That is an important piece to the 'making good music' puzzle, in our opinion.
The other thing that it will do for us, is keep us in your stereo box more regularly. The trouble with making an album, is it is only new for a few weeks (months?), but it takes a long time to put together (when done properly). Rather then have here one day, and gone the next (and preventing the alternative of releasing a mixtape every few months to stay relevant), we decided on the idea of releasing a 'Season' of music. Episodes will release beginning on 11.30.10, and will be released every 6 weeks after that, until Season 1 is over... Because we did our homework, and are fully finished with the first Season, we have already started working on Season 2 and will be able to bring that to your ears soon after Season 1 (and so on).
We're excited as hell about our new project and we hope you are too! What do you think of the way we are releasing this album?
This blog is written by The Aztext. We will write about inspiration for past and future tracks, breakdown our own verses, review movies, music, and keep you up to date on what's new! If you would like us to write on any particular topic, please shoot us an email!