Phil Frost Interview

Chances are, if you’re familiar with street artists you’ve probably come across works of Phil Frost, whether you know it or not. (Remember that Frank 151 chapter?) One of the original artists to hit the scene in the early 90’s, Phil helped shape where contemporary art’s at today.

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Cruising the depths of Instagram on Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday, we were tagged in a post that brought us a new fact about Phil – that he’s a big fan of reggae music and in particular, Bob Marley. Naturally, we had to reach out to him and hear more. Peep the interview below!

HOM: Are you still NYC based?

PF: I actually live in upstate New York now. I moved up here 7 years ago. I was always moving around trying to find more space to make my work while I was in town. I relocated up here after I found a giant space that facilitates all of my work.

HOM: A lot of our team members quote your work with Frank 151 as a way they discovered you. Can you tell me about that?

PF: Steve Malbon from Frank151 arranged for a studio visit and came upstate to do so. There he saw the drawings that MQ and I were collaboratively making, and the conversation to participate by sharing an issue together came from that.

image1HOM: I came across your post in celebration of Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday on Instagram, where you talk about Bob Marley and reggae – what is it that draws you to the two?

PF: I’m drawn to reggae music because of it’s inherent morale and uplifting nature; to want to better yourself and your surroundings and be humble, kind and respectful of things. So it appeals to me like that, in that I like the message of it; and then I like the energy and rythym also. It is good natured and positive and I was taken by it. At some point, I got really interested in wanting to hear it more. I began to collect the 45’s and records because a lot of the music isn’t necessarily released digitally. I don’t know too much about digital music anyway, but at the time a lot of the music wasn’t really able to be found on a CD or digital format so a lot of the rare music is only on a 45. Seeking out the records and collecting them was a way to be able to introduce myself to parts of the sound I couldn’t find otherwise. At some point, it began to seem like I was protecting old records by archiving them, like a way of preserving them and their relevant importance.

HOM: Do you mostly listen to music on records?

PF: I guess I mostly listen to music on records. For some reason its kind of relaxing.

HOM: Would you say you listen to it when you work, when you’re painting?

PF: Music has its place in my life. A lot of times I listen to silence, but then silence gets in the way. Listening to music is actually something of a distraction when I’m working, in that i’m not able to focus as much on whatever is resounding inside me. Yet, then there are times where I’m working, and I’m not experiencing that kind of inner dialogue and music can be something that helps the time pass more enjoyably. Sometimes I listen to music when I work and sometimes I don’t. There is part of my work process that music is just in the way of; and for that, it’s silence that keeps me more nimble. Then there are times where there is a task, something I am supposed to do, and I don’t have to figure anything out and nothing’s on my mind, and it’s those parts of the working experience where listening to music is more fitting. I guess it can be like therapeutic, the parts of process where you can zone out.

image3HOM: Such a great answer and one that really makes sense to me, personally. Can you tell us a bit about how you got started making art and what that was like for you?

PF: In the mid and late 80’s I was into skateboarding. I was skating a lot in Brooklyn with friends. Thats where I can say I really got into art, and by skating in the city and being into hardcore music I was exposed to graffiti. I started to get into tagging. When I was 18 I moved to Queens and then I began to work more seriously with it. Before that I would tag a bit when skateboarding, but it wasn’t an all consuming thing. Then when I was 18 I was on my own and living in Queens and working in the city – it’s when it took over and kinda became a part of me in an overall way for a period. I started to draw all the time and do wheat pastings. Then I started to spend a lot of time with Revs. I started to help out and do missions with he and Cost.

HOM: What was it like working with Revs and Cost?

PF: Revs and Cost, they kind of started the whole wheat pasting thing and the block buster rooftop rollers. I was so honored to help and work with them and spend so much time with Revs. I started to help them. Mostly, I started to help Revs all the time, but both of them sometimes too, on their missions, and sometimes with Revs simultaneously while doing my own. After a while it just kinda started to be a thing I used to do. I would find some sort of weird industrial thing coming out of a building or some sort of utilitarian piping, or venting boxes coming off a building. I would measure off the different panels and cut the measured panels out of brown butcher paper. Then I would draw with ink and paint paintings on those paper panels. I would figure out the best option for pulling it off, like a particular night or if even in broad daylight and then I would go and wheat paste them onto those things to create some type of painting sculpture sort of work in the street and feel that pulsing inner rush type of inspiration from it.

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There are meetings with people that leave you feeling inspired and almost in awe – wanting to learn more and understand, and this certainly was one of them. We hope to bring you more of Phil Frost’s works in the near future! In the meantime, you can check out more of his work on his gallery’s website – Galeria Javier Lopez, Phil’s personal website, and if you’re like us, Phil Frost’s Instagram. Big thanks to Phil for taking the time to speak with us!

Happy 70th Birthday Bob Marley

“Me only have one ambition, y’know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together – black, white, Chinese, everyone – that’s all.” February 6th marks the 70th birthday of the world’s greatest artist and revolutionary, Robert Nesta Marley. Bob’s love, honesty, and passion will thrive forever through his footprints in Jamaica, his children, and the Rastafarian religion he shared with the world. In celebration of his life and legacy, we’ve hand selected a few events you can check out in New York City and Kingston, Jamaica. If you’re sharing the events (or the love!) socially, be sure to connect with us using the hashtags: #Marley70 or #TheLegacyContinues to be a part of the digital conversation heard around the world.

Friday, February 6th 

– Miss Lily’s, undoubtably New York’s favorite Jamaican restaurant, is hosting a celebration of Bob Marley’s life on Friday, February 6th. Tasty and traditional Jamaican food and jammin’ from the East Village location.

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– For our friends in Jamaica, The Bob Marley Museum and Tuff Gong International will be having events all weekend long. Some of the events include: a symposium on the Evolution of Marley, a Reggae Jam Session with Marley’s 70th Ambassadors Chronic, Kabaka Pyramid and No-Maddz, and also a special screening of Easy Skanking in Boston ’78 concert (available Feb 17th).

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Saturday, February 7th 

– The Marley Family and Digicel will be hosting a free Reggae Concert at the Kingston Waterfront at 6pm Est. Top of the line performances by Tarrus Riley, Cocoa Team, Freddie McGregor, I-Octane, Carleton, Marcia Griffiths and more will have you goovin’ until the sun comes up.

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2002 BBC Documentary – Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music

TGIF! Today is the perfect day to watch a BBC documentary on one of the most interesting subjects; Jamaican Music. If you haven’t already, you should check our Noisey Jamaica II documentary series, showcasing new and upcoming artists in the reggae and dancehall scene. Great way to compare and contrast the start of Jamaican music and its current  revival.

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Part 1: 1950’s Ska period & history of Jamaican Independence
Part 2: Roots Reggae & Bob Marley
Part 3: Progression of Reggae in the 80’s and beyond

Heart of the Marleys: Miami’s Rohan Marley, son Nico carry on Bob’s legacy

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Sports Illustrated conducted an amazing interview with Rohan and his son Nico Marley. They discuss football between the family, and even take a trip to the Bob Marley Museum. This interview shows viewers a side of the family that isn’t musical, but the one common denominator that connects the family is passion in everything they do. “Passion makes us do what we do” – Nico Marley

 

NOISEY JAMAICA II: EPISODE 1

Vice and The House of Marley are proud to present “Noisey Jamaica”, an immersive six episode journey into two Jamaican musical groundswells shaping the island of their birth and beyond. From the revolutionary young reggae movement led by charismatic artists such as Chronixx and Jesse Royal to controversial new dancehall artists like Alkaline. Noisey Jamaica reports on one of the most dynamic chapters in Jamaica’s rich musical legacy. Check out the first episode below.

Directed by Andy Capper, this six episode documentary series travels from all over Jamaica to report on one of the most dynamic chapters in Jamaica’s rich musical legacy since the advent of Reggae. A new video will be posted each week.

In addition to showing the parallels and exchanges between Reggae and Dancehall, “Noisey Jamaica” will trace the history of Rastafarian culture that eventually led to the evolution of Reggae. A sound and style that conquers the world several times over, produced global super-legend Bob Marley and became a turnkey for Jamaican culture.

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Bob Marley Inspired Ben & Jerry’s Flavored Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry’s, the makers of the most creative ice cream flavors, has done it again! “Satisfy My Bowl” is the company’s newest flavor, inspired by the legend Bob Marley. Banana ice cream with caramel, cookie swirls and chocolatey peace signs fill all of your dairy desires. Unfortunately, is it not available in the United States and will be released in Europe this October. Lucky them. Make sure to sign the petition to bring this flavor to North America in 2015! 

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We’re celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Bob Marley’s Legend album with this tasty tribute, supporting Bob’s vision for a fairer world. In partnership with the 1Love Foundation, this flavour will help to fund a youth empowerment programme in Jamaica. Music to your ears AND your taste buds! What makes this all the sweeter is that the inspired (ahem, LEGEND-ary) flavour name comes courtesy of Camilla Bishop – thanks Camilla, you’re a legend! Peace, 1love & Ice Cream, from Ben & Jerry’s” – (benjerry.co.uk). 

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The Story Under the Lid 

“Bob Marley stood for more than just music – he inspired millions to think about peace, love, and world equality…and, like us, he stood up for serious matters, but in a fun and uplifting way! Our co-founder, Jerry, always said “If it’s not fun, why do it?”, and we’ve continued to work with that ethos in mind.

We were honoured to be approached by Bob Marley’s 1Love Foundation to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bob Marley’s “Legend” album, and what sweeter way to honour this than with a special edition Ben & Jerry’s tribute flavour!

Whilst busying ourselves in the kitchen, creating a taste-sensation worthy of this honour, we asked fans to suggest a ‘Legend’-ary name for it. The first person to come up with the winning name was rewarded with entry to our flavour hall of fame and, when the new flavour hits the freezers in Autumn 2014, the winner and their flavour name will appear on every Legend-ary tub. The lucky winner also gets to dig into their prize of a year’s supply of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream!

You know what makes this partnership even more euphoric? Proceeds from this flavour will fund a youth empowerment programme in Jamaica (run by 1Love Foundation), which uses music and creativity as a tool to better the lives of Jamaican youth, and supports Bob’s vision for a fairer world! We think that’s pretty cool…

We’ve also had the honour of sponsoring a video for the Bob Marley track “One Love”, which will be sourced from Tongal, a video production crowd-sourcing platform. Keep your eyes (& ears) peeled; the video will be launched in September 2014!” – (benjerry.co.uk)

Click on the photo below to sign the petition to bring “Satisfy My Bowl” to North America in 2015!

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House of Marley’s The Get Together: Kingston Freestyle

When House of Marley recruited PSYOP to reinterpret Bob Marley’s ideals alongside the elegant Get Together Bluetooth Speaker, the character animator-turned-filmmaker looked to his love for dance hall videos and Japanese anime for inspiration. “For The Get Together I wanted to characterize the affect of music and how a good vibe can multiply from person to suddenly a whole block party.” Scored to Major Lazer’s “Watch Out For This (Bumaye),” Ding handed out the bamboo-constructed speaker and captured the infectious free spirit of Jamaica take hold of those around him. After checking out the short film above be sure to read through our full interview with the director below.

For more on House of Marley’s Get Together Bluetooth speaker as well as how you could win your very own please visit here.

 

Can you introduce yourself?

Hello, my name is Gerald Ding I am a Director at Psyop in New York and live in the Lower East Side with my wife and our French Bulldog, his name is Bob.

How did you get into filmmaking?

I started as a character animator and was so focussed on owning a series of shots as my part for a project. To me that was like my first chance at being a storyteller, but I wanted to tell the whole story in my own way and not just a piece of it.

What was the goal behind your video? What was your inspiration?

A lot of times in advertising when there’s a product, brands usually characterize what they’re selling and try to give it a personality. For The Get Together I wanted to characterize the affect of music and how a good vibe can multiply from from person to suddenly a whole block party. I really loved Dance Hall videos and Japanese Anime so I mashed them together this time.

How does House of Marley differ from other brands?

Almost every brand, especially in the beginning, tries to build content for what they’re selling while Marley House is built on the spirit of Bob Marley and Reggae music culture.

What are you most excited about your relationship with House of Marley?

I’m proud that I got to collaborate with Gabe and Tracey, friends I’ve known for years but never had a chance to work with, and on a project that visually encompasses many of my favorite things.

When you were approached about the project, what was the direction given and then how did you approach your execution/interpretation?

The creative brief was very open and trusting, they wanted to know how I’d interpret Bob Marley’s ideals without making him as the focus, and how do we portray one becoming many. I know that Psyop was in this mix since were known for a certain visual storytelling and look, but I wanted push this idea I’ve had going on in my head and see how it’d actually look like.

How influential has music been in your creative evolution?

I love the match cut style in Major Lazer’s Get Free video it’s awesome, so is the song to. When I imagined the 3 stories I wanted to show, nothing else seemed to work so perfectly as Major Lazer did, so we edited with “Watch Out For This (Bumaye)” and couldn’t imagine anything else.

How different is film directing from strictly animating?

It’s a different kind of trust when you’re working with your artists and crew but the storytelling aspect is the same to me. In film I’m collaborating with cinematographers and actors and other crew members that are going to give me a performance that may or may not turn out the way I saw it in my mind. It’s a different kind of collaboration that becomes something different or even better than I imagined it in the beginning. This could be the same for animation also but outcome is much more refined and honed in, basically each frame can be manipulated and I have complete control if there’s enough time

Author: Robert Marshall

*Originally posted on HYPEBEAST

Your Favorite Pop Song with a Reggae Twist

It is difficult to put into words the influence that Reggae Music has on the world. But you can hear it everywhere, from steel drum samples to recorded skits in rap songs from your favorite Kingston drug lord. Reggae music is timeless music, a representation of a culture and lifestyle often mimicked and duplicated. But who doesn’t love a reggae flip of your favorite pop song?  Take a listen to our top 10:

 

Adele – Set Fire To The Rain (Reggae version by Reggaesta)

Beyoncé – Drunk in Love (reggae version by Reggaesta)

Lana Del Rey – Video Games [reggae version]

Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus Reggae Remix

When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars Reggae Remix

Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire (J-Vibe Reggae Remix)

Pharrell Williams – Happy (Cousin Cole Reggae Mix)

Royals –  Lorde Reggae Remix

No Doubt – Don’t Speak (Reggae version by Reggaesta)

Gotye ft Kimbra –  Somebody That I Used To Know Jr GoBlender Reggae Refix

Happy International Reggae Day!

Today is International Reggae Day and The House of Marley would like to encourage you to take your time and appreciate the different sounds of reggae music. Comment below and let us know your favorite reggae tune.

 

 

Jimmy Cliff – World Upside Down

 

Peter Tosh – Rastafari Is

 

Stephen Marley Ft. Damian Marley – Jah Army

 

Barrington Levy – Sensimilla

 

Rebelution – Ordinary Girl

 

Sanchez – Never Dis Man

 

Queen Ifrica – Keep It Your Self

 

Sean Paul – Temperature

 

Skrillex & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Make It Bun Dem ($1 Bin Remix)

Gyptian – Hold Yuh