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Drew Spence interview with Crazypellas.net Mark of the Griffin Web series

February 26, 2013 Leave a comment

Interview with Drew Spence (Mark of the Griffin)

 

Mark of the Griffin

The Mark and the Mask with questions to ask

Crazypellas.net:
How did you come up with the concept of Mark of the Griffin?
I fell in love with the look of a jet pilot’s gas mask and wanted something similar. It was going to be just an image used across all my music videos, but the concept just seemed like it needed to be fully developed and so, I fleshed out a character that matched the visual.
What message are you trying to give off with the series?
The overall arc with be about the personal growth of Marcus Griffin and his transition into a fearsome avenger.
How do the episode plots get created?
Choice D) All of the above. Sometimes I scout a location and ask myself what interesting thing could happen there. A story could be attached to someone I met with a skill set or unique attribute. And other times, there’s a statement I want to make and it’s about trying to convey an idea using the MOTG universe.
What software and hardware is used?
Pretty much, I use a Canon camera and Adobe’s suite for graphic and video editing with plug-ins by Red Giant to twist the color at the end.
How close to reality is the series?
So far it’s pretty real. As the story moves along, some of the sets and villains will push the borders. We’re going to slide further into the realm of comic book fantasy.
What’s the difference between the comic book and web series?
The web series is very linear and the comic book jumps around in time. In print, I will be taking advantage of the graphical freedom and showing you stuff that would be impractical to film at this point. The web series is more about you watching Marcus Griffin and the comic book is written straight from the thoughts inside his head.
What other stories have you explored?
I created a two-part rap album called Chaos Legion that explores a futuristic Rome and the vengeful quest of a betrayed general. I rhyme as Dynamics Plus- it’s highly lyrical with some ground breaking storytelling, if I do say so myself. Battlestrux is another rap universe which is similar to Star Trek and Macross. The first album is called Year One: Captain of a Starship.

Where are you hoping Mark of the Griffin will take you? In other words, what’s your final goal from the series?
I’d like to be able to devote more time and resources into the MOTG universe. I have so much more to show you. There are short chapters and segments and also a very long story arc. Being able to tell the full story is a huge goal.
Where can we watch and follow the series online?
We have a youtube channel with all the episodes and a website that explains and links to it all.
http://www.markofthegriffin.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL…layer_embedded
READ ISSUE 01  http://issuu.com/producersedge/docs/…f_an_angry_man
READ ISSUE 02http://issuu.com/producersedge/docs/…e_vile_for_web
info about Chaos Legion can be found here: https://dynamicsplus.wordpress.com/ca…legion-series/
Do you have any kind of management, publishing or distribution team behind you? If so what are their responsibilities?
I do everything under my own label Dynamica Music. I stay split between creating and sharing my content.

In MUSIC

How long have you been producing music?
I think I made my first record back in 2000, sometime back then. I got tired of paying for studio time and began building my own studio and making my own music.

What influences your music? Do you use samples or compose your music from scratch?
I started off sampling vinyl and still use sample libraries today. Early in, I began to want the source instrument for the sounds I found myself always sampling. That began my interest in researching and amassing production gear.

What software and hardware do you use to make and produce music?
I like synthesizers to create new sounds and keyboards for traditional sounds and familiar instruments. I mostly record everything into my digital workstation as live audio and then edit after.

How do you create across multiple genres of music…Rap, Dance and Electronic?
I’ve been around different styles of music since I was young, so it’s not that hard to wander around between the different vibes. I have a bit of freedom to just make music and then gently push it in a certain direction.

What one tip would you give to other music producers?
As a creative, I think it’s important to love your own work. A lot of artists create what they think others will like. They are being influenced by material that is popular- even though they don’t like it or can’t fully connect with it. It’s following whatever’s selling well or at least out there in a big way. They feel they must do something similar. You can never have true confidence in your art thinking and working that way.

If someone says you stink, they will be right because it’s all about their feelings about you or your art. If you walk in already appreciating your merits, no one can limit your value; they can only offer their opinions. This world is full of No’s; you’d better get your Yes together before sharing or doing business behind your art.

IN CLOSING
Do you want to give a shout-out to anyone?
Wow. So many people have helped me put this together. You know, I’d like to thank you, Iain for taking the time to help spread the word about the Mark of the Griffin. I’d also say check out my music group Fallout Shelter, EDM artist Domino Grey and rap artist Dynamics Plus.

Thanks again Drew for doing this interview.

Happy Resolute Resolutions and FREE MUSIC from Domino Grey

December 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Happy New Years from the Dynamic Universe blog

 

Happy New Year from the Dynamic Universe

Happy New Year from the Dynamic Universe

The Happy New Year’s Song from Domino Grey

This song can be downloaded for free by clicking on the far-right download button on the SoundCloud player. Thank you for all your support.

So it’s the end of another year and my guilty thought has been to pray for things to stay the same. Yeah, that’s right. I’m hoping 2013 will be just like 2012. I’m hoping for the health of my friends and family. I’m hoping that my situation doesn’t take any knocks and how successful I am will solely depend on my own actions.

I don’t know if I ever shared this on my blog, but I keep this giant calendar from Staples that I use to track what goes down for the year. At the end, I review the year’s events and check the sheet in the back that has all my yearly goals and resolutions.

I noticed that THE SAME RESOLUTIONS kept appearing year after year. I kept setting these huge goals and never meeting them. It wasn’t that I didn’t have a plan; it was that I had a horrible plan. I was going to accomplish each goal with one big move. Yep. At some point I’d do something spectacular and BAM! New Level Baby.

I actually started knocking out my list when I decided to ‘work’ in a direction instead of planning on arriving at some vague point in the future. I’m sure I will never be satisfied with How I’m doing, What I’m doing or where I’m doing it. But, there is great satisfaction in simply doing all that you can do. Have a safe and productive 2013.

-from all of us in The Dynamic Universe

Mark of the Griffin – Graphic Web series first trailer

Mark of the Griffin

One Man will change!

And so Drew Spence from Producer’s Edge Magazine created a web series called Mark of the Griffin. It’s about a regular guy who  gets recruited into an organization called the AGENCI and grows to become a fearsome vigilante-like detective. The first trailer shows some stuff from season one episodes. The series features music from Domino grey, Dynamics Plus and Fallout Shelter. What else? It’s also a graphic novel that embellishes the stories and goes deeper into the background of what happened. It’s slated for  fall 2012 and so far 9 episodes have been filmed.

Here’s the trailer.

Please spread the word and share the links. This is a big deal to all of us at Dynamica Music. Thanks everyone.

Twitter is @MarktheGriffin

Official Website http://www.MarkoftheGriffin.com

Domino Grey Music featured in AutoMod Central Car Commercial

The track “Unlocks the Delicate Girl” from Butterfly Affect Part I was selected for a car commercial by Automod Central.

 

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Butterfly Affect Part I:
Facial Recognition Technology
Butterfly Affect album artwork available on iTunes
Domino Grey presents a tightly wound set of dance tracks. It’s high-energy all the way around. This is the first release for the Butterfly Affect series. The caterpillar undergoes its metamorphosis and a young girl discovers her face in the mirrored responses of a woman.
This is Part I: Facial Recognition Technology.

“A girl looked in the mirror and saw a caterpillar instead of the butterfly she had become.”
Download the Digital Album at CD quality for only $5.99
Available on iTunes and other sites where digital music is sold

@Domino_Grey on twitter

Domino Grey Video for Primal Themes and the Beating of Wings

The video is finished for “Primal Themes and the Beating of Wings” from the Butterfly Affect EP Facial Recognition Technology. I had put this song in rotation for airplay and saw it performing great right along with “We Can Go Dancing” and “Just Look at Me”. I figured it would be one of the simpler videos to shoot so I went with this song first. It’s a pretty straightforward story and uses the dual layers of the butterflies and my fascination with a beauty I meet at a butterfly garden. Spacely Rockit filmed all of the butterfly shots- the close ups and our interaction and a producer friend filmed all of the close studio shots, here in Fallout Shelter Studios. The young lady in the video is Kenya Concepcion.

Domino Grey Primal Themes Print from the Dress that um, didn't make it in the video.

A nice print that Kenya didn’t pick as her favorite.

The part of the dress that sold Kenya into picking it for the Primal Themes video shoot

A better print for Domino Grey Primal Themes

Primal Themes and the BEating of Wings Dress Fitting

Kenya tries on the dress and approves the look

Domino Grey Primal Themes Shoes that match the dress

Kenya finds shoes that match the dress.

Domino Grey Primal Themes- Right before the shoot, makeup was done

Kenya beautifies to become a butterfly

One of our favorite butterflies lands and flaps.

Primal Themes co-star…The Orange one!

The EP is available for purchase here. Thank you for watching.

Fallout Shelter Music included in the newest issue of Rapper’s Delite Magazine.

December 28, 2011 1 comment
Fallout Shelter Evelavator Music Series Volume I: BASSment Level

Fallout Shelter Evelavator Music Series Volume I: BASSment Level

Some tunes from the collaboration project Fallout Shelter have made their way into the free bundled tracks for Rapper’s Delite Magazine! Rapper’s Delite is the sister magazine to Producer’s Edge with a similar idea. In Producer’s Edge you get free sounds/loops/kits to make beats with and in Rapper’s Delite you get FREE BEATS to rhyme over or write to.

Rapper's Delite Magazien Issue 02

Rapper's Delite Magazien Issue 02

And so, some of my beats from Fallout Shelter are in the Sugahill Gang issue for Winter 2011. They also have snippets to preview on their site. Here it is.

 

Thank you Rapper’s Delite Magazine for the nod.

Here’s their blog about it!

 

 

The Best of Domino Grey 2011 FREE TRACKS

December 5, 2011 Leave a comment

The Best of Domino Grey 2011 FREE TRACKS

Album artwork for The Best of Domino Grey 2011

Free sampler...ready to be sampled.

Bonus track- available for FREE download.

Domino Grey is a child of rhythm- born from the Organic Electronic. The mixture of our Past and Future presents us with a sonic footprint- a quiet moment in time when silence expressed our deepest emotions and music was the only word spoken. These are cascading thoughts falling across a canvass of sound. Use these new colors to illustrate your imagination. Please touch the walls and leave behind the fingerprints as evidence of your existence.

D.O.M.I.N.O. Dance Or Move In Natural Order
G.R.E.Y. Generate Rhythmic Energy Yourself

And so AVXP Music/Dynamica Music [My Vanity label] has shut down for 2011. That makes it clear for me to reflect on everything that has happened this year. I keep a huge calendar (a cheap one from Staples) and use it as kind of a loose journal to document what goes on for any given year. I’ll make it a sort of a scrapbook and glue ticket stubs, flyers and even bills in the day’s boxes. I keep a few printouts that have important dates like birthdays (I am very bad with dates) and have a sheet for goals or Resolutions.

It’s my habit to look it over on New Year’s Eve and gauge what percent of my ‘plans’ I’ve accomplished. This has truly been one hell of a year. I’ve spent more than a decade making underground/abstract hip hop and decided to dabble in other genres. I added live musicians to my production(s) and reconnected with my muse; Shea the Doll Lizette. As Domino Grey, I’ve been able to work with some really talented artists like DJ Miki, FarishaMusic, Stephanie Kay, Elina Milan and Donna S. I released a total of six projects including Get it Up, Lay it Down, Back in the Black, the My Heart Never Skips a Beat Remixes, Fallout Shelter, Butterfly Affect Part I and the Falling Planets Soundtrack.

Back in the Black “You’re My Addiction” featuring Stephanie kay and Shea the Doll

Fallout Shelter “Kool Intentions” Produced by Dynamics Plus

Butterfly Affect “We Can Go [Dancing]” Domino Grey

Back in the Black “Melody Diagnosis” Featuring Donna S

My Heart Never Skips a Beat Flat Line Remix Featuring DJ Miki

Lonely Angel – Broken Halo Remix Produced by Dynamics Plus

Most recently, I finished the vocal recording of the Shea the Doll and Nae B FREE mixtape called The Take Over. So I’ve run the gamut from hip hop instrumentals, R&B joints to dance music – all in one year. Wow. I’m only hoping next year can run like this year and the Mayan calendar doesn’t run out just when I’m at my most productive.

A big thanks to everyone that supports my music and also my inner circle who keeps me on my toes when it comes to making the best music that I can. Blog sites like I Can’t Call it and ministori for the reviews. In 2012, I expect to finish a full Lenzmen album, more Dynamics Plus, Doctor Atomics and a few new characters will get their shine. What else? I guess that’s it. We’re early with the wrap up, but since everyone is already flipping for the holidays; let’ go in.

Oh snaps, I almost forgot. I got a free sampler, I’m running around with. It’s got all the singles from the albums of 2011. Hmm, if you want a download let me know what’s good. Crack at the kid on FaceBook.

Peace, love and Productivity from [Everything at] AVXP Music.

Domino Grey 2011