MOCHILLA, of Timeless Fame, Presents the Premiere of Chicano Batman’s Video for Joven Navegante at Strictly Grooves Record Gallery in Highland Park
LOS ANGELES, Calif., Oct. 17, 2012 (MuseWire) — Qvole Collective, an independent artist management and development company, announces today West Coast photographer, filmmaker, hip-hop scholar and Mochilla founder, Brian (B+) Cross shot and directed the new video “Joven Navegante” for L.A.’s psych/tropical/soul act Chicano Batman. The video was premiered two separate times at 8:45 and 10:15 on Friday, October 12 at Highland Park’s newly opened “record gallery” Strictly Grooves.
The four minute and thirty-nine second video, which can be viewed on YouTube, (http://youtu.be/ynlnp_I4vwY), was shot entirely on location at Chicano Batman’s management company, Qvole Collective, who also produced the video in Garvanza, a sub-district of Highland Park, where the collective is located.
The collaboration of Mochilla and ruffled avengers, Chicano Batman seemed a natural one; Mochilla being inherent ethnomusicologists, have joined forces with many inspiring musicians and acts of the 21st century. They are most notable for their Timeless series, a trilogy of films documenting three sold-out performances in L.A. featuring Brazilian composer, arranger and producer, Arthur Verocai, Ethiopian musician and inventor of Ethio-jazz, Mulatu Astatke and “Suite for Ma Dukes,” a 60-peice orchestral celebration of J Dilla, the music industry’s most influential hip-hop artist, composed and arranged by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.
Aesthetically, both Mochilla and Chicano Batman share the same philosophy, which is why they linked up to create a visual narrative for the bands single, “Joven Navegante” off their same-titled EP that was released in July. Brian notes of the alliance, “they understand to keep the visuals clean and simple, let the music speak for itself.”
Clean and simple was achieved, the band suited and booted up in their vintage tuxedo-ruffles for an invite-only intimate show with close friends and family on a makeshift stage. Mochilla caught the vibe of a laid-back house party with live music, good eats and flowing drinks, Brian further elaborated, “I wanted it to be just like one of there summer kick-backs, I wanted that East L.A. vibe with a chicken running around while the sun sets over Southern Cali.”
Qvole Collective, in-conjunction with the video premiere, will also be releasing Joven Navegante’s EP on vinyl that came to production by their Kickstarter supporters this past June.
Notable Los Angeles DJ’s Canyon Cody (Subsuelo), Bedoy (Tumbe, Bombilla), Fresko and Ben Diggin (Listen Recovery) spun their musical offerings throughout the night; Chicano Batman played a live set for the FREE event at 10:30 p.m.
Mochilla (www.mochilla.com), a production company formed by photographers Eric Coleman and Brian (B+) Cross in 1997. Mochilla specializes in bringing new and undiscovered arts and music from various cities and continents to the attention of curious music lovers worldwide.
About Qvole Collective:
Situated in Garvanza, Calif., a sub-district of Highland Park; Qvole Collective was founded in 2011 by young music and arts enthusiasts Jorge Luis Avila and Veronica Ondine Thomas, whose goal is to supply folks with quality sounds and images that nurtures the soul, feeds the mind, and titillates the taste buds. Qvole Collective represents two music acts – Los Angeles’ Chicano Batman and Long Beach’s Wild Pack of Canaries – and two visual artists – Steve Diet Goedde and Rachel Roze. Facebook: www.facebook.com/qvolecollective .
* Photo Caption: View from the chicken coop during Joven Navegante video shoot.
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