I've had the pleasure of working on the sound design team for Ricardo Gamboa, Reshmi Hazra Rustebakke, and Robert Stockwell's project "Brujos," a queer of color web series. The first season is a beast and worth your steaming. Check out Vice exclusive here. For additional updates, visit Brujos TV and OPEN TV - beta.
Social Music explores a history of Cognac within the cultural contexts of music and contemporary entertainment. First introduced to black soldiers by the French during the World Wars, Cognac has since been embedded in popular culture from the speakeasy to the club. The spirit has experienced a revival through celebrity branding endorsements, marketing an image of coolness with musicians like Miles Davis, among many others.
When the late great Miles Davis was asked about his contribution to popular music and the genre dubbed as “jazz,” he replied “I don’t like that word jazz...I think social music. Social melodies in the air.” Inspired by his resistance to genre categorization, Social Music expands on this notion of popular music in relation to club culture, spanning decades and generations of musicians.
VOX POP Playlist selections draw from social movements that grapple with the impact of colonization, the war on the poor, voting rights for the disenfranchised, the prison industry complex, identity pride, the struggle for freedom and sovereignty, and are juxtaposed with patriotic songs and historical speeches. The playlist is reflective of socio-political climates from the 60's to current day, featuring the likes of Angela Davis to Bomba Estereo.