GYPSYPOP RECORDS 31st release will feature none other than HOWLIN’ WHALE
RAT MUSIC VIDEO OUT JUNE 17th
IGrowing up in Massachusetts, her playground was the woods, thick trees and skunk cabbage steeped in swamps called “The Bubbling Bog.” Train tracks and a shooting range provided the soundtrack. Perennial gunfire infused her with mortal rhythms, while trains’ haunting rattles and moans sang of other worlds. Answering their call, she left her small town and traveled, determined to explore the mysteries of life and turn her adventures into music. While swimming in the ocean, a fateful encounter with whales set her compass forever seaward, enchanted by the music of dark waters. The bog, the woods, the train, wanderlust, and the sea are Howlin’ Whale’s roots, growing deep in her voice and howling through her harmonica.
Since 2011, Howlin’ Whale has been developing the harmonica style she calls “bog,” inspired by sounds of the wild world. Bog harmonica is a standout approach to the instrument that makes it bubble like a reggae organ, chop like a guitar, moan like a train, sing like the wind, and howl like a whale. Musically, bog harmonica comes from the heart of the blues, the beat of reggae, the mind of Hip Hop, and the guts of rock n roll.
In 2012, Whale made her recording debut on the band Sea At Last’s album Atlas (GYPSYPOP RECORDS), playing harmonica on their song “On My Time.” Together, they composed “Castle,” which Chris Douridas premiered on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. Next, Whale hosted the underground house concert series Made In Laurel Canyon, performing with Sea At Last as the house band. In 2015, Howlin’ Whale released her debut single “Run” on GYPSYPOP RECORDS, co-produced with renowned Kush Audio wizard Gregory Scott aka UBK. She has since performed variously on harmonica, vocals, and keys with the groups Sea At Last, Taylor Quinn, Kavika G and the Kosmic Geckos, and Rising Son. She is also a founding member of the band Havin’ A Good Time. Howlin' Whale’s debut EP Breach is set for release in 2019. 2019 also marks the launch of her live band, with musicians Fire Mist, Taylor Quinn, Kavika G, M.Cat Spoony, and Tyler Hammond.
A lifelong student of music and its history, Whale celebrates the power of music to uplift people even as we endure great pain. Blues, reggae, and Hip Hop are three of the world's most profound testaments to this power of music, and they are Whale's venerated and beloved inspirations.* Harmonica played in Howlin’ Whale’s bog style is a dive into uncharted waters for the instrument, exploring its resonant reach and sonic textures to new depths beyond the traditional blues sound. A woman of many hats, Howlin' Whale's rich voice, intense love affair with harmonica, and gripping tales of adventure feed her music with equal parts ferocity, integrity, and joy. The purpose of the music is to uplift and to dance.
First Annual Gypsy Wedding Festival!
It's a music and cultural arts event-festival-wedding, based on bringing Gypsy Romani cultures together!
It's organized by Musical Connections nonprofit based out of Austin Texas, enthusiasts of Gypsy music along with musicians that are from Gypsy ethnicity, along with dance performers from all over the world and local artists that keeping the live music alive.
Festival visitors will witness unique Gypsy - Romani traditional wedding ceremonies and learn about traditional gypsy music, and dance.
Check out our workshops!
Workshop on how to make traditional gypsy food- Paprikash,
Musicians! Play gypsy music on the small stage there will be challenge contest sign up- how much "gypsy" can you play!
Workshop on how to gypsy dance, steps in the gypsy dance, learn about traditional gypsy wear.
Experience the taste of authentic and local foods check out art vendors!
We invite you to be a part of our celebration and witness firsthand the joy and cultural unity behind our First Annual Gypsy Wedding Festival, the event that we believe is unique to Austin area and to a state of Texas.
Marya Stark "Crossroads" music video is out!
Track | CROSSROADS
Artist | MARYA STARK
Album | THE GARDEN
Label | GYPSYPOP RECORDS
Director / DP | FIRE MIST
2nd Camera OP | TESSA SHIELDS
Storyboards | TORY ELENA
Production | GYPSYPOP RECORDS
Visual Effects | SEE HANG
Art Directors | MARYA STARK, NEENA MOON, TRAVIS PUNTARELLI
Lighting Technicians | BENJAMIN PITZER JACOBS, WORD SMITH, GOLD E HARMON
Props Master | ASH ASHU
Hair Stylist | RAIN AZURE
Make-up Artists | CARLOS LOPEZ, ILIANA CHAVEZ
Rune Painter | LISA FLORA
Stills Photographer | LOGAN NORTON
Horse Trainer | ANNE HOWARD
Production Assistant/s | TANGELINA, RA.BE
Kraft Services | KAIJA RUNA, WORD SMITH, LISA MARIE
Artist | MARYA STARK
Talent | TRAVIS PUNTARELLI
String Triad | JOEY CHANG, CHRIS LYNCH, ALEXIS HAWKS
Spirits | CARMEN GUTIERREZ, NEENA MOON, HEATHER LEE, HALEY DAWN
Special Thanks : FA JUN, TUBBY LOVE, MAYA EVE, BRANDON BROWN for Cabin Location and WOLVES,
AMERICAN SPORTHORSE in Watsonville CA.
Ling Qi Dao Center in santa Cruz
"Black & White Horses" music video from Hopscotch (a.k.a. Rae Okino)
Music video directed by Fire Mist of GYPSYPOP RECORDS
Track | BLACK AND WHITE HORSES
Artist | HOPSCOTCH
Album | ARCHER EP & REMIXES
Director/DP | FIRE MIST
2nd Camera OP | JOHANN WOLF (spacemonkeycreative)
3rd Camera OP | HOWLIN WHALE
Lighting Assistants | IAN KENNEDY, MARK JURKIEWICZ
FX Supervisor | SEE HANG
Storyboards & FX Props | TORY ELENA
Stylist | RAVEN OLAY
Colorist | FIRE MIST
Production | ELEVATE & GYPSYPOP RECORDS
Make-Up Artist | ASHLEY JOY BECK
Hair Person | J MICHAEL
PA #1 | MARK JURKIEWICZ
Kraft Services | GREGORY KALERGIS
Horse Trainers | LINDA & SUSAN
Horses | Tiggy & Happy
Talent | HOPSCOTCH (ANGELA LABAW )
Dancer | JAQUELINE ROH
Dancer | JAQ SCHMITZ
SPECIAL THANKS |
ELEVATE, FRIENDS, FAMILY, FANS, OSO RANCH, GYPSYPOP RECORDS, DISCOUNT DRAGON , THIS DREAM-TEAM CREW
RELEECE - for production of song
RENA JONES - for Cello and Violin on song
CHRISTOPHER NORMAN - for mixing song
MIKEL GIFFIN - mastering song
Written by: Hopscotch
Produced by: Releece & Hopscotch
Cello & Violin & Viola by: Rena Jones
Mixed by: Christopher Norman, www.misternorman.com
Mastered by: Mikel Giffin, www.mgworldaudio.com
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