Maria's Pick: Jamie xx's "Gosh"

We've had such an amazing time learning about new and innovative music videos through our monthly collaboration with Maria DicieanuSubmarine Channel author & former editor! We've been introduced to exciting and eye-opening offerings, including the interactive video for the late Jeff Buckley's cover of “Just Like a Woman” and last month's music video for “Be So Glad” by Jaimeo Brown Transcendence. This month Maria presents an awe-inspiring video from the young but already legendary music video director Romain Gavras. The artist? Jamie XX. The song? "Gosh". The outcome? Jaw-dropping. Check out Maria's breakdown of "Gosh" and why it was her July pick: "Whenever Romain Gavras directs, the 'world' (as in 'music video aficionados') seems to stand still and 'listen' (a.k.a 'check out the outcome'). And for good reason, as his latest futuristic and heavily CGI-ed masterpiece confirms. Jamie XX joins the ranks of 'the lucky few artists' to have a music video conceived by this French 'enfant terrible', thus mingling with the likes of M.I.A, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Justice, DJ Mehdi and The Last Shadow Puppets.  “Gosh” is just as haunting and mesmerizing as Born Free, Stress and No Church in the Wild. Showcasing a decadent dystopian Paris (while actually being filmed in China in front of a replica of the Eiffel Tower), the music video makes brilliant use of choreography managing to perfectly coordinate the dance of over 400 extras. The cinematography is nothing short of spectacular as well not only due to the very atmospheric look, but also thanks to the very elaborated shots going from ground level all the way up in the air. Even more, Gavras brilliantly mixes and mingles iconic elements from his previous works such as the car stunts from “Bad Girls”, the high buildings from “Stress” and protagonists having a very particular hair color like in “Born Free”. This prompts “Gosh” to not only be viewed and interpreted as an individual piece but also in relation to the directors' previous music videos. The self reflexivity highlights the unique phenomenon that Romain Gavras is in the music video environment, his specific directorial vision while ensuring that all his works are simply must sees!"  This is one video that'll having you saying "Gosh!" in the most positive of ways by the end. It might just even warrant a few replays! If you aren't familiar with Gavras' work, this is a great place to start. Enjoy the spectacle & see you next month!  

  About Maria: "Multimedia in Human Form. Media researcher. Journalist. Filmmaker. PR and Social Media Mind. Cinephille. TV Shows aficionado. Books Lover. Music Video guru and former curator of the project"  

Animator and creator TOMEK DUCKI lives in eastern Europe and works globally remotely. Here he is quizzed about his unique visual style: Q: Please briefly describe your childhood. Hm, let me see… I was born in a Polish-Hungarian family and I was raised in Budapest. For those who are not familiar with that: Polish and Hungarian language have as much in common as Finnish and Czech, or Estonian and Croatian = Nothing. Probably the most useful information, however, is that my father is a graphic designer and specializes in posters, and for the twist, he was raised in Warsaw.Read more:

With all the music and film content on the web, the real challenge is curating and presenting the content in a way that makes it simple and engaging for consumers of videos so they can get what they want (even if they didn't know that they wanted it). Well, I don't know about you, but a little "I gotta man" by Positive K, or "Everything About You" from Ugly Kid Joe, is just what I was looking to re-discover when I got turned on to the Nostalgia Machine. Great job by the creators/embedders of this site to figure out a simple way to organize youtube videos so we can all relive some great and awful tunes and music vids.

This month the music subway delivers us to Montreal to discover Secret Sun, whose Album just dropped on Tuesday (September 30th, 2014). The first track they released in April 2014, Cold Coast, gives us that happy, yet dark, feeling of an eighties soundtrack song mixed with some modern synths and lyrical composition...Yep! Check it out below. [soundcloud id='145760186' playerType='html5']

Secret Sun also released a music video for another track from their album, this one entitled Passing Cars. Safe to say we are excited for this budding Canadian group and their album to be released by BonSound.

We recommend you buy the album on ITunes or you can also follow them here on Facebook if you do that sort of thing.

This Month's Musical Artist in the Streetlight is Kosha Dillz. Kosha and I go back to the beginning of this century when he would dominate the freestyle circles in my dirty basement on Somerset St. at Rutgers University.  10 years later my dude is still freestyling, but no big deal, now he’s got Grammy award winning Macklemore beat-boxing for him.  When you have skills like Dillz, you eventually blow up.  It’s plain and simple.  Well, actually it's not that simple at all.  You actually can't blow up with just either need lightning bolt luck, or you need to work nonstop for years and never stop loving and believing in your own art.  Enter Kosha:

In Kosha Dillz (aka Rami to us New Brunswick kids back then), we all can find the true meaning of artist success on an Independent level.  I believe it was 2002 when Kosha left Rutgers and was on his way to Vegas/LA to realize his dreams of becoming a hip hop star.  He had just won a serious freestyle competition against some quality talent in NB.  Being one of two white kids in the battle, and surely the only Jewish white kid, Kosha wowed the crowd and embarrassed the competition with his wit and lyrical genius.  So talent was never the question, the man had talent.  But we all know it is not enough to have talent, it is what you do with the talent that really matters, and this is where Kosha worked his way to in his latest Vlog with Macklemore:

So before Kosha left, he basically told me he was "going to go make it happen".  Back then I wished him well, but didn't know that he would turn into a possessed touring maniac who I witnessed travel to every corner of the globe and turn over every stone in order to keep on working at the craft he loved.  He is a freestyle rapper, and that is what he was going to do no matter what anyone told him.  In the past 14 years I am sure he has had his ups and downs, but Kosha never quit.   Even with me personally, he would hit me up every once in a while to see if I had any movies that there might be some collaboration possibilities. It hasn't happened yet, but this is just one of the avenues he was constantly exploring over the last ten years to get his work out there and to keep himself rapping and living in his own freestyle manner.  I could always tell how excited he was about his work and about getting it out there, so much so that I am even in the early stages of developing an animated piece that probably will have a spot for Kosha.  Here is Kosha's newest music Video Release, which IndieStreet is digging on hard.

Passion is not only admirable, it's contagious.  If you glow when you do what you love, live and breath it, and keep pounding the street, then there WILL be others that will get behind you. In Kosha's case he has toured with Matisyahu and many other stars on his crazy journey toward Independent success, so I had to ask a few questions about how he did it:

JWEbb: As an independent rapper that has been doin it for over a decade, how have you been most successful in branding yourself and keeping true to what it is you do as an artist?

Kosha: I just think about continuously working hard and creating opportunity and staying true to my desire. I enjoy working and providing new experience for myself, so I am always trying to rap wherever I can. A blessing and curse at the same time. JWebb: After all of your globe trotting, what was your most memorable place to play and do you have any quick stories that stick out from the rest? Kosha: Well last night I slept in a car for the first time in...Paris. I recall the first time I slept in a car in Boise Idaho in 2008, and forgot to sleep with car on and heat. I woke up quite quickly..and freezing. JWebb: We noticed you have recently started you Vlog web series. What have you learned over the years about growing your audience and connecting with your fans through new forms of media. Kosha: I didn't realize that sometime sharing your passion for things no matter how small can really create a great opp for you. I was discovered on a vlog with nearly 500,000 hits now (Roman Atwood) and that drove me to do my 30 day 30 vlog challenge. I only did 20 but I have learned a lot. JWebb: What do you say to the people who think you are a more skilled freestyle artist than Eminem? Kosha: I appreciate the comment. I want to let you all know that having more skill doesn't mean anything. I guarantee some of the best filmmakers are horrible editors. Some of the best editors are so good they might not ever finish a project because it's not perfect. JWebb: Looking to open for or tour with Macklemore in the future? What is next for Kosha Dillz? Kosha: I think it'd be great to open for him in the future. I also think creating more content is key and that good content will be discovered. JWebb: Any final words of advice to other Indie artists who are hitting the streets to get their work out there? I would say you should go light on the drugs/drinking. Never stop learning and never stop listening. Give yourself a chance before you quit. Whenever I started to count myself out in the last hour, I pushed a little harder and something amazing happens which completely changes the game :) On Indie Street we are proud to present these two new videos from Kosha Dillz, his newest rap video "What's going on upstairs?" and his most recent vlog which includes the Maclemore freestyle session.  Kosha's style is a bit quirky and he may never be completely main stream, but aren't most Independent artists that are true to themselves a bit too unique or weird for mass media?  Kosha knew from day one that his style touched certain people, and he never looked back.   The idea of our new world is you can stick to your guns and create exactly what you want to.  Todays access and technology combined with an unforgiving will to succeed, an artist can find a large enough niche audience to make enough $ to keep them doing what they love.  And if that is not what you are in it for, than you are not an artist anyway.   In short if you are a filmmaker, musician, designer, or painter, with some serious pavement hitting you, like Kosha, can make it happen. Follow Kosha on Facebook or his Vlog on his youtube channel...