After almost a year we return to produce 2 more shows of the 40 Oz Saga. The team lead by Ron Hygh and Sean Jennings AKA the Diceman of the group the Legion reassemble back in Seattle with the crew at Mob Studios.
After reflecting on the first 2 pilot issues ( which you can view on my earlier bog post). We was able to see where we can improve on the past episodes.
This is a collective effort where everyone from the studio, production, the band the hosts and myself sat in meetings planning and discussing how we can tweak the show.
My role again is the final editor, we concluded in future that I should also take on a onsite directorial role.
Although Ron is a New Yorker he has relocated and is very connected within the Seattle Scene. This Episode I was introduced to Anthony Danza, a very successful artist in that city and area.
On the postproduction I have access to Mob Studios Server where I had to download 509 GB of content for the 2 episodes. After 80 hours downloading the files It spent a further 41 hours editing. Please bear in mind I’m working on a 2013 Imac.
I see lots of potential with the show. The studio and environment created by the team at Mob is everyones dream space going into something like this. The band are very very good. They work with the artist s very hard to deliver and interpret their sound. We are in a very good position. I have expressed my concerns and see where on the editing side they do need to invest in a new machine for me just so I can edit with out seeing smoke coming out the side of my computer. Joking aside really to put 509GB through a machine at one time requires a lot of power.
Photograph taken by local Photographer Tom Humphries. I was able to sit with him after fellow photographer Stuart Myers mentioned to me that Tom wanted to take my picture.
Im really quite fussy when it comes to having my picture taken. I know I got an eye for images and feel and play the role of Art Direction and in this case I didn’t have control which takes me out of my comfort zone.
He took a few pictures, but personally this is my favourite. To this date if I can leave with one image this is it. I’m sincerely passionate about what I do and how I’m taken. For fist time I seen the tole on my face for the many many years of hard work I’ve been putting into this culture. Thanks Tom you gave me and my family something to really appreciate, one day I wont be here.
The 40 OZ Saga is the brain child of both Ron Hygh and Diceman Sean Jennings of the Legion.
Both of them hailing from the Bronx NYC came together after a great opportunity came about whilst Ron had been recording some sessions at this Studio located in Seattle. Mob Studios is this incredible unit, laid out to accommodate recording artists, filmmakers and events. The team at the studio are highly skilled and carry a wealth of experience within the Media and music field.
Sean had spoken to me a few times regarding this idea that had been presented to him by Ron and that he would like to introduce me to him to listen to his idea and possibly add on. Brainstorming together to help create a plan in turning his idea into a reality.
Ron had everyone at the studio on board. What did we discuss? I asked what is their vision? Who is your target audience? What resources are available? How do we invision the interviews going? Where can we take the show? How can we be different?
What can I bring to the table?. Firstly as an editor, I can put the show together and edit it. Even though I live in the UK and the show is filmed in Seattle can we find a solution where I can work and complete and present a show in good time.
Also we talked about the direction and having a clear plan. After a few meetings with Ron and Sean the next meetings were with the team at Mob.
Prior to the meeting, they made themselves very aware of my work and abilities and together we discussed how I could access the footage. Which proved to be simple as they gave me access to their server. We discussed the shots, camera angles and the spaces to be used within their studio.
This is a completely new venture for everyone involved. The skills and abilities the tools the talent are all there, but we are not under any illusion that this will take time. It is not easy to be in front of the camera. To conduct an interview and get the best out of somebody is not something simple.
What is show – 40 0z Saga is a show aimed at black and wider audience dealing with grown men issues. Ron himself is very invested in a healthy lifestyle. As a chef, he has his own business and cares enough about men’s health that he wanted to put this programme together. He has a history with Sean from their younger years in the golden era days of Hip Hop. Ron was ne responsible for many of the designs of the well known Troop Brand in his youth. Sean had a record deal with his group The Legion releasing a record considered a classic Jingle Jangle.
Last year they filmed two episodes, which I edited. Looking back we held these shows back, using them to reflect on how we can make the show better. Since then we filmed two new episodes which will be released soon.
I see lots of potential here. What separates them from the many other black media outlets is the production values which makes the 40 OZ Saga stand out for me. With the house band the studio, the team that originally was set out to be a zoom type platform podcast is what you see above. This is more than a conversation or podcast, this is a Saturday night show. Performances by the very talented house band, Sean and guests.
It is important to remember that there has been no outside investment from anywhere this is a production made by a few people that thought it was a good idea and that it was important to them to make it.
If you are in the UK and looking to produce an upscale show, and are looking for direction or editor feel free to contact me. As the call me in the States ‘The Wizard’
Mickey has been a long time supporter and collaborator with me and the team at KOTB. I was and still am a huge fan of the second Main Source LP, F What you think. The Album featured the Legendary Queens M.C. Former Sleeping Bag artist who recorded with the Engineering and Producer giant that was Paul C (RIP). Along side their DJ Johnny Quest they released a line of hit singles including ‘My Telephone’ and ‘Comin in the House’.
Back in 2008 on a trip to NYC I met up with Mikey to film him for the project that I later released as ‘Memories of Paul C McKasty’. A year later he was on a plane here to the UK after I was able to bring him over to the UK with the help of Kev De Kosta and the Brighton Hip Hop festival.
Over the years regularly we communicate, as friends and fellow artists, we help each other obtain and achieve our goals.
Mikey recently has ventured into building his brand Pass the Torch where his aim is to bridge the gap between generations of artists and creativity. Slowly creating a community where together we can all learn from each other’s experiences and ideas.
He has been putting the spotlight on artists that came before him that most of us may not of heard about. People, who influenced, guided him throughout his career.
If you are interested in hearing about the man and the conversations he has with the many guests Mikey features on his show Follow his Channel.
I got to join Mikey for one of his live feeds as a guest. It was a good experience.