Newly designed Webstore Up and Running!

Webstore

Visually, it was time. On the administrative side, it was a bit overdue. I decided to go ahead and give my webstore a nice upgrade this week. With the T-shirts being restocked last week, it seemed like a perfect time to go ahead and redo the entire spot. It felt good to have some help from a few of my listeners/fans too… Y’all are definitely making the site look great!! Feel free to take a look through and add to your collection. As always… All orders are filled personally by ME.

AND if you are wondering how to become part of the store… Send a picture of yourself posing with any album or T-shirt of mine that you have (one product per picture) to C3V5Music (at) gmail (dot) com

(Albums include: ManMade, SunStorm, Overdue Process, Freelance, Passion & Definition, Elevation Music, A Canvas for the Adoration of Music, Today’s Ascension, Actual Fiction & Ablyss)

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‘Undeniable’ Live with Zo! …presented by “The Experience” (Live Interview + Mini Performance) in Chicago, IL – January 17, 2015

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‘Undeniable’ Live With Zo!
presented by The Experience
(Live Interview with Dedry Jones + Mini Performance)

Zo!
featuring Carmen Rodgers

Saturday, January 17, 2015 – Chicago, IL
The Logan Center For The Arts
915 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL | (773) 702-ARTS
Doors: 6:30p | All Ages
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The ManMade Tour hits Durham for New Year’s Eve!!

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ManMade Tour returns to Durham, NC for NYE!

Zo!
featuring Carmen Rodgers
with
Surprise Special Guests

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 – Durham, NC
(ManMade Tour)

Hayti Heritage
804 Old Fayetteville St, Durham, NC 27701 | (919) 683-1709
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Visuals from the Zo! featuring Carmen Rodgers at the 2nd Annual Pink Alive Concert for Breast Cancer Awareness in NYC – (10.28.14)

Visuals from…

Zo!
featuring Carmen Rodgers
at Joe’s Pub in New York City, NY
October 28, 2014

Personnel:
Zo! – Grand Pie-Anna
Carmen Rodgers – Lead Saingin’
Eric Roberson – Guest Saingin’ on “We Are On The Move”
Zach Cutler – Gee-tar
Dennis Turner – The 6-string Low End Theory
Jon Laine – Skins

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Black Dynamite Season 2 …Jams.

With the first three episodes of Black Dynamite Season 2 in the bag, there has been some talk about the parody work that we have done for the show. Music Supervisor Fatin “10” Horton decided to go ahead and post the full versions of some of the songs that have been featured so far (not including the various background music that I’ve also played throughout). Listen, share, download, laugh and enjoy them all…

All Instruments by Zo!
Vocals by Phonte
Mixed/Mastered by Chris Boerner
Music Supervisor Fatin “10” Horton

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From Episode One: “Roots: The White Album”
(Premiered October 18, 2014)

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From Episode Two: “Black Jaws”
(Premiered October 25, 2014)

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From Episode Three: “Mean Queens Of Holloween”
(Premiered November 1, 2014)

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From Episode Four: “How Honeybee Got Her Groove Back”
(Premiered November 8, 2014)

B2gqpUuCQAAwEo-From Episode Five: “Sweet Bill’s Badass Singalong Song”
(Premiered November 15, 2014)

Interview With ‘Black Dynamite’ Music Supervisor, Fatin Horton

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Why The Music On “Black Dynamite” Sounds So Good…And Familiar

Source: WatchLoud.com
Author: Jerry Barrow

Fatin “10” Horton, Music Director for “Black Dynamite” the animated series, tells WatchLOUD how he freaks the Funk

I serve as the Music Supervisor, Composer, and Editor for the show. I’m responsible for scoring and picking all cues and their placement, editing them to fit the scene in time and action, and composing anything original we do for the show. Carl (Jones) and I have actually known each other for years, with both of us being from North Carolina, and we worked together on Season Two of “The Boondocks.” He’s always supported me, followed and been a fan of my work, even before we got to work together. He and my other good brother LeSean Thomas were the two that lobbied Aaron (McGruder) to have me as a part of the Boondocks and get my foot in the television door. Gotta shout him out because the creative weight that he lifts on the show is huge.

Apart from his show runner duties, he also does a lot of voiceover in the show. He did both of the voices in the community town meeting;the one for slavery and the one against. Not only that, he took a gamble on giving me such a huge role and responsibility in a show that has so much music. I’m eternally grateful for his vote of confidence and his creative vision/leadership.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

Black Dynamite – Season 2 Premieres tonight @ 10:30p ET/PT ….and I made music for it.

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Back in November 2011, while on the road with The Foreign Exchange, we were in Nashville and I was sitting in one of the vans waiting to drive some of the crew to the venue for our show at BB King’s that night. I received a call from a friend of mine who I consider family, Fatin Horton. He reached out to me to see if I had the time and would be interested in playing/recording music for the new, upcoming season of Black Dynamite – The Animated Series……. As a huge fan of the movie already (and later the first season of the animated series), I probably looked at my phone with an expression similar to Russell Westbrook

HELL YEAH I was interested!!

Now of course, this wouldn’t be music that you would find on any of my releases… For example, you’re not gonna hear “Count To Five” during a fight scene between Black Dynamite and some sinister villain where they try to kill each other. We were set to work on all new compositions that fit the show’s theme – 70’s Black films. Once again, as a fan of all of those movies whether they were good, terrible, or good and terrible, the idea of making that type of music while putting my own spin on it only sweetened the deal. I knew that creating the music would be challenging… not because I would be playing all of the instruments on it, but because once we started working on pieces that were to be scene-specific to the episodes I knew I was gonna be kept on my toes… and I WAS. I have always been the first one to admit that guitar is my weakest instrument, but after working on this batch of music, I have become a lot more confident in my guitar playing as the majority of the work required heavy amounts of the instrument – Chords, lines, rhythm, wah-wah, etc. Come to think of it, working on Black Dynamite music is quietly what inspired me to do “Show Me The Way” from the ManMade album.

When Fatin and I first got together in the studio back in June of 2012, we set up what was to become a series of “studio marathons.” The plan = Basically, he would come up to the studio to create for three days straight. Typically from about 10a – 6p and again from 9p until. The first time around we knocked out about 7 “cues” or 30-90 second pieces to be used within an episode as background music to set or emphasize a mood or current theme. The second time we got up we finished 13 cues, almost double the total from the first studio session. To me, that was a clear cut sign that a working groove had been established. The first couple of sessions were dope because I was told to work strictly off of inspiration. Fatin would set up shop in the studio, pull out old records, chop um up and say something like, “I need it to match this mood of this record…,” “Make the organ a little darker…” or, “Add a higher octave string line to this part…” It was crazy to be creating “70’s Black film” pieces in 2012/2013, but I felt honored because hell, in a lot of those movies the MUSIC was the highlight and played just as large of a role as the film’s leading actor. So the pride I took in the work was through the roof.

Now, the reality of it all didn’t really hit me until I started hearing drafts of some of the show’s cast singing over my music. To hear Tommy Davidson and Kym Whitley do their thing on some stuff I had just sent in was kinda bugged out and a nice “WELP, this is real” moment for me, to say the least. Then, once we got really heavy into episode and scene-specific music, that’s when my brother Phonte came in crushing the vocal work. Guitarist/engineer and The Hot @ Nights member, Chris Boerner would receive the final products for mixing and mastering purposes…. 150+ cues and eight episodes later, we have our contribution to Black Dynamite, Season 2. And I know that I have been telling a few of you about this for over two years now… Well, today is the day!!! You can catch the show tonight at 10:30p ET/PT. I’ll actually be live tweeting and pointing out my contributions because… 1. I’m hyped as shit about it, 2. This is a first for me, and 3. See #1.

Tonight…
Black Dynamite – Season Two
premieres on Adult Swim @ 10:30p ET/PT