Saturday, September 20, 2014

Respect My Odyssey


Ladies, gentlemen and everything else, I present to you the first single from my upcoming album "The Earth Man's Curse"! I was going to wait until Tuesday the 23rd to release it, because that would've been when it would be available on iTunes via my digital distributor, but honestly I just can't wait, the joys of being an independent artist. The song features vocals from my good friend Benn Grim (who started an amazing food blog called Benn Breaks Bread) and it's called "Respect My Odyssey", it's available on my Bandcamp page and available on iTunes in just a few days (probably more like a week with the way things work). It can be as free of a download as you want it to be. In other words, you can pay for it if you want but you can also just get it for free. That beats iTunes, but it will still be available on there shortly. Radio DJ's and bloggers, if you need special versions (clean, instrumental) of "Respect My Odyssey", hit the Bandcamp page and download it for free or email promo@chumzilla.com and I'll hook you up.

Anyway, I'm very excited to present this song to everybody because it's from an album I've been working on for a very long time and I'm very proud of it. "The Earth Man's Curse" is somewhat of a departure of everything I've done in the past musically. The album features song arrangements, and I really mean arrangements, that aren't like anything I've ever worked on. The whole verse, hook, verse, hook format of hip-hop is completely thrown out the window. Tempo changes, time signature changes, mad other shit in just one song. This version of "Respect My Odyssey" IS NOT on the album. This is the short version of it, to give you an idea of where I went with this album. There's some instrumental tracks and some vocals on some songs provided by Blacastan, Has-Lo, Benn Grim, Grimace, elsphinx, Erik Lamb, S.O.T. and Roz Raskin of Roz and The Rice Cakes. I'm currently waiting on artwork from the amazing kiki71 and the album is currently in the mastering stages as I type this. I'm shooting for the first half 2015 for a release. The video for "Respect My Odyssey" is being developed right now as well and will begin shooting soon. If any DJ's want to add this to your radio shows, please contact me by clicking the booking link in the right corner of this page and I'll hook you up with whatever you need. Cheers, enjoy and thanks for the support.
Friday, September 12, 2014

Rock the Coast


I'll be holding down the DJ duties Saturday night, the 13th of September, for a show featuring some good friends of mine at The Oasis Pub in New London, CT. Here's all the info (you can also click on the flyer above for the Facebook event page):

Rap dudes rapping:
Milo, Erik Lamb, Old Self, Skobie Won, Meech and Stryfe.

My homies Camacho and Poe Swayzie are appearing as well.
Friday, September 5, 2014

IAM Fest 8


So one of my most infamous live performances of my career happened four years at IAM Fest right on the pier in New London, CT. I performed my 2010 "Stoopid Animals" album in it's entirety. Swear words, pelvic thrusts and ignorance commentary included. I got into a lot of hot water for it and as far as I know, I'm not allowed to have a microphone at any outside event in New London for as long as I live. However, it was a classic moment and I captivated the majority of the festival goers. They had a good time. In fact, the videos of this performance are in the "videos" section right here on this page. Also, "Stoopid Animals" is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and where ever else you can digitally obtain music.

Here's why I'm posting about IAM Fest though: I'm back on the bill for this years installment. This will be my third time appearing at Connecticut's biggest music festival. So many great bands come from everywhere to perform in New London and it's an amazing place to discover new bands or experience bands you like for FREE. Yes, it's free all day long (12pm until 2am, that's a long ass time).

I'm closing out the entire festival at The Oasis Pub with a killer dance party, and that's still free. I'm also the only DJ on the bill (whoa!). If I don't forget, I'm recording this set, because there's no way it's not going to be nuts.

It starts on Saturday, September 5th at noon and takes place on five stages. For more information, hit the flyer above or the little tiny flyer to the right.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sailfest Saturday Night: The Redux


So last weekend was Sailfest in New London, CT and I was booked for a dance party Saturday night at The Oasis Pub, which is essentially my local residence. About two blocks down a fight breaks out at another bar (which usually happens on any given night at that establishment) then a fight breaks out at the bar next door. While everyone is having a great time dancing away and definitely not fighting, the cops decided it's time to shut down all of Downtown New London...not even an hour into my DJ set. Rad. New London Party Defecaters.

After my good friend Sean gave the announcement of what happened, I dropped the classic Eazy-E line "fuck the police and a 502" and the crowd went crazy. In that announcement we decided we would make it up to everyone the following weekend, and this is what it is, The Redux. I plan on recording this set to add to my neglected live mix series Agoraphobia. If you're in the area click the flyer above for details or just CLICK HERE.
Thursday, July 10, 2014

SailFest 2014

Anyone in Connecticut and even the southern area of Rhode Island are familiar with SailFest, at least I think so. It's an annual event that takes place the second weekend of July in the downtown waterfront district of New London, CT where a lot of the local establishments throw events. Bank Street and State Street are closed off and are lined with street vendors. Lots of street food, and if you follow my social networking accounts, you know I'm all about that. I'm really excited for the gyros again. Here's a map of downtown New London showing where everything is happening:
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Most of the art galleries will be having art shows showcasing some of our local artists while all of he downtown music venues will be showcasing local bands. Here's where my involvement comes in. Now, I haven't been booked for a SailFest in at least five years. This year I'm booked this Friday and Saturday nights for the festivities. Friday night I'm DJing the SailFest Friday Rap Extravaganza with my good friends Joey Batts & Them, NME the Illest, Camacho, Erik Lamb, Skobie Won, The 17th and Stryfe. Saturday night I'm DJing at The Oasis Pub (clearly my home base for DJing in New London) for their SailFest 2014 Weekend which kicks off tonight (Thursday) with my friend DJ Charlie Chaplin. Saturday The Fly Ones (Camacho, Louie Rock and Danj) celebrate the release of their EP followed by The Hempsteadys (aka the Wu-Tang of Ska) then we're ending the night with a classic dance party by yours truly. Sort of considering the idea of recording this one, because it should be pretty off the wall. If you're in the area, come on down.
Saturday, June 14, 2014

Who is Your Daddy, and What Does He Do?

Well, yeah. Where have I been? This has been a strange and busy year for me. Ups, downs, ins and outs, just like everyone else. But busy none the less. I've been hard at work finishing up and album I've been working on called "The Earthman's Curse". I've posted a brief preview or two on my Instagram. It's nearing completion and right now I'm trying to get the artwork squared away. This album is some what of a departure from what I'm known for and anything else I've done in the past. It's definitely no "Stoopid Animals" by a long shot and I consider my first real, serious album. I plan on releasing the first single and video within the next couple months. I'm not going to shoot myself in the foot and throw a release date out there, but I'm very excited to present this album to everyone. A lot of work has gone into "The Earthman's Curse". This project is nothing like anything else I've ever done. If you've followed my production work, I think it's a natural progression from what I've already done.

Other than this album, I've been DJing my face off and winning awards for it. On June 7, 2014 I won "Best DJ" in the 5th Annual Whalie Awards. It's like the Grammy Awards celebrating the vibrant diverse music scene in my hometown of New London, CT. This is my third Whalie Award for DJing (2010, 2013, 2014) and my fourth overall (Best Electronic Dance Song in 2012). Just days later on June 10th I won my first Connecticut Music Award for "Best DJ". So I'm pretty damn excited to have won both awards this year and forever thankful to everyone who voted. I can't appreciate everyone enough for the support. I've been at this since 1996 and it feels amazing to get some recognition for the work I've put in over the years. Click HERE for a brief (though underwhelming in my opinion) write up about The Whalie Awards in The Day, New London's local newspaper. Now, click HERE for a fantastic write up on the Connecticut Music Awards from The Hartford Courant/CTnow.

I've had my hands full with quite a few other things as well. At the end of February I moved my recording studio to an amazing new location. If you follow me on Instagram you've seen the pictures and a few videos I've posted of the place. I've partnered in the studio space with my good friends Apathy, N.M.E. the Illest and Skobie Won. We named it The Danger Room and it's the new headquarters for everything I do and where all of my projects will be worked on. Speaking of upcoming projects, I've been working on the Apathy and Celph Titled album "Will Sing For Vengeance" which I'm handling the majority of the production for. I've wrapped up production work for Motive's debut album "DNA: Dopest Nigga Alive". I also have production and projects in the works with friends Erik Lamb, Grizzyly Grimace, Ben Grimm, Poison Pen and others.

This is a novel here...jeez. I'm closing this out with the announcement of a new live video podcast which will air every Sunday night from 6pm-8pm eastern time right here on this website via Chum Tee Vee. After time, it's going to evolve not only into a live mix show, but it will also have produced segments as well. After the show is aired, it will be archived on my Chum Tee Vee channel and there will an audio version available for download and subscription on my podcast channel as well. The audio version will be without the produced segments and be strictly music, unless there's a good interview in there somewhere. There will also be more content on this site coming in the next few weeks. Some of the usual stuff like downloads and mixes. Speaking of mixes and what not, I have open dates for the rest of the summer, hit the Shows and Contacts section or just click the turntable thing in the corner to book me to DJ in your area. Join that mailing list too so I don't have to do winded updates like this anymore haha. There might be some goodies in those email blasts too. Also, there will be some merchandise coming soon that can be purchased from here as well. So yeah, sorry for the long read everyone, but I figured I'd update everyone as much as I could.

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As a world renknown and revered producer/DJ, Chum has made quite a name for himself through out the years. Known primarily for his production work on various independent hip-hop releases since 1999, he's development an ever increasing amount of followers and fans. However, in his hometown of New London, CT he's more known for his take no prisoners, shoot first ask questions last, relentless and agressive style of DJing. Unlike a lot of DJ's and producers of today, Chum's road to his current level acclaim didn't come as easy, or fast.