Monday, August 11, 2014

IN MY CRATEBOX: THE DO



I have recently discovered and fell in love with a band.  They are called 'The Do' and they have managed to seduce my auditory senses beyond comprehension.  Dan Levy, a french composer and producer and Olivia Merilahti, a Finnish/French musician are music magic.  I first stumbled upon a 2010 video of theirs on youtube.  I was hypnotized by the dark and tribal visual along with Merilahti's raw and sultry vocals.




Then I kept digging and found one of their newest songs, 'Miracles' (Back In Time)

The duo blew my socks off and I'm ready for more. Like what you hear? Listen for more 'The Do' HERE.


IT'S OK TO HIT THE PAUSE BUTTON! GRAB A MIMOSA! RELAX PLEASE


So you want to take over the world? You feel invincible, you are ambitious, driven, hungry, a worrier warrior, a dreamer doer , on your best day you'll give Batman or Wonder Woman a run for their money, you are a tenacious creature ready to conquer, but what happens when life kicks your ass and reminds you that you my friend, are also HUMAN!? The correct answer would be, "FIGHT BACK!" But I have come to tell you that fighting back is not always the way! I know that you are a hardcore, mega strong person that refuses to give in, trust me, I am too, however in these past weeks I had a moment of enlightenment and I want to share it with you!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BEHIND THE SCENES @ HERO THE BAND'S "FOOL'S GOLD" MUSIC VIDEO



Photos by Brent D. Gates for Offtharecord

LOCATION: Golden Glide Skating Rink | Decatur, GA
YEAR: 1975 (Actually 2014)
WHO: HERO THE BAND FT. A BUNCH OF CRAZY, CREATIVE REVOLUTIONARIES!!
MISSION:  "Fool's Gold" Video Shoot
VIDEOGRAPHER: Jake Heart


If you keep up with my blog posts or watch my show, "The SamOffThaRecord Experience", than you should know who my pals, "Hero The Band" are.  If you don't, then first of all, shame on you, but no worries catch up with the episodes featuring them HERE  & HERE.

Not only are Hero The Band rockstars, but also curators of Atlanta music events such as Atlanta Rock Of Ages.  These Heroes are also known to kill stages not only at Atlanta concerts but recently in California as well.  It has been quite a privilege to see these guys grow in the manner that they have and it's amazing to be a part of any event that they put together.  It's always an EXPERIENCE!  Yesterday was no exception, Hero The Band struck again!

Monday, July 21, 2014

HEY LOOK!! IT'S MY REEL!!!



Hello!!!!!!!

So, I finally got around to putting my correspondent/host reel together from 2013-2014!It's been a wild, exciting ride. I am so excited to accomplish so much more in the next coming months! There's work to be done and adventures to be seeked!! Here it is!!

LIVE.CREATE.INSPIRE!!


Friday, July 18, 2014

A BOOK FOR KICK-ASS GIRLS!!! #GIRLBOSS


"It is she who listens to the rest of the world who fails, and it is she who has enough confidence to define success and failure for herself who succeeds." -Sophia Amoruso #Girlboss

Sophia Amoruso is a 29 year old CEO of a $240 million business with a fifty-thousand-square foot office in LA, a distribution and fulfillment center in Kentucky, with three hundred and fifty employees.  The girl also curses like a sailor and wrote a book titled "#GIRLBOSS" which is nicely packaged in a pale pink cover with an image of her in a sexy, classy deep V neck black dress with her hands on her hips. For all of the reasons mentioned above #GIRLBOSS  has been my summer read.  Why the hell wouldn't I want to know what this gal has to say?

If you don't know by now, I'm a rebel.  I am hard headed and I don't know how to learn any other way than by experience.  I am the CEO of my own company, and for the last couple of years I have fucked up plenty of times in the process of building, however,  I have learned and grown a whole lot from my failures as well as my victories.  This is why I found Sophia Amoruso's book refreshing.   #GIRLBOSS is not a "how to become successful" manual or a "how to get rich quick" book, so if that's what you're expecting don't buy it! However, if you are a tough, hard headed gal who is passionate and determined to build your own company, your own business, and ready to get your hands dirty in the process than this will truly inspire you!!!

Amoruso shares her unorthodox journey to success, from a hitchhiking, thieving, dumpster diving, directionless teen who even in her early twenties was broke and working mediocre day jobs to get by to becoming a #GIRLBOSS of one of the fastest growing online retailers, Nasty Gal!

Reading #GIRLBOSS inspired me to keep believing in my vision and my gut regardless of the naysayers.  It inspired me to keep on traveling down the road less traveled, and to keep on digging my nails in the dirt while building my company.  It taught me that there is no one way to success and that if you just stay true to you and work your ass off, the right opportunities will come about.   In summary live by Sophia Amoruso's advice:

"A #GIRLBOSS takes her life seriously without taking herself too seriously.  She takes chances and takes responsibility  on her own terms.  She knows when to throw punches and when to roll with them.  When to button up and when to let her freak flag fly."

If you're a kick ass girl hurry up and get your copy and keep on trucking!!!!


 


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

OFFTHARECORD CHATS- WHAT THE F**K IS LOVE?


"The handling of the heart's a very delicate art cause it's paper thin." -Jay Electronica (Eternal Sunshine)

Love, loove, looove! It seems that everywhere I turn and out of 80% of the convos my girlfriends want to have, the topic is always 'love'.  Whether it's an urgency to find the love of their life, dealing with 'bae' (I hate that word) drama, or crying their eyes out after dealing with heartbreak 'love' takes priority! Love seems to have a hold on us.  Now I'm quite aware that love strikes all of us at one point or another, trust me I've been there before!  However, as the years have passed my perspective has changed.  It has shifted to the point to where my friends don't dare ask for my advice because they know my response will most likely be, "Fuck it, life goes on" "Shit happens" "Love your damn self," or "Don't hide how you feel, tell him/her they fucking hurt your feelings and you're gonna kick him/her in the gut or balls!"  I am however an advocate of freedom of choice.  Choose how you want to feel, choose to be in love, choose to believe in love in the form that you choose to.  We all have different perspectives of life and that's what makes this world beautiful, what a boring world it would be if we were all the same!

Friday, June 27, 2014

COLOR FUN FEST 5K RECAP



 It was something as fascinating as colorful rain pouring from the sky!! Except it wasn't rain, but there was clouds and clouds of neon greens, electric yellows, hot pinks, and every color your happy mind can imagine. The energy was felt at high levels as hundreds of lively runners gathered to participate in the coolest 5k in the world, 'The Color Fun Fest 5k'.  Luckily we had the honor to experience this exciting event thanks to our Color Fun Fest friends!! This epic color run took place May 31, 2014 at Turner Field here in Atlanta.  The 7 pm run seemed a little slow since the weather hit us with a storm, but it didn't stop runners from showing up.  Eventually the rain let up and the 9pm  run turned out to be a success! The team and I had a blast! We danced along to the electric dance music the DJ was dishing out,  we ran, we got paint in the most random places, places a girl should never have paint in, but it was totally worth it!!  The hour I spent in the shower gave me ample time to reflect on how awesome of a time I had! Being a seeker of cool ways to work out I plan on making this a yearly experience.. The next Atlanta run is right around the corner in September so start gearing up to be in attendance and have one heck of a time and remember to LIVE-CREATE-INSPIRE!!

Stay informed about the 5k run here-----> COLOR FUN FEST