New group the Jordan Clan (Lionel “6’6 240” Jordan, and Eric “Monstalung” Jordan”) release music video “Leaving Remix” from upcoming EP “#jordanclan Neo Griots.
Neo Griots is a poem Norman Jordan (their father) wrote about them, you can get his book of poetry at https://www.amazon.com/Sing-Me-Different-Norman-Jordan/dp/0976743027
First off Happy Birthday to our Soundvizion brother Jathara, whose birthday was this past weekend (June 26), told ya #juneizsoundvizion. Jathara produced this track, and wrote the hook and concept for this song also. Since me and my brother (6’6 240) are HUGE Cleveland CAVS & Browns fan, this could of been our anthem for the NBA playoffs. It was extremely cold shooting this video, this video was supposed to have a second part too it featuring the song “WV Clap”, we shot the footage, but the guy who shot and edited the video never finished it. This was off the “Handwork & Dedication” album from 6’6 240, which was our first retail distribution deal with FYI record stores in WV, this release was some of Soundvizions best work, and sadly, 6’6 240’s last project for us. In hindsight, we were just getting started, but this is when we hit the independent wall, after 10 years of doing music, but not reaching our objectives, it took a toll on us, that we never really recovered from. I’m hoping my team get their second wind, I know I have, because we make great music together, and whats better than making something great with your friends? -by Monstalung.
First time I heard Willz P was when he was recording with Marcus D’tray, and his voice was so soulful, i knew I had some hooks for him to do. Once we started working together we saw we had chemistry on sparking ideas for songs, and ever since, we have been trying to master the art of songwriting. Never knew our relationship outside of music would go in the direction it has, with out a doubt Willie is one of my few best friends. We have been through a lot together, good and bad, and I’m grateful for someone like Willie Pruitt in my life. This is one of those rare times, where the art brought something bigger than music, dont get me wrong, we make great music, but the friendship is way bigger. I chose this video because I think your able to hear what I heard that first day I heard his voice.-by Monstalung
6’6 240 got booked for a show at Fairmont State college with Trina and Bubba Sparxxx, we were openers, and like we always do we brought a bunch of CDs and business cards to pass around backstage. We saw Bubba and his crew checking us out when we performed, so I knew I had to get them a CD, and I did. Bubba was extremely cool, said he liked the show, and would check out the CD.
Jump up to 4 months later, I get a call from a Georgia area code ( I know the area code because I use to live in Atlanta, and my brother Gandhi lives there still). I did not believe it was Bubba at first, but to make a long story short, he said he had been pumping the CD while on tour, and he wanted us to come down to Atlanta and vibe out.
Me and my brother (6’6 240) met at the Cheesecake Factory in Lennox Mall in Atlanta with Bubba and his manager Bobby Stamps, i ordered calamari and some drinks (remember this point), and we just vibed out, talked about the state of music at the time, and how similar our styles and personal backgrounds were, we were all on that proud country, trailer park, us against the world, hip hop music. Then they said something that caught me and my brother off guard, they said lets go to the studio, and we were like Hell Yeah! Then they said, yeah we gonna go by my boy Rico’s studio, which I followed with “you mean Rico Wade of Organized Noise?” and they said yes, me and my brother played it cool, but once we got in the car we started geeking out. We were both HUGE Organized Noise fans, and we were walking into the Dungeon Family Recording studios. We get there, and meet Rico, and and the team. They played a beat and Bubba and my brother started writing, I’m in full groupie mode looking at plaques on the wall, all the equipment I’ve only seen in order books, then my stomach started to rumble. That calamari was not sitting right, and maybe the moment was intensifying it but it was getting uncontrollable, so I go to the famous Dungeon family Studios bathroom, and puke my brains out. I kept saying to myself “dont F this up, dont F this up”, I scrubbed that bathroom like a first generation slave trying to cover it up. Once I went back out in the studio, I could tell Bubba and my brother was connecting on a personal level. We went on to become affiliates of New South Music (Bubba & Bobby’s brand) and have been performing, and working together ever since, we are as not as active as we use to be, but we do talk to each other a few times through out the year.
Me and Bobby Stamps became real close, I consider him a mentor, and a friend, and to have a guide for your dreams, someone who has done what your trying to do is invaluable, and I will always be New South, and always grateful for checking out the 2 brothers from West Virginia. – by Monstalung
Johnny Harmonic “Leavin” #juneizsoundvizion Day22 [VIDEO]
Depending who you talk too, either Johnny Harmonic, or 6’6 240, they both will say the other one stole this beat. I made the beat and here is how it went down. I been wanting to sample a few things of the Robin Thicke album Evolution, Willz P was chilling with me while I was working in the studio, and Johnny was on his way by just to kick it. I had my brother 6’6 240 in mind for the beat, and explained that to Johnny (who swears he does not remember me saying that), it did not matter, because once Johnny is motivated creatively he cant turn it off. I see him over there writing, soon I hear a melody come out, and Willz P and Johnny over there brainstorming and writing, i couldn’t get to caught up with what Johnny and Willz P was doing because I was concentrating on this dope beat that I’m currently working on at that time. By the time i got done with the beat, Johnny had half the song done, and it was SUPERDOPE, so now I’m caught in the middle and had to make a executive decision, give the beat to Johnny, or save it for my brother (who thinks he deserves everything anyway, artist egos man). Its too hard as a producer / songwriter to come up with great song, and johnny’s song was looking me dead in the face, and I knew it was dope, just had to man up to my brother. My brother was so mad, he recorded a remix of the song anyway (which i have, but has never been released). Johnny and my brother use to be roommates, and they were competitive all the time, in a best friends kind of way, so we at Soundvizion was use to it. They both give me a hard time when you talk about this song, and beat, but I think unconsciously i was the mastermind behind the whole thing, I got 2 songs for the price of one beat. -by Monstalung
Doing it for Fun Theory: 808 Circus #juneizsoundvizion Day 21
It was 2012 and up to that time I had been real strategic about my music projects and their releases. Using research, feedback, i guess, my own kind of analytics you could say. This is hard to do when your as close to the music as a producer, or songwriter, I don’t use numbers when I create (actually not true, music is nothing but numbers), I mean, it’s emotional for me, but when you run a independent company like mine you wear a lot of hats, meaning looking from a lot of different perspectives. I wouldn’t do it like that again. Artist need to be 100% creative without distractions, they just have to find someone they trust to handle their business, this is harder than making the music, but after doing it the other way, this time around, I’m going to find someone to represent us, and I’m going to do what I do passionately, make music and perform.
This new attitude and concept was spearheaded by my latest project at that time with my friend who plays drums Chris Audia, it was called 808 Circus.
808 Circus was a live DJ / Drummer act, we did live remixes, and mashups to classic hip hop, and rock on stage, anything with energy, with a custom made light laser effects show. Oh, and we also wore Morph Suits, costumes, wigs, and wrestling mask that hide our identity by the way, and it’s some of the most fun I have on stage.
Chris was playing drums for a local rock group called Shadow of a Martyr, and we (6’6 240) had done a couple shows with them, I think me and Chris was the contact person for both entities and kind of hit it off immediately through working out stuff for our bands to collaborate. Jump a year or two later, we both have free time, no current music projects, we always talked about jamming out, so we did.
The first practice we knew we had something, more important it was fun! It was exactly what I was looking for, and I got to apply my new theory to it, don’t think so much, just have fun, and I did. What that “just have fun” really means to me, is trust your art, trust what you like is dope. Me, Jathara, and my brother 6’6 240 wrote a song about blind faith on the Big Boi tactics album, it was time for me to walk it like I talk it, been on that path since, I highly recommend it.
Best thing about 808 Circus for me is the friendship with Chris that i value more than anything. We think a lot a like, we are both family guys, and hard workers. Musically we come from 2 different worlds, we both like each others world a lot, we just don’t know much about the other world, but honestly that to me is what makes it work, fusing our worlds.
After a few practices and pow wows we knew we both liked ENERGY, and we both like theatrics with live performances, the kind of stuff that might be hard to talk a full band into doing, but me and Chris was always on the same page. The gear, and load in, and load out, that it took of to create our vision (costumes,instruments, lights, sound) for live performances was extremely physically taxing, friends would help when they could, but sometimes it would be just me and Chris, but it would be worth it, but damn we needed roadies.
We had to slow it down because of a surgery I had to have, and Chris starting a family. I truly miss this project, and can’t wait to get back to it, I have so many ideas for what we can do, and so does Chris, when the time is right 808 Circus will be back.-by Monstalung
Willz P gets in my car one spring day in Morgantown and is like “I want you to hear this track me and Thack did”, I new it was gonna be dope, because they had already recorded a few songs together, and they were all banging to me. It was very rare for me to hear something out of my camp that I did not engineer or produce, that is what made Phyr Squad intricate in their part of Soundvizion, hearing them create, would inspire me, we pushed each other, and since they were self maintained It would be refreshing to hear a finished song from my team that I never heard before. Thacks quick wit, along with meldoy and harmonies he adds to a song make him a incredible songwriter, I honestly think he would be one hell of a country music songwriter, the way he can tell a story. I honestly think Thack and the rest of Soundvizion is just getting started, we had to take a break because LIFE will do that to you, but we were born to create music, in the end I think that is where we will be.-by Monstalung
My birthday is June 17, which is always followed by Fathers Day, did not know how this year would be for me since this would be the first Fathers Day with out my father, and it was not the same, but it ended up being one to remember.
June 16, 2016
It started the night before my birthday at 123 Pleasant St for the #juneizsoundvizion show, which was just awesome with performances, and reuniting with my crew. A-Breezy flew all the way in from Los Angeles, and my brother 6’6 240, surprised me and drove in from Cleveland, which was a double treat;
1. We both started Soundvizion together back in 1999.
2. We are extreme Cleveland Browns, and Cavalier fans, and we had Game 6 on at 123 Pleasant St.
Best of all my Son, came in from Washington DC also, and having him there was just the icing on the cake! We reminisced, Cavs won, and performed together, and when the clock hit midnight I was 50 years old. Special night.
June 17, 2016
After a good sleep in from the show the night before, myself, my son, and a few freinds hit downtown for some socializing, we started at the Brew Pub, then hit The Apothecary, JW Thirsty for their awesome wings, and finally the Rocktop for a night cap and some rooftop kicking it. It was cool seeing A Breezy reaction to the new venues in Morgantown since she left.
June 18, 2016
Today was family time, so me and the wife, and my son headed out to Cheatlake http://www.coachscrabshackwv.com where we had just a great time, food, drinks, and the location is right off the lake, I will never forget the great time I had with my family. A-Breezy lives in Los Angeles, and it’s also where my wife is from, so the two of them get together all the time when my wife goes home to visit, and since this was A Breezy’s last night in town, me and my wife went out with A Breezy. We met her at Tin 202 on high St in Morgantown WV. You want to try the White Russian when you go to Tin 202, and we will end the details of this night here, just say, it was AWESOME!
June 19, 2016 (Father’s Day)
It’s Game Day, I woke up nervous, for Cleveland fans this was more than a game. No championship in any professional sport in over 50+ years makes you the butt of all sports jokes, we had a opportunity to get the last laugh today.
I needed to get my mind off the game, so me and my son went to see the movie Warcraft, it wasn’t bad, but not as good as Game of Thrones later that night (thats a whole other post), but it did the job. We got out of the movie an hour or so before tip off, we ordered Pappa Al’s Pizza (pretty good) and got ready for war.
Watching the Cavaliers win the NBA championship with my wife and son will be one of the best memories I have ever had. My father being here to expereince it, and talk to him about it was the only thing missing, but somehow I feel like he had something to do with it all. Best birthday / father day ever. -by Monstalung