Uriel is a 2018 Recording Arts graduate and he's currently recording an album. We asked Uriel a few questions and here's what he had to say!
What have you been up to since graduation?
I've been quite busy working on creating a record label (Worldwide Ape Entertainment), recording an Album (Break The World) and an EP (Time Steps), and building a brand.
What kind of label are you creating?
It's mainly a Hip-Hop centric label at the moment, but other genres may be incorporated in the future. The label is targeted towards the forgotten ones.
Can you expand on what you mean by "the forgotten" ones?
The forgotten ones are kids who fall back or who we only remember occasionally; kids who may actually have the loudest voice, but simply don't have a place to apply it.
Do you identify as a "forgotten one"?
Tell us about your brand.
I want to create a brand people can connect to, similar to what Kid Cudi has done with his artistry. He emphasizes mental illness and personal setbacks, but also a brand which allows me to promote myself as an artist.
Tell us about your album - Break The World.
My album is a conceptual story based on reality, but dabbles in fiction as well. It surrounds the subject of life and death. It's mainly a Hip-Hop album, but it also contains a few ballads.
What inspired you to create this album?
The life that I'm living - it's a way to cope and overcome a lot of things. I had this vision, this idea four years ago, but it was through the people I met at Flashpoint that I was able to tap into resources in order for the album to come to fruition. This story is a way to get my story out.
You mentioned your time at Flashpoint providing you with necessary resources, can you expand on that?
Flashpoint helped me bring this this dream to fruition by getting me out there and tapping into what I have to offer. It forced me out of my comfort zone and it gave me the opportunity to make friendships, partnerships and to network. I wouldn't have been able to do this or to do it at this point in time if it wasn't for the support and encouragement I received.
Name one thing that made you choose Flashpoint over other colleges?
Campus was close to home. The schedule was easy for me and definitely the hands-on training from day one!
Aside from your album and the record label, what are your immediate professional interests?
I'm interested in pursuing opportunities which allow me to use my degree and the skills I have gained. I would like help companies and organizations with their audio needs. For example, I currently work for an organization called Chicago Votes. I set up events and handle the required audio needs. I would love to do more of that. I would also like to get involved with local recording studios such as CRC and Classick Studios. Trying to build my voice acting portfolio as well.
To read Uriel's complete interview, click HERE!
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UPCOMING SITE VISIT!
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behind-the-scenes tour of their creative offices.
Thursday, January 31st - Time: TBD
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INDUSTRY EVENTS & NEWS
HIGHLAND PARK SCREENING OF MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE
Maya Angelou triumphed over severe childhood trauma to lead a remarkable life as an actress, singer, political activist, poet and writer. Filmmakers Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack trace Dr. Angelou’s incredible journey, shedding light on the untold aspects of her life through never-before-seen footage, rare archival photographs and videos and her own words. The film has won 17 awards on 3 continents, including the prestigious Peabody Award. The film features exclusive interviews with Dr. Angelou, her friends and family, including the Clintons, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Alfre Woodard, Cicely Tyson, Quincy Jones, Hillary Clinton, Louis Gossett, Jr., John Singleton, Diahann Carroll, Valerie Simpson, Random House editor Bob Loomis and Dr. Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson. Award-winning director Bob Hercules, whose work has been widely featured on PBS, ABC, the Discovery Channel, IFC, and the Learning Channel, will host a Q & A session immediately after the movie.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CST
Landmark's Renaissance Place Cinema
1850 2nd Street
Highland Park, IL 60035
LIKE - A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA IN OUR LIVES
Parent Community Network, in partnership with local area School Districts 101, 102, 105, 106, 107, 204, is thrilled to present a screening LIKE, an IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives. Technology is a tool. It’s here to stay and social platforms are a place to connect, share and care, but what’s really happening? Are we addicted? How do we stop? Where do we start? What do we need to know? By understanding the effects of technology and social media on the brain, on our lives and on our civilization, we can learn how to navigate it more safely together.
The goal for this film is to inspire people of all ages, especially kids, to self regulate. It’s not about blame. It’s about looking in the mirror and empowering ourselves to create balance in our lives and to learn to be there for each other.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CST
Lyons Township High School - North Campus
100 South Brainard Ave
LaGrange, IL 60525
THE MAKING OF A GRAPHIC NOVEL WITH CREATOR MICHAEL MORECI
Michael Moreci, writer and co-creator of such graphic novels as Roche Limit and Hoax Hunters, joins us to discuss the collaborative process that goes into making a graphic novel.
Thu, January 10, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CST
Forest Park Public Library
7555 Jackson Boulevard
Forest Park, IL 60130
STOP MOTION WORKSHOP WITH PROF. SHELLEY DODSON
Ever wondered what it takes to make a thesis-level stop motion film? Looking for tips on developing amazing characters and environments, and advice on how to fabricate them? Just interested in how stop motion films come to life?
Join us for an evening lecture and discussion on puppet fabrication, concept development, and set making for stop motion. Professor Dodson will show off puppets and armatures created for her MFA thesis film. Don't miss this chance for an inside look at an amazing film and set built in the IRL's own Animation Studios!
This workshop is free and open to all currently enrolled DePaul University students/staff/faculty. We do not accept those who are not DePaul affiliated. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver prior to machine use.
Participants seeking disability-related accommodations are invited to contact before the workshop so we may have the proper assistance and accommodations prepared.
Monday, January 14, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CST
Idea Realization Lab
247 S State St
Chicago, IL 60604
SYNERGY MUSIC VIDEO SCREENING
Join us for an exclusive preview screening of the music videos from the highly anticipated album SYNERGY. Produced and performed entirely by Chicago Women, the album features Jovan Landry, Tweak’G, Tee Spirit, JuJu MinXXX, Sundé, Jade Ivy, Sauda Muse and Glitter Moneyyy. The music videos were made by filmmakers Briana Clearly and Sonia Jourdain, with an accompanying all women crew. After the screening, participate in a discussion with the artists and filmmakers about the project and the issues it addresses. The screening is free and open to the public, complemented with light refreshments.
Presented by Jovan Landry, SYNERGY showcases Chicago emcees, producers and engineers who are women. Receiving funding from the WeWork Creator Awards, this multidisciplinary project has brought together women to to create without any male influence. In addition, SYNERGY breaks the stigma of the women not working together or supporting one another. SYNERGY is expected to release on March 15, 2019. #SynergyChi
Saturday, January 12, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM CST
6100 South Blackstone Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
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