Back in 2009, Oakland keyboardist and MC Kev Choice launched the Daily Dosage music series to offer music lovers and fans a new song every 24 hours from Halloween until New Year’s Eve. Fast forward to 2012. During Kev’s European Fall Tour as keyboardist with legendary Hip-Hop group The Coup, Kev launches the Daily Dosage: Euro Edition from Dijon, France. The second song recorded in this series — “Show The World” — was recorded in his Dijon hotel room. The song carries the theme of showing the world what you have to offer, taking advantage of the moment, taking risk, and the challenges of seeking international fame. The song was produced by Kev Choice and features a sample from French composer and arranger Jean-Claude Petit.
While in Paris last month for The Coup’s European Spring Tour, Kev felt inspired to capture the magnificence and beauty of Paris and to document his journey on the road. With the help of vocalist and event producer SisDee (whom he met at a late night Paris jam session), Kev connected with two locally based filmmakers, resulting in the video for “Show The World.” The song is available for free download here.
Directed by: Kev Choice
Filmed by: Wallace Pixmaker & Arthur Budnik
Edited by: Arthur Budnik
Project Coordination by: SisDee
While chilling in Brussels, I asked the promoter what music was from Brussels. He told me something about “New Beat,” a style of house/techno that came from Belgium in the 80′s. I looked it up and came across this song “Phantasia Forever” by Belgian techno musician, Praga Khan. I liked the synth intro so I took it and flipped it!
Missed a day of Daily Dosage yesterday due to technical problems at hotel in Holland, so today will be a DOUBLE DAILY DOSAGE DAY!!
Was at a club the other night, that didn”t start til 4am!! They were rocking to a lot of dub step, techno, and house music. That Euro vibe starting to sink in on me. Had me thinking about making music to make people DANCE!! Then, an adventurous night in the streets of Paris lead to this creation. I linked up with French vocalist/instrumentalist Emilie Lesbros, laid a beat and just let creative juices flow as the sun rose in Paris. The beat started off in one direction and I actually took it to a whole nother place.
Been taking long drives through France and Holland so far on tour. Looking out the window at everything from countrysides to inner cities to suburbia. Also looking out my hotel window, seeing new environments, recognizing the similarities and differences between these places and back home. Realizing the world is just full of people, trying to survive in their daily lives, and find a little sunshine.
I made this instrumental with those thoughts in mind, a cool sample and I added some drums, piano, and strings. I made this beat while in Holland, and originally came across the song from this Dutch singer, Henny Vonk. The version I sampled is from Dionne Warwick’s version, “Windows of The World.”
After talking to one of the opening act M.C.’s in Nijmegen, Holland, and realizing that a lot of the venues we were playing at in Europe the DJs were spinning mainly old school hip-hop, it had me reflecting on the Golden Era of hip-hop and how much it had impacted the world and still does so today. The art of sampling, digging, finding drum breaks, and spittin hard, clever rhymes, is still very much respected in Europe, almost more so than in the States. A Lot of artists who are long forgotten in the states still are revered in Europe and some can still make money touring here. It just had me thinking about the Golden Era of Rap, late 80′s to mid 90′s, when there was consciousness and a certain respect of the skill level heavily present in Hip-Hop. So I found a classic drum loop, chopped up a sample, and just spit, Old School style.
Been getting a good history and cultural lesson while in France. Been checking out a lot of French music. One song that stood out is by the famous French artist Serge Gainsbourg, called “Je Suis Venu Te Dire Que Je M’En Vais.” It means, “I came to tell you that I’m going away.”
I chopped it up added some synths and freaked. Will probably rap to it one day since I like how it came out so much. Chillin in Ivry, a suburb of Paris. Really dope here. Enjoy!
Rocked my first “opener” set tonight in Dijon, France. Nice intimate crowd, and despite language barrier, and being unheard of, the crowd was rocking with me hard! Nice introduction to European crowds, people are generally appreciative and accepting of good music, and they love Hip-Hop! Best compliment of the night was that my performance was “powerful.” Good to be able to touch people, thats why I’m here, to “Show The World” what I was born to do and have worked hard for most of my life. The beat was inspired by a sample from the French composer and arranger Jean Claude-Petit.
Bonjour! Good to be back at it again with the Daily Dosage Series Euro Edition. Some really great music and feedback came out of the first series in 2009 and I’m looking forward to the same from this installment.
The Euro edition — a musical tour diary of sorts — will span the duration of my travels with The Coup for the “Sorry To Bother You” European tour (October 16th through November 10th) for which I’m the keyboardist and support/opening act. Look for a wide variety of music from Hip-Hop, to instrumentals, to original piano compositions, remixes, and guest appearances on my production all created during this tour.
The first song, “Never Too Far,” was recorded in Nancy, France, the city where we kick off the European leg of The Coup’s “Sorry to Bother You” tour. Just a little something for my fam and friends back home to know, even when I’m on the road, they are all still close in my heart and mind. The sample comes from a French soundtrack and is by an Italian composer, Ennio Morrocone. Most, if not all of the Euro Edition will be sampled or heavily influenced by European music and culture. Hope you enjoy. Au demain.
This is ACT III of the hip-hopera “Electus Unus”-(The Chosen One) by M.C./Pianist/composer, Kev Choice. The story of a child sent to the Earth, from The Gods in Heaven, to save a self-destructing world, with his extraordinary gift of music.
“Make A Star”-ACT III
As was decided by The Gods, an up and coming musician and a beautiful young doctor encounter and fall deeply in love at first glance. That night they make love and the doctor becomes pregnant, as was written, to conceive a child who would save the world with his gift of music. ACT III takes us to the place where the parents first meet, at the father’s gig, and at first glance recognize their magnetic attraction for each other. After playing his first set, the musician walks up to the doctor and says, “What you want to do for the rest of your life? I don’t really know if it’s wrong or right but, I just wanna make a star with you.” From there, the prophecy begins to take place.
"Make A Star" http://www.mediafire.com/?p9mkji1v6obbutg
"Make A Star" (with drums) http://www.mediafire.com/?82zh9laslodquz4