October 5, 2012
VIDEO ▲: Circa '95 - "All We Need" + Behind The Scenes Q&A
Shot by Edwin G. Velasquez, Reph Star, and Patty Dukes*
My people Circa '95 just released a new visual for All We Need, produced by Audible Doctor. Also below you'll find a Behind The Scenes Q&A with one half of the group, my boy Reph Star.
Troy Paraiso: Peace Reph! In the new video All We Need, what protest is that shown during the very beginning?
Reph Star: The vintage footage at the beginning and end of the video are of the Young Lords in the 60's and 70's. They were servicing their community by taking over spaces and setting up programs for the people. We see our activity in a similar light. Through our music, art and events we are continuing the legacy of resistance that was passed on to us by groups like the Young Lords and the Black Panthers.
Troy Paraiso: Where was the video predominantly shot at?
Reph Star: We shot most of the video in the Bronx at the Circa '95 Pop-Up Shop which we opened for five months, this past summer. Running a lifestyle/retail/gallery space was a dope experience, and we wanted to reflect that in our music video. We're also working on a documentary about our experiences at the shop so keep your eyes open for that.
Troy Paraiso: Reph, I seen you skating and doing a throw up (graffiti) in the video. I didn't know you did either, are they hobbies?
Reph Star: Haha. I've been writing and rolling around since the mid 90's, and sometimes at the same damn time. My name Reph comes from my days of writing and I been inline skating/skateboarding and snowboarding all around the hood for a second. Shout out to Route, Dast, Span, Avent and all who I used to get it with in the 90's. Nowadays I mostly be skating to the store though, I'm getting too old to be busting my ass.
Troy Paraiso: That's funny. By the way, dope 'Uptown' Snapback by Tony Peralta you got on! I see you & Patty Dukes are getting in to producing and editing videos, how's that process?
Reph Star: Got the 7D on deck and we ready to work, work, work. You know cause you be making your own videos as well. When you make your own videos the artistic voice stays consistent and that has always been important to us. Not to say we don't enjoy collaborating with others 'cause we do, but we just can't be waiting for someone to come along and do things for us when we can do it ourselves. From directing to shooting to editing, we on it and if we don't know something, we down to learn.
Troy Paraiso: Thanks for your time. Lastly, what's the next visual coming Circa '95?
Reph Star: We got a few things coming soon. I mentioned the documentary about the Circa '95 Pop-Up Shop which we should be dropping before the end of the year. We also got the next installment of the Ladies Love Project on deck for November 17th and we doing a big show at Pregones Theater in the Bronx on January 18th. Lastly we still got seven music videos to go and then we will have a video for all of the tracks on our debut Album "Free Lunch" which is a available now via www.Circa95.com.
For More on Reph Star & Patty Dukes, follow @Circa95.