Seattle Office of Film + Music


Seattle Weekly
Seattle Weekly posted the article above to highlight Seattle’s Top 10 Hip-Hop Videos of 2010. The list includes everything from Sol’s “Dear Friends” and Dyme Def’s “Do Something” to “ExtraHellaDope” by State of the Artist and “Soothsayer” by Victor Shade. Topping the list is the video for Grynch’s “My Volvo,” directed by Stephan Gray. Gray says the video almost never happened; “’We were planning on shooting a different song for most of the pre-production, and then after two months of planning I get a late-night call from Grynch and he goes, ‘Yo, we’ve gotta do My Volvo,’ said Gray.” To check out the full listing and to watch some of the videos, follow the link.

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Seattle Weekly
REVERB Fest is a massive conglomeration of Seattle bands and artists descending on Ballard at roughly a dozen venues around the neighborhood. Now in its fourth year, it’s hosted bands ranging from Fleet Foxes and Cave Singers to Maldives and Moondoggies. This year’s Fest is hitting Ballard on October 9 for a very low cost. Some confirmed bands include Caspar Babypants, Ivan & Alyosha, The Not-Its, Shelby Earl, Erin Jorgensen and Victor Shade. For the full listing (so far) and more information about the event, follow the link.

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Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
We know Capitol Hill Block Party is over, but don’t fret! There are still tons of opportunities for you to see live music (often for free!). Check out this listing of summer music festivals and discover events like the Concerts at the Mural presented by KEXP and Seattle Center, Monktail Creative Music Concern: Sounds Outside and BECU Zoo Tunes. The fests have locals playing such as Brite Futures, Victor Shade, The Head and the Heart, Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band and the Dusty 45s. The full exciting listing, follow the link.

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July 15, 2010, 12:05 pm
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This week’s installment of the KEXP 10-part series “Hip-Hop: The New Seattle Sound” features Ra Scion, the rapper/frontman/lyricist for Seattle hip-hop bands Common Market and Victor Shade. His raps are conscious, collegiate even, and are sometimes written in a kind of code, so the listener has to listen several times and pay close attention to get his meaning. Originally from Kentucky, Ra got his first radio airplay in 2003 when he submitted his self-released solo debut, The Apostrophe, to KEXP. Since then, he’s worked with Sabzi (the producer from Blue Scholars) on the project Common Market. He’s recently dropped a new release with producer MTK under the name Victor Shade. Taking the new band name from the alter-ego of a comic book hero called Vision. Victor Shade’s sound is based on funky soul samples. And Ra Scion sounds better than ever. Check out the show after the link.

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March 29, 2010, 11:49 am
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Seattle PI
Victor Shade is a new project from Common Market’s Ryan Abeo a.k.a. Ra Scion and Everett producer MTK. The name of Abeo’s new MC alter ego comes from the Marvel Comics character The Vision, an android that is a member of the superhero collective called The Avengers. The Vision’s alias is Victor Shade. “Ultimately it is about an identity struggle. You have the alter ego of the super hero which is Victor Shade and you have the superhero which is The Vision,” Abeo said about main theme of the Victor Shade record. “With great power comes great responsibility and at some point and time you say you don’t want that responsibility, you just want to be a regular dude. You don’t want to be The Vision; you just want to be Victor Shade. So it’s about that internal struggle. It’s about being a part of this (superhero) world in a bad way and recognizing your superhuman strengths, if you will. That’s what makes us spiritual beings I think. We all possess this superhuman capacity and that’s what we call spirituality.” Check out the first video from this project below.

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