Being cast for the upcoming indie short film I AM TX has been the gift that keeps on giving. Not only did it enrich existing friendships, I’ve gotten lucky enough to make new ones that have been mutually beneficial. Getting to know Audrey Campbell of Pleasure Venom has been one of the most inspirational results of that bit of luck. Pleasure Venom was in the midst of a transition during the film’s production, with a goal of hitting a newly renewed stride in the months following. Fast forward to now, and Campbell has a handful of music video director credits under her belt, including the recent These Days, which was premiered by AFROPUNK. The video is a straight forward affair for the most part… dark field, beat down surroundings, immaculately dressed band giving you the musical business, and Campbell overseeing the entirety of events like a boss, plus cameos from Dawn Okoro, Asha Lanae, and Gerilyn Hayes. Drummer Thomas Valles pulled double duty as well, both performing in and editing the video. Things really get interesting in the alternate, VR version, however, an achievement in its own right :
Being literally surrounded by Pleasure Venom is definitely a memorable experience. I look forward to supporting them further, sharing more of their work, and watching them rise to new heights.
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Tagged afropunk, asha lanae, audrey campbell, austin, chief, dawn okoro, gerilyn hayes, pleasure venom, the doomsday device, these days, thomas valles
As a working, touring band trying to get ahead in an over-saturated game, there is a sense of accomplishment to be felt whenever you complete a creative endeavor such as a music video or an album. At best, you hope that your blood, sweat and tears are recognized by a handful of appreciative folks. Sometimes, as in the case of Pleasure Venom and their newest video/single Seize, you put in that work, and then a publication like Afropunk gives you props and posts about it, giving you a bit more incentive to keep doing your thing. I’m happy for Pleasure Venom, as it’s always nice to see those that deserve recognition get it. They’ve been on quite the tear closing out 2017 and leading into 2018, so give the video a like and a share, drop a comment, and subscribe to the channel for all of the latest Pleasure Venom haps.
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Tagged afropunk, austin, chief, pleasure venom, punk, seize, the doomsday device
Lots of good stuff on here from artists you know, and artists you aren’t familiar with yet. Added bonus, the homies BLXPLTN round out this particular section. Worth the time it’ll take to introduce your ears to this.
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Tagged afropunk, blxpltn, chief, midnight school, the doomsday device