Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Pioneers in Indie Entertainment Direct to Fan - an Education in Patience and Perseverance

"Determination can get you there, but patience and perseverance will make you golden." ~ Gigi de Lugo / Tropic Heat Studios


A piece of Tropic Heat Studios' history : Circa 2012 
PIONEERING in the new Artist Economy, & coining the term "Fan Royalty".
The Process : Integrating several platforms and customizing the scope of interactions between Artist, Album, Distribution, Fans, Social Media, VOD and Royalty Revenues. A wild mash-up painstakingly pieced together that needed to work seamlessly, elegantly, logically, with not too overwhelming of a learning curve for the fans. Time Frame : "About 2 years of slow burn, and 9 solid months of full-on race to the finish line." (Gigi de Lugo)
The First One : Tropic Heat Studios' founder, Gigi de Lugo, co-creates this first-to-launch 'fan royalty' puzzle of a prototype to showcase Roy Wooten's Black Mozart Ensemble's project. The following videos were recorded in October of 2012, after a 4 year journey & depicts the final pieces being put into place for an October 13, 2012 launch on Roy's birthday." Roy was making an announcement at his Oct 13th concert in Chattanooga - this would be the beginning, making this public. The curtain was going up (figuratively) , and ready or not - a spotlight was hitting our creation center stage. Suffice to say - arriving victorious was a challenge of gladiator proportions!" (Gigi de Lugo)

Behind the Scenes Videos:  Video was shot to capture and document this adventure, like two (mad) scientists in a lab, inventing a formula. During the course of several years, Roy would stop by between his out of town touring gigs, studio / rehearsal work, or call to have phone meetings. Gigi worked out the formula to combine the vision with the available technologies and platforms she had identified as best in class. Keep in mind this is now 2012. Back in 2011, an emerging company, Distrify, based in Scotland,  invited a number of filmmakers to be part of their Beta testing before taking their toolset public. (Good article here from April 2011 - by The Film Collaborative)  At that time, Gigi had narrowed down 3 new VOD (Video On Demand) platforms/toolsets that were all still in Beta.  After testing each one (which required dozens of hours + conversations with each platform's key people) Distrify proved the clear winner she chose to place her bet on. Distrify founder, Peter Gerard, communicated directly via email responding to ideas or suggestions submitted by Beta testers. "That was a truly exciting experience for me, being able to suggest customizations & see other ones emerging that would help create the kind of platform I had been dreaming of for years. Distrify would empower Indie feature filmmakers and also music artists & fans like never before!" (Gigi de Lugo)
(YouTube video Description  below)
Uploaded on Jan 14, 2015
http://www.TropicHeatStudios.com
October 2012 - Gigi de Lugo, Founder of Tropic Heat Studios - with Roy Wooten ( 5 Time Grammy Winner / Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, The Black Mozart Ensemble) in meetings about our project for the Black Mozart Album Release - Gigi will be launching via Distrify that have she was a BETA tester for during Distrify's development. Gigi has been seeking out the most progressive platforms and software to allow her the tools that will pioneer a new path in Indie Music & Film distribution -- Gigi calls it "Fan Royalty" distribution programs.  Since 2009, Gigi and Roy have been discussing their mutual determination to integrate a more progressive business model in the the entertainment industry. This video represents the culmination of 4 years in the making - PRESS RELEASE here : http://www.prlog.org/11999025-5-time-grammy-winner-composer-filmmaker-roy-futureman-wooten-announces-new-release-black-mozart.html#bc=ffffff&tc=000000&lc=c00000&mc=606060
BLOG-WEBSITE by Tropic Heat Studios - Incorporates all of the above and begins showing Fans how to redeem their mp3 drop cards and also how to JOIN THE FAN ROYALTY PROGRAM for this project : http://blackmozartensemble.blogspot.com/2012/10/happy-birthday-futureman.html

VIDEO Playlist -  unedited, straight from the camera.
Part 1, Final meeting - completing tasks for Oct 13th launch (my well behaved granddaughter takes it all in stride)
Part 2, Final meeting -completing tasks for Oct 13th launch
Phone audio - Roy is about to go on stage in Chattanooga - final approval of joint press release, then all systems are a "GO for Launch".
MP3 Drop Cards are delivered just in time! Roy took the inventory with him to the Chattanooga concert.



Friday, December 26, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

In My Opinion (imo) NEW MUSIC i am loving at 1 a.m. rocking my farmhouse with Sleep Nation

SLEEP NATION
imo - Gigi de Lugo / Founder - Tropic Heat Studios
excerpt from an email I wrote at 1 a.m. this morning after hearing Sleep Nation's music for the first time - (two hours later - still listening- constant replay of their tracks - good stuff !) Rockin the Night & Day Farm + Imaginarium

"...I'm a stickler for solid lyrics -- goes with my comments about "good story" or "polishing a turd" ? (I stole that line from my favorite bass player & mr duck tape- Kenny Ames / Jason & The Scorchers ++)  -- STORY must WORK -- instrumentals are the 2nd & equal half of the whole story -- I do not want to hear predictable beats - predictable guitar licks or drum - and if production is lame -- aka " predictable" -- I'm gone.  These guys do a solid blend of classic Alt Rock Reminiscent of Jason & The Scorchers (it's the energy bursts - vocally & instrumentally!)  -- smashed up against 90's Alt Rock - Punk Rock roots -- I hear just enough of a blend here that Sleep Nation succeeds in being their OWN sound -- a balance that is supremely difficult to achieve ! "~ Gigi de Lugo
They kick ass !

They're competing for a spot on Jimmy Kimmel Live!+ prizes via Get Out of The Garage Amplifier Media contest sponsored by Converse & Guitar Center so go give them Your VOTE http://getoutofthegarage.amplifiertv.com/channel/Sleep+Nation


Check out ALL of their Music Here : via their Facebook Band Page


SLEEP NATION (Fan Review on Gig Salad)
Rocking performance!!
I was at the fair tonight and happened to overhear some rock music and I told my girlfriend, "let's go over there!". This is a spectacular band! I am now looking up about them since I got back from the fair tonight. They were great and worth seeing! I would recommend them to all my friends!
reviewer: Dwight H.
event: Fair in McMinnville, TN



Big Thanks to old friend & indie artist Cherish Hamby of Dark Waters 
for introducing us to Sleep Nation. 
Shout Out - this Saturday, Nov 22 for the 
Dark Waters  EP release party in Nashville.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Actor Michael Shiflett of "KILLING KENNEDY" a Ridley Scott Film, Guest of Honor at Tropic Heat Studios' Nashville Party


PARTY HOSTESS 
& Founder of Tropic Heat Studios:

H.E. Ambassadress Angela "Gigi" de Lugo of The U.S. Virgin Islands. Global Ambassadress of Peace (Worldwide) & Deputy Director General, USA ~ SPMUDA International ~ NGO/NPO Affiliated with The United Nations. Founded by His Royal Highness Dr. Datu Camad Ali, A Prince of the Royal House of Balo-i . 




 The Nashville Film & Music Entertainment Community were part of the packed-house for a one-of-a-kind VIP party Nov 10th. A special screening of  Ridley Scott's "Killing Kennedy", became the most talked about private event of the season. The Party's Guest of Honor was Actor Michael Shiflett, who plays "Will Fritz" in the film. Shiflett is also known for his role as "Senator RMT Hunter"  in Steven Spielberg's Academy Award-Winning film, "Lincoln".




Through The Grapevine : News of the party spread & was featured throughout prominent Tennessee Film Industry websites and social media including The Tennessee Film , Music & Entertainment Commission, FilmNashville, and via Facebook / Twitter & Instagram by entertainment industry guests. The Party was a fundraiser for Planet CrindelStar's Anti-Bullying Outreach with announcement posted to the Planet CrindelStar Blog. Ultimately, the downtown private venue was filled to capacity with close to 100 Celebrity & VIP guests, enjoying the live music of Latin rhythms , a Silent Auction, Screening of "Killing Kennedy" movie, exploring Virgin Islands products from Sponsors Karibbean Kids, Itiba Natural Beauty, and browsing the de Lugo family's private JFK Collection, shown publicly for the first time. Guests were invited to sample Bellaterra luxurious cigars from the humidor while relaxing on the red carpet in the party's "JFK Cigar Lounge", alongside glamorous vintage cars from Matchless Transportation.
 
Parked curbside along the red carpet was a 1959 Baby Blue Jaguar, Hostess Gigi de Lugo, (Founder of Tropic Heat Studios), called "Camelot", honoring First Lady Jackie Kennedy. "Nose to nose" , the Camelot lined up with the historic 1962 Black Cadillac of Country Legend, Waylon Jennings. Ms de Lugo referred to the classic limo as "The President". Both vehicles were adorned with small American Flags - befitting the glory days of "Camelot".
The "JFK Cigar Lounge" was sponsored by Bellaterra Ranch, Fine Wines & Luxurious Cigars.
Guests Maya Chambers (Model) & Dorothy Seavers (of Meet The Seavers)
Enjoying Bellaterra Luxury Cigars
& Gifts from Itiba Natural Beauty imported from St Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
by Tropic Heat Studios


LINK TO ONLINE Social Media PHOTO ALBUMS -



Thanks to Billy Ramirez for providing the Projector & all equipment.

The Wonderful Latin Music was performed by Artists :
Marcela Pinilla, David Vila,
& Billy Ramirez

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

NASHVILLE Ridley Scott's Production of “Killing Kennedy” TV Movie Premiere & CrindelStar Fundraiser


NOVEMBER 10TH Viewing Party “Killing Kennedy” TV Movie Premiere & CrindelStar Online Silent AUCTION Fundraiser – to benefit our School Outreach Program. With Special Guest & CrindelStar Celebrity Spokesperson,  Actor Michael Shiflett