"The Bricks" Changing the world...1 song at a time.
"The answer my friend, it blows in the wind, cuz no one knows who controls this world we live in" "The Bricks"
Los Angeles, 2008 – The city is seeing a disturbing rise in issues among teens. Homophobia. Homelessness. Racism, sexism and more. In response, a select group of local teens are doing what artists have done throughout history - using music to give voice to the issues facing them today.
"The Bricks” is a band as diverse as LA itself, representing European, Indonesia, Chinese, Mexican, Salvadorian, Japanese, Indian & African cultures. Their music - an eclectic blend of Hip Hop, Soul, Rock, Latin and World Music.
This Kickstarter Campaign is being used to raise money for the final mixing and mastering of the debut CD by "The Bricks." Many generous (and talented) people have donated both their time and money, but we need your help to put us over the top. If you believe that music can make a real difference...that it can both entertain AND inspire...please make your pledge now.
"The Bricks" exciting brand of music delivers an eclectic mix of Hip Hop, Soul, Rock, Latin and World Music. Words on a page don't do them justice - far better to simply watch the video...
Great music is never the work of only a few and production of "The Bricks" debut CD is no exception. A partial list of those who helped bring the music to life includes Immortal Technique (Psycho Realm), Money Mark (Beastie Boys), DJ Kahlil (Eminem,Dr. Dre), DJ C-Minus (Korn), Grammy-winning producer KC Porter (Santana, Ozomatli), songwriter producer JB Eckl, the amazing people at the LA Music Academy and Fidel Rodriguez, without whose vision and dedication this project would not have been possible. Everyone sacrificed, but it was truly a "labor of love" that you can hear in the music.
It started with a simple, but very important goal - find a way to address growing social problems that were disproportionately affecting Los Angeles County youth. Empower teens to define and speak to the issues they face everyday. Provide them with resources and support. Refrain from telling them what to say, but remind them of the power of music throughout history to make a difference. Remind them of their inherent nobility. Leverage their talent with help largely donated by some of the music industry's most talented professionals. This was the foundation on which "The Bricks" were born.
Spearheaded by the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission in 2009, it started with a series of conversations and performances that took place throughout LA County. Thousands of teens participated in round-table discussions, songwriting workshops and more. As the process unfolded, event organizers quickly saw that given the chance, youth were willing to be positively engaged in both discussions and solutions. The question - what to do now that the door had been opened?.
An audition process ensued and a diverse group of teens were selected to create and perform music throughout the county that would address racism, sexism, homophobia, domestic violence, immigration, xenophobia, juvenile justice, and violence against the homeless. Eight youth were selected; Louie Gonzalez on lead guitar, Tevin Douglas on percussion and rap vocals, Maria Tuadi on lead vocals and guitar, MC & vocalist Alex Baldwin, Dazia White on drums, Marcy Mejia on bass, Anthony Gutierrez on vocals and guitar and Omari Bluitt on keys.
The journey from "there" to "here" has been filled with highs and lows. The performance at LA's historic Roxy and selection as the featured entertainment for a PBS/Independent Lens launch party were both exciting and memorable. A tragic accident that left one band member fighting for his life. Through it all, the resilience shown by these LA teens has been an inspiration for us all. And now, some two years since they first met "The Bricks" are ready to introduce their music to the world...with your help.
Behind the music...
Brought together by Project One; an initiative of the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission & non-profit Oneness.org.
The Los Angeles County Human Relations Commissions (HRC) mission is to foster harmonious and equitable intergroup relations and empower communities.
Oneness.org - its mission "To bring diverse people together for community building programs which inspire racial and cultural harmony through the arts."
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