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The SHAOLIN JAZZ – Album Cover Design Contest Winner: Shamona Stokes

DJ 2-Tone Jones and I would like to congratulate Shamona Stokes – the winner of The SHAOLIN JAZZ – Album Cover Design Contest.  We’d also like to thank all of the many designers for participating whose strong works made this decision a two day deliberation for 2-Tone and myself.  Let me emphasize – selecting ONE winner was crazy tough.

I’m sure some will, after seeing the other entries, question our decision and that’s cool especially after seeing those designers who also submitted a front and back cover.   However, the rules called for album covers and not a front and back – with the album cover front being what we based our judgement on.  Don’t get it twisted though, we really appreciate everyone’s efforts including the designers that went the extra mile and submitted two entries.

That said, and without getting into a list of details, we felt that Shamona’s album cover covered all of our criteria to a “T.”  To see more of Shamona’s work click here and if you’re interested in contacting her directly: shamona.stokes@gmail.com.

Shouts again to the designers who participated, VANS OTW and Staple Design for providing product and promo support, and the fans that have continued to support SHAOLIN JAZZ.  We’ve got some very cool creative extensions coming.

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SHAOLIN JAZZ – Album Cover Design Contest

With the response 2-Tone and I have received from SHAOLIN JAZZ (and most recently SHAOLIN JAZZ – Art) we wanted to further engage fans in a unique and creative way that would allow them to interact with the project graphically, so we’ve developed The SHAOLIN JAZZ – Album Cover Design Contest.  Click the link below for contest details: Read the rest of this entry

Dave Singleton Interview / Winner, SHAOLIN JAZZ Movie Poster Design Contest

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After selecting Dave as the winner for our Movie Poster Design Contest, I begin to dive deeper into his work to discover that Dave has a very unique story.  In addition to his graphic design prowess, Dave’s also a musician, DJ, and the co-founder of a soul music label based in Tennessee, G.E.D Soul Records.  And while it was my intent to interview the contest winner, these findings added to the depth of the read.  Check it out:

What’s your name, where are you from, and what do you do?

Dave Singleton, I’m from Nashville, TN. I’m do graphic design and communications for a day job and am the co founder of G.E.D. Soul Records.

Briefly, give people a short history of G.E.D. Soul Records.

I started G.E.D. Soul with Nick DeVan around 2007 in Murfreesboro, TN while in college. Before that we had a deep funk radio show called the G.E.D. Soul Rged2evue. After buying up a bunch of heavy funk records we decided to start recording our own and started putting out 45s and LPs. We now haves a pretty good sized catalog feature DeRobert & The Half-Truths, Magic In Threes, AJ & The Jiggawatts and more.

What is it about soul music that grabs you more than other genres?

Originally it was the stuff with the raw sounding production and not overly polished.

Talk about some of your inspirations for soul music: artists, groups, lyrics, instruments, even record labels.

Being from Tennessee, Stax is certainly high up on the list of inspiration. But for me, I really really love all the different deep funk compilations like Midwest Funk, Florida Funk, Funky 16 Corners… especially if it has really good liner notes. Some of those really obscure tracks hit so hard its unbelievable. I started searching for these records from the Soul Patrol label out of France, they were easier to find in the early 2000s than they are now.

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SHAOLIN JAZZ – Video Contest

With the response DJ 2-Tone Jones and I received from SHAOLIN JAZZ, and the SHAOLIN JAZZ – Album Cover Design Contest (over 30 entries), we wanted to engage fans in a unique and creative way that would further allow them to visually interact with the project and the SHAOLIN JAZZ – Video Contest was developed.

The SHAOLIN JAZZ – Video Contest is a month long (Monday November 14th – Wednesday December 14th) competition, whereby participants can submit videos they create for a SHAOLIN JAZZ track of their choosing.  The winner, who will be announced Wednesday January 4, 2012, will receive footwear and apparel from LACOSTE, The Scifen Company, and UNDEFEATED.

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SHAOLIN JAZZ – T-shirts / Graphic Designer Interviews: Shamona Stokes

What’s your name and where are you from?
Shamona Stokes. I’m originally from Jersey but have spent the last 13 years in New York (Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan)

Who or what got you interested in design?
As an illustration major at Pratt, I didn’t have a real interest in graphic design or making art on the computer. I was more drawn to working with my hands: drawing, painting, and collage. But after graduation, I took a few design classes and developed a real love of typography. After paying my dues and a lot of late nights, I landed a great job as an art director at a small design studio where I had the creative freedom to learn as much as possible.  Click here to order Shamona’s SHAOLIN JAZZ graphic tee.  To read more click>>> Read the rest of this entry

SHAOLIN JAZZ – T-shirts / Graphic Designer Interviews: Chris L

What’s your name and where are you from?

Please call me Chris L, I’m from Toronto-Canada and I’m currently based out of the worlds most densely populated city-Hong Kong.

Who or what got you interested in design?

Born a Libra, I feel I have some sort of natural attraction to well designed things.  Design has been a big part of my life since my teens. From what I remember it started from collecting comics, hip hop records, magazines and all sorts of party flyers. There was this one xl sized rave flyer with a chrome 3D skull, neon tech fonts and a million DJs listed with another million sponsors all neatly placed and aligned.  I thought that was the shit. But things changed when I bought GZAs liquid swords, the artwork by Denys Cowan/DC comics made me see design differently. It mended my love for drawing, design, and Hip Hop all together.  Click here to order Chris’ SHAOLIN JAZZ graphic tee.  To read more click>>> Read the rest of this entry

SHAOLIN JAZZ – T-shirts / Graphic Designer Interviews: Vassilina Pljonkina

What’s your name and where are you from?

My name is Vassilina Pljonkina and I’m from Tallinn, Estonia.

Who or what got you interested in design?

Graphic design itself and on the whole is my basic interest – it’s my work and my hobby.

What kinds of projects do you most enjoy?

I like to take a part in contests for designers, especially poster contests. I enjoy these projects, because of minimum requirements and wide opportunities to realize and show my ideas.  Click here to order Vassilina’s SHAOLIN JAZZ graphic tee.  To read more click>>> Read the rest of this entry

SHAOLIN JAZZ – T-shirts / Graphic Designer Interviews: Matthew Stuckey

What’s your name and where are you from?

Matthew Stuckey – Adelaide Australia

Who or what got you interested in design?

When I was really young I used to copy Garfield comics so I was influenced a lot by the neatness of Jim Davis’ illustrations. As a teenager I used to teach myself how to draw Major League, NBA and NFL logos, so I was always interested in combining custom type and characters to form really tight compositions.

How has your upbringing and or environment inspired you or shaped your design process?

I guess if you’re creative visually, you absorb a lot from your environment; colours, signs, typography, shapes of buildings. As far as my upbringing, I was always encouraged to try new things and find what I was good at, so they helped obviously.  Click here to order Matthew’s SHAOLIN JAZZ graphic tee.  To read more click>>> Read the rest of this entry

SHAOLIN JAZZ – T-shirts / Graphic Designer Interviews: Terrence Knoles

What’s your name and where are you from?

Terrence Knoles. San Francisco, California.

Who or what got you interested in design?

Skateboarding. I grew up in the 90s and skateboarding was at the center of my world. Besides actually pushing the board around, skateboarding served as my mechanism for discovering new music, finding artists and learning about print and logo design. Without it, I may not have ever discovered graphic design.  Click here to order Terrence’s SHAOLIN JAZZ graphic tee.  To read more click>>> Read the rest of this entry

SHAOLIN JAZZ – T-shirts / Graphic Designer Interviews: Jean Mosambi

What’s your name and where are you from?

My name is Jean Mosambi and I’m from France.

Who or what got you interested in design?

A friend of mine, who is a gifted graphic painter: Rock.

(check his work here: www.rocky-rock.com). Thanks to him, I do what I do now.

How has your upbringing and or environment inspired you or shaped your design process?

I have always been interested in images – as a child, I used to read lots of comics. Then I started skating. Though I was better at shooting skaters than skating myself. So I went deeply into photography.  At that time skating and hip-hop were connected, I’ve discovered the graffiti scene and so on. Actually many things are linked and as I’m curious I always try to go deeper.  Click here to order Jean’s SHAOLIN JAZZ graphic tee.  To read more click>>> Read the rest of this entry