Produced by Bad Mr. Bassman, this album is a collaborative project that sparked magic. We were waiting for one thing: to share it with you!

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The project

 

 

Wattup People! Welcome to our crowd funding campaign for our first album: Dark Screens! It’s finally here and we couldn’t be more proud to share it with you guys !

 

We = Obvrse Barwin and Bad Mr. Bassman

 

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A little bit about us, how we met, and how this whole thing got sparked

 

We met in the sixth grade on the first day. Bassman says he remembers me climbing a tree during recess. I really wish I could remember doing that. At the end of that first year of junior high, Bad Mr. Bassman left to another school across town and we didn’t see each other for the next decade. 11 years pass, cut to 23 years old, and one day we just bumped into each other at the local pub.  We started talking, got to remembering those fun times, and we ended up talking music. It just so happened that I had been rapping and writing rhymes relentlessly for the past six or seven years, had released two projects under another stage name, and I learned that he had just graduated with a degree in sound engineering from Full Sail University. He invited me to come hang out at the studio and yeah, it turned out he was a beast on the bass! What came next was only natural: “Dude I think we should try making a full album. I’ve been trying to find people to help me make my own music. If you’re up for it... I’m not doing anything all summer...let’s get to work! You produce and I'll rhyme!” 

 

Creating the Album

 

Making this album we witnessed magic. We spent countless 15-hour days in the studio, playing and writing away, trying to find that perfect sound and balance that would make both our universes resonate with each other. Sometimes, I wonder how we were able to come up with the melodies, the rhythms... You could ask us questions about so many parts of this album and our answer would be: I have no idea man, it just happened. If I had to give a straight answer, I’d repeat what someone told me: luck is where hard work meets opportinuty. We were lucky enough to have a studio which allowed us to press "record" in the middle of what we called "5 A.M. burnout sessions". Those are the sessions during which anything can happen. Everyone is tired and lashing out; those are the sessions during which something would just click in the music and sparks would fly.

 

Funny enough, our earliest memory of us making cool sounds together is the banging of our foreheads on our desks in history class. That was out of despair, after our teacher would yell out the grades of our last pop quiz.

 

We promised ourselves, the drums on our tracks would bang even harder. They do!

 

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The Music

 

 

 

Making this album a collaborative process was really important to us.  Bringing all the musicians into Grey Patch Studios was our way of bringing new people into our world. They all came through and they kindly blessed this album with bass lines, drum patterns, sax solos, and guitar riffs that still blow my mind. We never thought we would have that much quality, that level of musicianship on our album. D*mn it’s gunna feel good playing these songs live!

 

Check out our drummer:

 

 

All of the artists involved in this project blended their various musical influences and genres with our records, making Dark Screens a hip-hop fusion album at the cross roads between hip hop, jazz, funk, and rock n’ roll..

 

During post-production we were really lucky to work with Scott Hull from Masterdisk Studios, NY, a veteran mastering engineer, who specializes in fusion projects like ours. Scott really helped us bring power and depth to our tracks. We still can’t believe our album was mastered by the same guy who worked with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Bob Dylan, Nirvana, and Jay-Z! Insane!

 

Masterdisk NY

 

DARK SCREENS - OFFICIAL TRACKLIST

 

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Why fund it?

With your help we will be able to pay for the following:

 

Mastering @ Masterdisk NY: 2190€ ($2475)

 

_1 Mastered version for CD Duplication: 2275 USD 

_1 Mastered version for iTunes : 200 USD

 

Graphic Design: 1500€ ($1700)

 

_Album cover

_Digital Booklet

_Press kit

_T-shirt designs

_Illustrations, Photos, KissKissBankBank graphics...

 

Rewards (with shipping costs) : 1000€ ($1134)

 

_Pressing Dark Screens: 300 euros

_Printing Dark Screens "The Book": 300 euros

_Painting (Paint and Canvas)

 

All of the extra amount we collect will go to promoting this album: creating the best possible visuals in order to bring you guys into our world. 

 

 

REWARDS RECAP

 

RIPPIT RIPPIT PACK - For 10 € or more:                              

 

_DIGITAL COPY of DARK SCREENS

_DIGITAL COPY of DARK SCREENS the BOOK

 

We will send everything to your email address by WeTransfer.

 

FOREST GUMS PACK - For 15 € or more:                            

 

_DIGITAL COPY of DARK SCREENS

_DIGITAL COPY of DARK SCREENS the BOOK

_FOREST GUMS ALTERNATE VERSION featuring Amar (KKBB Exclusive)

 

We will send everything to your email address by WeTransfer.

 

ANALOG PACK - For 30 € or more:                                          

 

_PHYSICAL COPY of DARK SCREENS

_PHYSICAL COPY of DARK SCREENS “THE BOOK”:

_FOREST GUMS ALTERNATE VERSION featuring Amar (KKBB Exclusive)

                 

This is for the analog people in a digital world. With this pack you get objects that you can touch, feel, and play around with. We wanted to have objects people could keep as art, objects they could go back to and rediscover. 

 

We will send everything to your email address by post.

 

LEAF PACK - For 30 € or more:    

 

_EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT (or TANK TOP for the ladies)

_DIGITAL COPY of DARK SCREENS

_DIGITAL COPY of DARK SCREENS THE BOOK

_FOREST GUMS ALTERNATE VERSION featuring Amar (KKBB Exclusive)

 

In this pack you get an exclusive t-shirt we designed exclusively for this campaign. We decided to call this t-shirt “ The Leaf", in reference to a punchline in the song Forest Gums about Adam and Eve.

 

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ANALOG PACK (Deluxe Edition) - For 40 € or more:       

 

_SIGNED COPY of DARK SCREENS

_SIGNED COPY of DARK SCREENS “THE BOOK.”

_FOREST GUMS ALTERNATE VERSION featuring Amar (KKBB Exclusive)

_Your Name in the THANK YOU NOTES at the end of  the book:

 

GREY PATCH PACK - For 50 € or more:            

 

_SIGNED COPY of DARK SCREENS

_SIGNED COPY of DARK SCREENS “THE BOOK.”

_FOREST GUMS ALTERNATE VERSION featuring Amar (KKBB Exclusive)

_Your Name in the THANK YOU NOTES at the end of the book:

_EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT (or TANK TOP for the ladies)

 

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POSTERIZED PACK- For 85 € or more :             

 

_SIGNED COPY of DARK SCREENS

_SIGNED COPY of DARK SCREENS “THE BOOK.”

_FOREST GUMS ALTERNATE VERSION featuring Amar (KKBB Exclusive)

_Your Name in the THANK YOU NOTES at the end of the book

_EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT (or TANK TOP for the ladies)

_UNIQUE PAINTING illustrating a line of the song Happy Slaps and Floppy Disks.

 

Every painting follows the same idea but is a unique piece. Here is the video of us finding a cool way to make the painting and illustrate a punchline from the song Happy Slaps and Floppy Disks feat. Tahya

 

Check it out:

 

 

GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING PACK- For 100 € or more :         

 

_4 PHYSICAL COPIES of DARK SCREENS (Yours signed)

_4 PHYSICAL COPIES of DARK SCREENS “The Book.”(Yours signed)

_FOREST GUMS ALTERNATE VERSION featuring Amar (KKBB Exclusive)

 

Hopefully one copy of both you’ll keep for yourself and three copies you can gift to people around you

 

POSTERIZED PACK Deluxe- For 200 € or more (Limited to 5):                 

 

_EVRYTHING

_Invitation to come visit us on the set of the first video for the first official release off Dark Screens

_Your name in the video credits

ETERNAL GRATITUDE PACK - For 500 € or more (Limited to 3):             

 

_EVERYTHING

_Invitation to the studio

_BBQ with the person of your choice: 

 

 

THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH! :)

 

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Obvrse Barwin

Born in 1989, Obvrse Barwin is a hip-hop artist, who grew up between Washington D.C. and Paris. His father spent years working as a war reporter and a journalist, which gave the family an opportunity to call a couple different places “home” and to travel. Even though his mother was a French teacher at the time, she is the one who pushed for a bilingual... See more

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Quel projet de fou ! Tout est fait avec beaucoup de coeur, ça s'entend & ça se voit :) Je suis certaine que d'ici peu, j'irai vous voir dans un belle salle de concert !!!! Gardez votre univers, votre énergie & continuez à nous transporter avec ce que vous faites :) PEACE !
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Go for it Amaury, on a hâte de voir/entendre John et Anaïs
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THE SUPPORT IS HUMBLING... TRULY! THANK YOU