Week in Pop: 93 Bulls, Pictorial Candi, Satellite Jockey

Sjimon Gompers

Kicking back with 93 Bulls; press photo courtesy of the artists.

93 Bulls

Meet 2017's champs 93 Bulls; press photos courtesy of the artists.

Meet 2017’s champs 93 Bulls; press photos courtesy of the artists.

Not too long ago, we helped debut the world to the colossal collaboration between LA’s power-house talents Cool Calm Chrys, Ryan Pollie of Los Angeles Police Department & Brendan Lynch Salamon with the single “Silver Lining” from their upcoming self-titled EP & today we present the world premiere of the official music video made by their good friend Greg Dillon. In our earliest conversations with the crew’s center star Chrys, he described the creation of 93 Bulls as being something of a “nostalgic project” where the three of them connect around the concept that “creation is more important than anything else.” Employing their own particular brand of sunny Los Angeles cheer with a clever combination of cool, calculated, honest & confident styles; Chrys, Ryan & Brandon trade aesthetic contributions according to their own self-prescribed ethos “concept of monetizing art as well as finding ones true self have always been clashing ideals within himself,” they described to us, “But, every dark cloud has a silver lining.”

The visual for 93 Bulls’ “Silver Lining” is almost everything you would imagine from the track’s inherent hazy spring breeze eco-system that keeps the lo & hi-fi cadences swiftly sailing on cloud nine. From the humble garage-show christmas light-lit fanfare to the bright venue stages, we see Chrys & crew living up to the Cool Calm code of their 93 Bulls title that their leader defined for us as “synonymous with dominance, swagger, & the all around cool that the 90’s embodied.” That team spirit is seen here in full DIY mode where the 1993 reverences for idolizing Jordan balling his tongue out, John Paxson nailing threes from the corner & more in a festival of colorful lights, balloons, blunts, PBRs, showmanship & confetti. Behold the new-new 93 Bulls working together to be that very force what will be talked about for years to follow.

Shooting hoops, stratospheres & birds with 93 Bulls' own superstar Cool Calm Chrys; press photo courtesy of the artist.

Shooting hoops, stratospheres & birds with 93 Bulls’ own superstar Cool Calm Chrys; press photo courtesy of the artist.

Rolling into the holiday-light strung frame with confidence, 93 Bulls’ Cool Calm Chrys struts into the picture as Brandon & Ryan work as offstage deck-hands unseen in the wings providing the star CCC with some home-style bottle service. Brushing off the balloons, handing over the beer can before being rained in bucks; Chrys is brought his specs, a Rubic’s cube that is exchanged for a Samuari sword that is then traded for one of the emcee’s favorite beanies right as he partakes of a tightly rolled treat lit by a tiki torch. Rockefeller-level dreams are enjoyed with a home brew flair that is met with a passion for the city of LA where we see freeway rolling scenes of riding with Chrys to stage performance footage that shines in the revelry of what is part of the new brood of Southern California that have been simmering in the underground & are now (more than previously) rising up to the surface. We had a chance earlier this week to catch up with 93 Bulls’ main star CCC in the following transcribed interview:

Describe the making of the visual treatment for your breakout single “Silver Lining”.

We had the pleasure of working with a really good friend of ours Greg who heard the track and immediately wanted to put a visual together. It was a great experience creating something with a group of people that really enjoy the process.

Give us insights on what other jams you got cooking and what we should expect.

Our next single “Denim Pockets” is going to drop in the coming weeks as well as a accompanying visual. That song is a little more thematic so we are trying to push the envelope a little bit with the visuals. Following that we are looking to roll out the complete EP, which should be epic.

Orchard strolls with the winning team of 93 Bulls; press photo courtesy of the artist.

Orchard strolls with the winning team of 93 Bulls; press photo courtesy of the artist.

Any upcoming releases in the pipeline?

Definitely! “Denim Pockets” is the next one on the way and we really hope everybody loves it. Definitely one of my personal favorites cause its a reflection of my life at the time that it was made.

Other artists right now that you want to recognize?

Without a doubt, it would have to be Ryan from LAPD. That man is a soft spoken genius and his subject matter is always on point. If you get a chance, definitely check out his latest music video for “Grown”.

Kicking back with 93 Bulls; press photo courtesy of the artists.

Kicking back with 93 Bulls; press photo courtesy of the artists.

What have you been listening to a lot of lately?

I’ve been bouncing around a lot lately. Everything from Future to Bruce Springsteen. If there’s an album that has constantly been in rotation for me it would have to be Sampha’s Process album.

What currently has been a driving motivational factor for you in your life?

It’s funny, cause I had this conversation with my mom recently and figured out the perfect way to describe the reason why I do the things that I do. I’m an addict. I’m not addicted to tangible things, but I’m addicted to a feeling. And I’m always trying to make it feel like the first time that I did it.

Retro-seasons being thrown forward to the new lo-fi hip hop game of 93 Bulls' own Cool Calm Chrys; press photo courtesy of the artists.

Retro-seasons being thrown forward to the new lo-fi hip hop game of 93 Bulls’ own Cool Calm Chrys; press photo courtesy of the artists.

Care to share the 93 Bulls spring & summer plan?

Releasing the EP, do as many shows as humanly possible [laughs], and to get back in the studio and start working on the second EP. After a few preliminary meetings with Ryan & Brendan, we are trying to ramp it up a notch and bring something more cinematic for the next one. You guys should hear some of this insane samples these guys are pulling. So that’s our biggest goals this year. If you want us in your city, then ask your promoter!

Parting reflections?

I want to say thank you to Sjimon for being a believer in us, he’s one of the first to catch the wave. Thanks to anyone that’s taken the time to show us some love. Thanks to Ryan for being a mentor. Thanks to Brendan for pushing my sonic boundaries. Thanks to Impose for giving us a platform. Now, lets get wavy.

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