According to transworld.net, Chester French is releasing their second studio album this June via Karmaloop Records, so it’s safe to say Chester French ain’t no more on Star Trak Entertainment. By Kelli Hargrove. Karmaloop.com has launched the second generation of its multi-platform video content website, KarmaloopTV (KTV). The updated site focuses on the “Verge” culture- the tech savvy generation that has grown up on the internet- and is celebrating the site’s debut by releasing its new music video, “Black Girls,” by Chester French. “KTV is a dynamic, living and breathing showcase for the best, brightest, most talented and creative Verge culture influencers and personalities,” Karmaloop founder and CEO Greg Selkoe noted.
“It makes perfect sense for us to continually inspire and apply the most challenging and constantly evolving content and design elements to ensure that the website remains not at the forefront, but actually three to four steps ahead of would-be imitators.” Greg added, “There is no doubt Karmaloop TV is the epicenter of Verge Culture.” NEW YORK – (April 18, 2012) – Karmaloop TV is dedicated to covering the all-encompassing “Verge” lifestyle from music and fashion to art and technology. The completely redesigned KTV site debuts an edgy new look and feel ‘sbacked by powerful user functionality. More importantly along with technical and design changes comes an exciting new slate of programing, channels and formats! To mark the occasion of the launch of the new Karmaloop TV the site is debuting the stunning and controversial new music video, “Black Girls,” by indie sensation and Karmaloop Records band Chester French. This launch is capitalizing on Karmaloop TV increasing prominence in the domain of music video creation and direction.
The world premiere “Black Girls” music video drop is coming on the heels of two other Karmaloop TV directed and world premiered videos over the last several weeks: Diplo’s “Express Yourself” (Watch Below) shot on location in New Orleans and the Pharrell Williams produced “Skrung Owt” (Watch Below) by Fam-Lay. KTV recently announced the addition of critically praised director Shomi Patwary to the Karmaloop staff of acclaimed music video directors and television producers, including Matt Alonzo director of the Tyler, The Creator video Martians VS. Goblins, Julian Wadsworth aka ‘Lil Internet’ the creator of the New York Times’ chronicled “Sea Punk” trend, and Fabolous and Jadakiss video director Aristotle. The new Karmaloop TV site gives viewers a high-definition street-level look at emerging “Verge” culture phenomena, delving into politics, fashion, music and lifestyle issues with exclusive interviews that showcase iconic artists, musicians, designers and brands and delivering behind-the-scenes access to events and parties.
Diplo – Express Yourself feat. Nicky Da B (Official Music Video)
Karmaloop TV features content curated by the most relevant “Verge” personalities the first four are notable streetwear and sneaker designer Frank “The Butcher”, pro skateboarder Terry Kennedy, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams and Karmaloop founder and CEO Greg Selkoe. The new slate of KTV shows include the latest in style on the fashion driven “Buyer Wire” program, free style rap competition “Friends With Words”, in depth docuseries “Behind The Brand”, musician interview show “Tour Lore”, pop culture bouillabaisse “Daily Loop”, global affairs show “Globaloop”, travel and technology show “Sweat The World” with more exciting show announcements coming over the next weeks!
Karmaloop TV also features “Channels” that have curated original content created by brands, record labels, and celebrities they include: Matt Alonzo, The Visual Vandal, Dirty Laces, Stagg Street (erotic photog Ellen Stagg), Friends Vision, Palladium, Soul Assassins TV, Noir Media, Lamp & Boat, Insight, Here Comes The Neighborhood, FLUD Way TV, Exposure, Cypress Hill, Derrick G Channel, CtotheJL, Burton TV, All Day, Illusive Media, Hearty Magazine, By Any Means, Skullcandy TV, Society Original Projects, Lrg, Gravis, N*E*R*D, Fool’s Gold, R.V.C.A. and Analog. As befits a multiplatform network devoted to life on the verge, the re-launched KTV network celebrates youth culture with a wide range of programming, from progressive educational content to insider looks at current artistic projects to groundbreaking music videos that challenge assumptions about sex, love, race and politics. The redesigned site allows users to take it all in on a faster, cleaner platform.
Fam-Lay – Skrung Owt (Official Video)
“We’re stoked with KTV’s new look and enhanced performance, which is testament to our creative team’s unmatched genius,” Selkoe continued. “That said, we’re already looking at ways to further improve the site (including clickable ecommerce enabled video) toward launching tomorrow’s cultural revolutions sooner than others can even dream about it.” The KTV debut of Chester French’s “Black Girls” underscores the network’s status as a showcase for “Verge” culture’s unique passion and creativity. Featuring a video produced via the group’s first collaboration with famed Italian photographer Francesco Carrozzini, the single is a celebration of female beauty with a focus on same sex/interracial love and will be included on Chester French’s June release on Karmaloop Records.
The Chester French/Carrozzini production, the “Song for TNGRS” first video, shows Rie Rasmussen and Jodie Smith together in a game of playful seduction and passionate romance, depicted in the famed photographer’s signature style as seen in various cover and inside shoots in Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, W, New York, The New Yorker and L’Uumo Vogue.
Chester French – Black Girls (Official Video)