Rock'n The Mike
About This Show
Rock'n the Mike is a general humorous bi-monthly talk radio format audio podcast which typically showcases famous & successful entrepreneurs, musicians, comedians & entertainers of all levels talking about their passions, political issues, technology news and interesting personal inside industry revelations. The show is hosted by musician, filmmaker & political junkie, Michael J. Carrasquillo.
Most Recent Episode
RTM024: Exile Ramirez, Super Popping Hip-Hop Music Video
May 4 12
We welcome Exile Ramirez to Rock'n The Mike for his first on-air interview where we chat about Whiskey, celebrity holograms and making music videos!
Exile is a friend of mine from back when I worked in Manhattan with Music Video directors Jim Swaffield and Ulysses Terrero.
Facial Hair Blues.
As usual when guests arrive at Rock'n The Mic studios they forget that we have a three camera setup. So when Exile showed up he forgot that he had a rather bushy beard, which prompted us to talk about barber shop stories...
Respect The Whiskey.
When Exile showed up to the house he was somewhat nervous (understandably) since this was his first live interview, but the best part about having guests come in about a half hour early is that we have time to try and calm them down a bit. I think, for the most part, he was calm but he became calmer when he came across a bottle of Jameson whiskey that I had lying around. So, since I'm not really going to drink that stuff anyway—I use it for marinades and cooking—I decided to go ahead and let him polish off the rest of the bottle...yeah he calmed down quite well.
Mentions: A-Love, Ulysses Terrero
What Goodfellas Enterprises Could Have done To Help It Succeed.
Goodfellas entertainment was housed in the same suite that I worked with Jim Swaffield in. The back of the office, which was ours, is where we did all the post-production for Trapped in the Closet and Goodfellas was in the front of the suite. We regularly bumped into each other.
Tupac Hologram An Industry Pandora's Box?
Considering Exile is in the hip-hop industry making music videos, I decided I'd try to get his initial response on the Tupac hologram at Coachella. I'm sure we both thought the novelty of it was quite awesome but there's a lot of hidden issues that this hologram concept will be raising in the music industry for years to come.
My opinion is that this is a marketing pilot program that will eventually bring artists to start litigating about what "in perpetuity" really means (there's some irony). Reminiscent of the arguments about artists owning their (recording) masters.
Video Clips Mentioned:
40yr Old Virgin Clip - "Big Words Taken As Disrespect"
Dude get's eaten in Jurassic Park
BREAK MUSIC: Robbie Shades "It's Over" First single off that "Broadway Barrett" mixtape -
Finishing The Unfinished.
Sometimes as a music video director you'll have your "runaway video" and by that I mean a video that you started but for some reason (budget, lack of interest