National Studios is a development concept for Washington DC's first large-scale full-service media production facility. Since I moved back to DC in 2006 and noticed the fragmented DC Film/TV scene, I've worked with various partners to bring this vision to life, including the Benjamin Banneker Development Company and former DC Mayor Sharon Pratt. As Director, I attended a trade mission to China with the Prince George's Economic Development Corporation, identified potential site locations, developed a comprehensive financial model, cultivated partnerships and recruited Davis Brody and Bond (NMAAHC, NYC 9/11)to join the project as lead architect in 2016.
I've attended the Cannes Festival and Market several times since 2003 in various roles, and have organized logistics, lodging, registrations and events, including a charity fundraiser for the One to One Childrens' Fund held at the Grand Ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton hosted by Omar Sharif in 2005. I love Cannes, for the visions, the voices and the stories from around the world, and I always look forward to going.
I'm not famous yet, although probably infamous in certain circles. People often ask if I've met famous people, or if I know anyone famous, and yes, I do. I don't usually ask for photos or autographs, as that wasn't interesting to me, but I get that others might find it interesting, and that can be fun. So here are some pictures of me with some famous people. And now you know if you take a picture with me, you are famous too. Or probably infamous.
I started BYZAR in 1994, torn from the pages of a dream hatched crashing with DJ Spooky in Julian Schnabel's penthouse in the Hotel Chelsea, then transcribed in Walter Worldwide's basement in Brooklyn to 4-track tapes sculptures of farfetched farfisa drones. drills and wrenches gently clattering on empty gas canisters. We built an illbient scene, made deeply strange records, a video on MTV and then vanished for decades. the rest is mystery...
The GADGET Center was a project I took on while finishing my MBA at Howard University, converting a former bank branch into a community entrepreneurship center to the Georgia Avenue corridor neighboring Howard University. GADGET hosted a SBA satellite office (DCSBDC link), free IRS VITA tax preparation services and several community organization meetings, providing HU students with opportunities to help local entrepreneurs and businesses.
As a teen I won a national award for experimental photography, and continue to experiment in mixed media, largely favoring photography as a starting point for painting with light, time, energy and circumstance. I have designs for large-scale installational & interactional works, as featured at the Kitchen ("Resonatryx') and have shown recently at the Granoff Center in Providence and DC's Artomatic.
Throughout my careers, I've played many roles, dramatically and professionally, and I evolve personae to express myself in myriad circumstances while maintaining my essence.
Phantom Dancehall is a radio program I currently produce, as "the Phantom Selekta") with DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid, aka Paul D. Miller, noted artist, composer, DJ and musician. Featuring an eclectic mix of current and classic dancehall, hip hop, dubstep and beyond, Phantom Dancehall airs on Friday nights at 11PM on Jamaica's Fame95 FM.
Ace Kyngston is what "AK" stands for, and is a version/remix of myself that is willing to be seen, unlike other ninja versions... Unfettered by self-conscience or concern for other's opinions, Ace is the place where my dudes emerge, and is probably all I am cracked up to be. Imagine a cosmic blender afterparty, into which Jimi Hendrix, Andy Warhol, Prince, Bowie, Dali, Kahlo, Bruce Lee, Jim Morrison, James Brown and various and sultry others sauntered in, then pour the liquified discontents into a fresh bottle of Ace Kyngston, then stir, shake and serve over ice.
The Resonatryx: a complex of intertwined electronic circuitry designed to produce sounds yet unheard, a gang of droids in concert. Resonatryx Mark 1 was in the Triangle Building in NYC's Chinatown, and hatched the first Byzar record "Gaiatronyk vs The Cheap Robots" along with probably the first mash-up "Darth Vader vs. The Sugar Plum Fairies", and if that came out before you were born, don't argue. RyzoMark2 revels in an undiscloesd location in Wshington DC and currently produces Phantom Dancehall and past, present and future works from Byzar, Ace Kyngston and the Ghostz of More.
In 2016, among other things, I began composing haiku, more than 250 so far, and I write a few every week. I like the strict 5-7-5 form, and find it oddly useful in squeezing out complicated feelings, observation, challenges and nuances about life.
With my lovely and talented former wife Patricia Maryse Guillouard, a Parisian designer, entrepreneur and L.E.S. icon who now runs CaryTown teas, I co-owned Studio 109, a custom leather design atelier on St. Marks Place in NYC. We dressed many celebrities, including J-Lo, Julia Roberts, Lauryn HIll, Ozzy Osborne, Lenny Kravitz, Keith Richards, etc. and empowered women ( and men) to appreciate their natural curves. As the business partner, I doubled our revenues, moved us to a bigger store and took us to shows and showrooms in Paris, the Hamptons, Aspen, Los Angeles and Iceland. We never recovered from 9/11.
I was the resident sound designer/mastermind for many of the Soundlab/Cultural Alchemy Events in NYC in the 90's including Abstrakt, Molecular, including the 1996 Soundlab at the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, for which I designed and managed a large-scale distributed audio network with 5 performance zones linked via matrixed Yamaha PM-1000 housed in a tent outside the Anchorage. During this event, which also featured a hurricane, I personally stroked the Brooklyn Bridge, moving an analog bass wave from Byzar's Megman from one end of the anchorage to the other during DJ Spooky's set. And it felt good.
Some of the forces that influences me
after 9/11, i moved to LA and fell in with some old friends, including Silas Mitchell, currently starring in Grimm, who ran the Met Theatre. I did sound design for a few plays, performed dadaist routines in "Consanguinity" and produced and starred in "The Crossroads" by noted African playwright Josse Kossi Efoui. Eventually I joined the Met's Board for a moment, then disappeared to Europe (see Cannes)
Audioism designs and sells high-resolution audiophile equipment. I helped launch the company, doing early R&D, operations and sales, including the first system sale to Songbyrd Cafe, DC's best new music venue.