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BRNDD: Conversations with Creatives

Branded by dictionary definition in the commerce world means carrying the brand or trademark of a manufacture. In today’s world, the definition of a brand has opened up much more. Brand’s can be the label names we wear, the companies we support, down to our own individual selves. Join BRNDD hosts, Donte’ Cotton and Ronald James as they interview not just people behind the brands but also some of the influencers on these brands. Musicians, artists, athletes and store owners have created their own brand and we want to examine how these worlds collide. So tune in as BRNDD takes you inside the world of today’s creatives.
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Feb 19, 2017

     Joey Malkinski is a Brooklyn Park, MD native. growing up with a love of film, he always pursued his dream of directing and producing visual content. Ronald and Donte' sit down with the creative behind the company, Across the Bridge Productions and break down how he got to this point. 

    The BRNDD hosts go over the beginnings with Joey, from him starting his own class in high school and how he felt the need to move to NY to start his career(6:34). After moving to New York, Joey got the opportunity to be able to work with Justin Timberlake and Ciera, for their "Love, Sex, Magic" video(8:42). From there, he speaks about feeling the need to come back home and bring some of the projects back to Baltimore(9:30).

    The BRNDD hosts also get Joey to expound on working with the great Wally Pfister(cinematographer for The Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception), Def Jam and even working on Future's I'm Just Being Honest documentary (10:53). 

    The show leads into ATB's future and what Joey wants it to stand for. From envisioning Baltimore being the East Coast Portland to and ATB being one of the city's major video content exporters(18:01). He also talks about how they currently do work for Comcast, have some viral PSAs and an upcoming commercial for March Madness(23:42) and gives advise on how to get into production and how you could possibly work for ATB(25:40).

 

Joey Malinski's

 

E-Mail: joey@atbproductions.com

Twitter:

@JoeyMalinski

Instagram:

@atbproductions

 

ATB Productions' 

Website: atbproductions.com

 

 BRNDD 10: Playlist 

 

BRNDD Podcast:

E-Mail: brndd@debonairmaterial.com

Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/brnddpodcast

Twitter:

@DebMaterial

Instagram:

@debonairmaterial

facebook:

www.facebook.com/DebonairMaterial/

Ronald James

Twitter and Instagram:

@whoisronjames

Donte Cotton

Twitter and Instagram:

@Cotteonsmooth

 

Feb 12, 2017

Donte' and Ron are back again. This week they caught up with Jerrill Sankey, the owner of Creative King. Jerrill crafts his hats by hand, from scratch. A unique aspect in an industry where everything is manufactured and mass produced, Creative King exists in a space of its own. In the span of a few years, the head of Creative King went from a Public School Janitor to a recognizable, internationally sold brand. 

Before they get into the interview, Donte' and Ron speak about the art of freelancing(1:05). Then Ron tells the story of seeing Creative King for the first time(7:15) and allows Jerill to tell us how long his journey has been, moving to Maryland and being inspired by 90's hip-hop fashion, like Roc-a-Wear and FUBU (11:00).

The conversation leads into dealing with criticism and how it helps personal and business growth(16:22). He also talks about the transition from janitorial work to working at Sewlab USA(25:15). To rap it up, the three talk about the future of Creative King; from working on being carried in Dover Street Market and Opening Ceremony, expanding the brand to bags and building the team(42:33)

 

Creative King's 

Website: 

http://www.creative-king.com/

 

Twitter:

@creativekingllc

Instagram:

@creativekingllc

 BRNDD 10: Playlist 

https://play.spotify.com/user/brnddpodcast/playlist/7ALKJzJhJtdctoouneP5GR

BRNDD Podcast:

E-Mail: brndd@debonairmaterial.com

Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/brnddpodcast

Twitter:

@DebMaterial

Instagram:

@debonairmaterial

facebook:

www.facebook.com/DebonairMaterial/

Ronald James

Twitter and Instagram:

@whoisronjames

Donte Cotton

Twitter and Instagram:

@Cotteonsmooth

 

 

Feb 2, 2017

The BRNDD podcast has reached double digits! To celebrate, they bring on one of their most successful guests to date. Two-time New York Times Best selling Author, Editor-At-Large for Salon.com, and contributor to a hosts of publications; from ESPN, to Rolling Stone, to the New York  Times, D. Watkins. 

Ron sparks off the conversation with asking D to speak on the moment he realized it was important for someone to speak on black culture from the inside, opposed to other outlets controlling the narrative(6:38). D. also speaks on how things like police brutality affected his writing experiences and how he didn't even think reading was for him growing up, being only exposed to white literature. 

Later, D. Speaks on getting into Johns Hopkins for his Masters, being inspired to write and submitting his work to 500 agents before getting his first deal(20:55)! He also speaks on the process of getting his work out through essays such as Too Poor for Pop Culture, which had over one million hits in one day. This lead to a three hour wait for his first book deal(24:34). D. also speaks on planning his future projects, and how hard it is to release a book when he's working on writing for movies such as; Mike Brown's biopic, a possible Netflix series and Jada Pinkett-Smith's directorial Debut(50:45). He ends the podcast by being the first guest to ever give his BRNDD 10 playlist live(1:12:35)! 

 

D. Watkin's 

Website: 

http://d-watkins.com/

Salon.com Articles 

http://www.salon.com/writer/d_watkins/ 

Twitter:

@dwatkinsworld

Instagram:

@dwatkinsworld

 BRNDD 10: Playlist 

https://play.spotify.com/user/brnddpodcast/playlist/3vyfxlj7LBpQtudLMNx4jb

BRNDD Podcast:

E-Mail: brndd@debonairmaterial.com

Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/brnddpodcast

Twitter:

@DebMaterial

Instagram:

@debonairmaterial

facebook:

www.facebook.com/DebonairMaterial/

Ronald James

Twitter and Instagram:

@whoisronjames

Donte Cotton

Twitter and Instagram:

@Cotteonsmooth

 

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