Crazy Thing by Sonic Masquerade

Fred Sweet, of the La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival, emailed us about his wonderful event right as Ken David and I were developing SONIC MASQUERADE.

Our production, SONIC MASQUERADE, is an evolving live rock event featuring Olga Sem and her extraordinary performance troupe INTERNATIONAL Fame.  Olga Sem is a fantastic, award winning, mask and costume designer.  SONIC MASQUERADE arrive all clad in handcrafted artisan, LED, Venetian inspired costumes, each with their own expression and talent to offer the world. 

Since Olga Sem is Internationally renowned, I thought it would be inspiring to bring her, and some of her troupe to the La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival (LJIFFF) with us to show off some of these fantastic costumes. 

When Olga told us she had some great footage we could use to make a music video.  Ken said, "Show us what you've got"  and it's become one of the hooks for this song.  

Alex Oley has created this fantastic behind the scenes footage of the troupe and our live tour and his footage is what we are editing to create our first music video together. 

Ken David wrote, directed, orchestrated, produced, engineered and played all the guitars on the track of our new music video, CRAZY THING by Sonic Masquerade. 

CRAZY THING was recorded and mastered at METAL HAWK STUDIOS in Sun Valley, CA in collaboration with engineer phenom, David L. Franklin and co-engineer, Jimmy Salazar.  Chuck Blazer is on Keyboards, Alan Winkle is  on drums, and KC Anderson is on bass.  

This musical team has written and produced hundreds of soundtracks together and are now creating the entire soundtrack for the live evolving show, SONIC MASQUERADE. When this overwhelmingly powerful soundtrack was complete, Ken told me to put some lyrics down and to sing over the epic track.  I was mortified and elated. This has to be the biggest break I’ve ever had in my life.  I figured since me getting to be a part of this was because of Fred Sweet’s invite to his festival, I should sing about walking the red carpet and showing everyone what we’ve got.  Crazy Thing was born. Lyrics and Music by jill Gatsby and Ken David

“Crazy Thing” began to take on a life of its own as Ken David produced me in the studio.  He helped me to create and develop my singing character and then helped write these super fun and inspiring lyrics.  It’s been one wild ride and all my dreams have come true in the making of this epic music video.  I am living  the greatest masquerade that ever was. More importantly, I am living it with the love of my life,  my genius producer, Ken David!  

I am humbled, and grateful, to be a part of all this project and I feel blessed to be able to share it with all of you.  

  • Ken David
    Director
  • Ken David
    Writer
    Red Sea Rising
  • Jill Gatsby
    Writer
    The Naked Truth
  • Ken David
    Producer
  • Jill Gatsby
    Producer
  • Ken David
    Key Cast
    "All Guitars"
  • Jill Gatsby
    Key Cast
    "Lead Vocals"
  • Olga Sem
    Key Cast
    "Costume Designer"
  • Mask International
    Key Cast
    "FAME"
  • Alex Oley
    Key Cast
    "Cinematographer"
  • Jill Gatsby
    Key Cast
    "Editor"
  • Ken David - Guitars
    Sonic Masquerade
  • Jill Gatsby - Vocals
    Sonic Masquerade
  • KC Anderson - Bass
    Sonic Masquerade
  • Chuck Blazer - Keyboards
    Sonic Masquerade
  • David L. Franklin - Drums
    Sonic Masquerade
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Genres:
    Fashion, rock opera, masquerade, Live orginal music, music
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 16, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    225,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    HD Video
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Ken David

Ken David Music
KEN DAVID MUSIC

As a musician from the generation that emerged from the Sunset Strip, Ken took the influences of the hard rock monsters that surrounded him. He became a multifaceted musician, producer, and engineer and later recorded and produced his band’s album “Eye of the Storm” under Interscope/Universal.

“The band does a wonderful job with their music sounding tight and well produced and mixed but not overly done so that you can appreciate all elements of their talents. “Gunner Slinger” is a perfect example of just that tight quality of sound with shredding guitars, a driving bassline and great drums to complete an instrumental song that exemplifies rock and roll completely.”

RED SEA RISING “Eye Of The Storm” CD Review By: Macavity
by: Shauna O'Donnell - Muen Magazine

“Understanding that every instrument has its part to play, both in the song and in the mix, is tricky, but in that respect "Eye of the Storm" proves that you can have a power metal arrangement in which the instruments don't have to fight for your attention all the time in the song and in the mix. Throughout "Eye of the Storm" each instrument is showcased in it's own way, whether it be a scorching guitar solo, a clever accompaniment, a harmonized vocal phrase or a galloping bass drum and snare pattern, each instrument brings something to every song that helps to enforce the arrangement instead of dominating it. This is no easy feat, but Red Sea Rising seem to have the knack for writing accompanying melodies and harmonies that fill in the gaps in the background of the composition, and slot each instrument in its own place in the mix. The solid rhythms work as a platform for Ken's solos to take off into the stratosphere.

Gunner Slinger (the album’s sole instrumental track) will be any guitarists favorite track as it showcases the shredability Ken possesses as he soars through the scales and nails pesky tremolo phrases with ease. His guitar tone is reminiscent of what you would come to expect from any stylistic soloist in the genre of power metal.”
By Zack Brenneman
Global Entertainment Mag

2018 has proven to be a demanding and productive year. Ken works with an unsurpassed song writing team with a proven track record.

How Will You Make A Difference?

Our Network feels a strong sense of responsibility to help make our world a better place .Our music world gives us the privilege of giving back to our world through our advocacy of many charitable organizations in the United States and throughout the world. This company has been set up BY musicians for musicians and film artists. We are founded on the premise that we have been blessed and have an obligation and responsibility to give back to our world. Our mission is to work to alleviate suffering,

encourage organ donation, aid with disaster relief and be our brother’s keeper. Our primary endeavor is to draw musicians and filmmakers to our site so that they can participate in their own success, but our secondary motive is to encourage these same musicians and filmmakers to give back to their worlds through advocacy of charitable causes. We have an army of artists from all aspects of the entertainment field working to promote their vision to help change the world. Our network speaks for itself, they are the finest the entertainment Industry has to offer.

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For me this about helping my entire team of supremely talented artists, filmmakers and musicians come together to realize dreams we've all been fearlessly pursuing our whole lives.