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Help me get my documentary onto Netflix and iTunes, and to finish up my next full length album for 2015!

Hello everybody! It’s me, your friendly neighborhood teacher/rapper/hero, Random, aka Mega Ran. Here we are back on the Kickstarter with a huge project!

Every year since I decided to take on this music thing full time in 2011 has been a journey…sometimes good, sometimes bad, but always a challenge. The main goal for me has always been to continue to grow and to keep innovating and giving you great and thoughtful music projects.

This year we stepped into the world of film, thanks to an amazing director, Mike Cardoza, who agreed to travel with us on his own dime to shoot an awesome documentary of myself and a live band, called Mega Lo Mania. It dropped in August 2014 to some great reviews.

We were then faced with a task that was more daunting that I ever thought it would be, which was promoting and distributing a film. I know all about music, but the film world was one that I was not prepared for! There’s film festivals, movie reviewers and the like, not to mention, putting your film in front of people so they can enjoy it.

We put in the man-hours to create the content and put it out, out of our own pockets, but when it came time to figure out distribution and promotion, we were quite frankly out of money. Additionally, most retailers and festivals require a film to be 60 minutes, and ours is currently at 40. This requires reshooting, repackaging and re-releasing the video, as Mega Lo Mania: The Director’s Cut.

This Director’s Cut will feature:

more performance footage
interviews with legendary and influential musicians about me and our work
more history of chiptunes, VGM and hip-hop
much more!
Here’s a breakdown of costs:

Getting a movie on Netflix (HD)= $999

Getting a movie on iTunes= $1500 + yearly fees

Getting a movie into Redbox =$1395

Getting a movie into Amazon= $150

Getting your movie into just HALF of the hundreds of film festivals all over the world= over $1000 in submission fees

total= over $5000… to distribute a film…AFTER making it. Whoa.

So, here we are, back at Kickstarter to figure out how the heck to get the most out of the time and effort we’ve already put in. Tough stuff.

At the same time, I’m working on my 2015 full-length album, tentatively titled “Wouldn’t Miss It For The World,” and I honestly think it’s my best stuff in a long time. It’s the blend of soul/jazz-hop, chiptune and new-age that I’ve been trying to put together for years. Right now I have some amazing contributors to that album, like K-Murdock, Homeboy Sandman, MURS, Joell Ortiz, Austin Wintory (Journey, flOw) and many more. We want to do VINYL for this release as well, so hopefully any additional funds over the $5000 we make can go towards that album.

I have a lot of ideas for stretch goals that I’ll share, like a SURPRISE PROJECT I’ve been holding for a special occasion, but first things first, we need the distribution funds to make this video do what we know it can do, be a success!

Thank you for reading and sharing! Let’s make history all over again.

Raheem

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Mega Ran….Beyond.


While in San Francisco…

I hung out with Greg and Colin at IGN, for Podcast Beyond Episode 365, and the results were pretty amazing… we talked music, and I played a few tracks live. Check it out!



http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/10/21/podcast-beyond-episode-365-freedom-wars-and-megaran

SHOWS:

no more, except one on Halloween at Mansfield University!!

mega ran halloween 2014

The Last Tour Of The Year


Yep, this is it! Last chance to catch me before I go back home and write and learn new songs to play next year!

FAM FICTION TOUR w/Fresh Kils, Coolzey, Schaffer The Darklord and more

Dates:

Sep 18 Yucca Tap Room Tempe, AZ
Sep 20 Music Room Oklahoma City, OK
Sep 21 The Demo St Louis, MO
Sep 22 The Drinkery Cincinnati, OH
Sep 23 Belvedere’s Pittsburgh, PA
Sep 24 Spike Hill Brooklyn, NY
Sep 26 Muncheez Beckley, WV
Sep 27 New Brookland Tavern Columbia, SC
Sep 28 12th and Porter Nashville, TN
Sep 29 Snug Harbor Charlotte, NC
Sep 30 Music Room Atlanta, GA
Oct 01 the geek easy Orlando, FL
Oct 03-05 Tomodachi Fest Boise, ID
Oct 09 Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
Oct 11 The Door Dallas, TX
Oct 13 SHRINE Tulsa, OK
Oct 14 john barleycorns Wichita, KS
Oct 15 The Underground, Santa Fe, NM
Oct 16 Green Room, Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 17 The Beauty Bar, Las Vegas, NV
Oct 18 Homestead Bowl, Cupertino, CA
Oct 19 Honey Hive San Francisco, CA

The Otherworld Tour (UK/EU, Sept 2014)



PHOENIX, AZ
– Teacher turned rapper, Random, better known as Mega Ran, will be reuniting with Phoenix based MC, Mr. Miranda and bringing their unique brand of retro powered hip-hop to back across the pond the UK this September for “The Otherworld Tour.”

mega ran uk tour 2014

Ran, who made his name with tributes to classic game franchises like Mega Man and Final Fantasy, will be performing new and old music to crowds all across jolly old England, Scotland and France, accompanied by local support from the area’s best chiptune and indie rap acts.
“It’ll be great to come back, a bit wiser and more seasoned,” says Ran, who last visited in April 2012 for “The UK Underground Tour” with K- Murdock. “I am really lucky to say this will be my 3rd time out there.”

Ran will be joined by partner in rhyme Mr. Miranda, who Ran teams with in a duo called MIRANDOM. The two released an acclaimed project in 2011, and various collaborations together since 2009. “He’s my brother from another,” Ran says of Miranda. “We’ve been touring together since 2009, now we get to take it to the next level.”

Miranda’s new album “Honesty is Not a Sin,” produced entirely by 3kubebeats, a producer from Ghana, is available now.
Mirandom is preparing an exclusive online release before the tour: get The OTHERWORLD EP here:

mega ran miranda otherworld EP

https://random.bandcamp.com/album/the-otherworld-ep

The gang is also offering rewards for financial support on the road, check out the FundRazr campaign at:
https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/aoiJ2/ab/5FuTe?

Promoters or media outlets wishing to contact Ran and Miranda on the road should be directed to BOOKMEGARAN@GMAIL.COM for inquiries or interviews. Stay tuned to Twitter for updates or show additions: @MegaRan and @MisterMiranda83.

Otherworld Tour Dates:

Sept 4 and 5 – ALCON, Leicester

Sept 6 – Centre for Computing History, Cambridge

Sept 7 – The Ritz, Glasgow

Sept 9 – Surya, London

Sept 10 – Kawaii Cafe, Paris

Sept 11-12 Superbyte Festival, Manchester

Sept 13 – Hootenanny, Brixton

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Mega Lo Mania: A Nerd Rap Documentary


mega ran documentary megalomania

Phoenix, Arizona – August 19, 2014 – Glasswork Media is pleased to announce the debut of Mega-Lo-Mania , a captivating 30-minute-long documentary chronicling a recent tour by former educator-turned-indie-rap-hero Random, aka Mega Ran. Mega-Lo-Mania will be available in both digital and physical formats on August 25, with pre-orders now available giving fans exclusive access to in-depth liner notes by Mega Ran and never-before-released live recordings (MP3 format) from the tour as a special thank you.

Pre-orders can be placed here: Mega-Lo-Mania Purchase Page

Filmmaker Michael Cardoza traveled alongside Mega Ran and soul/funk band, The Lo-Classics, through three cities and got more than he bargained for:

“I saw so much more than a music tour… I saw friends and teammates bound together by a mutual passion for music and for putting on a great show. They all have different personalities, and they all came together so perfectly over that weekend,” Cardoza says of the time he spent with the group filming.

Over several days in February, 2014, Philadelphia-born Mega Ran and Phoenix, Arizona-based band The Lo-Classics joined forces for Mega-Lo-Mania , a mini-tour that would span Tempe, AZ, Hollywood, CA and Las Vegas, NV. What ensued was sometimes amazing, sometimes chaotic, but always entertaining.

“I had a blast,” Ran says of the tour. “It didn’t totally go as I’d expected, but I think that’s the best story to tell; that it won’t always work out 100% according to plan, and that making adjustments on the fly is such a big part of what we do. I love the way the documentary came out.”

Mega-Lo-Mania – Official Documentary Trailer (2014)

The five-man band most notably linked with Mega Ran at a show-stealing performance in Seattle, WA in 2013 at PAX (Penny Arcade Expo), playing for over 2,500 people in a packed room at The Paramount Theater. Since then, they’ve played shows with acts like The Protomen, MC Frontalot, and The Megas, among others.

Mega-Lo-Mania , The 30-minute-long documentary film, will premiere at FilmBar, an award winning wine bar and movie theater in central Phoenix on Friday, August 22 at 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM. A full list of showings across North America are as follows:

August 22, 2014: Phoenix, AZ @ FilmBar

August 25, 2014: Portland, OR @ Ground Control

August 26, 2014: Bellingham, VA @ Glow Nightclub

August 27, 2014: Vancouver, BC @ Columbia Theatre

August 29, 2014: Seattle, WA @ LoFi Theater

Stay tuned to megaran.com or thefilmbarphx.com for more information.

About Mega Ran

When LA Weekly named Random aka Mega Ran one of “Five Artists Who Will Be Big in 2014,” Ran instantly took a photo of the article and made it his default picture on Facebook and Twitter.

“It wasn’t to brag,” he said, “It was to keep the pressure on myself… I wanted to see it every day.” Pressure is no new thing for a man who spent his days teaching middle school, his evenings grading papers, and his late nights rocking stages.

In the past five years, Mega Ran has managed to run through barriers like Mario with an invincibility star, from placing music in television and videogames to touring with acclaimed hip-hop stars and playing thousand-person festivals.

“I’m on a mission to help bring hip-hop into a new frontier,” he says. With an unprecedented licensing agreement with gaming giant CAPCOM, and constant appearances on a variety of sites like VICE, Nerdist, The Verge, The Source and Game Informer under his utility belt, the mission is fully underway.

Learn more: http://megaran.com/

Follow Mega Ran on Twitter and Facebook

About Glassworks Media

Glasswork Media, LLC is a leading multi-media company based in Phoenix, AZ with over a combined twenty years of experience that specializes in high-quality videography, photography, editing, and graphic art & design. Our award winning team has what it takes to help your business grow with our unique style and creative brand development, which guarantees your satisfaction. So, don’t be afraid to “Go to the Light” with Glasswork Media.

Learn more: http://www.glassworkmedia.com/

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(tour dates) Southeast to NorthWest


Tour life!

Right now i’m on this tour:

so if you’re in the Southwest you can see that. but next week I’ll be out here:

With Marley B. Need an intro to Marley? Peep this.

Mega Ran Hits Northwest on “Western Conference Tour”

Phoenix, AZ – Former teacher turned rapper/producer Random (aka Mega Ran) will be headed through the Northwest on “The Western Conference Tour,” which will include some surprises that you don’t see every day on an indie-rap tour.

In addition to a live performance, Ran will include a live screening of his documentary, entitled “Mega Lo Mania.” The 30 minute documentary covers Ran’s incredible backstory, as well as a 3 city tour with Phoenix band The Lo Classics.”

Supporting Ran on tour will be Tucson rapper Marley B, a recent signee of Label 316, the indie label launched last year by accomplished rapper MURS (Living Legends, Strange Music). Marley boasts several show-stealing appearances on the hit Team Backpack cyphers and has performed along nationally recognized artists such as Tech N9ne, Zion I, YG, Bone Thugz N Harmony, Kid Ink, Big Boi and more. Marley’s next project “I’m Still Smilin’’ will release later this year.

“The Western Conference Tour” will hit a variety of venue types, from arcades to bars to music halls. Catch the tour at the following cities and venues:

8/25 Portland @ Ground Kontrol

8/26 Bellingham @ Glow

8/27 Vancouver @ Columbia Theatre

8/28 Everett @ Tony V’s

8/29 Seattle @ LoFi

8/30 Seattle @ 1927 Events

Documentary screenings begin 30 minutes after doors open, and performances after.

Want a screening in your city? email us! contact@megaran.com

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The Opposite Of War Tour w/Tribe One, Doug Funnie and K-Murdock


mega ran opposite war tour

About to hit the road with my friends again! I’ll have new music to perform and share with you, and these guys will have new albums! Meet them all.

K-Murdock

Born in Washington, DC and raised during the golden era of hip-hop, K(yle) Murdock’s affinity for music was a result of growing up idolizing his late uncle Melvin Lindsey, who was a popular local radio host/philanthropist in the DC area; His interest in hip-hop culture was weaned by his older cousins. One crew in particular, The Native Tongues, changed his musical life when he stumbled upon the cassettes of two of the collective’s landmark groups (A Tribe Called Quest & De La Soul) back in the early ‘90s. The biggest thing K learned from the likes of those’ artist is consequently one of the biggest ideals he continually strives to get across in his own music- individuality!
Best known for being one half of the progressive hip-hop tandem Panacea, K, along with the group’s emcee Raw Poetic, has rocked shows all over the United States; Sharing the stage with legends like Brand Nubian & Rahzel of The Roots to “new schoolers “Little Brother, Lupe Fiasco & J-Live. K-Murdock’s self-proclaimed “Neosonic” (new-sound) productions have taken shape over the last decade and helped K garner respect from his contemporaries to some of K’s personal influences- DJ Spinna, Thes One (of People Under The Stairs) & Omm’as Keith (of The Sa-Ra Creative Partners). His mix of spacey elements fused with soulful sampling have allowed him to work with a range of artists including Grammy Nominated R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn to Capcom-licensed “nerdcore” rapper Random (aka Mega Ran), whom K has been collaborating & toured the U.S. & the parts of the world (U.K., Japan) with since 2010!
Other notable career highlights for K include: Being selected as 1 of the 60 participants for the 2005 Red Bull Music Academy, having Panacea’s 2007 album The Scenic Route be named “Album Of The Year” in the respected UK magazine Hip-Hop Connection & being repeatedly named as one of the “top producers” over the last few years on popular music sites KevinNottingham.com, Nerdcore.com & theWordisBond.com.

Tribe One is a rapper from Atlanta, Georgia who writes smart, personal and emotional songs about things like comic books and video games. He’s a bit of a nerd and he knows it. Revels in it, in fact. Having worked as a public librarian for eight years before making the jump to rapping full time, he is acutely aware that he is on something of a non-traditional path to rap stardom. But it’s exactly this nonchalance when it comes to fitting into the hip hop mainstream that allows Tribe One to be the engaging performer that he is. Able to switch from lightning fast speed raps to heartstring tugging storytelling at the drop of a hat, Tribe One has devastated audiences all over the country on tours with mc chris, MC Lars, Ceschi, Louis Logic, Adam WarRock and Mega Ran among others. He is also 50% of the rap group The Remnant, 50% of the band Malibu Shark Attack and 100% himself.

Doug Funnie is a Underground Hip-Hop Artist who is mainly associated with the genre known as “Nerdcore Hip-Hop”. In addition to being a solo artist, Doug is also the bassist for Fort Worth’s Local Punk Band, Scratch The Hound. Doug is known for his Hip-Hop album “Head in The Cloudz.” Publications say that “Funnie can speed it up and slow it down with the best” in this project. While Doug has his love for music, he widely expresses his enjoyment in Video games with projects like the “Metal Gear Solid: The Mixtape” Freshly off a US tour with Crunk Witch from Maine,Some publications referred Doug Funnie’s music to as “an unusual lyrical approach to portray alternatives to the common themes of hip-hop”. Songs are usually layered thick with choice samples and Funnie’s often witty, sometimes rapid-fire rhymes reference pop-culture like video games and comic books.

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My SDCC 2014 Wrap-Up, 7 Years of Comic Con



Now, I have been lucky enough to attend San Diego Comic Con since 2007. I’ve seen this event, and nerd culture in general, undergo some huge changes since then. In 2007, the biggest news was a premiere of Iron Man, which has gone on to spawn 3 movies and a spinoff, The Avengers, which is now the highest grossing comic book film EVER and third highest overall. Nowadays, it’s no big deal to bring up a comic book movie, or a video game, in discussion, even in a professional setting. People complain about this explosion of comic and game culture, but I can’t say it’s a bad thing, at least not yet.

Anyway, this is Mega Ran’s Comic Con 2014 experience.

I got into San Diego Wednesday, which is Preview Night for the Con. However, I had a performance at Gam3rCon, which was founded a few years ago as an alternative, not competitor of Comic Con. it’s smaller, more friendly, and more centered around gaming and communities. This year’s con was a lot of fun, and I met some fans of mine who elected to come to this show as opposed to any of the others, because of the size of the event. I played a fun set to an eager and enthusiastic crowd there.

Thursday, I went to the Convention Center to brave Comic Con. I had a panel in the evening, so that gave me time to walk the floors and halls. I saw so many great things, but what caught my attention (and everyone else’s) was a huge crowd at the Expendables booth, where Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture and Wesley Snipes made a surprise appearance for photos. This caused an instant traffic jam on the con floor as everyone stopped to snap pictures. I got a few and moved on.

I prefer going to the smaller booths where the comic artists hang, rather than the big TV and gaming booths. I met Rob Liefield, creator of Deadpool, and a guy who has a pretty bad rap on the internet, but he was super nice and friendly to me. I also stopped at the Robotech, Hasbro, Nickelodeon and Funko booths for toys—um, I mean collectibles.

The panel went extremely well, as I was joined by some of my musical heroes turned peers – MURS, Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys, and many more. it was a packed room and the panel was very informative and fun. Big shout out to Patrick A. Reed for making it happen.

After that, I had to run to a special engagement, w00tstock, which is an event held at every Comic Con for the past 6 years, started by nerdy folk duo Paul and Storm, with help from famous nerds like Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Stand By Me) and Adam Savage (Mythbusters). I played a short set and the crowd loved it. It’s always weird for me to play a rap show in a traditional theater with seats, but it went over well and by the end, they were up and dancing. Wil told me my set was great, as did special guest Craig Ferguson.

Friday was a bit more tame for me, my only events were in the evening, so I went to the Con again for a few hours, and sat in on some great panels. I watched Namco’s fighting game panel and saw some previews of Tekken 7, then went to a Q&A with the writer of my favorite comic right now, Saga, Brian K. Vaughan. He was great. After that I met with some friends and walked the floor a little more, picking up a “Hip Hop Family Tree” comic which was incredible, and some shirts.

I walked past the famous Hall H, as I wanted to get into the Walking Dead Panel, but I realized quickly that was a lost cause. This is probably my number one problem with SDCC. The line for Hall H is OUTSIDE, and is probably a minimum 4-5 hour wait, with no chairs or anything… and there’s still no guarantee youll get in, because they don’t clear the panel room out between panels. so they booked a Game of Thrones panel at 2 and then a Walking Dead panel at 3, the shows have so much overlap in fanbase that NO ONE LEAVES between panels, so the people who waited 4 hours to get in are left outside, or sent to watch the panel in a nearby hotel….if that doesn’t fill up first. by the time you learn that you can’t see the panel, you lost 5 hours of your day, when you could’ve spent that looking at something else. Not cool.​

My first event was a record store in-store event and vinyl release, which went well. I played some new songs off the new vinyl, and signed a few records that are at the store now, while supplies last: http://www.accesshiphop.com/store/?itemid=24953

After that I made a special appearance at the Nerd-A-Thon show at The Merrow, featuring MC Frontalot, MC Lars, Schaffer the Darklord and Doc Awk, and Star Wars Burlesque. I played a surprise set which got the crowd ready. I had a fun time out there and met some great new and returning fans.

Saturday was my day off of Comic Con. I knew from past experiences that Saturday is the most crowded day downtown, where lines would be the most ridiculous, and people would be the most pushy, so I stayed back. My lady and I went to La Jolla to the Windansea beach, and relaxed, then ate some delicious Mexican Food. it was just the break I needed.

On Sunday, we returned to the madness after scoring a second badge from my friend. I returned to Comic Con to get another look at some of my favorite booths. I feel like my favorite this year was DC COMICS, who were celebrating Batman’s 75th anniversary by giving out capes and comics, and they had an amazing display of ALL the Batman suits from the movies, plus some fan created variant costumes. I had the most fun checking those out. I can hope that one day that stuff will be in a museum to see. I walked around and spent more money that I didn’t have, before leaving to sound check for my final show, the Official Unofficial Comic Con after-party by Random Gibberish, hosted by the voice of Duke Nukem, Jon St. John. The show was amazing. I walked around the whole room freestyling about costumes and trinkets.

Overall I feel like this was my best Comic Con experience yet, mainly because I did the right mix of networking, performing, sightseeing and escaping. I feel like the security and volunteers did a decent job of controlling lines and keeping things organized. I can’t wait to do it again next year.

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