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Black–no, BLUE FRIDAY SAVINGS!


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It’s the Holidays! step on over to my music page and stock up on all kinds of goodies for the season, there are some amazing deals going on!

$3 ALBUM DOWNLOADS!
$6 CDs!
1/2 Price Vinyl!
$10-$12 Tees!

Blue Friday is awesome because it doesn’t just last Friday, it’s TODAY until Monday December 1! Go get it, but no need to rush.

Thanks for your support as always, and have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Kickstarter for The Director’s Cut.


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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

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

Mega Lo Mania: A Nerd Rap Documentary


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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/

(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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