In search of more freedom, more interaction and less bullshit, me and four longtime friends (Jaytram, Helado Negro, Jib Kidder and Certain Creatures) started Version Tapes last year as a forum to exchange ideas and share jams. You may be asking "why a tape?" My man Helado Negro answered this question quite eloquently on our FB page months ago. Consider him our spokesman. Here is what he said: For the sake of addressing critics about cassette tapes, their place in music and the current trend to produce them, I have something to say. Cassettes were the first iPods for me. They were the first time I could make a playlist and bring it with me anywhere, everything was real about the tape. It was the first blank slate and creative object, so it's place in music represents so much more than just the sound quality. It's someone's hand made work direct to people. If it's mass produced it was still subject to the possible torn up tissue paper stuck in the safety tabs and you could do anything to it. The object itself has a sound. The clack of the cassette hitting the Lasonic sound system tape player or the outer tape containers snapping or cracking, the sound of the object is deeply embedded in what it is. Pause tapes were the first sounds of beats for me. They melted cross fades between songs creating this perfect transition. Sound purists and object fetish-ers come and go but the means of the message isn't relevant as long as what you are intending to get across reaches those ears. We as musicians, workers and artist don't always have the opportunity to make LPs or even CDs professionally. All of these things are luxuries of this world. Non music makers take this for granted. This may simply be the product of this instant world that is developing, but the token of faith to show that we hold these works precious is presenting it in the best possible way we can and when the opportunity comes to do more we will. For now know that we won't let you down. Helado Negro aka Roberto Carlos Lange
GHAVA was asked to contribute an art video to the TAICOCLUB Art Project with the theme of What Makes You Smile? The artwork played on six screens scattered throughout the streets of Shibuya where an estimated 2.4 million people pass through one of the busiest pedestrian crossings in the world daily. I supplied the music.