Comics/Animation from D.M.C. to KOUNTERCLOCKWISE aka Deacon Burns & Kaya Rogue to Rosalind Alexander-Kasparik & David Retor all here on Krip-Hop Nation!
Now Kounterclockwise aka Deacon Burns & Kaya Rogue talking about THE GREAT ADVENTURES OF KOUNTERCLOCKWISE Cleveland’s first hip hop sci-fi animated series.
(KHN): Before we get into The Great Adventures Of KOUNTERCLOCKWISE the animated series, tell us thee history of Kounterclockwise and animation.
Kounterclockwise: It all started back in 2011- we were about to release our debut album “Daylight Savings Time,” when we found Jim Lujan on YouTube and asked if he would animate one of our music videos. He agreed, animated and directed the video for our song “Moonwalk.” The video turned out so dope that he animated and directed 4 more videos for us, “Whip,” “Outside The Lines,” “Up For Sale,” and “Cosmonaut Rock.” Enter 2014 and further collaborating with Jim Lujan, we released a full-length animated film and produced the soundtrack for “Kounterclockwise In Forever-Land” (animated and directed by Jim Lujan, written by Jim Lujan and Kounterclockwise). During we also did voice-over work and produced music for three of Jim Lujan’s solo animated projects; “Sanjourno Must Die,” “The Legend Of Bobby Churro -The Extended Version,” and “Master Melvin,” which is animated by Matthew Smith and Jim Lujan- and is winner of the Best Independent Animators Award at the AAI Film Festival.- all three are out now on DVD and YouTube. And we’ve just finished working on the soundtrack for the NEW Bill Plympton and Jim Lujan film called “Revengeance” starring Kaya Rogue from Kounterclockwise as Odell among other amazing characters.
KHN: Why animation?
Kounterclockwise: We’ve always been BIG fans of animation. Plus this way we can express all of our love for music, writing, directing, voice over acting, producing and scoring etc… all at the same time.
KHN: Tell us the storyline of The Great Adventures Of KOUNTERCLOCKWISE
Kounterclockwise: “The Great Adventures of Kounterclockwise,” is a show about a husband (Deacon Burns) and wife (Kaya Rogue) alternative hip hop duo called Kounterclockwise. They live in a small apartment building in Cleveland Heights Ohio with Deacon’s Mother and her 7 cat’s. As Kounterclockwise, they are trying to make it in the music biz when they encounter 5 alien space cats from planet ‘Catopia,’ which is under attack by an evil alien ruler. The cats are seeking refuge while being hunted down by a wicked bounty hunter named Brother Creep (who also happens to be the brother of Mr. Creep, the villain from our earlier animated movie, “Kounterclockwise In Forever-Land”) – and the story unfolds filled with sci-fi action, adventure, fantasy, drama, thrills, with great original music, a diverse style of sounds, and a variety of extreme characters.
KHN: Say that everything goes well, how many eposode you see this running for & will the characters mix up??
Kounterclockwise: Well we already have the first 10 episodes for season one written out and we know the direction the story goes into for season 2, we just need the funding. And yes the characters will switch up often as we have tons of new characters that will to be introduced throughout the season.
KHN: How many writer/artists are working on this project?
Kounterclockwise: Well the pilot episode was written by Kaya and I but since then we’ve brought in 2 new writers – Matthew “Rinnegan” Warren and John “Cookie” Cook from L.A. And as for the artists who worked on the project; it was mainly animated by Paul Pate and all music written and produced by Kounterclockwise Starring:
Deacon Burns as Himself, Bloodletter and Fat Mike
Kaya Rogue as Herself and Princess Lilly
Jim Lujan as The Singing Flower and Brother Creep
JaLisha Johnson as Wendy Silverman
Matthew “Rinnegan” Warren as Officer Hatepignitty
Logan McDaniel as The News Anchor
Kai Green as Space Cat Kenyatta
Zakkiyya Hasan as Mother Adele
Jermaine Moore as LiL Kray Kray
Aaron Green as Kill Zone
Thomas T.J Patterson as Gunshot Sounds Click Clack Bang Bang
G.O.R.K Mural by Chad Fedorovich
Officer Hatepignitty animated by Matthew Smith
Lip Sync, Coloring and Backgrounds for The News Scene and Officer Hatepignitty by Jonathan Derousse
Fantasy Scene Animated by Mitch Davis
Still Drawings for The Fantasy Scene Illustrated by
Jorge Raul Aguilar Conde
Additional Writers and Voice Over for The Fantasy
Scene by Matthew “Rinnegan” Warren
John “Cookie” Cook
G.O.R.K Mural by Chad Fedorovich
KHN: How does your music come into this project?
Kounterclockwise: Well the whole show revolves around our music. It’s a very musical show.
KHN: What do you want this series say to the public?
Kounterclockwise: I want this show to bring awareness to police brutality, government conspiracy theories, the unjust treatment of minorities, people of color, and the poor; at the same time bringing you dope and original music, with ground breaking animation, cutting edge comedy, a splash of sci-fi action, and adventure with an urban feel!
KHN: Lately there have been more disabled artist who are doing animation, comics anad graphic novels like rappers like MF Grimm & DMC to a couple like you, DAVID Rector and ROZ Alexander-Kasparik. What do you think about that and your advice to others?
Kounterclockwise: We love the fact that disabled artists and rappers are doing animation, comics, and graphic novels- the more the better! We need more urban animations and comics with a hip-hop edge. And as for our advice to others- study animation and comics, do your research and find like minded individuals, writers, illustrators and animators that have a similar vision as you do and start a project. That’s what we did!
KHN: This is for me and others, what do you say to writers who have a storline for a comic, graphic nove and animation flim but do not draw?
Kounterclockwise: Like we said do your research by looking up different animators and illustrators that you dig and approach them with your ideas- they just might bite and want to be apart of the project. Or hit up the animation and illustration chat rooms and find an animator for hire. They’re tons of amazing animators out there looking to be apart of a cool project, you just gotta dig and hunt.
KHN: How can people push the pilot to make sure the future of The Great Adventures Of KOUNTERCLOCKWISE
Kounterclockwise: You can show support and check out The Great Adventures Of Kounterclockwise pilot episode at The Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival in September, The Detroit International Festival Of Animation in April, The California Indie Film festival in May, The iHolly: The Next Generation independent Film Festival in April, The Somerville International Film Festival in Massachusetts in July and The Hollywood Verge Film Awards in September, The Georgetown University Film Festival in April, The New Short Film Festival in Greensboro NC in May, The WestFest West Los Angeles College Film Festival in April, The Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival in April, The Chicago Visions Film Festival in July and The Great Adventures of Kounterclockwise has now been selected as a Semi-Finalist for The Hollywood Screenings Film Festival in March- the Finalists will be select March 2nd.
KHN: I hope you will continue wiith your music. Can you tell us your future music project andhow can people stay in contact?
Kounterclockwise: We’re working on a new album called “Sounds Good On Paper” that comes out this year. And you can stream music by Kounterclockwise now on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Apple Music, Rhapsody and Tidal.
Pic: Animation of The Great Adventures of Kounterclockwise: Kaya in a white shirt and Deacon signing a contract