This first shot is of myself and two of my favorite people, Kyle McCarthy and Tyler Manzo, on the set of the Don't Tread on Me music video.  And by the set, I mean my friend's mom's place.  I've collaborated with Tyler, on the far right, since the dawn of man; he put together the album cover for Toothpick, the single artwork for Friction, Hurricane, etc, etc; you'll see more from us.  Our collaborations normally begin with me explaining some ridiculous idea and then him excitedly agreeing and then we both riff on each others' weird ideas until we're both nodding and agreeing so much that we start to vibrate and puncture a hole in the universe.  Kyle, in the middle, isn't worth writing anything about because he's just kind of terrible (haha, come out to the city soon, man).

We were filming until midnight - 1AM or so for this one.  Jeanne, my friend's mom, was sleeping in the other room as Kyle held the fake 9MM and roamed the house's hallways on the prowl for Victoria (actress who played the lead), while my friend's dog, a labrador retriever named Blue, kept wandering into frame.  Victoria, pot in hand, would be creeping up behind Kyle real serious-like, and then I'd see Blue watching nonchalantly from under the table.

- Kai


Music Video?

Photo by Sarah Vucurevich

This last Saturday we started production on the first music video from Toothpick - the song Don't Tread On Me (the photo above was taken on set).  Next day of shooting is tomorrow.  And real quick, man, I just want to say thank you to everyone who is listening to this album, to whoever is sharing it, to whoever is making it a part of their lives - really, thank you.  The song Hurricane climbed to #2 on Spotify's Viral Global and US charts.  Don't Tread On Me made it to #13 on the front page of Hype Machine.  And I don't share that with you to brag, at all; I know I have a ways to go.  I'm just grateful.  I feel like any success achieved by any song or album has less to do with me, and is more a gift from you, the listener.  With every play, with every share, you're voting for which artists will or will not end up doing this for a living.  So, to you, whoever is reading this, thanks for listening.  James The Bear and I are already deep into my next album, and I hope you love this one just as much as the last.