Ally C.B. Flynn has made records before and feels like no one really appreciated them as much as he did.
So, the former Corner Brook resident, who some people may know as Alex Gillard, is going to pursue his musical and artistic interests in his own way from now on.
The multi-instrumentalist is the mastermind behind the Dark Planet Collective in St. John’s, which currently also consists of Gillard’s lifelong musician buddy, AC Glowbrain (better known to his family and close friends as Adam Caines). They hope to add other musicians to the collective as it evolves.
According to their Facebook page, Dark Planet Collective is a hip hop duo “who specialize in gettin’ down and funky with our bad selves.”
Dark Planet Collective just released its first video for “Stand Up,” which Gillard said is the first of a series of hip hop tracks they plan to produce in the coming months. The plan is to release a single and an accompanying video every month or two for the next year or so, rather than one full-length album.
“If I dropped my album the first of this month, then that whole album is done at the end of this month and that’s it,” he said. “Then I have to make a whole new album for a bunch of people who don’t give a shit anyway.
“This way, I get this maximum thrust over 12 months and it will at least look to people like you’re active instead of wasting your time.”
As evident by the lyrics in “Stand Up,” Ally C.B. Flynn and the Dark Planet Collective aren’t big fans of gangster rap and feel their genre of hip hop music will make people think differently.
“We’re very against all that stupid, thuggish hip hop,” he said.
Gillard, 31, has a live band lined up and plans to start doing live shows in St. John’s in the coming months.
He doesn’t have any delusions about becoming rich and famous by making music. He just wants to write and produce music and videos that are genuine and done to the highest standard he can achieve.
“I have a little house by the ocean, I have a recording studio in it and I have my dog and my girlfriend who is a tattoo artist,” said Gillard. “I’m pumped to be right where I’m to. I don’t need anything else. It’s nice to hear a compliment, but I don’t need any awards or validation from anyone to tell me I’m doing good.”
One thing Gillard does want to do is help others produce high quality material. He recently secured a grant to help him launch Mad Rock Film and Audio, which will include a mobile video production studio in addition to his home recording studio.
His plan is to head out and seek artistic talent interested in producing inexpensive, yet still good quality videos.
“I’m going to pack up a van, go across the island and find the best I can find of everybody, whether you’re a folk artist or a hip hop guy — the best of the best and help these guys shoot a video for cheap,” he said.
The Dark Planet Collective is currently in the process of producing its second video for a track titled “For the Love of Hip Hop.” The series of tracks will eventually become an album Gillard said will be called “The Blue Wolf Chronicles.”