Category: Review


Photo By Gene Page

Photo By Gene Page

While I try to figure out what my Sunday nights will hold, without The Walking Dead for the next 6 months, I’m getting ready for the season finale on March 31st reading here and there, looking for spoilers and hidden stories as the huge geek that I am.

I have wondered why Frank Darabont, Creator, Showrunner and Producer of the series, was not in the picture anymore, after developing 2 seasons of one of the best TV shows I had seen in a long time. And I finally found an article – not really a hidden story, but new to me – explaining why he resigned or, let’s call things with their names, he was fired by AMC. According to this and other articles, the Network’s Executive VP of Programming & Production, Joel Stillerman, fired our Frank even after he brought The Walking Dead to the highest ratings in history for a cable show.

And what do you do when season 1 gets praise from the critics as well as from the general public and has exceptional ratings? You order a second season with 7 more episodes than the previous one and you cut the budget by 700K.

Wait, what? Longer season, less money. Ok, that doesn’t make much sense, but the second season was awesome nonetheless.

Then what do you do when season 2 gets more praise from the critics, when lines from your show go viral and your fan base grows even more? You fire the talented bastard who made it happen. Again, it’s non sense.

After Frank Darabont was fired, Glen Mazzara took over as Showrunner on season 3 and I personally noticed – like maybe many other fans – a strong change of direction and a much slower progression in the plot. By the end of season 3 production, Glen Mazzara was replaced as well with one of the lead writers, Scott Gimple.

Joel Stillerman, brilliant mind behind this “tarantella” of replacements, is now sitting in his 15th floor NYC office making the next big decision. Sure, we can’t say the network hasn’t been rolling on a gold path with shows like Breaking Bad and Mad Man on the roster. But I couldn’t help to think about those Suits – too many – telling talented professionals how to do their job, getting into the detail of artistic choices, barking to who fights for their art and bringing their word to an artistic place where their eyes or heart don’t belong. Sounds like a show-off of power to me, one more Suit in LaLaLand, one more artist in Suit-land.

For us though – the hipercritical fans – the ultimate expectation is a good show; actually a spectacular, jaw-dropping show, something very tricky to do nowadays.

(SPOILER) So I’m looking forward to the 27-characters massacre in the upcoming season finale and I want to give a special goodbye to Merle. Let me love Michonne for being the only one able to give us a deep look into the crazy misunderstood Merle, the late bloomer who’s a mystery to himself. The character that we hated and despised and that left us with the bitter feeling of wanting more.

Thanks to Prab Kumar at PulseRadio.net who writes a nice little piece about some of my current projects; the remix on Mexa Records and the song I gave away for free on Monday (Uncle Kram).  Ooooooooollllllllleeeeee!

Prab Kumar says, “Nikko Gibler is an artist on the ascent.” – “Not your average disc jockey.” – “Despite fitting the mold of top dj/producer/label boss nicely, Nikko is a unique musician.”

Awwwww! Thanks Prab. You’re the best!

Click on the image above or HERE to read the full article.

 

Listen to  “LAX ” (Matt Tolfrey & Lazaro Casanova feat. Nikko Gibler) as the first track on Visionquest’s awesome, brand new feature mix for Mixmag. Great great set guys! Thanx for supporting. Big hug! Click the image above to listen!

 

 

CAPITALFM/TILLATE – “As you know I am a huge Matt Tolfrey fan and this doesn’t disappoint! LAX is a great house track. Globe is a bit of off kilter genius. Metronomy is good warm up track. Nice ep.” Will play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEAT 100.9 FM (MEXICO D.F.) – “Metronomy! Nice groove on this one!” Will play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DJ TIMES (DEEPHOUSE REVIEWS) – “This one rocks!” Might review.

 

 

 

 

 

IBIZA SONICA 92.5FM (MUSIC CONTENT MANAGER) – “Full support always.. I love Culprit Music. Thanks a lot.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REPUBLIC RADIO/NON SESSIONS 100.3FM(GREECE) – “Nice tunes here! LAX is my favourite.” Will play.

 

 

 

 

 

MIX104.4 FM (LEBANON) – “Very nice EP!! Globe is monster.. Thank you xx.” Will play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAIDIO NA LIVE 106.4FM (DUBLIN, IRELAND) – “Futuristic music with otherworldly flourishes, esp. on ´Globe´. I really like this ep!” Will play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIXMAG (TECHNO REVIEWS) – “Great release. I’m feeling this.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOCE PULGADAS (BARCELONA) – “Metronomy is my fav! Love this EP! Total Support”

 

 

 

 

 

 

IBIZA GLOBAL RADIO (JOSE MARIA RAMON) – “Nice tracks here! Perfect for my radio shows on Ibiza Global Radio Respect!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIAMI NEW TIMES – “With its dubby bass-heavy grooves, the LAX EP perfectly encapsulates that transatlantic tech-house flavor that’s currently dominating dancefloors from Miami to London.”

 

 

 

 

Get your copy of LAX when it comes out on May 30th via CULPRIT LA

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Ibiza-Voice features Culprit LA. Great article by Tom Jones.

To read FULL text and to LISTEN to many tracks on Culprit click HERE.

Various Artists

Click on the yellow DjForum logo for the article.

Very cool review of one of my upcoming releases. Click on the DjFORUM image above to read the article. Thanx!