BenchWarmers DVD Magazine

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BenchWarmers DVD Magazine is a platform for independent artists and musicians, produced by Tane at The first volume was released in January 2005 featuring music from North Carolina artists Maintane, Living Dead, and more; all graffiti footage was provided by Tane and Joe Schmo. BenchWarmers is now in its 9th volume (released December 2009), with an expanded concept and increased scope of musicians, artists, and customers.

Volumes 1 and 2 were produced from the NodCraft home office, followed by partial outsourcing of replication for Volumes 3–5, and finally a fully packaged, commercial product in Volumes 6–9. Joe Schmo and Tane still provide graffiti footage, but others such as 14-2-1,, Atlanta Bench, Sone1, FR8Man, Justin Porter, and The Savage Land have joined in. For Volume 6, Crow provided footage for a tribute to fallen artist HEIST. The art concept has also expanded, with an animated film, "King Rust," by Matt Maloney featured in Volume 6, productions from Better Days and Agency Films in Volume 7, and short films by Patrick Boivin in Volume 8. Even the cover art has gone national, with five covers designed by Lee Wilkie who has created for Akademiks, G-Unit, and others.

The rise of BenchWarmers DVD Magazine also shows in its music. Maintane continues to provide music production, while Volume 3 brought the addition of West coast musicians 26Hrz and Cawzlos. The list of national and international artists has grown (Awol One, DJ Pain1, Qwel (Typical Cats), Circus, Coot Dog featuring Shock G, Okwerdz, RA the Rugged Man, Bukue One, Alumni featuring Chino XL, Fall Guys, Reakt 20, Mr. Invisible, J-Live, Tim Barry), and many of them have made repeat appearances in multiple volumes of BenchWarmers. Still BenchWarmers remains true to its roots concept, including musicians from North Carolina and the Southeast such as Living Dead, Juan Huevos, Wolly Vinyl, Odd Numbers, Pens and Needles, Diablo Archer, Ironfist, PUNR, and Foulmouth Jerk featuring Masta Ace.

The interviews in BenchWarmers capture graffiti writers and musicians on film, in action and in their own voices: SICR (MOMS, LED), JOME (NSF, RTD), STEL (Losers, Slum Lords), NOIR (Losers, TSL, 123GO), GYSER (MOMS), Buz Blurr, and CAP (MPC); Wolly Vinyl (at the time, the Southeast’s Scribble Jam representative), RA the Rugged Man, J-Live, and DJ Vadim.


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