I am sure that folks all over the world watching TV wouldn't expect that the music they are hearing was made in this little shed in the woods of Northern Michigan.”

— Jason Eldridge

Headlands Dark Sky Park Inspires Smash Mob Music Video - Stars (Like Waterfalls)

Mackinaw City’s Headlands International Dark Sky Park is the inspiration for Smash Mob’s new single/music video, Stars (Like Waterfalls) featuring renowned TV/Film composer/vocalist/performer Jacqueline van Bierk.

Headlands is a rare place where you can go to view the vast night sky without light pollution.  The 550-acre park overlooks 300 miles of dark skies on two miles of undeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline.  Its recognition as an “International Dark Sky Park”  makes it only the sixth in the country and ninth in the world. 

Headlands is local to Smash Mob’s (Frank Rogala and Jason Eldridge's) Mackinaw City recording studio. “When we were working on lyrics with Jacqueline, I told her about Headlands and we discussed how people no longer get to see the night sky.  Everyone is under artificial lights are staring at screens.  We have lost something right outside our door and over our heads that helps us understand our place in the universe,” explained Rogala. 

“Being in Los Angeles, you forget there are even stars in the sky,” said vocalist/co-writer Jacqueline van Bierk.  “I love getting out into nature.  Having a park that looks over 300 miles of dark skies is a precious thing in today’s world.” 

Shot at Smash Mob’s southern California Studio and various nearby outdoor locations, the video emphasizes the plight of the city dweller who has little access to dark skies. “I basically just walked out into the night and started shooting.  It’s pretty easy to demonstrate how ubiquitous artificial lights are.  When it came to actually showing a night sky, I knew I could never get the majesty, depth, and dimension in any accurate way.  Even big budget movies have unreal looking night skies. Rather than create another pale copy, I made the artistic decision to express the feeling it gives with glitter and computerized star effects”, explained Rogala, director of the music video. 

Artist Jacqueline Van Bierk is a singer/ songwriter/ Music producer/ tv composer. Credits include; MTV, VH1, Vampire Diaries, Melrose Place, Gossip Girl, Bates Motel, Hemlock Grove. http://www.jacquelinevanbierk.com 

Along with dozens of music placements in TV and films, Smash Mob is best known for writing the theme song for the History Channel Show Alone, as well as their dancefloor stomping remix of the Wonder Woman theme song. Smash Mob’s music can be heard on TV shows including Young Sheldon, LA To Vegas, CBS Sports, Animal Planet - Rabid, Bravo - Southern Charm, History Channel - Forged in Fire, MTV-Catfish, Discovery - Bad Blood, Discovery - Evil Stepmothers, Discovery - I Am Homicide, CBS Sports, MTV - Suspect, Amazon - Forged in Fire, E-Stewarts and Hamiltons, E- Dash Dolls, and MTV - True Life. 

Along with music for film and TV, Smash Mob, also produces music singles, and music videos for other performing artists. Smash Mob music videos and singles are available everywhere music is streamed and sold as well as at SmashMobMusic.com website and the SmashMobMusic channel on Youtube. 

Smash Mob’s music video You Can Run feat. Stephen Bannon, is an official selection of the Iphone International Film Festival. 

Smash Mob is the teaming of the veteran performer, songwriter, producer, award-winning filmmaker/screenwriter, Rogala (lead vocalist for EXUDE and NC-17) and performer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, Eldridge.

Smash Mob's new single/music video Stars (Like Waterfalls) feat. Jacqueline van Bierk

Smash Mob's new single/music video Stars (Like Waterfalls) feat. Jacqueline van Bierk

Smash Mob’s Music Video “Diggin’ In” features Michigan’s 2018 Snowy Spring 

Mackinaw City, MI, June 17, 2018 / Michigan’s brutally snowy April yielded a new music video.  Smash Mob’s Jason Eldridge and Frank Rogala have dropped a new single, Diggin’ In, featuring a music video showcasing Northern Michigan’s 2018 frigid snowy spring. 

 “I had no intention of making a music video for this song-even though it is one of my favorites,” explained Rogala. “I had arrived at the northern Michigan studio (Smash Mob East) in early April.  At first it looked like a normal spring (bare ground, a few melting dirty snow banks).  Once the snow started to fall and the lake iced over, I knew I’d be missing an opportunity if I didn’t make it happen. Now that I see this video busting out of the gate on YouTube, I’m glad I did!” 

 “I had just returned from a trip to a music conference in California and even though I was exhausted, I couldn’t sleep.  I called a couple of the guys in my band, Heavens Ta Betsy about coming over to do some writing.  Drew (Duffiney) and Joe (Heythaler) showed up and we knocked out the bare bones of the song,” Eldridge explained.  

Diggin’ In is about keeping going in the face of unrelenting odds. “It really resonated with me,” said Rogala. “I’ve had a couple grave illnesses that took a lot of work and will power to recover from and it just seemed to be my ‘theme song.’ After hearing the demo, I firmed up the lyrics and, of course, Jason knew just the right key for my voice - it just gelled.” 

The music video makes use of spectacular natural locations like Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping’s one mile of shoreline on the Straits of Mackinac (co-owned by Rogala with his brothers), McGulpin Point on Lake Michigan, and Eldridge’s secluded Cheboygan, MI backyard. 

Along with dozens of music placements in TV and films, Smash Mob is best known for writing the theme song for the History Channel Show Alone, as well as their dancefloor stomping remix of the Wonder Woman theme song from the 70’s TV show. Smash Mob’s music can be heard on TV shows including Young Sheldon, LA To Vegas, CBS Sports, Animal Planet - Rabid, Bravo - Southern Charm, History Channel - Forged in Fire, MTV-Catfish, Discovery - Bad Blood, Discovery - Evil Stepmothers, Discovery - I Am Homicide, CBS Sports, MTV - Suspect, Amazon - Forged in Fire, E-Stewarts and Hamiltons, E- Dash Dolls, and MTV - True Life. 

 Along with music for film and TV, Smash Mob, also produces music singles, and music videos for other performing artists. Smash Mob music videos and singles are available everywhere music is streamed and sold as well as at SmashMobMusic.com website and the SmashMobMusic channel on Youtube.   

Smash Mob’s music video You Can Run feat. Stephen Bannon, is an official selection of the Iphone International Film Festival. 

Smash Mob is the teaming of veteran performer, songwriter, producer, award winning filmmaker/screenwriter, Rogala (lead vocalist for EXUDE and NC-17) and performer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, Eldridge.

Smash Mob's Single "Diggin' In"

Smash Mob's Single "Diggin' In"

Smash Mob’s Single “Only 1 Fool” features Robin Sandoval

Smash Mob’s Jason Eldridge and Frank Rogala have dropped a new single, Only 1 Fool, featuring the vocal talents of noted songwriter Robin Sandoval. 

“Robin has been a friend for over 15 years, so we were excited to finally get a chance to work with her. She had already been working with many of our talented composer friends and it was just time,” enthused Rogala. 

Sandoval first hit the Hollywood scene in the 1990’s performing as a percussionist on major network TV shows alongside of many of LA’s legendary studio players. She has gone on to collaborate with many notable artists and composers including a major label release (MCA Records) with performer John Pagano. 

“Robin has a spectacular R&B voice,” says Rogala. “A very fluid, expressive, melodic voice and timbre not to mention a rap voice as well. I think her impeccable rhythm comes from her being a first rate percussionist. We hope to make use of that ‘rap voice’ in the very near future.” 

“Her lyrics were everything you’d hope as a composer,” explained Eldridge, “thought-provoking, unique and very conversational.  Robin just checks all the right boxes.” 

Along with dozens of music placements in TV and films Smash Mob is best known for writing the theme song for the History Channel Show Alone, as well as their dancefloor stomping remix of the Wonder Woman theme song from the 70’s TV show. Smash Mob’s music can be heard on TV shows including Young Sheldon, LA To Vegas, Animal Planet - Rabid, Bravo - Southern Charm, History Channel - Forged in Fire, Catfish, Discovery - Bad Blood, Discovery - Evil Stepmothers, Discovery - I Am Homicide, CBS Sports, MTV - Suspect, Amazon - Forged in Fire, E-Stewarts and Hamiltons, E- Dash Dolls, and MTV - True Life. 

Along with music for film and TV, Smash Mob also produces music singles and music videos for other performing artists. Smash Mob music videos and singles are available atSmashMobMusic.com website as well as the SmashMobMusicchannel on Youtube. 

Smash Mob’s music video You Can Run feat. Stephen Bannon, is an official selection of the iPhone International Film Festival. 

Smash Mob is the teaming of the veteran performer, songwriter, producer, award-winning filmmaker/screenwriter, Rogala (lead vocalist for EXUDE and NC-17) and performer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, Eldridge.  

https://youtu.be/Tf-7Z86eMxQ

Smash Mob's "Only 1 Fool" Single feat. Robin Sandoval

Smash Mob's "Only 1 Fool" Single feat. Robin Sandoval

Singer, Songwriter, Composer, Percussionist Robin Sandoval, vocalist/lyricist for "Only 1 Fool"

Singer, Songwriter, Composer, Percussionist Robin Sandoval, vocalist/lyricist for "Only 1 Fool"

Anaheim, CA (PressReleaseJet) October 23, 2017
Contact: Integrated Entertainment Management (714) 496-6617

Smash Mob Debuts Westworld Inspired Music Video “You Can Run” feat. Stephen Bannon

Music/video producers Smash Mob have released  “You Can Run,” a “hick-hop” music video/short film. The Westworld inspired video features singer/songwriter Stephen Bannon and guest appearances by composer/performer Jacqueline van Bierk and rapper Boom Doggottie.   

Smash Mob is the teaming of veteran performer, songwriter, producer, award-winning filmmaker/screenwriter, Frank Rogala (lead vocalist for EXUDE and NC-17) and performer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, Jason Eldridge. 

The video was shot at the restored Ghost Town - Calico, in San Bernardino County, CA and Smash Mob’s West coast studio. The video/film clocks in at nearly 8 minutes. 

Directed by Smash Mob’s Frank Rogala, the video makes use of a human/robot storyline that will feel familiar to fans of Westworld.  “I was a huge fan of the original film.  Then when JJ Abrams-produced Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s amazing new version on HBO, I was hooked all over again,” enthused Rogala.  “I’m pretty thrilled I got to play a bad guy character like Yul Brynner’s Westworld ‘Man in Black.’” 

“It took a lot of work to get the cast’s schedules together, organize costumes, props, not to mention figuring out how to get everyone to Calico (Rogala loaded everyone but Bannon into one SUV).  The biggest challenge was pulling off the entire shoot in one day between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (the hours Calico was publicly open)," explained Rogala.  “I had to be hyper-organized, and create fall back plans for shots I may not have light or time for.  Shots that I could put together later on a green screen. My neighbor is an Emmy winning art director. He lent me his makeup kit but then told me there was no way possible that I could do it all in one day!  That is the worst thing to say to me--because then I had to prove him wrong.  The planning came in handy as we had lots of delays in shooting waiting for the busloads of tourists (who suddenly showed up) to clear our scenes.  They thought we were a “show” and I had to tell the cast to stop being so friendly and posing for photos.  We would never have finished,” Rogala said with an amused laugh. 

“I was concerned that we might have issues with walking around with prop guns, but the staff at Calico was wonderful and just let us be.  That was a huge relief.  In return we tried to stay out of the way and to not anything weoponish visible unless necessary for a scene,” Rogala said. 

Viewers might be surprised to find out that even though about 90% of the video is in 4k, Rogala shot it by just using the cast’s phones.  Rogala explains, "Time was of the essence, so when one ran out of memory or battery we would switch to someone else’s phone.” 

The video is available on the SmashMobMusic Channel on Youtube, as well as on the Smash Mob Facebook page and on the SmashMobMusic.com web page.  The single, “You Can Run feat. Stephen Bannon” is available for film and TV licensing and publicly available through outlets including Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, Deezer, Beats Music, etc.

Jacqueline van Bierk appears as a saloon girl.  Is she real or a robot?

Jacqueline van Bierk appears as a saloon girl. Is she real or a robot?

Smash Mob's Frank Rogala, director of the clip, appears as the Man in Black.

Smash Mob's Frank Rogala, director of the clip, appears as the Man in Black.

Stephen Bannon appears as "The Sheriff"

Stephen Bannon appears as "The Sheriff"

Don't want to spoil anything so we will let this photo speak for itself.

Don't want to spoil anything so we will let this photo speak for itself.

Smash Mob's Jason Eldridge makes a cameo as the man playing a banjo.

Smash Mob's Jason Eldridge makes a cameo as the man playing a banjo.

Mackinaw City, MI (PressReleaseJet) August 2, 2017
Contact: Integrated Entertainment Management (714) 496-6617

70’s Wonder Woman TV Theme Gets a Remix by Smash Mob

The late 70’s Wonder Woman TV show (starring Lynda Carter) is sporting a sparkling new remix by the producer/composer team Smash Mob. With the Wonder Woman movie emerging as one of the biggest box office hits of the 2017 summer, all eyes are on Smash Mob and their rejuvenated take on this classic TV theme. Their additional extended mix makes certain this new joyful, ebullient version will be a staple on the dance floor. “We are thrilled to be have been the first to be allowed to handle this exciting project,” said Smash Mob’s Jason Eldridge. 

Smash Mob’s other half, Frank Rogala, explained the genesis of the project, “our Australian label (Army of DJ’s) has had the rights to the master for the TV show theme for years. The original master (both the stereo mix and multi track) tapes have been lost to the sands of time. The remaining master was actually taken off a vinyl record. That makes doing a decent remix very difficult. Especially since we aren’t going to just grab a sample and stick it over a beat in an effort to associate our name with what has suddenly become such a hot property” 

Rogala explained, “The other issue for us was that the original lyrics were not very… let's say trenchant. I mean, ‘Fighting for her rights in her satin tights’ is more a 1970’s sociological comment on women’s rights than anything to do with the Wonder Woman story. Until recently no one in Hollywood took stories from comic books very seriously. So suffice it to say, before Director Patty Jenkins Wonder Woman movie came out I couldn’t muster much interest in the old TV theme song.” 

Of course, no one expected that the Wonder Woman movie became such a massive hit. “I had totally forgotten about the old TV theme until Kent Broderick, head of Army of DJ’s (and owner of the master), mentioned that he thinking about approaching several remixers with it,” explains Rogala. “At that point, I admit I became a little green with jealousy and realized the opportunity. I said, ‘hey! What about us!’” 

The “remix” was composed with respect for the old school TV theme style (as originally established by the masters of TV themes Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox). Gimbel & Fox  famously composed the TV themes for Batman, The Love Boat, Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley as well as the mega smash hit song “Killing Me Softly With His Song.” 

“As Smash Mob we do a lot of music for film and TV,” explained Eldridge. Smash Mob composed the theme song for the History Channel’s reality show Alone. “This is legendary stuff and Gimbel & Fox were the masters of TV show themes. The royalty of Hollywood composers. So when we started work on it, we had to think long and hard of how we would handle a respectable updating of the original.” 

Rogala found several remixes online, but nothing that seemed to do justice to the original. “With practically nothing available from the original session, we decided to actually try to recreate the original arrangement but with an EDM flavor. The surviving track gave hints of a great rocking arrangement that we hoped we could bring forward, to let people finally hear and experience how cool it really was. We incorporated as many live performances as possible. Including Idaho based film/tv composer Matt Vanderbough who contributes trumpet and vocalist/music therapist and multi instrumentalist Norma Nichols. Nichols performed all the soaring female vocal parts in a fast 25 minute “one take each” session,” said Rogala. 

The biggest bit of luck Smash Mob had was convincing Nichols to contribute her vocals. “Norma had a vocal style similar to the original vocalist. “Without her, we might not have been able to pull this off,” explained Rogala. 

Smash Mob is currently enjoying success with their Take Me For Your Ride PURE MICHIGAN music video and is currently in post production on a Westworld themed music video for their song You Can Run feat. Stephen Bannon

Smash Mob's remix of the Wonder Woman TV Theme can be heard on Apple Music, Spotify, Itunes, Amazon, Google Play, Deezer and everywhere music is available. To keep up with Smash Mob check out SmashMobMusic.com 

Photos, music, music videos and resources for press for this release are located at: 

SmashMobMusic.com/press

Take Me For Your Ride - A Boy and His Dog Explore PURE MICHIGAN

Mackinaw City, MI (PRWEB) July 01, 2017 

What if a boy, pulled on a skateboard by his dog, explored some of the most beautiful places in Michigan? That is the premise of the new Smash Mob music video for the song Take Me For Your Ride (PURE MICHIGAN version). The music video is a loving postcard to acquaint and/or remind us of the beauty of Michigan - just in time for the summer vacation months. 

“The Pure Michigan ad campaign is well known all around the country, but it always felt a tad impersonal to me. Unlike Michigan.org, we don’t have $34 million dollars to spend, but I thought, just with my phone’s camera, I might be able to give a booster shot to the national campaign. Rather than just taking the obvious route of showing pretty postcard images, I hoped I could bring an 'up close and personal' approach to showing how amazing Michigan is. I want viewers to imagine the feel of our sand under their feet, swimming in our fresh water, to see what it is like being beneath a waterfall, etc. This ‘boy and his dog’ theme, is my attempt to do just that,” explains Rogala. 

“As a co-owner of several businesses in northern Michigan (Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping, The Mackinaw Club Golf Course, and Mackinac Lakefront Cabins), I have an interest in sharing the beauty of our state. I contacted both Michigan.org and McCann (the PR firm handling the Pure Michigan ad campaign) through several channels, to explore working together -- neither returned my calls. But it is 2017, and with YouTube and the internet, we don’t need tens of millions of dollars to show the world what our state has to offer - as long as people who watch the video enjoy and most importantly -- share it,” explained Rogala. 

"Despite the tremendous amount of work it took to create the song and video, we are not monetizing (placing ads on) the video. We have nothing financially to gain from it going viral. It is our gift to Michigan. We will be happy if those to love, live, work and have businesses here share it and get the word out about our beautiful state," explained Rogala. 

Featuring Devin Jay Baker (Rogala's stepson), and Raven, a half Greyhound, half Black Labrador Retriever, the music video highlights the song's theme of discovering new places in Michigan. “I tried to direct and shoot in a way that kept the time period fairly indistinct, to give it a nostalgic 'Huckleberry Finn-ish' timeless vibe,” explained Rogala. 

Besides this video, there is a second “Smash Mob” version of the song and video that features the members of Smash Mob playing backwoods characters with a bit of a different storyline (not to mention a surprise ending). 

"The one big 'oopsie' came when I realized my credit for photographer Craig Sterken in the credit roll had a typo.  The man responsible for the amazing Superior Sea Cave image is Craig Sterken of Craig Sterken Photography and not Craig Stern (as the typo says), explained Rogala.

Smash Mob is the teaming of the veteran performer, songwriter, producer, award-winning filmmaker/screenwriter, Frank Rogala (lead vocalist for EXUDE and NC-17) and performer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, Jason Eldridge. Along with composing and producing singles and music videos for themselves and other artists, Smash Mob has created music for dozens of films & TV shows, most notably, the theme for the History Channel show "Alone." 

When asked what was next for Smash Mob, Eldridge said, "It is the summer of Wonder Woman, and we were excited to have been asked to create updated mixes of the theme song from the classic Wonder Woman ABC TV show. Our new mixes of the theme song should drop within the next two or three weeks,” said Eldridge. 

You can keep up with Smash Mob, hear their music and see their music videos at SmashMobMusic.com 

Take Me For Your Ride PURE MICHIGAN by Smash Mob is available online through outlets including Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, Deezer, Beats Music, etc.

Take Me For Your Ride PURE MICHIGAN version give you a glimpse at the spectacular natural beauty of the Wolverine state!

Take Me For Your Ride PURE MICHIGAN version give you a glimpse at the spectacular natural beauty of the Wolverine state!

PURE MICHIGAN version of Take Me For Your Ride by Smash Mob

Original version of Take Me For Your Ride by Smash Mob

Smash Mob Current Projects

Smash Mob combines the formidable talents and energy of Frank Rogala and Jason Eldridge.  After several years producing cues in dozens of styles  (Moombahtan, Brazilian Trap, Rock, Pop, Dance, EDM, Electronica, Garage Rock, etc.)  for TV and Film, the duo found their production chops extremely sharp. Spurred by the success of several self-produced singles, the duo turned to working with artists who look to them to bring out fresh untapped aspects of their talent while combining them with Smash Mob's "top of the charts" fresh sound. 

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Smash Mob’s Music Video - A Boy and His Dog Explore The World 

Mackinaw City, MI, June 22, 2017 / What if a boy, pulled on his skateboard by his dog, explored the world.  That is the premise of the new Smash Mob Music Video for the song Take Me For Your Ride..  That is the premise of the new Smash Mob Music Video for the song Take Me For Your Ride. Shot on locations all over the State of Michigan, the music video is a loving postcard reminding us of the beauty of Michigan -  just in time for the summer travel months. 

Featuring Devin Jay Baker, the stepson of Smash Mob producer, vocalist Frank Rogala and Raven, a half Greyhound, half Black Labrador Retriever, the music video highlights the song's theme of discovering new places. 

Smash Mob is the teaming of the veteran performer, songwriter, producer, award-winning filmmaker/screenwriter, Rogala (lead vocalist for EXUDE and NC-17) and performer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, Eldridge.  Eldridge performs locally in northern Michigan with his band Heavens Ta Betsy. 

There was enough great footage that Smash Mob has created a second “Michigan” themed mix and music video - Take Me For Your Ride MICHIGAN VERSION that we know anyone who loves Michigan is going to want to see,” predicts Rogala.  You can keep up with Smash Mob news at SmashMobMusic.com 

Along with music for film and TV, the pair also produces music singles and music videos for other performing artists. 

Eldridge and Rogala’s music can be heard on TV shows including Spike - Inkmasters, the theme for the History Channel’s - Alone, Animal Planet - Rabid, Bravo - Southern Charm, History Channel - Forged in Fire, Discovery - Bad Blood, Discovery - Evil Stepmothers, Discovery - I Am Homicide, MTV - Suspect, Amazon - Forged in Fire, E-Stewarts and Hamiltons, E- Dash Dolls, and MTV - True Life. 

Take Me For Your Ride by Smash Mob is available online through outlets including Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, Deezer, Beats Music, etc.

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Smash Mob Releases Single/Music Video “Live It Up” Featuring Evan Scott 

Film/TV/music/video producers, Smash Mob, have dropped Live It Up - their latest single/music video. The song features singer/songwriter Evan Scott. The Live It Up music video was shot at one of the world’s largest Halloween parties on the streets of West Hollywood, CA. 

The Live It Up music video features songwriter/vocalist Evan Scott and guest performer Jacqueline van Bierk (previously featured in the Smash Mob’s Bitches Like Me single/music video). The frenetic fast-paced music video was directed by Smash Mob’s Frank Rogala. Evan Scott, a composer for film and TV is a singer/songwriter performer based in Omaha, Nebraska. 

“This is a celebration song.  We think it is the kind of song TV shows and Films, not to mention regular music lovers, will be adopting for celebrations of all types, especially those celebrating love,’” explained Eldridge.

Smash Mob is the teaming of veteran performer, songwriter, producer, award-winning filmmaker/screenwriter, Frank Rogala (lead vocalist for EXUDE and NC-17) and performer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, Jason Eldridge. With a solar powered studio in Anaheim, CA and a geothermally cooled studio Mackinaw City, MI, Smash Mob produces cutting edge, “low carbon” music singles and videos for themselves and other artists as well as creating music for film and TV. 

“Live It Up” by Smash Mob is available online through outlets including Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, Deezer, Beats Music, etc. The video for Live It Up is available on Youtube.  You can keep up with Smash Mob at SmashMobMusic.com 

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Take Me For Your Ride by Smash Mob

Take Me For Your Ride by Smash Mob

TV shows with Smash Mob music placements. 2017's theme for "Alone" (The History Channel) was composed by Smash Mob

TV shows with Smash Mob music placements. 2017's theme for "Alone" (The History Channel) was composed by Smash Mob

Smash Mob Composer Jason Eldridge plays locally in Northern MI with Heavens Ta Betsy

Smash Mob Composer Jason Eldridge plays locally in Northern MI with Heavens Ta Betsy

Mackinaw City, MI (PRWEB) July 01, 2017 

What if a boy, pulled on a skateboard by his dog, explored some of the most beautiful places in Michigan? That is the premise of the new Smash Mob music video for the song Take Me For Your Ride (PURE MICHIGAN version). The music video is a loving postcard to acquaint and/or remind us of the beauty of Michigan - just in time for the summer vacation months. 

“The Pure Michigan ad campaign is well known all around the country, but it always felt a tad impersonal to me. Unlike Michigan.org, we don’t have $34 million dollars to spend, but I thought, just with my phone’s camera, I might be able to give a booster shot to the national campaign. Rather than just taking the obvious route of showing pretty postcard images, I hoped I could bring an 'up close and personal' approach to showing how amazing Michigan is. I want viewers to imagine the feel of our sand under their feet, swimming in our fresh water, to see what it is like being beneath a waterfall, etc. This ‘boy and his dog’ theme, is my attempt to do just that,” explains Rogala. 

“As a co-owner of several businesses in northern Michigan (Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping, The Mackinaw Club Golf Course, and Mackinac Lakefront Cabins), I have an interest in sharing the beauty of our state. I contacted both Michigan.org and McCann (the PR firm handling the Pure Michigan ad campaign) through several channels, to explore working together -- neither returned my calls. But it is 2017, and with YouTube and the internet, we don’t need tens of millions of dollars to show the world what our state has to offer - as long as people who watch the video enjoy and most importantly -- share it,” explained Rogala. 

"Despite the tremendous amount of work it took to create the song and video, we are not monetizing (placing ads on) the video. We have nothing financially to gain from it going viral. It is our gift to Michigan. We will be happy if those to love, live, work and have businesses here share it and get the word out about our beautiful state," explained Rogala. 

Featuring Devin Jay Baker (Rogala's stepson), and Raven, a half Greyhound, half Black Labrador Retriever, the music video highlights the song's theme of discovering new places in Michigan. “I tried to direct and shoot in a way that kept the time period fairly indistinct, to give it a nostalgic 'Huckleberry Finn-ish' timeless vibe,” explained Rogala. 

Besides this video, there is a second “Smash Mob” version of the song and video that features the members of Smash Mob playing backwoods characters with a bit of a different storyline (not to mention a surprise ending). 

Smash Mob is the teaming of the veteran performer, songwriter, producer, award-winning filmmaker/screenwriter, Frank Rogala (lead vocalist for EXUDE and NC-17) and performer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, Jason Eldridge. Along with composing and producing singles and music videos for themselves and other artists, Smash Mob has created music for dozens of films & TV shows, most notably, the theme for the History Channel show "Alone." 

When asked what was next for Smash Mob, Eldridge said, "It is the summer of Wonder Woman, and we were excited to have been asked to create updated mixes of the theme song from the classic Wonder Woman ABC TV show. Our new mixes of the theme song should drop within the next two or three weeks,” said Eldridge. 

You can keep up with Smash Mob, hear their music and see their music videos at SmashMobMusic.com 

Take Me For Your Ride PURE MICHIGAN by Smash Mob is available online through outlets including Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, Deezer, Beats Music, etc.