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Baltimore City - Station North A&E District

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Von Vargas is a multi-faceted Music Creator. He is a Hip Hop artist, multi-genre music producer, songwriter, musician, DJ, music educator, and music curator. Von is currently preparing to release a groundbreaking body of work in the Winter of 2021, titled “Dinner Coat, Hard Bottoms” a full-length musical a cappella album, extending the boundaries of what has become commonplace in Hip Hop. Von is responsible for creating music, Hip-Hop Ads, Music Marketing Campaigns and Music Sync Placements for... more

Exploring Von's World of Music

First up....Lets take a quick look at a few snapshots of Von Vargas in the music community throughout his musical journey

Here are a few quick snapshots of Von Vargas in the music community throughout his music journey. Whether here on the Eastcoast or across the country on the Westcoast, Von has devoted his life to impacting, and inspiring others through music. Because of this Von has often spent time consulting for other musicians/music creators, curating opportunities such as playlist and events for emerging talent, sharing resources, information and wisdom through various panel discussions, musical performances, fighting for creators rights on Capitol Hill, and more.

In 2020 Von was also elected as a National Trustee of the Recording Academy /National Academy of Recorded Arts and Sciences. This allows Von to serve the music community worldwide.

Second...Here are Videos & Content from 3220 (The Soundtrack) a Full Length Album [Co-Written, Recorded, Mixed, and Co Produced by Von Vargas] (All Videos were either Shot or Co-Shot & Edited by Von Vargas)

ALL Songs In This Portion are Co-Written, Recorded, Mixed, and Co-Produced by VON VARGAS.
All Videos are either Shot or Co-Shot & Edited by VON VARGAS

About 3220: The Soundtrack to Baltimore City College (Released 2019)

A collective group of “City Knights” spearheaded and executive produced by recording artist, and City alumnus, Von Vargas, will raise money through new album ‘3220: The Soundtrack (to Baltimore City College)’. Proceeds from this album will provide college scholarship awards for students pursuing music in the entertainment field who graduate from Baltimore City College. The album is dedicated to celebrating the heritage of Baltimore City College and is set to release in Fall 2017.

“3220” is named after the address of Baltimore City College (BCC), and its development was cultivated
by Von Vargas, along with the great help of other BCC alumni listed here: BenJamin Banger, Michael
Miller, Josh Lay, Lee Mo, Rufus Roundtree, Kia Miller, The Boy Blesst, Kidd Savage, and Sheri Booker.

“Creating this body of work is something that has never been done before in the 177 years of
Baltimore City College.” - Von Vargas

Album Available Here: https://3220thesoundtrack.bandcamp.com

Tracklist:

1 Castle On The Hill

2 Rings To The Sky

3 Get Acquainted

4 On The Wall

5 Knight In Shining Armor

6 Get Up Knights

7 One and All (City Forever)

8 Good Knight

9 We Will Not Be Defeated

Copyright 2019 All Rights Reserved

Executive Producer: Von Vargas // Associate Producers: Josh Lay, Mike Miller BenJamin Banger
Album Recorded and Mixed by Von Vargas at CD Studios, Baltimore, Md.
Castle On The Hill Recorded and Mixed by Joshua Lay
Album Mastered by Randy Leroy at Tonal Park Studios Takoma Park, Md
Artwork & Design by Shuna Smith for Crea+ive Development Studios
For more info about Project 3220 and Affiliated Artists: [email protected]
For more info about The Baltimore City College visit www.baltimorecitycollege.us
For more info about The Baltimore City College Alumni Association visit www.cityforever.org
For more info on Von Vargas visit www.vonvargas.com

Third.... Here are Videos & Content from Metropolis Binocular (Von Vargas' Full Length Album) (All Videos except " Look Up and Concrete" were Co-shot &. Edited by Von Vargas)

About Metropolis Binocular (Released 2017)

The latest Album Metropolis Binocular by Von Vargas is some of Von's most transparent work to date. It features the woes of childhood in underprivileged environments, losing family members to the trap "Oceans Fade", with honest and heartfelt lyrics.

The album is well balanced with "Thought Provoking" and "Introspective" songs such as "Red Lips", "Cry A Tear", and "One Thing". Expressions that are reminiscent of growing up such as the title song: "My Metropolis" and "Fit Out". Other songs like "Frozen Cupz", "Penned Pola" and "Good Day" pay homage to urban life while helping to change one's outlook on it. "Symphonious Maxim" reveals Von's vital points of life as he declares his thoughts of wanting to give up on his dreams.

All in all Metropolis Binocular is a solid piece of work.

Link to Album: https://music.apple.com/us/album/metropolis-binocular/1237312213

Tracklist:

1 Last Shall Be First (feat. Marijah)
2 Penned Pola
3 Frozen Cupz (feat. Naimah)
4 Oceans Fade
5 No Wins
6 My Metropolis (feat. Naimah & Bryan Davis)
7 Symphonious Maxim
8 Look Up
9 Concrete (Still I Rise) [feat. Michael J.R. & Fairin Moon]
10 Fit Out
11 Good Day (feat. Dre Thompson)
12 One Thing (feat. HTK)
13 Cry A Tear (feat. Sho)
14 Red Lips

  • Von Vargas' Metropolis Binocular Album Cover Artwork

    Metropolis Binocular Album Cover
    This is my Album Cover for my latest album Metropolis Binocular released March 2016.
  • Von Vargas Metropolis Binocular digital Album Booklet

    This is my iTunes Digital Booklet for the album Metropolis Binocular. The booklet includes: Song Titles, Lyrics to each Song, Writing, Production, Recording, Mixing, and Mastering Credits and Thank You's. Please feel free to read or download.

    PDF icon Von Vargas Metropolis Binocular digital Album Booklet
  • Von Vargas "One Thing" Video Snippet from Metropolis Binocular

    "One Thing" off of the album Metropolis Binocular is a song dealing with one's insecurities and flaws. This song is about me looking into the mirror and wishing to change something about my self that I can't.
  • A Penned Pola - Von Vargas

    Penned Pola Full Music Video from the album Metropolis Binocular. Produced, Recorded, and Written by Von Vargas. Featuring Female Vocalist Ronika.
  • Von Vargas "Frozen Cupz" ft Naimah

    This is the full music video for "Frozen Cupz" Written & Produced by Von Vargas from the album Metropolis Binocular
  • Von Vargas ft. SHO "Cry A Tear"

    This is the music visual to a song off of Von's album Metropolis Binocular. The song details the honest and sympathetic regret of losing a family member whose lifestyle was difficult to accept.
  • Von Vargas - "Look Up" Full Video from the Album Metropolis Binocular

    This is a full video for a song from Von Vargas titled "Look Up" off of the album Metropolis Binocular. This video was directed by Grasshopper Philms, Edited by Bryan Grasshopper Robinson , and Von Vargas The song is about how I have look up or (keeping my head to the sky) to keep from allowing my surroundings and what goes on in my neighborhood to contaminate me.
  • Von Vargas "Red Lips" Full Video

    About Red Lips (From The Album Metropolis Binocular) For years now, sexual assault/domestic violence awareness has been on my heart, mainly because I've witnessed the act as well as know survivors and victims first hand. My goal is to do my part by bringing attention to the issue, especially through music. My passion for creating awareness provoked me...and so, I have prepared a short music visual accompanied by my song, titled "Red Lips”.
  • Von Vargas Concrete (Still I Rise) @ In My Own Lane

    This video features footage of Von Vargas originally performing his song "Concrete (Still I Rise)" from the Album Metropolis binocular. The footage was shot at Von's Live Curated Experience: In My Own Lane.
  • Von Vargas "Oceans Fade"

    This is the music visual to a song off of Von's album Metropolis Binocular. It details the consequences of family members choosing the wrong paths and washing away those mental processes.

Fourth....How about a small collection of "In Studio Video Footage" from Von Vargas capturing his duties as a Music Producer

This portion of the portfolio has a collection of "In Studio Video Footage" from Von Vargas capturing his duties as a Music Producer. Von Vargas is a Music Producer as well as an artist and songwriter. Here you'll see a few captures of Von at work in the Recording Studio producing music with other artists and collaborators. Some footage may be more detailed than others. There are also a couple photos as well. Please Enjoy!

What's Fifth? ... Here you'll find projects from Von Vargas as a Music Educator working with Children, Youth, and Adults.

This portion of the portfolio highlight's some of the positive results of Von Vargas as a Music Educator working with Children, Youth, and Adults. As a Music Creator Von not only spends time with personal projects and clients, Von also gives back to the community by teaching children, youth and adults how to create music. Also how to use music theraputically for Military Veterans. Von has been teaching music production and hip hop poetry to children and youth for the past 10 years. Here are a few music visuals, pics, and clips. Please Enjoy!

  • Von Conducting a music Workshop for Elementary Students

    This is a picture of Von Vargas Conducting a music Workshop for Elementary Students at Ring Factory Elementary.
  • Von Vargas conducting a Songwriting Workshop w/ CAMMO

    This is a picture of a CAMMO Songwriting Workshop with Military Vets and Active Duty Soldiers. Von Vargas was one of the Workshop Instructors.
  • ADDRESS IT

    "Address It" Written & Performed By: The Students of The Y in Central Md at Fort Worthington Elem/Middle School. Coached, Recorded, Produced, Shot & Edited by Von Vargas of Creative Development Studios
  • Racism

    "Racism" Written & Performed By: The Students of The Y in Central Md at Walter P Carter Elem/Middle School. Coached, Recorded, Produced, Shot & Edited by Von Vargas of Creative Development Studios
  • Bullying Hurts (PSA/Short Film) & Music Video

    Bullying Hurts is a PSA/Short Film & Music Video featuring the Bell Foundation's Arundel Elementary After School Students. Bullying Hurts was Produced, Written,Scored, Directed, Shot & Edited by Von (Vargas) Smith of Creative Development Studios "Stop That" was Written, Produced and Recorded and Mixed by Von (Vargas) Smith for Von Vargas Music/SESAC and performed by Students, and Chrystal Boykins.
  • "Stop That" (BELL @ Arundel Elementary & Middle)

    SUBSCRIBE "Stop That" Written, Produced and Recorded and Mixed by Von (Vargas) Smith for Von Vargas Music/SESAC Additional Vocals by Chrystal Lene' "Stop That" was originally taken from Bullying Hurts a Short Film/ Public Service Announcement featuring the Bell Foundation's Arundel Elementary & Middle After School Students. Produced, Written, Directed, Shot & Edited by Von (Vargas) Smith of Creative Development Studios
  • Waverly "So Fresh" Song & Music Video

    "So Fresh" Written & Performed By: The Students of The Y in Central Md Afterschool Program at Waverly Elem/Middle School. Coached, Recorded, Produced, Shot & Edited by Von Vargas of Creative Development Studios. "So Fresh" was completed a week or two prior to schools closing for COVID-19
  • Von Vargas conducting a Songwriting Workshop w/ CAMMO

    Here's a clip of Von Vargas conducting a Songwriting Workshop w/ CAMMO Center for American Military Music Opportunities
  • Music Workshop Clip

    This is a Music Workshop Clip with Von Vargas and a group of elementary students from the 1st and 2nd grade at Ring Factory Elementary..
  • Music for Voices of Carmen Stage Play produced by Von Vargas

    Here's a clip that was posted to social media highlighting the Voices of Carmen stage play Written, Directed, and Choreographed by CJay Phillip of Dance & Bmore. The music used for this clip was a dance music piece produced by Von Vargas. It was also used in the fight scene of the play as well.

Sixth...Von loves great conversation. Here are some of Von Vargas' Favorite Interviews, and Times of Inspiring Others

This project/content here is a quick selection of some of Von Vargas' favorite interviews at some radio stations, internet stations and podcasts. Also times of inspiring others at Howard University, Georgetown University, and Metropolis Binocular Listening Lounge.

Number Seven... This project includes Videos & Content from one of Von's favorite body's of work. World Famous Lexington Market (Von Vargas Full Length Album)

About The Album

One of the Oldest Markets in the World now becomes Hip Hop's latest Inspiration.

Von Vargas is the first to title an album after Baltimore's historic downtown market. World Famous Lexington Market. Von's Album World Famous Lexington Market takes an affectionate, but never saccharine look at Vargas' hometown, with tracks like "Maryland Crab" and "Hippodrome", says A Shipley of 'City Paper's Rap Sheet'.

When asked "Why the title?" Von answers, "Lexington Market is one of the longest running markets in the world, and that;s huge to me; to live here and have this place right at our disposal...I think that's insane!" He also states, "people normally go to the market to get their food substance, and since my music is substance too I believe the title fits World Famous Lexington Market."

Von Vargas addresses drug trafficking on the "One Last Trip" track, which is an in depth composition of a young lady describing her last trip before getting caught. The album consist of production from Banga Bill, Skillz, and Von Vargas, as well as features from The Boy Blesst, Ronika, J. Johnson, and Preme. World Famous Lexington Market can be streamed in it's entirety @ https://lexingtonmarket.bandcamp.com/

Tracklist:

1 Top to Bottom

2 Maryland Crabs

3 Shalom ft. Supreme Glory

4 So Cold ft. Ronika

5 One Last Trip (Interlude) ft. Trina

6 That Good Good

7 Rise ft. The Boy Blesst

8 Break Bread ft. J. Johnson

9 No Intro ft. Jimmy Swaggar

10 Lil Slick'em

11 Down In Maryland ft. Chinko and Riff Raff

Commentary from Von Vargas on World Famous Lexington Market:

When I was a child I would always be so excited to go to Lexington Market. I know I'm not the only one...especially when u lived blocks up the street from it. Lexington Market is one of the oldest standing markets in the world! This was my way to be proud of my heritage in my hometown.

Shalom is a crazy one featuring Preme... this one started it all off! One of my favorite lines is "give em milk like I'm Chick Fila's poster Cow"

Maryland Crabs is a song that's very truthful and honest about Maryland...Maryland Crabs are just not in Md. they are everywhere around the world! Tell me that you ain't never want what another have.!!!!

Break Bread is a joint featuring J. Johnson...it's one of those funk soul songs spitters will love and ladies will love it too.

So Cold is one of my favs featuring Ronika...it's turns the whole vibe of the album to something special, and just a lil emotional.

Rise prod by Skillz is a collab featuring Blesst...its an song about empowerment and conquering regardless of the obstacles etc. Any one can take it and make it their own anthem.

"Hippodrome" prod. by Banga Bill is another favorite. The Hippodrome years ago was a movie theater where for the first time I saw the movie Purple Rain. A classic movie if u love music.

credits

released October 26, 2012

Copyright 2012 Major Influence
Executive Producer: Von Vargas (L. Smith) www.vonvargasmusic.com
Album Producers: Von Vargas, Skillz, Banga Bill,
Project Manager: Hennither Bianca Cole
Graphic Design: Shuna Smith (www.creativedevelopmentstudios.com)

Ronika appears courtesy of Major Influence
The Boy Blesst appears courtesy of Reign Music
Supreme Glory appears courtesy of Marathon
J. Johnson appears courtesy of Salvation Army Music Group

Eight...If you don't know by now Music Visuals are a priority for Von. Here are additional Music Videos from Von Vargas.

Here are some full music videos from Von Vargas. All Videos are co-shot and edited by Von Vargas. Von feels that it's extremely important to put cinematic visuals to his musical works. The hope is that fans would connect with each musical peice in their own special way. Please Enjoy!

Number Nine... Von Curates many opportunities to display music. Here is Content from one of Von's live presentations called: "In My Own Lane" (a Live Curated Experience by Von Vargas)

Von Vargas hosts ‘In My Own Lane’ with Special Guests, Grammy Nominated Carolyn Malachi & Philadelphia's own, Japhia Life, in Washington D.C. (September 20, 2016) – ‘In My Own Lane’ is a LIVE curated concert experience hosted by recording artist, Von Vargas, that will take place October 21, 2016 from 8-11 PM at the Baltimore Motor House. This premier concert will showcase talented recording artists that have cultivated their own lanes in the music industry. The audience is given the opportunity to engage with artists, producers, music industry executives, and more.

Recording Artist Von Vargas will perform his music for guests, along with GRAMMY-nominated artist, Carolyn Malachi, and Philadelphia's own, Japhia Life, former recording artist with Sony Music. A meet and greet for performers, VIPs and Media will take place at 7 p.m.

During the concert, three dynamic, creative professionals will be honored for their creativity in the music industry. Honorees include producer, Mr. Wendel Patrick, entertainment public relations extraordinaire; Ms. Candice Mackel; and musician, Mr. Rufus Roundtree. ‘In My Own Lane’ was birthed to be a platform for artists who are charting their own lane.

“Being in the industry for years, I’ve seen dope artists who don’t fit the “norm”, so they may not get the same exposure given to the next artist who does. So, I feel it’s my duty to advocate for artists who create fearlessly, contrary to the norm.”-Von Vargas

  • In My Own Lane Promo

    Von Vargas In My Own Lane Promo
    This is the postcard promo for In My Own Lane Curated by Von Vargas this past Oct 21st 2016 at the Motor House.
  • In My Own Lane : A Live Curated Experience Promo Commercial

    This is the In My Own Lane Promo Commercial Video "In My Own Lane" A Live Curated Experience by Von Vargas w/ Special Guest "Grammy Nominated" Carolyn Malachi & "Philadelphia's Own" Japhia Life! Friday October 21, 2016 Join fans, music industry tastemakers and executives for a rare experience of music, networking and recognition to musical and creatives within the music industry. Intimate Setting w/ Limited Seats Available.
  • Von Vargas Band Rehearsal for In My Own Lane

    This is a snap shot video of a rehearsal with the band for the show In My Own Lane.
  • Von Vargas : In My Own Lane LIVE Recap Video

    This is a breif recap video of Von Vargas performing at In My Own Lane. It was a SOLD OUT Show curated by Von Vargas with fans & supporters from Baltimore, DC, and VA. Video Footage Shot by Mansa Edited by Von Vargas
  • Von Vargas: In My Own Lane "Fireworks" w/ Naimah

    At In my Own Lane Von Vargas performs "Fireworks" w/ Singer Songwriter Naimah
  • Von Vargas : In My Own Lane Recap Video 2

    This Video is footage of Von enjoying photo ops with some of his fans at In My Own Lane. 45 Minutes after people cleared out, Von Vargas got a chance to flick it up with some of those who remained. Video Footage Shot by Mansa Edited by Von Vargas
  • Von Vargas "In My Own Lane" Interview

    This is an interview with Von Vargas before he performs at In My Own Lane.
  • Von Vargas Concrete (Still I Rise) @ In My Own Lane

    This video features footage of Von Vargas originally performing his song "Concrete (Still I Rise)" from the Album Metropolis binocular. The footage was shot at Von's Live Curated Experience: In My Own Lane.

Last but certainly not least...These are a few short clips and a photo of Von Vargas on intimate stages performing.

Here are some video clips, a pic and cell footage of Von Vargas on intimate stages performing his music or hip hop cover options.