Musician and activist Paul Martin, of the New York based 80's band The Vipers. will be featured in a short documentary to be produced by McKenna Wolf Media.
Mission: Millenials + Boomers rediscover THE VIPERS
The Vipers merged the best of a fresh-faced, Beatlesque, sixties influence into the 1980s Garage Rock Underground, creating a musical sound that stills feel fresh after 30 years. With pulsating psychedelia, The Vipers tore up New York clubs such as CBGBs, Irving Plaza and The Peppermint Lounge, having built a legendary fan base that quickly spread throughout the United States and the world, rivaling the popularity of major label bands. They honed their skills playing hundreds of performances - and then they hit the recording studio. Those sessions provided the backbone of their first album, Outta The Nest! That album has just been re-released, and Martin is now putting together a new version of the Vipers, inspired by the best of the eighties sound.
The bio-doc will follow Martin as he recreates The Vipers for a new generation and readies his new album for release.
Mission: 1980s + 2020 + Great Sounds!
After experiencing the success of Outta The Nest!, Martin began to chafe under the demands of the record industry, and some of his band mates. He walked away from The Vipers to make his own music in his own way.
"I am thrilled to be partnering with McKenna Wolf to bring my message of art and survival,” said Martin, a prominent figure in the eighties New York music scene, and one of the first indie artists to self-produce his own music. “Looking back on those days, I don't think most kids in the music world today realize how really dirty, gritty and dangerous New York City was in the late 70s and 80s. It was a crazy time, and it created some crazy art. But now you can buy a truffle omelette in the Bowery Hotel. The neighborhood is all cleaned up, the same way we cleaned up our lives. Was it better then? I don't know, but I like what I'm creating now!"
Who We Are
We're on a mission to reconnect a new audience with the smashing sound of THE VIPERS !
Musician, Founder of the VIPERS, and all around Trouble Maker
Paul can’t stop and won’t stop. That’s probably because music is his best friend. Running on talent, drive, and a relentless vision, Paul will cross the finish line and then will keep on sprinting for miles. For him, there’s no point in slowing down when there’s limitless potential for more to create.
Karen has worked as a writer and producer for online entertainment news site, Mayhem Entertainment, as well as working as a freelance creative director, creating fully developed concepts for content videos and thirty second television spots. She is also a co-owner of McKenna Wolf Media, and recently served as Associate Producer for the feature film, Ice Cream In The Cupboard.
Jen’s favorite thing to do in the whole world is smile. She is a trained dancer and actress, but what gets her out of bed in the morning is helping people make the art that moves the world -- and she’s on a mission to do it.
Mick Wolf Toft
Director and Associate Producer
With over 20 years experience in the entertainment industry, Mick has literally been there and done that. As a child actor he was hired by Martin Scorsese, and worked with the best of television directors including Marc Tinker and Bruce Paltrow. He has multiple credits, as Unit Production Manager, First AD, and Videographer. He is a co-owner, and Director of Digital Content, at McKenna Wolf Media.