Fans can make a donation to the Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN) by downloading the song--a special mix of “Gotten,” with Adam Levine of Maroon 5 on vocals, from SLASH’s previous 2010 debut solo album.
A comprehensive nonprofit organization, LAYN provides for more than 10,000 runaway and homeless youth on the streets of Los Angeles every night, with emergency shelter and group homes for those 12-17 years old and long term transitional housing for young adults 18-24. The goal is to keep these often neglected, abused and homeless youth off the street and provide them with the basic necessities of life such as safety, food, shelter, counseling and supportive services.
To watch, donate and download “Gotten,” click here: slashonline.com/gotten.
To donate directly to the Los Angeles Youth Network: http://layn.org/donate.html.
Shot in downtown LA, the star-studded cast for “Gotten” features SLASH as himself, as well as Amanda “AJ” Milchalka (“Hellcats,” Super 8), Kristin Bauer (“True Blood”), Clifton Collins Jr. (Traffic, Capote), Jacob Vargas (Next Friday, Traffic), Sevier Crespo (Fast Lane) and Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club), among others.
Check out the behind-the-scenes making of the video here: slashonline.com/gotten.
“This video was created to make people take notice of the homeless teen epidemic which is rampant in L.A. as well as in the rest of the country,” explains SLASH. “The story in this video is just one scenario amid millions of potential situations happening at any given time in Los Angeles alone. Everybody involved with the making of this video selflessly donated their time and talents to this cause. I thank them with all my heart.”
"LAYN is extremely grateful to SLASH, Astound Studios, GenAudio and the entire creative force that has come together to support the programs and services of LAYN for homeless and runaway youth often missed by so many systems and who have such limited options for support,” explains Mark Supper Executive Director of the Los Angeles Youth Network. “Your donation helps us prevent the potential harm these youth are vulnerable and at risk for, and assists us in keeping them from being exploited or victimized on the streets of Los Angeles."
“Gotten” was remixed at Astound Studios (www.astoundstudios.net) from its original version using GenAudio’s unique 3D spatial audio technology, AstoundSound®, which is based on over two decades of R&D into how the brain processes audio information. AstoundSound delivers a deeper and significantly enhanced artist-fan connection that stimulates a powerful artist-fan connection triggering a more intensive emotional response. "The team at Astound Studios and GenAudio were very excited to work on this with SLASH and his people," said Jerry Mahabub, CEO of GenAudio and Owner of Astound Studios. "SLASH is a visionary, an idol to many, and a friend to me. It was both an honor and a pleasure to work on this project for the benefit of homeless youth that need all of our help."www.slashonline.com
Slash is widely considered one of the greatest rock guitar players of all time. He has received countless accolades and awards including his forthcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame set for April 2012. In 2007, Slash was inducted into Hollywood’s RockWalk (located in front of Guitar Center in Hollywood) alongside his idols Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix. An original member of iconic rock band Guns N’ Roses, the Grammy-winning Slash helped the band create signature sounds like the guitar riff of #1 hit “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.” The band dominated the 1980’s and 90’s music scene selling more than 100 million albums worldwide and ushered in a decade of hard-charging rock music. After leaving the band, Slash went on to critical acclaim in his personal project Slash’s Snakepit, and global success with the supergroup Velvet Revolver. He has been widely sought after by the biggest musicians of all time, performing with everyone from Michael Jackson to Stevie Wonder to Ray Charles. Slash recently landed on the top of the charts with his first true solo album, Slash. In addition, Slash was honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce who named him as an official selection for 2011 to receive a star on Hollywood’s iconic Walk of Fame. In February 2011, he performed at the Super Bowl XLV half time show, seen by more than 106 million people, becoming the most-watched program in U.S. television history (Nielsen Co.). In November 2011, Slash released his first ever live solo album, Made In Stoke 24/7/11, a double-disc CD, with a special-edition 2CD+DVD package (featuring five bonus tracks and an exclusive interview with Slash). Slash is currently in the studio with his band putting the finishing touches on his second solo album Apocalyptic Love which is due for release on May 22 of 2012.
About The Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN):
Founded in 1984, the Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN) is a California non-profit organization whose mission is to end homelessness one kid at a time, by providing shelter, food and counseling for the abused, neglected and abandoned. LAYN’s mission is to empower abused, neglected and homeless adolescents to become self-sufficient. We do this by providing street outreach, food, emergency shelter, transitional living apartments, and educational enrichment programs in a nurturing and safe environment. The goal is for each child to successfully complete the permanent transition away from street life to a safe and secure living environment and to fully participate in society. Los Angeles Youth Network is proud to operate an Emergency Shelter, Group Home Facility, Long-Term Transitional Living Facility serving youth 12-24 with a variety of housing needs. In addition to shelter services, our programs go beyond basic essentials to provide a host of comprehensive clinical, case management, educational, job development and aftercare services. Our broad continuum of care empowers youth to become self-sufficient members of society. For more information visit: http://layn.org/donate.html.
GenAudio provides true multidimensional sound solution for the entire consumer electronics and entertainment industry. The company’s core technology, AstoundSound®, is a software-based audio IP solution that integrates seamlessly with consumer electronics for home, automotive and mobile applications, delivering a multi-dimensional audio experience with two or more speakers. AstoundSound also supports cinema and content creation software applications, and provides seamless audio reproduction for professional environments. The technology works with all DSP based consumer audio equipment capable of stereo audio output, and doesn’t require special hardware or decoding devices. Company headquarters are in Englewood, CO. the company also has operations in Santa Monica, CA. For more information visit: www.genaudioinc.com.
For SLASH publicity, contact MSO:
Libby Coffey | 818-380-0400 x224, LCoffey@msopr.com
Mitch Schneider | 818-380-0400 x235, MSchneider@msopr.com
For Los Angeles Youth Network Public Relations, donations and questions, contact:
Rafael Cosio | 323-366-2450 office, 310-666-0380 mobile
I'd like to thank the cast & crew for selflessly donating their time & talents to the making of this video for free. Their creative efforts combined in the interest of raising awareness to the plight of runaway & homeless teenagers struggling against all odds in Los Angeles. LAYN has committed to the task of providing these teens with shelter & support for years now. But it takes your help & donations to succeed. Please support LAYN at http://layn.org/donate.html
Director: Clifton Collins, Jr.
Cinematographer: Pedro Guimaraes
Executive Producers: Clifton Collins & Talbert Morton
CAST (in order of appearance)
Slash as Himself
Runaway/Daughter - Amanda Milchalka "AJ"
Street Thug 1 - Savier Crespo
Street Pimp -Jacob Vargas
Runaway Street Worker - Megan Ozurovich
Mother - Kristin Bauer
Boyfriend - Jack Rubio
Teacher/John - Judd Nelson
Gun Dealer - Clifton Collins Jr.
1stAD - Savier Crespo
Operator/Steadicam - Pedro Guimaraes, SOC
1st AC - Daniel Schade
2nd AC - Nick Lantz
Digital Loader - Jaswinder "Jazz" Bedi
Stills - Myron Parran
Writer - Jon Paul Lewis
Script Revisions - Clifton Collins Jr.
Casting - Veronica Collins Rooney C.S.A
Editor - Alex Kirkwood
Colorist - James LaViola
Special Thanks to:
Cartoon Tattoo shop
City of Los Angeles
LA Youth Network
Carlos de Mattos
Original version of “Gotten” produced and mixed by Eric Valentine
Astound Studios song mix:
Producer - Jerry Mahabub
AstoundSound® Mix Engineer - Greg Morgenstein
Mastering Engineer - Gavin Lurssen
3D Spatial audio technology provided by GenAudio, Inc.
Lenses provided by: Radiant Images
Lights provided by: CineMills "LEDZ"
C-Motion Cvolution provided by: Digital Incident
Color Services provided by: Stereoscope LLC