GTAV Soundtrack Artist Spotlight: An Interview with The Chain Gang of 1974

Posted on February 9 2015, 3:50pm | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Music, Games


In our latest GTA Online Sessions YouTube episode, we chat and play with GTAV soundtrack's The Chain Gang of 1974 ("Sleepwalking").

We recently hung out with Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack's The Chain Gang of 1974 aka Kamtin Mohager - the act responsible for one of GTAV's most signature tunes, "Sleepwalking" as heard in the game's official trailer and original TV spot. Playing some GTA Online live together on the Rockstar Twitch channel, we chatted with him about Chain Gang and what he's been up to since "Sleepwalking" first exploded across the airwaves of Radio Mirror Park. Check out the GTA Online Sessions YouTube episode above for some great highlights and read on for choice excerpts from the interview.
 

On coming up with the name of his band...
"I started the band at the very end of 2006 and at the time I was listening to a lot of The Raveonettes - and they had a record called Chain Gang of Love. So I took that and took the birth year of another artist of mine that I love, Ryan Adams, and got "The Chain Gang of 1974". I did realize it's a bit long so I'm trying to retire the 'The' from the band name."

On Daydream Forever coming out on vinyl...
"We are working on it - I wish it was just a very easy thing. It's cool because I am a big vinyl nerd and vinyl is definitely back. But that also means production takes a very long time. I did get the rights for it and it's going to be coming into production very soon... its definitely going to happen this year."

And on its release on cassette...
"There is a kind of whole cassette thing going on right now and I just think it's a fun way to release music and continue to allow things to be exciting for the fans and listeners so we're just going to do a limited release of cassettes [in February]."

On what exactly "Sleepwalking" is about...
"Being emo and heartbroken, man [laughs].... No, I like writing music about that kind of stuff, its fun. I'm influenced by a lot of those kinds of bands and I think it's very universal and people can relate to it. But yeah, just about an ex-girlfriend, that's about it but... made it work. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't have had a song in GTAV so there we go, round of applause to her."

On the writing process...
"The last two records I did [2011's Wayward Fire and 2014's Daydream Forever] I worked on with one of my good buddies, Isom Innis [of Foster the People]... him and I work in a certain way that's very quick. We basically moved to Malibu and I think I went into the studio with a couple of ideas, but we just brought all our own gear, lived in the house for a month up in the hills and we came back with an 11 song record."

On new project Teenage Wrist...
"We want to do this thing in a very organic manner so basically we put the first single out ["Teenage Wrist"] and we were very excited how things kind of developed with it. People took notice, just randomly Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance found it and was talking about it and it was just a really cool thing to have that happen. I collaborated on the project with my good friend Marshall [Gallagher, of Swing Hero], who I went to high school with in Colorado and our drummer Anthony as well. We're having fun with it, its cool to not be in an electronic band, just be in a kind of grungy rock band for a little bit. We're getting ready to put the second single out... and then we'll be announcing the album details pretty soon."

Big thanks to Kam for stopping by and also to the community for asking some really great questions in the Twitch chat. You can catch the stream in its entirety here and to keep up with Kam, check out Chain Gang's Facebook page and give a listen to Teenage Wrist's first single, "Afterglow," below:

Previously:
GTAV Soundtrack: Listen to Original New Songs Added from Flying Lotus, Jamie Lidell, Freddie Gibbs and More
The Music of Grand Theft Auto V: Limited Edition Soundtrack CD and Vinyl Box Sets Coming this December

Crew Cut: Tournament Time, Crews in Real Life and More

Posted on January 23 2015, 11:02am | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

In this edition of the Crew Cut, we cover an ongoing tournament that promises to be packed to the brim with action, more Crews meeting up IRL, a new Reddit squad causing chaos and a couple of awesome Crew propaganda videos that caught our attention. First up, a few of our favorite Crew Snapmatics from recent weeks:

 
 
Clockwise from top left: During production of Malicious Intentt's Reservoir Dogs tribute video, co-Lieutenant greatler took a moment to grab this behind-the-scenes shot of MAIN keeping their cool amongst the chaos; Efin Secsy Club Crew Leader ThunderChild09 has been updating this Snapmatic every time the 5EXY Crew member count reaches another century - not far til' the next one! GT69-Racing Crew look surprisingly intimidating with The Festive Surprise Stocking Masks on their head, in leader SANFORD55's menacing selfie; The Ganja Outlaws Crew celebrate the New Year with a bang.

TOURNEY TIME

Seasoned GTA Online tourney producers HOT_KIMERA and his CAP PILLAS Crew kicked off their GTA Online Body Bangers Tournament this past weekend and things got off to a banging start. Round one of this thirty-Crew Free Aim tournament on PS4 saw Crew Cut vets such as the CAP PILLAS and Ineffable Arts Crews and lots of newcomers including the SouthVinewood Ballas, SEVILLE DIABLOS, Underworld Mob Kings and many more. Congrats to all the first round winners: Ineffable Arts and CAP PILLAS, the DIABLOS and Mob Kings, iTS A Blurr, KiLLIN ALL ON SiGHT, CASHOUTGANGG, Masked Terror SquaD and TRAPMOBB BROUGE AVE. You can check out all the action from last weekend in the highlight vid above, plus part two here with a part three coming soon. Round two begins today at 4pm ET and carries on through Sunday - watch the battlin' live on Kimera's Twitch channel. Good luck to the remaining Crews! Have a tournament or special Crew event you're hosting or participating in that you think we should know about? Hit us up with the details at community@rockstargames.com.

CREW SPOTLIGHT: The LosSantos Aliens


Alien Nation: This "average Crew session" is total chaos with redditors The LosSantos Aliens (SNOO).

The LosSantos Aliens Crew caught our eye thanks to the ridiculous gif posted above, which shows exactly what a free roam Crew session should be all about. SNOO are the official Crew of the /r/GrandTheftAutoV sub-reddit and have strong ties to fellow redditors the GTAAdventures Crew who we've previously featured for their part in this sick Skyfall recreation and tilt-shift Toy Soldiers collab with 8-Bit Bastard. A quick glance at The LosSantos Aliens sub-reddit points to committed squad hosting regular meet-ups of all kinds on all four different platforms. If you need any more convincing to get involved, check out this vid filled with more Crew mayhem. It's easy to see why, in the 6 weeks since their inception, they've nearly filled their roster. With the remaining spots going fast, head over to their application form if you wish to join. 

CREWS IN REAL LIFE

Hillbilly Agenda Crew have been at it again, hand-delivering more custom Crew license plates across the country to their fellow Crew members. This time Crew Leader KnoxNerd and his son MarkusMerk flew themselves from Tennessee to Virginia to deliver a plate to co-Lieutenant IgnesousJester29. Exceptional effort guys! Merryweather IMF Crew have continued this trend, over an even greater distance. When Aussie co-Lieutenant the_killer_ewok was travelling through Europe, he stopped off in Germany to sample some "local culture" with Crew Leader NAVAL_SEABEE. After a few steins at a local brewery, NAVAL_SEABEE presented the_killer_ewok with a Crew T-shirt he designed himself. A noble gesture and just rewards for journeying such a distance.


Hillbilly Agenda (HBAG) Crew co-Lieutenant IgnesousJester29 is the latest member to get a hand-delivered custom plate from Leader KnoxNerd.

Merryweather IMF.JPG
Merryweather IMF (MIMF) co-Lieutenant the_killer_ewok shows off his new Crew tee personally delivered by Leader NAVAL_SEABEE.

CREWS ON FILM

Merryweather IMF's camaraderie is clearly evident in-game as well, with this follow up to last year's tongue-in-cheek recruitment video. As NAVAL_SEABEE explained it to us, in the past 8 months MIMF have culled down 1,000+ applicants to just over a hundred elite operatives, committed to protecting the Freemode city from red dot psychopaths, play crazy custom Missions, and overall have a great social experience. KDR hitmen, proficient gunners, expert pilots and great GTA cinematographers are all welcome to apply for second phase of the Crew: Gone Rogue. To find out more, check out the following recruitment video:

Reuchlin5 of the Merkalot Crew was sure to hit record in this Team Deathmatch Crew Battle against the MexicanMafia1MXx Crew that saw MERK shutting 'em down 3-0. Want to show off your Crew's battle skills? Hit us up on CrewChallenges@rockstargames.com to take the good fight to our official Twitch channel for a live Crew vs. Crew Battle. Keep an eye on our Twitter and the Rockstar Newswire for Crew Battle announcements in the future.

Finally, an awesome recruitment video from Social Club stalwarts the Ganja Outlaws - showcasing the organization and creativity we've come to expect from them. In this one, WEED take advantage of the expanded lobbies on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in this Toots and the Maytails inspired highlight reel that showcases exactly what you can expect from their next-gen Crew meets. We also enjoyed this montage of them Smokin and Ridin' their way around Los Santos. Keep up the good work fellas. If you've created a video showing off the best of your Crew, please post them in the comments below or send them to us direct via mouthoff@rockstargames.com.

Previously:
The Flight Crew Special
A Crew that Hand-Delivers IRL License Plates, Plus F.C.-Themed Squads and More
Camera Clubs, Creator Collaborators and the Latest Crew VS Crew Battles

#FestiveSurprise Snapmatic Selections

Posted on January 7 2015, 11:16am | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

We hope everyone enjoyed celebrating the holidays in GTA Online with all the new goodies from the Festive Surprise, as well as the freak bouts of snowfall that covered the streets of Los Santos and the hills of Blaine County. We certainly enjoyed checking out all the #FestiveSurprise tagged Snapmatic pics on Social Club. You can see our official selections below (each of which receives GTA$1M), along with a few honorable mentions.

And while the seasonal masks and clothing may be gone, there's still plenty to get your hands on from those that skipped the holiday rush, including the ability to purchase a third property and those four new vehicles to help fill up that new garage with - the Hot Rod Rat-Truck, Slam Van and the Massacro and Jester sports cars with Race liveries. 

Plus, you can make spirits bright all year long with the new Homing Missile Launcher and Proximity Mines at Ammu-Nation any time. And for those who may have missed out on a few of the rare collectible Crate Drop items around Christmas, watch the skies this coming Friday through Sunday for your chance to score the coveted Vivisection tee, the Supa Wet Beer Hat and the Please Stop Me Mask. Happy New Year and look out for lots of great stuff here on the Newswire in 2015.

#FESTIVESURPRISE SNAPMATIC PHOTO CHALLENGE SELECTIONS


"Proximity Mines? You shouldn't have!" Duffi_21 captures "The Best Moment of Christmas" as the GTAPhotographers Crew seize upon their festive haul. We also liked Duffi's pic of Rudolph, Blitzer and Crew rolling on BMXs with Saint Nick's Bifta in tow.


When Santa is done delivering presents for the year he swaps his sleigh for an LCC Innovation and rides out with a new-look Mary Christmas on the back of his hog. Props to R1CHIEC for a brilliantly conceived and executed pic.


mathewisonfire's perfect stocking filler ain't Nuthin' But An 'E' Thang. Dr. Dre himself would be proud of this festive tribute album created using the Snapmatic meme creator.


If you see the glowing nose of a Homing Missile from the new Launcher coming towards you, you'll know that sickbiyatch of the Pussi Riot Crew definitely doesn't want you joining in any reindeer games. 


In a scene evoking Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life, lvc0034 snaps his Rat-Truck filled with gas and ready for the long Christmas Eve drive home.

Honorable Mentions...

• Headlights reflecting in the snow bring this enormous Christmas Tree outline to life in Christmas Car Postcard from .Bjodjus..

• Santa steps up to the plate for some well-earned Boxing Day R & R, with SilverFox1 playing backstop.

• As K1LL3R.BUST3R was turning around, down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound!

• "The Beauty of Winter" framed magnificently by well-known Snapmatic photographer HairyHole.

• Snapmatic Art Crew Commissioner RyanArtWorks perfectly captures Father Christmas unleashing a Homing Missile into the night sky.

 

Previously:
The GTA Online Festive Surprise
Snapmatic Contest Winners: #TrickOrTreat and #GTASanAndreas

Stunning Snapmatics Captured on PlayStation 4 & Xbox One

Posted on November 22 2014, 1:24pm | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Games

With the launch of GTAV on Playstation 4 and Xbox One, the vast Snapmatic Community of enthusiastic shutterbugs have wasted no time capturing marvelous and prodigious fresh perspectives throughout Los Santos and Blaine County. Here are a few featured shots that caught our eye these last couple days.

 

The glow of headlights captured in Burton by oAgro_ of the well-known GTAPhotographers Crew.

After a hot day in the Grand Senora Desert, NSE_109 bellies up to the bar for a couple of cold Pißwassers.

This spruced up Bravado Rat-Loader looks like it was inexplicably put off to pasture. Captured by 1HARV3Y

The Los Santos skyline positively glows in this evening shot from ProVelvet

A stunning Vapid Hotknife captured in East Vinewood by Top_Noch_Bazzil.

This scenic shot in the Tataviam Mountains was taken by -kXh87- of the up and coming Snapmatic Art Crew.

An up-close look at wildflowers from skyline_ger.

Resting near Mirror Park, this gangsta green Declasse Tornado looks a long way off from The Grove. Taken by colognemitch

From dusk till dawn, this untamed part of the Pacific Bluffs beach along Highway 1 looks quite serene. Taken by Silver Heathen

Taken by colognemitch who seems to have an on-going love affair with the Declasse Tornado.

This one taken by ProVelvet on the Great Ocean Highway has a particularly understated, eerie quality that we enjoy.

aleexzyta captured this adorable striped tomcat in blissful repose.

Prolific Snapmatic photographer HairyHole makes this Declasse Vigero look clean and mean.

Is she posing a question or dimissing one? Hard to say but a great shot by Daisy_Dukes_USA, regardless.

ProVelvet left their Benefactor Glendale out to play in the rain.

Looks like Chop may be out for a bit. Taken by BLRock

Some people keep their vicious dogs locked up behind a chain-lnk fence. In our second featured shot by HairyHole, the same applies to this suped-up Albany Buccaneer.

Insert obligatory "deer crossing" joke for this one from Arioza.

Post-Apocalypse now! This fierce looking Imponte Duke O'Death captured by Debra_Morgan137 will make the sturdiest of road warriors shudder.  

We get the feeling that running into this nasty character during the daily LS commute would be no laughing matter. Taken by Sophronia

 

Have a great Snapmatic photo you'd like to share? Be sure to drop a link to it in the comments below for us and the rest of the Social Club community to check out. We'll certainly be keeping an eye out for the best and the brightest. And if you aren't already, make sure you're following us on Twitter, where we've been regularly sharing awesome shots from the community as well.

Incoming Criminals Transferred to Los Santos

Posted on November 20 2014, 11:00am | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Games

Be on the lookout for a new wave of recently transferred criminals hitting the streets of Los Santos and the wilds of Blaine County as seen below via just a few of the many LSPD mug shots taken over the past day or so.

Enjoy this rogues gallery and share any of your own personal mug shots (or faves you've seen via Snapmatic) down in comments below.

 

Bonnie alias ZazDillinger
Noel alias SoCalNoel
Gee alias Jegloor
Santiago alias RoBBiEx98
Niko Bellic alias mwc456
jade alias maddog2kill

Check out more community members with a record after the jump...

Snapmatic Contest Winners: #TrickOrTreat and #GTASanAndreas

Posted on November 8 2014, 12:27pm | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Presenting the winners of our most recent official Snapmatic photo contests, held over the past two weekends in celebration of Halloween and of the 10th anniversary of GTA San Andreas, respectively. Awesomely creative work as always from the Snapmatic photographer community and we can’t wait to see what you guys get up to with increased resolution in the next generation and with 30-player lobbies, First Person Mode and other new features of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC versions that are around the corner. Look for a special PS4 and Xbox One edition Snapmatic contest on launch weekend to help celebrate that release and for now enjoy these fantastic and fun #TrickOrTreat and #GTASanAndreas winning shots which have each scored their creators a cool GTA$1M award and scored the San Andreas photogs a prize pack of S.A. collectibles as well.
 

#TRICKORTREAT SNAPMATIC WINNERS


The first of a few classic horror movie tributes is repdek_2's "Michael Myers" with masterful use of the meme creator to weave an illustration of The Shape. An honorable mention also goes out to HairyHole's well-done (and top voted) meme creator horror tribute poster for The Walking Dead.


"They're creepy and they're kooky..." A very cleverly orchestrated Addams Family portrait by heathyboy94. Great work in dressing up the whole crew as Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Wednesday, Uncle Fester and Lurch in front of an appropriately gothic manse at “Mount Gordo”– with classic B&W TV filtering to boot.


"Christine" rides again in UglyAssTurtle's fiery tribute to the sentient and malevolent titular Classic ride.

Turismo Halloween Edition
chriz_1 put in some work both at Los Santos Customs and with some inventive meme creator tricks to turn his "Turismo Halloween Edition" carriage into a pumpkin.

Happy Halloween!!
One of the early entries into the #TrickOrTreat contest was this fun photo shoot by CaPn-bOnEs entitled "Happy Halloween!!" of the iGrandTheftAuto Crew going trick or treating.

Honorable Mentions...

• “Chi Chi Chi…. Ha Ha Ha” by Davo00420 – shot on location at Camp Crystal Lake.

• The glowing, haunting "TT2" by Silver Fox1.

"Pillbox Hill" by sungokatana - a simple and spooky skeletal snap using "no memes, just filters".

 

#GTASANANDREAS SNAPMATIC WINNERS


imsohood_lum's "Rochelle - GTASan Andreas" is a stellar re-creation of the signature Vinewood Chick artwork from San Andreas that has deservedly received quite a bit of love from the community. Editor’s note: While that artwork is not actually based on the ‘Rochell’le’ character mentioned at westcoastraplegends.com, it’s pretty fun to see how fans have envisioned her as being Madd Dogg’s one-time protégé and paramour.

Follow the damn train, CJ!
If you're going to reference one of the most memorable missions (and popular memes) from San Andreas, it better be on point. Pre233's "Follow the Damn Train CJ," based on the Wrong Side of the Tracks mission with CJ and Big Smoke, passes with flying colors and then some. 

Welcome back
Classic. Tharnuk is clearly detail-oriented - even going so far as to use the meme creator to simulate as close as possible the original heads-up display from GTA San Andreas. Entitled "Welcome Back" as a nod to the first few steps everyone took playing the game's first mission.

SUN GRIND
Looks like CJ's still got it in him. The sky's the limit in "Sun Grind" by SilverFox1, capturing some serious air on a BMX and framed in beautiful natural light.

San Andreas Gang Warfare #1
"San Andreas Gang Warfare #1." Taken by Bjodjus_LXG, this photo is a nostalgic depiction of the original Los Santos family feud between GSF and the Ballas.


Honorable Mentions... 

• "After ten years... it's time to come back". 0lucaspc holds a candle for CJ and company in "Brouge Avenue", a dramatic B&W that gets you right in the feels.

• The "Truth" is... well right here. Fantastic bullet art courtesy of sicaro12.

• "San Andreas Throwback - KDST Flyer Card" by that_VIP_guy takes K-DST's radio promotion to new heights.

• "I'll have two #9's..." You know the rest. AlexSniperBullet gets Big Smoke and the gang back together for one last drive-by "Drive-Thru".

 

Previously:
#LTS Winners
#FlightSchool Winners

The Last Team Standing Event Recap: Mae and the Boys vs. The Sidemen, Snapmatic Winners and More

Posted on October 9 2014, 11:45am | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

The stakes were high this past weekend as GTA Online players went all-in for the Last Team Standing Event, cleaning up with bonus RP, GTA$ and other exclusive rewards like the weekend-only unlockable Manhunt “Please Stop Me” throwback mask, making their own custom LTS Jobs with newly added Creator mode support in The Last Team Standing Update, and more. By the way, for those who didn’t get a chance to nab one of those coveted Special Crate Drops containing the rare Victory Fist tee, good news in that we’ve extended them to keep on dropping all the way until this Monday October 13th and also have increased the frequency so you have a better chance than ever of catching one. Read on for a recap of our livestream showdown, as well as the winning shots in the #LTS Snapmatic Contest and more.

THE OFFICIAL ROCKSTAR LTS EVENT BROADCAST: THE SIDEMEN VS MAE AND THE BOYS


After losing to Mae and the Boys 2-0 in the opening round, The Sidemen try to find redemption in Hawick. Tune in this week for all 4 parts over at the Rockstar YouTube channel in the GTA Online Sessions Playlist.

The weekend festivities kicked off with an epic Last Team Standing livestream face-off between two teams of all-star GTA YouTubers. Mae and the Boys, led by TheMissesMae and featuring Lui Calibre, Mini Ladd and Daithi De Nogla – took on The Sidemen, led by Vikkstar123 and featuring KSI, MiniMinter and Zerkaa

With Lazlow and MLG's veteran competitive play-by-play expert Chris Puckett calling the action, the teams took advantage of the new Rounds system introduced in The Last Team Standing Update to go head-to-head in the “best two out of three” format across several new LTS Jobs.

After taking the first Job ("Mount Josiah") in straight sets 2-0, Mae and the Boys continued their winning streak into the first round of match #2 in "Hawick LTS", with Lui proving to be a virtual one-man-army nabbing four out of the five necessary kills. Despite doing his best to survive by way of hanging out beachside in round 3 at "Paleto Bay", last (side)man standing KSI couldn't avoid the inevitable and Mae's Crew found themselves up 3-0 and pitching a perfect game.

In "Del Perro Freeway LTS", things finally started to gel for The Sidemen as they came out guns blazing. Led by Vikk's dominating four kills, the guys were able to break their opponent's momentum and take the first round. Not taking well to the sting of mortality, Mae's squad buckled down in round 2 though and were completely flawless, forcing round 3 after a 5-0 domination.

With a 1-1 tie and only Lui left alive squaring off against all four of The Sidemen, it looked like Vikk’s squad might keep hope alive with their first match win, but Lui was having none of it. Going on a late round tear, Lui amazingly overcame 1v4 odds and picked off all four remaining members of Team Sidemen, finishing it off by capping MiniMinter to take the deciding round and ultimately the match. Though Puckett declared it the worst choke in recent competitive gaming history, it was all in good, epic fun.

In addition to parts one and two, we'll have episodes three and four of this LTS battle posted at the official Rockstar YouTube channel in the GTA Online Sessions Playlist later this week. Subscribe to get notified every time we post a video. Tremendous thanks to all eight of our guest players for being such amazing sports as well as to Chris Puckett, whose chemistry with Lazlow was on display from the get-go.

We'd also to like to take this opportunity to shout out our friends in the streaming universe that hosted some great LTS-themed live streams over the weekend. Check out Jade Jolie, Garrett of Jobless Gamers (who did an all-Furore car show), and Hike The Gamer. Make any killer vids with new content this weekend? Post them in the comments so the rest of the community can check them out!

AND THE WINNERS ARE...

The Snapmatic paparazzi took the new bikes, car, gear and best Last Team Standing memes and let their #LTS imaginations run wild in pursuit of fame and GTA$ fortune. Below are five of our favorites, all first-time Snapmatic photo contest winners who each will receive GTA$1M plus the BODYBAG license plate for their in-game vehicles.


The Lights Go On
This one really should be framed and hanging at the SAGMA. BushyArtwork captures the new LCC Innovation in striking and artful black and white fashion. Entitled “The Lights Go On”

MANHUNT
We expected that there would be a fair amount of Manhunt tributes and re-creations happening, but the above “Manhunt” by SPLAP-FART, takes the cake. To truly appreciate it, you have to compare it to this classic screenshot from the original Manhunt release. Not only did SPLAP-FART nail an amazingly close re-creation of the pose, lighting and surrounding area, but also replicated the outfit and used the meme creator to simulate the efx including static – and intentionally shrunk the image down in the meme creator for total surveillance camera effect. Slow clap… We’d be remiss not to throw an honorable mention nod to veteran Snapmatic cameraman ZazDillinger who came damn close with his “Beg 4 Mercy” attempt, and this Kill Cam one entitled “He’s Behind You… (Manhunt)” by KiinGSTeR.

Lago Zancudo
A gorgeous sunset drenched Furore GT perfectly composed against the San Andreas waves. So lovely. “Lago Zancudo” by Vinewoodonfire.

How many ninjas can you see?
The very fun “How Many Ninjas Can You See?” by The_Monk52.  We’ll be honest. We have no idea. Tell us, Monk. Although it may be a trick question as Has333 points out in the photo comments: “a true ninja is always stealthy, they don’t take selfies! xD”

 A Perfect Match
On a steel horse he rides. “A Perfect Match” by that_VIP_guy – a very clever idea pitting an appropriately chromed-out Hakuchou beside the iconic Rockford Hills stallion statue.
Honorable mention to SilverFox_2 who similarly juxtaposed the shark-like nose of the Furore GT beside the famous Vespucci Beach shark sculpture.

And a few honorable mentions for some other stellar snaps...

Congratulations as well to our 10 winners of the Event Gear Giveaway, each of whom will be sleeping tight in GTAV Bodybag Sleeping Bags, in addition to taking home a GTAV logo tee and Rockstar stickers. Confirmed winners include TrueViceGamer, Seltsem, XxNT160xX, sasrawks, pharoahdogo, LOPUZZZJester-in-blackCWB493zerohero2000 and PJBOYLOKS to be confirmed. Be sure to check your spam folder for an email from webmaster@rockstargames.com in case you have been selected as a potential winner!

Finally another reminder to keep your eyes on the skies as Special Crate Drops with the rare Victory Fist tee will continue to fall through this Monday the 13th and also stay tuned for forthcoming Rockstar Verified Jobs to be announced soon including the 5 selections of the #LTS Creator Competition as well as selections from the previous #FlightSchool Air Races Competition.

Crew Cut: The Flight Crew Special

Posted on October 6 2014, 10:58am | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

In this edition of the Crew Cut, we highlight some standout flight Crews dedicated to aerial action including some real-life pilots who pull double-duty flying the virtual skies of Los Santos and Blaine County. Read on as well for a war report on the most recent Crew Battles and a couple of our favorite current Crews on Film videos.

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Just some of what happens with The Pilots Club (IFLY) Crew, including the pilot license they assigned to co-Commissioner suicideblanche (top right).

The release of the San Andreas Flight School Update for GTA Online sent fleets of flight-centric Crews soaring with the new Besra. One such Crew is The Pilots Club (IFLY) Crew, a serious, super organized, detail-oriented outfit made up of some actual, licensed pilots. Run by Leader Pilot.Keegan, a Cadet Pilot in the Air Training Corps (part of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets), IFLY got its start when he couldn't find a dedicated flight Crew made up of serious aviators. So was born The Pilots Club, a community that parlay their love for flight for fun in the world of GTA Online while networking and making connections all over the world. In an interview conducted via email, Keegan had this to say:

“With members in places ranging from Norway, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and more, IFLY coordinates such activities as "air shows, role play flights with air traffic control and ground maps and detailed aviation flight maps."

Additionally, IFLY formed The Alliance, a group of Crews and airlines that follow a set of guidelines that aim to provide optimum safety and performance for pilots and passengers. "They work safely (thanks to a security company) and get paid (passengers are made to pay flying fees)," Keegan explained.The guidelines are part of their Federal Aviation Administration. "This is a set of rules that all pilots in the pilots club must follow, such as do not kill passengers, no bullying, no racism, no sexism and general mischief. Some are more aviation related such as do not dogfight unless both pilots have agreed, pilots should only fly if they understand basic radio chatter," he said. 

IFLY have even created their own "flight school", so GTAV pilots can learn navigation and radio skills - and earn their Commercial Pilots License within the group. To learn more about this intricate Crew and their network, get flight training, or even just book a flight with IFLY, you can go to the site for Air Jaffa, one of The Alliance's airlines.


Originals Crew (ORIG) member GTA-Wise-Guy shows off his skills here with the Besra. 

Another flight club, the 800-plus deep Originals Crew (ORIG), stay showing off their right stuff. In the video above, GTA-Wise-Guy (who pulls quintuple duty also holding it down in the more land-lubbing 6 Star Street Racers, the Slammed Community and other Crews) takes the nimble Besra through its paces in a spectacular stunt montage. They've got an active YouTube channel that features videos from their six person offshoot dedicated to making sky-high video magic dubbed The Originals Crew Elite Division (OCED). And in addition to being experts in the aerial arts, the Originals are also formidable on land - ranking high in Vehicle Deathmatches (35th on PS3; 214th on XBL) and Non-Contact Races (217th on XBL).


Ace pilot and ORIG Leader Original_Tonks takes control of the P-996 Lazer here and performs an array of death-defying maneuvers, navigating the narrow gaps of industrial girders and docking bays found in the Port of South Los Santos, La Puerta and the choppy turbines of the RON Alternates Wind Farm.

Formed in March, The ULTRAS AIRFORCE (USAF) Crew regularly participate in road trips around the Los Santos streets in all-black Grangers, their official Crew vehicle. Being a flight-based Crew, USAF naturally take time to practice their skills in the sky, participating in formation and convoy flights in the P-996 Lazer jet. 

Coming up on their one year anniversary are the Dutch Jetset PS (DJET) Crew, 635 deep and quite successful. DJET are currently ranked 147th in Vehicle Deathmatches (66 Wins, 1,946 Kills), 220th in Races (10,866 Wins), 399th in Parachuting (570 Wins). 787th in Deathmatches (122 Wins, 1.09 K/D) and 874th in Tennis (519 Wins, 2,823 Points). Living up to the exclusiveness that the jet set portion of their name suggests, DJET are currently open only to fellow Dutchmen. The Xbox version of their Crew is even more successful, ranking 109th in Races (8,761 Wins), 175th in Team Deathmatches (1,287 Wins, 18,812 Kills), 188th in GTA Races (1,024 Wins), 323rd in Parachuting (402 Wins) and 336th in Deathmatches (114 Wins, 6,305 Kills). For interested pilots who’d like a boarding pass into DJET, be advised that you’ll need a Netherlands passport for this club, as these guys only admit fellow Dutchmen.

 

CREW BATTLE

The most recent Crew Battles on the official Rockstar Twitch channel have included an all-racing competition as well as two MCs that were eager to prove their superiority on a large stage.

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With a history of competition, the Malicious Intentt (MAIN) and Old School Punishers (HERO) Crews - both dedicated to all things racing - decided to take their friendly rivalry to the Rockstar Twitch stage. After HERO edged out MAIN in their own battle back in July, both Crews agreed to a rematch playing the same six Races (three created by each Crew). They agreed on lap count, non-contact, no traffic and the option to use custom vehicles. With that, we were off. Starting with MAIN Leader  PlamenVT's Bike Race "Curves Circuit", it was actually two HEROs (saintedgryphon1 and IRISHMAN311) that took the early lead. MAIN racing phenom hashstone89 wound up taking and holding onto the lead, followed by Crewmate ---Lio--- and HERO's timelesssalmon. Because HERO had such a big pack in the middle, MAIN was up by a mere point with five races to go. With HERO up 92-86 just one race to go - "Summit" by HERO Co-Commissioner (and Skype guest) Bekjenet - it was anyone's game. HERO's kdemarcus, who had been racing strong all afternoon, took an early lead while hashstone89 and timelesssalmon battled hard for much of the time for second. kdemarcus held first to win it followed by Bekjenet. HERO wound up winning (again) but it was an exceptional matchup all the way through. Additional thanks to MAIN Co-Commissioner _BobMendez who, despite having Internet struggles that made him unable to play, wound up joining us on Skype from his van as well as a Crewmate's house - dedication!

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The Motorcycle Club Battle we hosted between the Warlocks MC (WFFW) Crew and the Outlaws National Org (OFFO) was slightly less cordial. From almost the moment the Live button went on, WFFW Leader JJKoshane and OFFO's HassaNostra engaged in some intense trash talking via Skype. But it takes more than a silver tongue and some sass to win a Crew vs Crew battle; the superior squad would be decided over a combination of six Races, Deathmatches and Captures. Helped by a first and second place finish by Southernn_Outlaw and CriticalAcclaimX in the Bike Race "Power Trip", the Warlocks took an early lead. Though OFFO's XI-DESPERADO-IX had the most amount of kills in the Deathmatch "Vespucci Shoreline", WFFW gelled a little more as a team and thus widening the gap a bit. The Outlaws stepped it up tremendously over the last couple of Jobs but it just wasn't enough and the Warlocks won 329-312.

We're always on the lookout for competitive Crews to feature on Twitch, so if you're ready to throw down, hit us up at CrewChallenges@rockstargames.com and send us a link to your Crew page, let us know your preferred platform and any particular Crew you want to battle, plus why you think your Crew would kill it on the Rockstar stream.

CREWS ON FILM

We’ll leave you with just a couple of really standout Crew-made videos that are definitely worth checking out.

For those of who you live life a quarter mile at a time, you'll want to watch the Cemetery Rust Games (RUST) Crew's near-perfect reenactment of the final scene of the original The Fast and Furious, interspersed with actual scenes from the film. Excellent work, RUST.

Taking inspiration from in-game loading screens, artist and The Damned Brotherhood (DAMN) member AdLib_WF made this slick video dedicated to her Crew. Not only is the original character art that they made for themselves exquisite, but the video also features the original theme music of fellow Crew Lieutenant TheIllaDopest. You can check more about this very active Crew on their official website and also see AdLib_WF's illustration work in our most recent fan pictorial here at the Newswire too.

 

Previously:
Crew Cut: A Crew that Hand-Delivers IRL License Plates, Plus F.C.-Themed Squads and More
Crew Cut: Camera Clubs, Creator Collaborators and the Latest Crew VS Crew Battles
Crew Cut: Current Grassroots Events, Official Live Battle Scores and More

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