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    <strong>4:00</strong> - After breaking nite, I took an early morning jaunt from the crib overlooking NYC...
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    <strong>5:00</strong> - Arrived and chillin' at the airport lounge until flight time.
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    <strong>06:00 - 13:00</strong> - Up in the air baby, something I'm used to, as I spend quite a bit of my time on planes... ~5 times/month. This time was a special, on my way to film my first TV commercial for adidas in Portland.
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    <strong>10:00 PST</strong> - With the change in time zones, I actually landed in Portland at around 10 a.m., effectively turning my 24 hour day into a 27-hour marathon. Hotel Motel to drop off gear...
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    <strong>11:00 PST</strong> - Portland is the home of adidas U.S., and also where the shoot with Jeremy Scott and Sky Ferreira was taking place. Said what's up to the big wig John Wexler at the offices. Had to cancel my bday to come!
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    <strong>12:00</strong> - Walking around the adidas "campus," I get greeted with a bunch of employees doing circuit training around the adidas campus. adidas "practices what it preaches."
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    <strong>13:00 - 15:00</strong> - After a meal, jumped in the rental and headed back to the hotel for a much-needed nap...
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    <strong>3 p.m. </strong> - Arrival at the photoshoot. I've been in a few adidas ads before most notably the Star Wars joints with David Beckham, Snoop Dogg and Daft Punk... For this one we have Jeremy Scott, Sky Ferreira, Josh Smith and C.J. Spiller onsite.
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    <strong>16</strong> - These shoots are an all-day affair, so my manager Sky came along to make sure all was well, and to catch up with some current affairs.
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    <strong>17:00</strong> - Head to wardrobe. A plethora of kicks to choose from. And as for gear...
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    <strong>18:00</strong> - Naw I'm playin'. I can't get away with rockin' some tiger outfit ;) It was simple for me : white tracksuit, and adidas shirt.
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    <strong>20:00</strong> - Just chillin'. At this point, it's a waiting game. The whole set was filmed under black light, giving it this extra added umph...
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    <strong>21:00</strong> - Watching as the party "scene" unfolds. The extras are in full effect taking direction...
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    <strong>22:00</strong> - Quick soundcheck of the equipment. To capture the "raw" energy of a party, we actually had a "party." Jeremy, Sky and the extras with me on the wheels...
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    <strong>23:00</strong> - Time to do my part... Cameras rolling, music up...
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    <strong>00:00</strong> - More footage. I'm ready for my closeup...
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    <strong>01:00</strong> - I'm exhausted... It's getting blurry.
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    <strong>02:00</strong> - By the time all was said and done, it was about 2 a.m. in the morning the next day. That would be 5 a.m. in NYC, a little over 24 hours from the time I left my crib back on the East Coast.
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    There you have it, <strong>a day in the life</strong>, behind-the-scenes of my adidas video shoot.
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A Day With DJ Neil Armstrong

Long before he was Jay-Z’s tour DJ for all of 2008 and 2009, or a Global Brand Ambassador for adidas, Neil Armstrong was a humble fan of music and that’s never changed. Acknowledged as the founding father of the DJ Collective “5th Platoon,” Neil was born and bred in NYC, cutting his teeth in the early ’90s during the era of backpack hip-hop. In the first installment of our new A Day with… series, we catch up with globe-trotting DJ Neil Armstrong for a look into one of his many eventful days on the road.

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Date: Aug 19, 2011  /  Views: 368  /  Author: L. Ruano
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