We posted this track a while back, like way back, normally we would post the original and write something above it, but we are in the future now and I am doing things a little differently with this EMPT Classic because I really dig the video which we never featured. The title of the original post was “Say Goodbye to Hollywood.” Funny enough I am in Los Angeles for a day and a night with my Little Bear and all I want to do is say goodbye. Don’t get me wrong I am not hating on LA, but this place has too many memories that are still so fresh in my brain that bring me right back every time I am here and I don’t want to think about those memories. LA and the memories are like a wound that has healed but now I am waiting for the scar to go away too, and as we know, scars don’t always heal.
Thankfully I am staying on the beach in Malibu and I don’t have to be in the heart of Hollywood where most of the ghosts of memories past still lurk. It’s a beautiful view where I am at and the ocean is right in my ears so I need to go soak it all in before I have to jet in the morning. Press play on this oldie but goodie.
Well The Chainsmokers are at it again, making dope tracks with dope artists like Coldplay, ya big time, but man do these dudes stay humble. EMPT has been supporting The Chainsmokers for years now, and regardless of the fact that they have made it big, we are talking Grammy winners, like WTF, I would never stop supporting them because of how fucking humble and cool they are! Take note artists, don’t ever forget who you are or where you came from, I mean it’s just a Grammy, no biggie 😉 …
So just some cool insider stuff, apparently this collab was a secret for about 3 months, dope! “This collaboration isn’t a testament to the ideal that anything is possible if you stay focused, passionate and set your mind to something than I don’t know what is!” This dope new single collab piece as well as Paris, will be on their new upcoming album ‘MEMORIES… DO NOT OPEN’ on April 7th with 10 new tracks just as awesome as this one and oh ya, you can pre-order here if your getting a tickle in your panties (or boxer briefs!)
This track is awesome, extremely relatable on many different levels, great feel that is movie theme worthy for sure, if you weren’t sure about how you were feeling about getting the weekend started I think this will definitely set your mood right. Thanks guys for sending this jam over to us, always much love!
Alright, I would love to stay and chat but I gotta get my weekend going cuz it’s gonna be a crazy one! xo
This track literally gave me chills, goosebumps, deja vu, an out of body orgasm… I don’t think I have ever been disappointed by Lana, and was ecstatic to find out she came out with a new track. There is so much about this track that makes it amazing, the effortless classic vocals, sexy and fluid. Next is the emotion and beauty from Lana both in the emotion she exudes in the lyrics and in her classic beauty that you don’t see very often, I can’t stop staring, everything about this is classic yet easily relatable and modern. I could see this track being the theme for every new feature film, it fits in with so many genres because of it’s booming hook that really is so diverse if your mind is able to think beyond the confines of what we automatically categorize love to be.
Ahh to be young and in love (and so naive, ha). I don’t really know what that feels like anymore, being in love, but I can’t wait to feel it again one day, it will be exciting, like jumping out of a plane with nothing but a parachute, I remember that feeling and I want it to be just like that. Love for me the last few years was more like walking in eggs shells, no wait not even egg shells, more like walking on sand that has little shards of glass and you have to walk as carefully as possible not to get jabbed. I want the feeling of falling out of an airplane, heart racing, uncontrollable laughter and you don’t even know why but you don’t need to because it’s all so natural and beautiful.
Thanks Lana, I needed this, the video is awesome in its own right, I need to end this post so I can go listen and watch this a few more times. I hope you all have the same reaction.
Consider yourself the luckiest human beings in the history of mankind.
We now live in a world where the lines between reality and virtual reality are so blurred it’s increasingly more difficult to separate the two. People find as much identity flaunting in their Instagram post as they do walking down the street. Some people take everything too far but overall I think it’s a beautiful thing and while there are still remnants of the past confusing our progress, we’re more in a matrix type existence that we’ve ever been and U.O.E.N.O it.
Our reality and our imaginations are coexisting like never before. Ray Kurzweil predicts that singularity will occur around 2045, I don’t know if you fools even listen to music but that shit is mind blowing. Unfortunately we’re stuck on pause and our culture hasn’t advanced as fast as our technology. Most of us don’t see this because we think progress and time move linearly but time is illmatic and the big secret is that progress, especially in terms of technology happens exponentially. That’s why we are the luckiest humans in history so far, we’re dead smack at the cusp of an exponential leap where the world as we know it will be completely left behind.
The universe is a projection, the Yogis have been saying that shit way before any of the technology we have existed yet here it is happening. All forms of distribution are being challenged, as are concepts of ownership, health and manufacturing. If you knew all the shit that’s brewing up you would think you’re living in a sci-fi movie which you are but we’ll save that for another time. The point is, shit is getting turned upside down yet here we are stuck in all the same cultural patterns, doing the same things, running the same movie over and over on loop. For the first time ever we have physical manifestations of the type of shit religious legends we’re doing – they’re 3D bioprinting organs playboy. The creative nature of the world is fully exposed now but we’re not traveling…
Our minds, hearts, souls and eyes must travel and now more than ever we have the power to do so. This power, one which is growing exponentially by the day, means we can explore and challenge everything we know. Our vision can go new places for art, we can explore new sounds and experience things in entirely new ways that simply we’rent possible. The internet has made it a joke for our expression to travel, Airbnb and similar concepts are just getting started and soon physical travel will be just as easy. With all this happening we have to unlearn…
We programmed your brain…
Just as technology is challenging things we must challenge things. I saw a Burberry ad on Sunset of two pretty models wearing a scarf, I have literally seen that same ad a million times in my life. Same thing with a Calvin ad, they didn’t make me travel, they made me sit on my couch feeling like I was watching a rerun over and over again. We have the power now and we can’t sit still anymore because the world is moving exponentially and so must we, we must travel.
Sometimes, it happens all at once. An unknown band releases a debut record and boom, they start popping up everywhere.
San Fermin released their eponymous debut September, 2013. Since then, they’ve been featured in Pitchfork, The New Yorker, the New York Times, and live on NPR. You can’t do much better than that in terms of music press.
The band is the brainchild of composer/songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone, a Yalie who retreated to the Canadian woods after graduate to write the entire first album. By his telling, the music (a concept album about young love) poured out in a short period of time, after which came a technically-substantial recording process featuring over 20 musicians.
Now on tour, the band is an eight-piece ensemble with two equally excellent lead singers: Allen Tate and Rae Cassidy. Their voices counter each other to striking effect, and when paired with Ludwig-Leone’s bombastic and emotive compositions, something truly special emerges.
We caught up with Allen in the middle of their current national tour (schedule here…catch them in a city near you!) to hear his take on tour life, musical development and the band’s namesake.
EMPT: What is your background and how did you come to be the lead singer in a touring, rising band?
AT: I actually don’t have much of a background in music. I’m self-taught on guitar and bass and my mom used to have me practice harmonizing with the radio in the car but that’s about it. Ellis and I have been friends since we were 15 or 16. I think we both pretty surprised that things have picked up so quickly in the past year. It’s been a blur.
EMPT: I’m under the impression that the album was fully written (including song lyrics) by the time Ellis came to you. Is that true? If not, discuss your writing process.
AT: That’s right. Ellis went away to do the writing and once he had early versions of the song he would send me files and we would discuss ideas. I was lucky in that I was involved so early on in the process and also because I was able to help tailor my own part as it was being solidified. The project was always his but it was great to be a sounding board throughout.
EMPT: Is the music of San Fermin similar to the music you casually listen to? Or is it quite different?
AT: I listen to all kinds of stuff. So, it’s similar to some of it for sure. We have gotten comparisons to The National, Sufjan [Stevens] and Dirty Projectors and I love all of those guys. I’m an obsessive listener typically. I will latch on to one album when I find it and play it over and over until I find my next obsession.
EMPT: You’re on your first tour now. Is life on the road as you expected? What’s a crazy story from the tour so far?
AT: I really didn’t know what to expect to be honest. Things I’ve learned so far are that the shows are amazing and the sleep is terrible. I can’t complain though. It’s a blast. The best San Fermin tour factoid might be that we like to stop when we find empty parking lots and play wiffle ball. Got to blow off steam somehow right?
EMPT: Who are the artists you listen to on a regular basis? New and old.
AT: Like I said, I really tend to obsess over an album for a while and then move on to the next. Lately, I’ve been really into the Laura Marling record. And for an older artist, I am always in the mood to listen to some Stevie Wonder.
EMPT: Many pundits compare your voice to The National’s Matt Berninger or Bill Callahan. Were those singers actual influences? Or is it a fluke? Do you worry about being pigeon holed as a person who can only sing a certain type of music?
AT: It’s flattering. I couldn’t have imagined being in the same sentence as those guys a short time ago. Sometimes I wonder if people are just responding to my voice being deep but it’s a great compliment nevertheless. I’m not worried about being pigeon holed. At this point I’m just glad that the music is getting out there and that people are listening.
EMPT: Do you aspire to have a career in music?
AT: Absolutely. I had plans for law school a year ago but this has definitely changed that. I’m looking forward to recording the next album and spending time writing myself.
EMPT: What is your dream venue to play?
AT: I would love to play the Beacon Theatre. It’s such a historic place and a beautiful room on top of that. I actually saw John Legend play a great show there recently.
EMPT: Will we be seeing you in Pamplona this year for the San Fermin festival (best known for the running of the bulls)?
AT: Not this year haha. I think I need a little more time to work up the courage.
Thanks to Allen and San Fermin! Find them on the interwebs at: http://sanferminband.com/
Inspired by Basquiat, my chariot’s on fire
Everybody took shots, hit my body up, I’m tired
Build me up, break me down to build me up again
They like, Hov we need you back so we can kill your ass again
Hov got flow though he’s no Big and Pac, but he’s close
How I’m ‘posed to win, they got me fightin’ ghosts
Same sword they knight you they gon’ good night you with
Sh.., Thats’ only half if they like you
That ain’t even the half what they might do
Don’t believe me, ask Michael
See Martin, see Malcolm
You see Biggie, see Pac, see success and its outcome
See Jesus, see Judas; see Caesar, see Brutus
See success is like suicide
Suicide, it’s a suicide
If you succeed, prepare to be crucified
Media meddles, niggas sue you, you settle
Every step you take, they remind you you ghetto
So it’s tough bein’ Bobby Brown
To be Bobby then, you gotta beat Bobby now
Now the question is, is to have had and lost
Better than not having at all?…”