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An Artist’s Life Manifesto

1. An artist’s conduct in his life:  

– An artist should not lie to himself or others  
– An artist should not steal ideas from other artists  
– An artist should not compromise for themselves or in regards to the art market  
– An artist should not kill other human beings  
– An artist should not make themselves into an idol  
– An artist should not make themselves into an idol  
– An artist should not make themselves into an idol  

2. An artist’s relation to his love life:  

– An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist  
– An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist  
– An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist  

3. An artist’s relation to the erotic:  

– An artist should develop an erotic point of view on the world  
– An artist should be erotic  
– An artist should be erotic  
– An artist should be erotic  

4. An artist’s relation to suffering:  

– An artist should suffer  
– From the suffering comes the best work  
– Suffering brings transformation  
– Through the suffering an artist transcends their spirit  
– Through the suffering an artist transcends their spirit  
– Through the suffering an artist transcends their spirit  

5. An artist’s relation to depression:
– An artist should not be depressed  
– Depression is a disease and should be cured  
– Depression is not productive for an artist
– Depression is not productive for an artist  
– Depression is not productive for an artist  

6. An artist’s relation to suicide: 

– Suicide is a crime against life  
– An artist should not commit suicide  
– An artist should not commit suicide  
– An artist should not commit suicide  

7. An artist’s relation to inspiration: 

– An artist should look deep inside themselves for inspiration  
– The deeper they look inside themselves, the more universal they become  
– The artist is universe  
– The artist is universe  
– The artist is universe  

8. An artist’s relation to self-control: 

– The artist should not have self-control about his life  
– The artist should have total self-control about his work  
– The artist should not have self-control about his life  
– The artist should have total self-control about his work  

9. An artist’s relation with transparency:  

– The artist should give and receive at the same time  
– Transparency means receptive  
– Transparency means to give  
– Transparency means to receive  
– Transparency means receptive  
– Transparency means to give  
– Transparency means to receive  
– Transparency means receptive  
– Transparency means to give  
– Transparency means to receive  

10. An artist’s relation to symbols:  

– An artist creates his own symbols  
– Symbols are an artist’s language  
– The language must then be translated  
– Sometimes it is difficult to find the key  
– Sometimes it is difficult to find the key  
– Sometimes it is difficult to find the key

11. An artist’s relation to silence:  

– An artist has to understand silence  
– An artist has to create a space for silence to enter his work  
– Silence is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean  
– Silence is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean  
– Silence is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean  

12. An artist’s relation to solitude:  

– An artist must make time for the long periods of solitude 
– Solitude is extremely important  
– Away from home  
– Away from the studio  
– Away from family
– Away from friends  
– An artist should stay for long periods of time at waterfalls  
– An artist should stay for long periods of time at exploding volcanoes  
– An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the fast running rivers  
– An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the horizon where the ocean and sky meet  
– An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the stars in the night sky 

13. An artist’s conduct in relation to work:  

– An artist should avoid going to the studio every day
– An artist should not treat his work schedule as a bank employee does  
– An artist should explore life and work only when an idea comes to him in a dream or during the day as a vision that arises as a surprise  
– An artist should not repeat himself  
– An artist should not overproduce  
– An artist should avoid his own art pollution  
– An artist should avoid his own art pollution  
– An artist should avoid his own art pollution  

14. An artist’s possessions:  

– Buddhist monks advise that it is best to have nine possessions in their life:  
1 robe for the summer  
1 robe for the winter 
1 pair of shoes  
1 begging bowl for food  
1 mosquito net  
1 prayer-book  
1 umbrella  
1 mat to sleep on  
1 pair of glasses if needed  
– An artist should decide for himself the minimum personal possessions they should have  
– An artist should have more and more of less and less  
– An artist should have more and more of less and less  
– An artist should have more and more of less and less

15. A list of an artist’s friends:  

– An artist should have friends that lift their spirits  
– An artist should have friends that lift their spirits  
– An artist should have friends that lift their spirits 

16. A list of an artist’s enemies:  

– Enemies are very important  
– The Dali Lama has said that it is easy to have compassion with friends but much more difficult to have compassion with enemies  
– An artist has to learn to forgive  
– An artist has to learn to forgive 
– An artist has to learn to forgive  

17. Different death scenarios:  

– An artist has to be aware of his own mortality  
– For an artist, it is not only important how he lives his life but also how he dies  
– An artist should look at the symbols of his work for the signs of different death scenarios 
– An artist should die consciously without fear  
– An artist should die consciously without fear  
– An artist should die consciously without fear  

18. Different funeral scenarios:  

– An artist should give instructions before the funeral so that everything is done the way he wants it  
– The funeral is the artist’s last art piece before leaving  
– The funeral is the artist’s last art piece before leaving 
– The funeral is the artist’s last art piece before leaving

Marina Abramovic


Shawn Mendes — Never Be Alone (Rex Buchanan x Invoker Remix)

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Here is a delectable Deep House collaborative remix of Shawn Mendes‘ hit track “Never Be Alone“. For this track, Invoker worked alongside his friend Rex Buchanan from NYC to bring the whole world a taste of the summertime to come as we patiently watch Winter’s cold grasp disintegrate in the weeks to come. It’s a sped up and pumped up version of the original that still manages to maintain its comforting and relaxing vibes; maybe it’s the whistling throughout, or maybe it’s just the clean vocal that remains untouched on this remix, but it’s perfectly soothing for this mellow hump day.

I decided last week that I will be moving back to Cali soon. I lived there for three years between NYC and LA a few years back and completely fell in love with its natural energy. They say that the people there aren’t so cool and that everyone is simply trying to see what the other can do for them, but to be candid, I met some of the most beautiful souls there. I met a guy from Texas who is a famous dancer and we became great friends. I met a famous choreographer who I still keep in touch with and still pound out drinks together whenever we find ourselves in each other’s towns. I met a rapper from Detroit who would go on to become famous and who smiles brightly at me and hugs me like a brother every time we run into one another backstage at a show in some random city. I met a beautiful Brazilian jazz singer who was my bartender at the Andaz on Sunset and whom I would later fall in love with on the sands of Hermosa Beach. It was a brief love affair, but it was one of the most profound. I met creatives of all sorts, and beautiful energies from all over the world all in LA to follow the dream of being a dreamer on this planet, and I find that entire experience to have changed who I am today. So you see, California is full of golden sun and golden souls and I can’t wait to get back.

For now, however, this remix will have to hold me down and shine its sonic golden sun rays at me until I get back to the left coast because something about it reminds me of all of those people and moments that I briefly touched on above, and if you could see them the way that I remember them, then you too would have this on repeat and allow the day to just mozy on by without a care in the world except to see the summer once again.

*whistles off and fades to black.


Tali Kouch — The Moon Is My Witness

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A few apartments away from mine there is an old man who sings and practices singing everyday for approximately 2-3 hours. He makes me remember why there are so many artists out in the musicsphere that never make it. He makes me look at artists who released their last creation about 6 months or more ago, and he reminds me of why the industry is in disarray, and how we are stuck here with so many delusional artists who feel entitled to a shot at the big show without an inkling of what it truly takes to get there.

Whenever I meet an aspiring singer, I always ask them how long they have been singing and if they have any formal training, but the most important question for me to ask them is: how many hours a day to you practice signing? Until this day I have not been surprised by anyone’s answer because it’s mostly an uncomfortable gulp and the same four-lettered word—none. Being in the music industry and seeing so many hopefuls come and go, it naturally has made me lean towards the truer talents that exist out there rather than the dreamers. Don’t get me wrong, I am still one of the biggest dreamers of them all, but  I have learned that without hard work it is extremely rare to make it in any field. This is why this morning I gravitated towards the young and talented Tali Kouch (pronounced koosh).

Tali Kouch is a Toronto based singer, producer, writer and overall true artist. Within her vocals and the placement of her tones at the perfect distances from the microphone, one can instantly tell that she has been singing for quite some time. She describes her own production on “The Moon Is My Witness” as: “a funky blend of saxophone, drums, and other sounds”,  where  I would describe it as a jazzy blend of smooth R&B with angelically soulful vocals that spurt sonic honey into one’s ears.

This morning I gravitated towards the unassuming artist with the subtle masterpiece hidden under her arm whom humbly works hard at something she loves rather than the narcissistically entitled dabblers and hobbyists of music, pretending that they work hard when their last song was months, if not years ago. I’m kind of sick of people that release music under their own personal agendas rather than the art, love, and honest passion for it.

Break a leg, Tali.


EMPT Wednesday Mini Mix: Hermosa

I remember when I wrote my first post on here and Hec told me that it was all wrong. Immediately, I had picked apart a song and shitted on every aspect of it. The bass wasn’t right and the vocals were off and the claps were too bare. So went my first few sentences and then hec reminded me what EMPT was all about.

EMPT is about the positive nature of music rather than any negatives about it. Back then I had no idea how that mantra would change my life. I guess many of us are taught or trained or inadvertently conditioned to think of the glass as being half empty. I guess that my life was once dark too. But then that all changed. It was EMPT and its mantra that sparked the first fire within me. Later on, a girl would come into my life and show me that even on cloudy days the sun existed, no matter if we could see it or not. These energies combined would slowly change my view of the world back to what it was when I was young.

Today, I tear when I hear music that touches me, and I laugh at cheeky lyrics that tickle me. I dance to groovy basslines and skip to funky trap. But I also see the world so differently than I saw it growing up. I romanticize every thing in my path, no matter how bad others might think things could be.

I see a world full of gold roads and people made of diamonds. I see smiles made of stars and laughters that come from the ocean. I see a pretty girl and all I imagine is how happy she must be because the sad parts are worthless in my world; they cost nothing and have zero value.

This Wednesday Mini Mix is just that. It is the music that allows me to live in this world of mine that is so different and more romantic than most. Sure, some of us have problems that never go away, and others are suffering through something so big that life seems worthless, but for me just being able to listen to gold and diamonds and stars coming out of my speakers is reason enough to live because it means that anything we truly imagine can become so real.

I like my world, and hopefully you will like it to once you hit play. I named it Hermosa because that is where I imagine being when I listen to this. I imagine myself sitting on the end of the pier in Hermosa Beach, California, with my laptop and sunglasses—typing away…


Cannons – Evening Star

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” — WB Yeats

The world as we can perceive it is already a wondrous place but imagine how much there is around us that we aren’t yet able to perceive because of where we are in evolution, what culture dictates or what Hollywood portrays. It’s quite possible that we are much further into the future than we are able to perceive. It’s quite possible that we are far more advanced beings than we realize or have been taught to believe.

A mind, once expanded by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Since moving out to Los Angeles I’ve had so many mind altering experiences that I’m starting to understand why Paramahansa Yogananda came to LA to introduce Kriya. There’s something about where this land sits in relation to the sun, moon and the stars that makes you want to see more, be more, create more and as limitless as the universe.

People cut themselves off from their ties of the old life when they come to Los Angeles. They are looking for a place where they can be free, where they can do things they couldn’t do anywhere else.” – Tom Bradley

It’s hard to explain because it’s a vibe, which is a different language than words. To my point earlier, there are some things that can’t be comprehended using the tools we’ve been taught. Music is one of those very strange and abstract languages, a glitch in the matrix that when used right can communicate the marvel of the Universe in a way no other language can. In this case my point about the city of Angels is made much better in the form of music by local LA band Cannons. Evening Star feels like those epic nights I’ve had in this city, staying up till dawn and watching the beautiful sunrise on my friends roof top. Those are the moment when you’ve been up for over 16 hours literally sucking the juice out this precious life and the wonder of the world unfolds before your eyes. This song is the audio translation of what it feels like to be flying through a Los Angeles night, enjoy.

I wanna take you high into the night
Like the stars in the sky, we could live our own lives.”


DOJA CAT — SO HIGH (JANET JACK’s SON edition)

Blow Weed Coke pop X
Speeding up the heartbeat
Banging in my chest

When you put it on me
You relieve my stress
You got me so high
Takin’ deep, deep breaths”

Because Mondays can suck. Because Mondays can be awesome. Because Mondays are the start of the week for many people. Because Mondays don’t matter for others. Because so many people have so many different opinions about Mondays, here we are blessing you with something smooth to start the week and something mellow and swaggy to ease you into the end of the work day, and that wonderful feeling you are about to feel when you wake up tomorrow and Tuesday has arrived.

Maybe your weekend was awesome, and maybe it was a mess full of drama. Maybe you had the best escape and the most relaxing time, and maybe you had your life turned upside down, but all any of that really means is that you are in desperate need of some good music, and that’s exactly what we have for here you right now; so just listen.

Janet Jack’s Son remix of Doja Cat‘s “So High” is truly all the stress and tension relief that you will need today. It’s full of a Timbaland style bounce that although sort of found on the original versoion, Janet Jack’s Son manages to beef up tremendously here on his edit, creating more of a never-ending bottom that vibrates up powerfully from the floor and right into your chest. Doja Cat‘s super sexy vocals are a lot more sultry on this edit to than they are on the original, making this overall edition pull itself together beautifully to give her smash tune a HELL of a lot more—oomph.

Crush a bit, little bit, roll it up, take a hit”

Whatever your passion or plans are afterwork today, enjoy this tune before you bolt out of the office or as you get home, get comfy and reach for your bowl, or, on the commute home to help you escape the Monday Blues and help you to prepare for a fast week to end the fastest month.

Rock out.


Grandpa Was A Lion — OS X

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10 cent women were stringing up 25 cent words from the ceiling”

Somedays we don’t feel like seeing anyone or doing a goddam thing. Some days it’s awesome to stay home all day and be able to get productive from the comfort of your own home. For those of you that partied all week with us and are have taken the weekend off too, here is a smooth experimental-folk tune for you to daydream in, and get away.

“OS X” by Grandpa Was A Lion is something I would love to hear in a TV show some day. I have my own ideas for the sort of scenes I could see it play to, but the fun of it is for you to make your own movie or television scene up, in your head. Pick the theme in your life that seems to be the most emotional of them all and run with that. Then, take the mental photos of moments from that theme that stand out to you the most and put together a four minute reel from it.  Now add this song to that reel and your scene has been perfected.


EMPT Wednesday Mini Mix

Last night I caught a beautiful film on Netflix titled Instructions Not Included. This film reminded me of how important it is to live in your now than everywhere else we get so caught up in within our minds. You know those places well: the old memories of killer vacations that we once went on, future vacations that we are about to embark in, and how we go to those same kind of places when it comes to loves too, both old and new. It reminded me that none of the things we pursue are worth pursuing because while we are out running around chasing everything that is so vividly elusive, the world around us is gradually passing by and slowly deteriorating who we could be.

I guess that’s why I made this small mini mix for today. It is a reminder to myself that great music is everywhere out there waiting for us to find it and spread its wings in order for it to fly. What good is it for it to be created if we’re just going to be so stubbornly stuck listening to old songs on repeat? Not I, and not today.

Today I’m going to remind myself that the greatest adventures in my life are the ones that I never see coming. That the best vacations I have had are the ones that showed me something new and made me want to relive them all these years later. And so that’s exactly what this mix is. It is a new land that you have never been on before filled with a bunch of new experiences in form of sonic excursions that will make the adventure another unique moment in life because life should only be lived in the moments that are here right now, in the very first place.

Last night I learned that 7 years on this earth are the same as 70 years or 700 years if you live them to the fullest. That there is no difference in them as long as you live a full life and that every moment lived becomes yet another unique adventure that you will some day wish to relive over-and-over again.

Someone once described Et Musique Pour Tous as that friend that you sit with under the stars and share music with while talking about your lives to one another. I hope that this is how today’s post makes you feel, and that the music is just the background noise to our continuous conversations, and, that for as long as the stars continue to twinkle, you and I can continue to chat.

with you,

I can be crazy, I can be crazy,

because that’s what people do.”

Escape.

Soundcloud has decided to give you other music rather than the playlist, so go here for it: https://soundcloud.com/roypereznyc/sets/new-music-tuesday-by-et


Hayden James – Something About You

What about a hit?
What about a hit of your look”

Future Classic does it again! The label released their “Teen Idols” compilation back in December- the pearl of which was Hayden James’s “Something About You”. It has a certain smoothness to it which is also quite captivating. The groove is bouncy despite it’s repetitive nature, while also charming the audience. Based out of Australia, Hayden’s popularity has been blowing up these past couple of months- and he’s smack dab in the middle of his Australian tour. Last year you may have caught him opening during ODESZA’s tour. Let’s just say he’s doing things.. things I’d like to witness firsthand!

Can you imagine the vibe of his live shows? This track is happy; it’s something you can dance to. It’s a song your respective DJ should be playing before the night is over. It’s a unique blend of emotions that Hayden seems to have mastered like few others are able to do; it’s more than a catchy beat. I’m willing to bet you’ll be hearing more of Hayden James this year.


Disiz – Toussa Toussa

About a month ago I went on a serious French rap binge looking for music to curate a new spot called Bardot, Michael Mina’s new restaurant at the Cosmopolitan in Vegas . I came across so many jams during my hunt but one of my favorites is by French rapper/actor Sérigne M’Baye Gueye aka Disiz. Produced by Statik Selektah, this track is pure simplicity – Jazz over breaks. Great rappers bring tracks to life and that’s exactly what Disiz does to this beat, providing a barrage of flows that keep your mind dancing top to bottom as you try to keep up with the ever-changing and evolving flows and patterns. The song is about big talkers…

Ok, ok t’es un bandit, t’es un méchant, Toussa Toussa
T’as tué des gens, tu t’fais beaucoup d’argent, Toussa Toussa
A c’qui paraît tu rappes trop bien mais c’est quand ? Où ça ? Où ça ?”

Posing and fronting is an epidemic everywhere these days and we’re all victims of it. We expect people to look a certain way, to act a certain way—to be in a certain place in their lives. Most of those expectations aren’t even our own since they’re just driving by culture, but they certainly dictate how we navigate and interpret the world. Everyone’s growth throughout life is different and no matter what facade you and I put out when interacting with the real world that’s not going to change. Knowing that, why aren’t we all honest with each other when communicating? Fear has a lot to do with it, fear of rejection, of failure etc, but how much richer would our relationships be if the fear of being honest didn’t exist? Just something to think about, unfortunately I don’t have much time to get in to it today.

Anyways, after being blown away by the rap scene in the Dominican Republic and then listening to the best of French Hip Hop, my love for the international emcee is at an all time high. Paris is calling big time right now, I need to get out there and hang with these dudes. In the meantime, rocking to these dope ass records will do. Enjoy.