Let’s do this…
Let’s do this…
Ready for this finale!!! #TrueDetective
Kicking off #TheHungerPains tour in Northern Cali March 18th. Go to tour.kungfuvampire.com for tickets and save me some shots!
Somebody was snoozing on the job. #NoCNoG
Jeremy Enecio - “Coronation”
Hello progress bar…we meet again.
RISE (Featuring Liz Suwandi)
Originally Rise wasn’t going to be the end of the album. I had recorded another record with Dj Sharpsound called IOD. I wanted that to close out the album but we ran into some sample trouble last minute and even though I had reworked the record from scratch it still wasn’t where I needed it to be when the album deadline came around so I decided to close out with RISE.
The second track on the album produced by Drop Dead Beats with Haunted being the first. We had already done Haunted almost a year prior when Drop came to check in for a session at ¡MAYDAY! studios. At the time I was still looking for uptempo hype shit but when I heard the beat for Rise I couldn’t help but want to work on it. The beat originally came with a pre recorded hook by a female vocalist from Miami who recently made it far on a season of The Voice on NBC. I loved her hook and began writing a verse to match the vibe. Due to some miscommunication I was led to believe I wouldn’t be able to clear her for the album because of a deal she currently had in place and before I even got a final concrete confirmation on that I was already dialing Liz Suwandi’s number.
Her and I had worked together once on ¡MAYDAY!’s Devil On My Mind and we have always had a good vibe since. I had been trying to find a record for her on this project but hadn’t found the right one up until that point. She has the ability to bring an eerie yet serene emotion to the songs she’s on. I gave her the beat with my one verse on it and told her the basic direction without too many specifics. She came back with the hook you now hear on Rise. She completely nailed it.
The Lyrics she wrote matched what I had written in my verse to a tee and I couldn’t have been happier with it. It became the perfect way to end this journey through my subconscious. I had to literally and figuratively Rise out of the darkness. It was also my way of speaking to some friends I have that I feel needed their spirits lifted. I wrote my second verse pushing off the inspiration I got from Liz’s new hook.
I honestly didn’t think people were going to enjoy the song as much as they did. I thought it would just suffice as a solid outro to the album. I had no idea the song would pick up the emotional weight with people that it did. Every time I hit the road, 50% of the mentions I get are for that record. Beautiful thing.
I’ve enjoyed taking you through some behind the music looks at The War Within. I hope you enjoyed it as much as i did. We’re putting the final touches on our next ¡MAYDAY! project as we speak and prepping to infect everybody we can at SXSW this year. I’m also preparing to hit the road to further promote my solo record along with Kung Fu Vampire, Dirtbag Dan, and G-mo Skee.
You can find the dates here > http://tour.kungfuvampire.com/
I still have remixes and videos on the way and I’m hoping to drop a new mix tape before the year ends leading up to hopefully releasing another full length solo album in 2015.
Check back next week. I’m going to write up on the bonus tracks for The War Within.
Much love. Thanks for all the support.
Mad funny. We been doing these in the studio all day. Whatchu know about Brian Mertin! Hahahahaha thanks John. #Travoltified
As this song continues to climb, I’m reflecting on all the hard work and obstacles to get it to where it is today. Much love to everyone involved and everyone out there continuing to support the record. #Fragile
This is gonna be killer. #SXSW #StrangeBySouthwest