Visuals for Peter Luger from There’s God and There’s FLYGOD, Praise Both by WESTSIDEGUNN.
Conway and Prodigy drop a pleasant surprise on us this Monday. Check it out for yourself.
“This shit just happened so fast like we were just creating and FaceTiming every 5 minutes and before we knew it there was a project. It was so natural and the vibe that was present was so pleasant and warming.”
“I want people to feel the love and warmth I felt making and collaborating on this music especially in these dark times.”
“I can remember sitting in my bedroom, trumpet in hand. There were a good 9 other people in the room, mind you. The room isn’t terribly large. I had been trying to record this one trumpet line for nearly an hour, take after take, driving me crazy. I was ready to give up, when I decided to take a completely different approach. I wanted to make what I was recording beautiful, thus taking a new approach. After that, I finally found what worked. I guess I share that story simply because it was very symbolic of trying different means to make something beautiful. This process of creation and this constant desire to make beautiful music is truly what this album means to me.”
“I have no idea what I want to get out of this album. I feel as if this album is more for others to listen and share–to make something that inspires and sets a happy tone.”
“Some songs come together really quickly and you just know they’re gonna be good. Others take a good amount of time and head-beating to finally click. The song ‘Sleepyhead’ is an example of one that took forever to be good. While we were finishing up the EP, Iz and I were not liking this song at all. Then the night before it had to be done for mixing, the four of us spent six hours in our basement studio completely reworking the song, turning it into what it is on the EP. The dedication we all showed in completing ‘Sleepyhead’ was one of the most inspiring moments of this whole experience and its story comes to mind every single time I listen to the song–I’ll never forget it.”
“Creating this project was so beautiful. It was my every day for the last three months. I can’t even explain how it came about because it was so organic and fast. Most people take way more than three months to complete a project but when you find the right people to work with it is something truly magical that manifests way quicker than you think it ever will. Iz and Eddie at one point went to Italy and there was a day where Eddie and I FaceTimed for like 10 hours while sending each other files back and forth for this song called ‘La Luna.’ He had recorded waves in Italy and produced the track and I had recorded all my vocals in my room in Chicago. We pretty much finished that song within that day.”
“Out of this project, I have no idea what will come. But I do hope people feel everything we felt–just a natural, beautiful and loving summer. This is basically the conclusion to our summer and we have put everything into it. All the outside obstacles and happenings felt during this project are in it–all the love we found for each other as people and the birth of a new friendship between all of us too. Me personally, this is the first project I’ve worked this hard on and committed to in this way so I am truly excited to show people what kind of work I and the twins do.”
So, let me tell you about Tha Lookout Sessions…. I told Kay Flow that we should do some studio sessions without overthinking it. We would stick to the formula of bars over dope beats. I would provide the dope beat, and he should provide the bars, whether it be 16, 8, 7 or whatever. We recorded in-studio videos for each session and decided to drop them as Tha Lookout Sessions. Tha Lookout Sessions EP will be coming soon. Watch, share and you can get this track for free download HERE.
WESTSIDEGUNN and Conway release another Daringer produced gem. The consistency from these dudes is really appreciated. Is this track hinting towards another HALL N NASH project?
Hall & Nash drop another Daringer produced gem on us!
Wish It Would Rain is one of my favorite tracks. I recently revisited the song (mixwise) and decided to mix it all over again because my skills have increased since the original mix, which was a few years ago. It has definitely stood the test of time and the beauty of this song makes it timeless. I clearly remember the night it was recorded…….
Kay Flow was in the studio and we were recording for his project. Antona also came by the studio that night just to say what’s up. When she arrived, Kay Flow was writing a song. He was walking around with a beat blasting thru his headphones connected to the iPad. This meant that the mic was free. So….Tona and I decided to start working on something new since the studio wasn’t being utilized at that moment. I made the beat in front of her and we decided to add some rain to the track and that’s when the creativity started flowing. The plan was to record a song with the theme being “rain”. Tona had the pen & notepad and she spent some time with her mind while I was transferring the beat from the maschine to the DAW (I was using Ableton at the time). Tona had written a hook, but she wanted to get on the mic and play around with some harmonies to get a good feel of the song.
So I pressed record and let her do her thing. The track played all the way through and she was just humming and harmonizing over it. Once she got a good feel for the song, she left to go get some food. While she was gone, Kay Flow was still writing and I was just sitting there. So I decided to go ahead and mix what she had recorded. In our minds, the plan was to delete what she recorded (because it was just practice) and record a full song when she got back. So my reason for mixing her “practice” was to create a mix bus for her vocals. It would give me a head start on the EQ and everything for when she came back. As I was mixing the “practice” oooohs and ahhhhhs, it just flowed and sounded so good. It sounded so good, I just started arranging certain parts of her practice take. I kept listening and listening, and I told myself, “this is the song. This is completed.”
When Tona came back, I told her that the song was done, and she seemed a little confused and I played it for her. She agreed that it sounded the good the way it was even though it had no verses or anything. We decided to treat it like an interlude. After a few listens, we added a layered part in there where she sings, “I Wish It Would Rain.” After that we were done. The song has a sense of freedom to it. It doesn’t follow any specific format, it just flows as is. I later sampled Wish It Would Rain to create Kay Flow’s Been Here Before, and guess who was featured on it……..Yeah Antona. I always thought it was cool that she sings the hook on a song that was sampled from her song (You get to hear her voice in the beat and on the hook).
Please enjoy the song. It’s the perfect song to ride to at night time. Download it and share it.