As of now, this is my favorite project I’ve been a part of. JWLS VRNE is all live instrumentation with light sampling produced by Keenan Kilgore. We spent a bit more time incubating this baby and our patience rewarded us with stellar vocal/sonic contributions from Jaruni and an aesthetic that is truly unique. As Treat said: “you guys are so close to making money, why do you incorporate so many themes? That’s a surefire pop song that you guys fucked up with themes! Too many themes!.” Well, dear friend, we refuse to sacrifice our vision to blend into what’s customary. Popular music is boring and and by the book. Fel and I share a burning need to invent and create outside of the genre boxes that musicians make their fortunes in. Money be damned, we make this music because we need to for our spirits. I hope you enjoy the adventure. GO JWLS VRNE!
YO YO being stuck up in Vermont for a grip gives me the chance to reconnect with one of my oldest musical brothers Digital Fel AKA Keenan Kilgore. So after 5-6 years, we got back together and made 5 songs in one night. We were laughing because we had both bought trucks recently and joked about how dumb it would be to name a group different trucks. so of course Different Trucks Space Diaphragm was born as a one time stand alone Vehicle to get our synergy back to 100000000000000000000. Free download, short, succinct, bars, otherworldly sounds, and my singing voice is realizing more and more what could be done. check out the weird videos that give scene to the space launch.
WARNING: MY NEW MUSIC VIDEO IS GRAPHIC AND NSFW and available here and here
death or evolution is a concept piece with each song a stroke to construct the whole. For this video we juxtaposed two tracks which we felt provided a strong contrast to represent the scope of the project.
Animal examines mankind’s base nature. The primal instinct for hunting, reproduction, survival. By itself the song is vulgar, visceral, even offensive but it chews a raw nerve in the context of the record. Mike and I wanted to capture this feeling explicitly so we (responsibly) collected deer carcass scraps from a hunter, returned to the forest and lost some clothes. That was a memorable shoot.
The song isnt meant to stand on it’s own though, so we chose Clock Oven as an awakening from the atavistic dream of Animal. This piece begins with the subject being summoned from sleep. “Wake up now… You’re dreaming, you’re thinking too much.” In the video, my character wakes and immediately draws his phone to be lead mindlessly with blinders through a beautiful landscape. This human is clothed and seen to be civilized but is completely unaware and desensitized to the wild energy in the natural world around him. Eventually the phone is thrown to the sea and he begins to witness the earth that surrounds… Likely too late and intrinsically unequipped but nonetheless..
Both of these characters depict mankind in various forms of evolution. Now we look back at the savage man in disgust and contempt, but the civilized kind who we’ve become has lost the frequency of our instincts and connection to nature. We know better than to act as animals yet we’re domesticated to the point that we feel entirely separate from the wilderness we left behind. The album searches for a middle ground so this video is for the extremes.
Samurai Banana and I kicked it with the good homies at Ear Candy Podcast and had a great conversation about fungus, christmas trees, respecting the earth and all that good rapper stuff! We also did an in-studio video performance of a song off my record with banana (two albums away)! This is my favorite song that i’ve written to this point. It’s about death and rebirth and possibility and it’s sad but beautiful and uplifting as the world can be. Check out the sneaky world premier of “Flutter” on youtube and support the Ear Candy Homies. Much Love!
This tree season I was joined by filmmaker Joy Jihyun Jeong for a small documentary on the life of a late night tree vendor. Not only was it a pleasure to have her company for the night, but she also made a cool video to give a glimpse into my world for the month of December. check it out here https://vimeo.com/148112094
This world is what we’ve made it — the devastation of our potential; destruction and hope dichotomized, codependent; a simple race of confused complexities placating chaos only to create more. What’s done has been so with no revisions to be written, and in our narrative, destruction looms.
The idea of evolution has been abandoned in favor of dominance. We conquered the food chain behind a consciousness that set us remarkably apart from other beasts. We claimed the world as our dominion and built civilizations, each one grander than before, but never wiser. We waged wars against our planet and fellow man, perpetually falling into the same internecine traps, failing to see that we abandoned a higher being for a life we cannot sustain.
This project examines mankind from nature to nurture and the cultures that each beget. We have our choices to own and nothing else. Every decision has consequence, often far beyond our comprehension. There’s no excuse for what we’ve done and noone to blame but ourselves. It takes an entire tribe, but either we evolve, totally, to reevaluate the gift of consciousness, or we die, completely, so the Earth might breathe again. There is no middle ground, just the wasted lands we continue to create. Make your choice.
This spring, we played an in-store show at All Access Hip Hop in San Diego. It was a loose format of revolving microphones and emcees that went on for three hours as people filtered in and out of the store. At one point, Headtrip suggested we shoot a live video while we were there. Here’s proof that we can go horse in a record store and not break anything. Directed by Mike Petrow. Guava Pulp produced by Samurai Banana from Gruff Lion featuring LT Headtrip.