I plan to do some revisions and tightening up on this artist statement, but this will do for now. I had people read this at the listening party a couple nights ago. It seemed to aid them in their listening and interpretation of the EP.
For a little context and back-story, I wrote five of the six tracks on January 6, 2014, and the sixth track was written a few days before them. I had some preplanned themes for each song, but no music or lyrics were written before hand. This EP was an in-the-moment creation where I wrote, critiqued, rewrote, and fine-tuned in a compact time frame. Normally I’ll critique and rewrite one song over a number of weeks or months, so to do all of this for five songs in one day was a new experience to say the least. Please take this into account as you digest these songs.
Now onto the EP itself, Los Angeles is a mask, filler, and a stand-in. By inserting the word Los Angeles, it gives a face and identity to generic pronouns. This allows the listener to better identify with what would have previously been labeled as he, she, you, it, them, etc.
We all know Los Angeles, either from first hand travels or media stereotypes, we all have a picture of Los Angeles in our mind’s eye. My picture probably doesn’t look exactly the same as yours, but there is most likely overlap along the way.
Sounds a lot like life doesn’t it? No two lives are exactly the same, but we share many similarities: characteristics, attributes, emotions, desires, needs, and values. We’re not all that different even though we live in such an independent and self-reliant culture. We all want to make a name for ourselves just as Los Angeles has made a name for itself, so much so that even the initials, L.A., conjure up hundreds of connotations.
I cover themes of home, place, self-image, self-awareness, excess, culture, love and multiple sub-themes. Everyone has different definitions for these themes, which is why each listener will have an independent experience, all the while knowing others near you will hold similar thoughts and feel similar emotions. They may come at different times during the song or on a different song altogether. It all depends how you answer the question and fill in the blank.
What’s your LA?