NEW SINGLE: “Dope” (prod. by The Zillas)
New Video - “Sometime in April”
Written, recorded, and filmed in Durban, South Africa, here is the video for “Sometime in April”. SIA explores the current duality of my life, split between the places I’ve traveled to and my life back home in Seattle. The title of the song is a reference and announcement that I will finally be returning back to the United States in April after completing this 10 month trip around the globe. The song is produced by Nima Skeemz (“2020” & “Paint”) and the video is shot by Pascal Bennett.
My Time in India
June 22 - August 18
India is one of those places that will undoubtedly change your life. The man I was before I landed in Delhi and the man I am now, after having spent two months traveling around the country, are strangers in many ways.
Spending my days walking through Tamil temples in Madurai built before Christ, waking up to morning prayer echoing from 18th century mosques the size of the White House, and visiting contemporary guru’s ashrams as well as the infamous Auroville (Google it…) cult-like colony but not before my homie was literally cursed by a holy woman, spending the next 24 hours puking his guts (and the evil spirits) out. Shit in India is real… even the spiritual and supernatural.
Throughout the two months I was in india, I made my way around Delhi, Agra, and different parts of Rajasthan before heading south to Karnataka, around Kerala and ﬁnally deep into the soul of Tamil Nadu and it’s powerful history, culture, and people. In my time I learned what I could of each language (different sometimes between town to town), made some of the best friends of my life, and wrote music when I could ﬁnd the time and mental space away from the craziness.
Much like I saw when I was in Brasil in 2009; the socio-economic disparity in India is colossal. Some of the world’s best universities, smartest scientists, and richest royalty and businessMEN live in India, but so do some of the worlds poorest, starving, and illiterate people. And with a total population of more than 1.2 billion people, the number of folks below the poverty line is disheartening. I was moved by the things I saw, the history and spirituality I felt, the many friends I made and conversations I had. The result was a transformation, only one country into my global journey and I am moving past the old me…
For those that have been following my travels via Twitter, Instagram and such, I appreciate you all. Everyday my experiences are reminding me of how blessed I am, and keeping you updated on this adventure is really important to me. Expect more to come in the near future. For now, you can view the whole photo album from India here.
From my heart to all of you.
“Old Him” (Prod. by The Zillas)
Since I started traveling, it’s been a pretty dynamic experience. It’s been beautiful and very difficult at the same time. India is a place that has some of the most promising things, but also some of the most devastating things. They have greatest thinkers and wealthy businessmen, yet at the same time millions of people starving and struggling. Photographs just don’t do it justice. While in India, I was lucky enough to find my way into a studio. Being back in a comfortable environment, like the studio, I was able work though my thoughts and created this song.
Here is “Old Him”, a song produced by my Zillas (Elan Wright & Nima Skeemz) 8,000 miles away back home in Seattle, written while on the night train to Bangalore, India, and recorded in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. It was recorded while I was severely sick from food poisoning (caused two months into my trip, after being convinced by my Indian friends to try KFC for the ﬁrst time in my life). Side Note: While their reputation is subpar in the United States, both KFC and McDonalds are held in high regard as “middle-class” restaurants in parts of the world such as India and China. You will see young couples going on dates at KFC.
For those that have been following my travels via Twitter, Instagram and such… I appreciate you all. Everyday my experiences are reminding me of how blessed I am, and keeping you updated on this adventure is really important to me. Getting access to consistent internet has made it tough to send updates, but this new website should help, and so should the new music about my experience. Expect more in the near future, but for now I hope you enjoy “Old Him”!