LIFE performs the song "R U D W N" for BalconyTV.
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PRESENTED BY SARAH ASALY
Every artist experiences a turning point in his or her career. It's the moment where fate and inspiration collide, and the future suddenly and serendipitously becomes clear. There's no questioning it. There's no overthinking it. There's no anticipating or planning for it. When it happens, you either can live it or not, but the decision proves pivotal. The members of LIFE arrived at such a crossroads in late 2012.
As founders of Southern California favorite Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Moi, Matt, and Sean spent nearly a decade engaging a diehard fan base with three full-length albums as well as successful stints on Warped Tour and support runs alongside the likes of Slightly Stoopid. However, their muse suddenly morphed right before their eyes.
"It wasn't planned out," recalls Sean. "We just started writing music, and it awakened something different within us. It wasn't Tomorrows Bad Seeds. It was new. The three of us followed that path naturally, and LIFE was born."
"We evolved into this band," Matt agrees. "As we began working on ideas, all of this fresh music poured out of us. It was important for us to allow that to flow. This is what we do. We put it all out there. It's our LIFE".
After a chance encounter with producer Michael Choi aka "Foolish Prophet" in the catering line at Warped Tour, the boys gave him a call to hit the studio with them at the top of 2013 under their new moniker. Together, they captured a spark ignited by strands of nu funk, rock, pop and r&b . Like the magnetic sunshine of their native town Hermosa Beach, LIFE attracted players as diverse as Josh Freese and Jose Pasillas of Incubus in addition to virtuosos such as Omar Hakim and J.R. Robinson to lend their talents to the sessions.
In many ways, the music's dynamics reflect their own multi-cultural identity and diverse backgrounds. Moi speaks three languages, breakdances, and surfs, while Matt splits his time between being a dad and playing DJ as Sean devotes free moments to painting.
"We don't make just one style of music," explains Moi. "Everyone is so multi-faceted, and that's a big part of it. We make what comes from the heart and what feels right. We're all from Los Angeles, and we have so many different influences ranging from Pop, Rock to Funk, Punk and R&B . We can be influenced by anything and everything."
They stir those influences into a hypnotic hybrid on their debut EP. It's led by the buoyant bounce of the single "R U D W N ?", which slips from a distinct island guitar twang into a resounding refrain. Originally conceived on the tour bus and finished back in Hermosa Beach alongside songwriter Josiah Rosen, it opens up the doorway into LIFE.
"It's about escaping harsh realities and structure," admits Sean. "A lot of people don't realize they have the capability to do whatever they want. We are all constantly on the chase and we can forget to stop, take a moment, enjoy it, and connect with others around us and take refuge from everyday conformity."
"It's a love song about being carried back to where you're from, who you are and who you want to be with," Moi adds. "I was thinking of Tupac when we were writing this, and it asks, 'Are you down for my love and the journey we can take together? Are you down for this escape?'"
The members of LIFE first embarked on their collective "escape" together back in 2004. They developed a bond and a brotherhood that extends far beyond the music, embracing each other's extended families into one big unit.
"We all hang out and know everything about each other's lives and stories," smiles Sean. "Matt and I slept on Moi's mom's couch for a year. My dad's been a mentor to all of us. We can call on anybody anytime. That's the most incredible thing. That bond only got stronger when we started this band."
Now, they're inviting everybody to join this family and ride forward on this journey of LIFE.
"When people hear us, I want them to feel memories they haven't felt in a long time," Moi leaves off. "I want them to connect it to real emotions because everything we do is from the heart. We sing and play from the heart. We hope you feel it."
Producer / Talent Booker: Cindi Avnet
Co-Producer/ Talent Booker: Leah Hobbs
Recorded by: Taylor Nelson
Mixed by: Jeff Bates
Camera: Robert DiGioia
Assistant: Sarah Asaly
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