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Veni Vici Artist Series Presents:
Several months ago, I finally took the time to organize my old recordings. I have an acoustic series from post college, early eclectic electronic material from my early Venice Beach studio recordings, rap from the world’s most dysfunctional rap operation known as “Venice Vice”, and plenty of pop DrewSta music that has emerged as of late.
Based on a bit of research with several music folks, it was time to post the songs on soundcloud.com. So I finished some album cover art, mastered off some of the older material, and uploaded!
With so many tracks posted, my first inspiration was to immediately internet dial my daughter Maxine and exclaim, “I have posted the music that created you!”
To which she responded, “What? Why? Who cares?”
I retorted “This is the music that I used to woo your mother into falling in love with me, which then resulted in your creation! It’s awesome, you have to check it out. I have to hear what you think of it!”
Her response, “Papa, you are freaking me out, I can’t handle this.” And she immediately disconnected our Skype session. Indeed, she hung up on me.
Fortunately, for her sake, I had experienced better success with her mother.
So I called her back insisting that she take a listen and see what she thought. She resentfully agreed.
Now that Maxine and her close friend are presenting a radio show on-air in Luxembourg, it seemed apropos to have Maxine review the music that created her (for good or for bad!). So I’ve collected the most poignant of the tracks and I’m presenting them to Maxine for review. May the youth critics forgive me for my transgressions…
Thank you for taking a listen, let us know if you have any feedback!
Lost In Paris
Alexandra was from Luxembourg, but the idea of a European dream song stuck. And I’d often tease with a Luxembourg girl lost in LA, but French girl in Paris seemed to be a better romance song.
As deep a song as I will probably ever write, and Alexandra’s passion for movies and drama played write into this type of melancholy pain.
Golden Ray of Sunshine
A sweet melody and quite my mood during that time. Questions, charm, pretty words.
Good 4 Me
At the time, this would have been considered my theme song. Although the Birthday song about being naked and wearing my Birthday Suit was often more appreciated, this song has the flavor and the silly charm that I carry around to this day.
On his remarkable 2010 album, LunaTicky, DrewSta ditched his signature irony, break beats and jump cuts to vibe on the smooth singer-songwriter spice of his Venice Beach town. Since then, the album’s stature has only grown – even as DrewSta grown his guitar collection publicly with nothing left tucked away in a closet. He has finally everything back in place for The Pleasure, which features many of the same players and themes as LunaTicky. The result is a set that feels like an instant funk-rock classic.
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