Ellis Ludwig-Leone, the brain behind Brooklyn band San Fermin, sat down with Richie T before their show at Salt Lake's Twilight Concert Series. He explains what San Fermin means, (how to pronounce it), and if Richie can join the band as the 9th member.
--- Classical Music Training ---
I was a music/composition student, classical music mostly…Most people in the band have the similar sort of thing going on...I think there’s a lot of different ways to write music and they’re all equally valid as long as you’re being honest. For us, there’s a lot of training, there’s a lot of intention in how we go about writing.
--- From One Man to Full Band ---
I wrote the record right when I graduated and then I took a while to record it. I just got my friends and random people to play on it. We got a record deal before ever really playing…We played one show with 15 people or something at Pianos, this tiny place in New York. Once we got that record deal suddenly it was like, “Oh, this has to become a band”…Alan and I, Alan’s the singer - the male singer, he and I have been best friends for years, since we were really young. Everyone else it was word of mouth or people maybe I went to college with or just, if you’re a musician in New York there’s a lot of through-the-grapevine sort of recommendations.
--- The Band Name ---
It’s the name of the running of the bulls festival. It’s the patron saint in Spain…I liked the idea of people putting themselves in danger for really no reason. It sort of feels like performing...["San Fermin"] was a lyric before it was a band name. So it was in the song “Torero” I think. Torero is Spanish for bullfighter as well. I was thinking about that and once I finished the record I was like, “Well, we gotta have a band name.”
--- Coordinating an 8-person Band ---
There are upsides and downsides for sure. I mean getting 8 people to Europe is a pretty costly endeavor. But when I wrote the record it was for like 20 something musicians, so I figured if you go any lower than 8, you’re starting to do a disservice to the music. Honestly, I chose the musicians as we were putting the band together such that I knew that they were good enough players that they could actually each do a number of things, in terms of the sax lines now sort of encompass sax and trombone and tuba. I’ve sort of smushed them all together into one player. It was an interesting compositional exercise to do that.
Who is your favorite character that you have voiced?
I had a lot of fun doing The Tick… Kronk was the first Disney movie I got to work on and that was a great experience. They’re both right up there.
How did you end up getting to do the voice of Kronk?
A lot of the time they will have a character drawn out and have a story, but they don’t know what a character sounds like until somebody comes in a shows them. Since Disney is very secretive with their scripts I was only given a few pages. I didn’t know what Kronk was. Was he an ogor, a monster, or robot. He seemed like a renissance henchmen since he cooked, so I figured he sounds like he had a little more like a sensitive guy, kind of like a transvestite.
Did you want to do voices as a kid? And if so, what did they sound like?
I was the smallest kid in High School, 95lbs and wearing coke bottle glasses, I’m blind as a bat, but I would do John Wayne. You had this 95lb kid walking around doing John Wayne impressions.
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The Onion has taken up the task of helping our fair capital city market our tourism and show off our valley has to offer. Reminding visitors they can, "experience the city on your terms" along with reminding anyone they can leave "anytime."
The kindly folks at The Onion have even produced this well-shot and thoughtful video that may very well start running on local network affiliates some time this Fall.
What do you think of the new campaign?
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To be honest, we are rather surprised that they didn't pull this song for the soundtrack. Hell, it even features Dexter Holland from The Offspring who just happen to be coming to town later this month.
Where does this adrenaline junking come from?
I was filming for 6 weeks ago and fractured my foot. It really hurt. I thought about where it comes from and I just like the rush of jumping out of an airplane. It’s a sport. Maybe it’s the on edge stuff we do like MMA, jumping from bridges and airplanes. I have a little girl that does front flips in my living room and have Cami who plays with nun-chucks. I don’t really know where it comes from but it really keeps us on our toes and keeps me alive.
If you can be any color Ranger what would it be?
I love the Green Ranger. I love the original cast. But things started getting weird and crazy. Changes kept happening and I kept changing suits. I never regret anything and I can what I want. I love having no pressure. To me, it wasn’t about the color. It was annoying but every season has memories and all different. I grew up with most of these guys. It’s not about money or anything. It’s my choice. I want all my fans to be happy.
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