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.
Author of fine novels like "Fight Club", "Choke", "Diary" and many more is visiting Salt Lake on a tour for his new book "Beautiful You." The new novel has to do more with women...well, women's pleasure to be specific. You get the idea.
What the hell! Here's the synopsis from the publisher, Doubleday:
From the author of Fight Club, the classic portrait of the damaged contemporary male psyche, now comes this novel about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of female pleasure. Sisters will be doing it for themselves. And doing it. And doing it. And doing it some more . . . Penny Harrigan is a low-level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no love life at all. So it comes as a great shock when she finds herself invited to dinner by one C. Linus Maxwell, aka "Climax-Well," a software mega-billionaire and lover of the most gorgeous and accomplished women on earth. After dining at Manhattan's most exclusive restaurant, he whisks Penny off to a hotel suite in Paris, where he proceeds, notebook in hand, to bring her to previously undreamed-of heights of orgasmic pleasure for days on end. What's not to like? This: Penny discovers that she is a test subject for the final development of a line of sex toys to be marketed in a nationwide chain of boutiques called Beautiful You. So potent and effective are these devices that women by the millions line up outside the stores on opening day and then lock themselves in their room with them and stop coming out. Except for batteries. Maxwell's plan for erotically enabled world domination must be stopped. But how?
Anyway, he'll be visiting the University of Utah's Union Ballroom on October 29th for his first time ever in Salt Lake, so if you are a fan you won't want to miss this. You will have to purchase a ticket for the event, but included with your ticket you will get an autographed copy of the new book and general admission seating for the event.
Click here to purchase tickets.
You can also pre-order the book from Amazon here.
X96's Jon Smith chats up Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz when the band was in town for the Monumentuor with Paramore and New Politics on August 13, 2014. They discuss weird Utah airport welcomes, mobile gaming and how the tour is going.
The great holiday of Pioneer Day is upon us and, whether you’re celebrating the fact that “this is the place” or tearing it up on “Pie ‘n Beer Day,” this is an exciting weekend to be in Utah. Keep reading for a very thorough list of things to do in Ogden, Provo and SLC for the Days of ’47.
Provo: The City Down South (sorry, I’m a Utah fan) is taking the 24th to a whole new level with its Pioneer Day Extravaganza. Festivities are FREE at North Park starting at 10 a.m. going all the way to the late, late hour of 2 p.m., but live music, fun activities, a Farmer’s Market and delicious fresh pie should be enough to lure you in.
Ogden: O-town has jam-packed this entire week with fun and excitement. Wednesday, the 23rd at noon the Eccles Conference Center features the Miss Rodeo Utah Fashion Show (sexy!!!) and Silent Auction (shhhh!), while the PRCA Rodeo kicks off with Mutton Bustin’ at 6:30 p.m. at Ogden Pioneer Stadium. It's the time-tested battle between kids and sheep. The 24th is ushered in on Thursday morning at 9 with the Grand Parade down Washington Blvd., which is always a good place to score some free Utah Vitamin Chews, saltwater taffy. Then, the final installment of the PRCA Rodeo begins again with more Mutton Bustin’ at 6:30 p.m., followed by the coronation of Miss Rodeo Utah and, or course, a huge fireworks show.
Salt Lake City: Downtown "is the place” for you this Pioneer Day weekend. Leave the burbs and head to the capital city. If you’re an early riser the Tabernacle has a sunrise service at 7 featuring music and Days of ’47 Royalty presentation. Since you're up anyway, head to State St. at 9 a.m. for the HUGE parade. X96 will be there, floating on a float. After that you've got the Days of ’47 Rodeo at Energy Solutions Arena at 7 p.m. or hang out with Jon Smith at Trolley Square at 7 for swag, the best viewing for fireworks and some tunes. The rodeo is also happening on Friday and Saturday - choose wisely. Whatever you do, have fun, be safe and be thankful there’s no Mormon Cricket Armageddon.
Keep it safe. Keep a bucket or water, and get a ride home if you imbibe too much. Here are some suggstions for a ride option is you need one.
We’ve been hearing for YEARS now “oh yeah, there’s a new Tool album coming”. Literally, YEARS. Which is almost long enough for me to have played “10,000 Days” from start to finish.
Wait, which one of these is about Prison Sex?
The members of Tool are now opening up and explain that some legal issues have added to the delay, and are mostly to blame for the gap between albums. Maynard and Co. tell the assholes at "Rolling Stone" that for the past seven years, they've been dealing with a series of lawsuits and countersuits. This hullabaloo started when a friend of guitar man Adam Jones wanted credit for artwork he claimed he gave the band. Tool's insurance company then sued the band "over technicalities" in the case, then Tool said “NUH UH” and responded with a countersuit.
Wait, did he call the people from Rolling Stone assholes?
This specific case is set to go to trial in January, but Jones says these legal issues have had an impact on the band members' relationships with each other, and adds that it's "hard to be creative when you have something awful nagging at you."
Still, Tool has found time to work on new material for the follow-up to the band's 2006 effort "10,000 Days." Drummer Danny Carey says they hope to have "something really solid" recorded by the end of the year, but he admits he said the same thing last year.
I suppose we'll wait and see!
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