Today is June 11. Our album launch party was on April 11. Apparently, it took us two months to get this first video from the event ready--that should tell you that Social Gravy is all about perfection, no matter how long it takes!
In the next few weeks we are to going post more videos of our love show at the Behind Every Yes launch party. Thank you to Nick Maybury on guitar, David Goodstein on drums, Dave Yaden on keyboard, to the amazing back vocals singers Sharlotte Gibson and Carol McArthur for sharing the stage with us that night!
Thank you to Daniel Lir of DolceFilms who made this video. Thank you to No Name who hosted our opening night (though no photo policy was a bummer ;) Thank you to the Social Gravy's friend Carshenah Jefferson who helped us distribute the download cards. Thank you to all of our fans, and friends, and friends of friends who came out to support us and hear our music live. Thank you to all of you who couldn't be there but kept asking about the videos from the event--here you are now. And thank you to those of you who listened, gave feedback and shared our songs. More to come--stay tuned!
No Name live lineup:
Brad Kohn - lead vocals, keys, guitar
Vee Bordukov - rhythm guitar
Nick Maybury - lead guitar
David Goodstein - drums
Nick Rosen - bass
Dave Yaden - keyboards
Sharlotte Gibson - back vocals
Carol McArthur - back vocals
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by Brad Kohn
My ex-manager asked me to join TopTrack as she was consulting for them. The idea of the platform is that it gives artists the opportunity to further build a fan base. By sharing their songs on social media, activity and attention is generated.
I uploaded three tracks and kind of forgot about it. I was thrilled to hear that a week or two later we were among the top tracks on the app, leading in the categories I posted in. Freedom, which is one of my songs, and Beautiful and My Love by Social Gravy all became leaders in their categories. Hector, the owner of TopTrack, has since personally been in touch with me and has introduced us to Zedge who are now distributing our music as ringtones to over 30 million people. TopTrack has been really great!
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Brad Kohn & Vee Bordukov = Social Gravy.
Join us for a special live performance of tracks from our debut album: BEHIND EVERY YES. It's gonna be awesome and featuring some of LA's finest musicians.
When: April 11, 2017, 9 pm.
Where: No Name, 432 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles 90036
RSVP on our Facebook page event or email us email@example.com
In 2014 Vee Bordukov, a Belarusian indie artist, approached me saying he was looking to connect with a writer / producer who could help him take his creative aspirations to the next level. In assessing his material, I found nuggets of ideas I related to; a riff here, a chorus there… The overriding influences in his music were Beatle-esque chord changes and an aesthetic that landed somewhere between classic rock and indie rock. Not strident enough to be Led Zeppelin and not hipster enough to be Alex Turner though there were allusions to both and at times a psychedelic Pink Floyd moment. I suggested he come over to my apartment for a tea and a chat. Read more on Avid Pro Tools blog>>>
Brad: “Vee had some of the riffs... The structure went through a few incarnations. My Love took about 6 months from writing to final master. We recorded the solo live with the band—it was one take, no edits. The final result is deliberately snappy. We wanted it to be charming & vibey, with a live feel. On My Love we are referencing the Black Keys. Thank you to Phil Simmonds on bass, Jake Hayden on drums, Erik Hammer on electric guitar, Steve Maggiora on Hammond, our engineer Jared Scott, and Candace at the EastWest Studios.”
Vee: “The Black Keys was the inspiration behind My Love… Most of the song was hidden in my back drawer, we then brushed it off and updated for a more cool, current sound which was The Black Keys at that moment. Hats off guys! My Love is riffy and energetic. We wanted it to hold attention from start to finish. I like playing it. I think it came well together.
The original version was very much blues oriented which we later turned into a more indie-rock-pop sound with broader audience in mind. First version still sounds cool though in it's own right.”
Listen to My Love on iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud.
Riffy & snappy, with a guitar solo recorded in one take (thanks to Erik Hammer) & inspired by The Black Keys. Thank you to Phil Simmonds on bass, Jake Hayden on drums, Erik Hammer on electric guitar, Steve Maggiora on Hammond, our engineer Jared Scott and Candace at the EastWest Studios. Video credit: Joram Talbot.
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A perfect love song for your Valentine's Day playlist: Beautiful by Social Gravy. Happy Valentine's! Listen on iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud.
She gets to choose, she gets to hide it...
Make It Rain came out relatively in one breath, with only the chorus and 2nd bridge having late revisions in lyrics. It took us six months from our first writing session to the final master.
We recorded it live at East West Studios. Overdubbing was Hammond, electric guitar and the awesome ambient noises you'll hear in the beginning (guitar by Eric Hammer).
It is a melody driven song that has indie rock references of Noel Gallagher and early Radiohead. Give it a listen!
Vee had this musical idea that was punky and abrasive. I liked the energy of it and wanted to create a kind of “Nirvana” vibe with it. It morphed into something else by the time both my input and Vee's punk desires were mixed together.
We sat with this song for a while. It's challenging to be political and not come off in an undesired way or a way that alienates people and turns them off to what you have to say. I think we got the balance right. Global politics is generally a mess. The fact that America currently has Trump and Clinton as their proposed leaders just highlights that! They're both terrible candidates for president in my humble opinion but Trump is a complete disaster! A return to medieval times.
The recording was all live including the vocals. We recorded it at Studio 1 of East West Studios. We had to record extra guitars at Pacifique studios afterwards. I think it sounds cool. It’s kind of fairly hard hitting, anti-establishment punk rock. It evokes anger, energy, discontentment, rage, freedom of speech. I'd love to know what Tom Morello makes of it. ~ Brad Kohn, co-writer/ co-producer/ vocalist
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