Wax and EOM
Wax and EOM
They just recorded the song and when all was said and done they both agreed that they liked it. Wax liked it so much he started playing an "unplugged version" of it at his shows. This peformance of the song is from Cafe Muse in Hollywood, CA on April 12th, 2008. The song had just been written and you can tell by the introductory banter that Wax and EOM were not very well acquainted yet.
Wax refers to EOM as "this dude". Wax is such an arrogant piece of shit! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVi6nADuS9c&feature=player_embedded It might be good to mention here how Wax and EOM "met". Basically, EOM was sitting around surfing the internet one night and he happened to stumble upon a video of some dude rapping in his car. EOM thought the dude sounded pretty good and he noticed that there was also a large amount of views on the video.
This is the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7TPcGksW5M&feature=player_embedded He sent the "driving rapper" dude a beat and MC Safety Belt sent him back a message saying the beat was hot....but he wanted to make an album using his own beats (Wax also makes beats....usually more on the "cheese funk synth" tip as compared to EOM's "soulful cool sample" style). Anyway, EOM wasn't discouraged. After crying for several hours and contemplating suicide due to Wax's rejection...he got a second wind! He spent some time constructing a beat he thought Wax would sound nice on top of and sent that beat to him. Wax listened to it and thought it was beautiful.
Wax immediately started humming a melody for the chorus then wrote a song over it: an odd story of an older recently-divorced guy falling in love with a younger stripper. Both Wax and EOM thought the story went really well with the music. EOM suggested that maybe they do some other stuff together and Wax agreed without hesitiation, thinking that EOM would send him another beat and maybe they would record another song. EOM then proceeded to send Wax approximately 35 beats.
A little overwhelmed at first, Wax started listening to these beats one by one. By the time he was finished he realized that he couldn't just pick one so he sent EOM a myspace message asking him if he was down to do an album together. EOM agreed and they started working on the album. They assumed they would do 8 songs or so and they would finish pretty quickly. At this point these two dudes had never communicated with each other using anything other than myspace messages.
Wax found that interesting so he suggested the tentative album title "For all I know, he's an Asshole"....a play on the fact that they had never even talked on the phone before. They agreed on the title and got to work. One of the first songs Wax ended up writing and recording was "Sunday in the City" which is featured on this page. From there Wax just kept writing and writing and EOM kept sending Wax more and more beats.
By the time the album was done (shit it's not even fully completed as this is being written) there were 17 tracks. At that point it seemed dumb to use the aforementioned title since the album represented more than just the fact that Wax and EOM had never met. EOM suggested the title "Liquid Courage" based on a quote he liked from the movie Dark Knight. Wax was amazed at how well that title fit in with the subject matter of the album and they agreed on that title. Some people say that the great thing about EOM's production style is his sense of "musicality".
This makes it so alot of the songs on the album Liquid Courage could easily be translated into performances by acoustic musicians, rock bands, or even orchestras. This works well since Wax often performs as a solo acoustic act. Wax and EOM hope that this album takes them to the point where they can start doing some live shows...possibly with a band. It's difficult with them residing on opposite sides of the country, but who knows what can happen....THIS IS AMERICA GOD DAMNIT!!! Update: As of 2012, Wax & EOM are now roommates with Wax writin' 'n' recordin' a lot and EOM just makin' mad beats. Read more on Last.fm.
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