lil nova, ramblin jack, and government sanctioned graffiti in ithaca before the pretentious know it alls drove us out of town
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Thursday, March 24, 2016
showed up to nyc in the middle of the winter with 40$ 2 guitars,a backpack,and a dog and had one hell of an experience there for bout 5months.came out with material for this project...
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Accept Yourself was born in an area of West Texas along the Mexican border that AAA refers to as "no mans land". Rustbelt troubadour, emoore saylavee, found himself stranded here with a broken van stuck in a ditch. In the process of scouring the desert for means of survival, emoore and his dog,all city savannah, came across some Mexican speaking cowboys who were reviving an abandoned truck stop and engaging in various other hustles. After a fairly long courting period, complete with language barriers, a crew of the cowboys came and helped pull the van out of ditch and brought it to their land where emoore had given his word to work off his debt for their troubles and help. After long days of work, sitting in the desolate desert, the original melodies that gave spark to accept yourself were born.
Having spent time recently studying modal based North Indian classical music and independently learning western melodic music theory combined with the exposure to some of the melodic "shoegaze" music coming out of Brooklyn- emoore had planted a seed in his heart and mind to put together some sort of reverby and danceable melodic rock music, but with a more down to earth/zen approach to lyrics to give it a rugged non-pretentious nature contrast to what is often associated with indie rock.
While working on music, at the abandoned truck stop, emoore was also reading a book by the mystic Osho that was highly influencing his approach to life and being in the moment with awareness. Deciding to find the name of the music project in that book, he came across this idea:
"Accept yourself as you are. And that is the most difficult thing in the world, because it goes against your training, education, your culture. From the very beginning you have been told how you should be. Nobody has ever told you that you are good as you are
Don't be obsessed with yourself -- but a natural self-love is a must, a basic phenomenon. Only then out of it can you love somebody else. Accept yourself, love yourself.
Nobody else has ever been like you and nobody else will ever be like you; you are simply unique, incomparable. Accept this, love this, celebrate this -- and in that very celebration you will start seeing the uniqueness of the others, the incomparable beauty of the others. Love is possible only when there is a deep acceptance of oneself, the other, the world. Acceptance creates the milieu in which love grows, the soil in which love blooms."
Running with this idea, emoore, made it back to the Rustbelt(a string of post industrial,often forgotten cities in the north east) mostly via hitchhiking, as the aforementioned van met her fate of the scrap yard in Memphis, to grab an electric guitar and a reverby amp, and to continue to write songs and play shows vigorously solo and with groups and enjoy low rent situations in Rochester,NY and Detroit,MI. Currently based in New York City
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
during the end of my stay in los angeles last winter, i was spending a good deal of time at the hollywood public library; setting up a rogue tour(the best shows were the ones i stumbled across and didnt plan), and reading /studying various music books-especially the mystic side thru some indian music books and also i was pretty dedicated the learning music theory in a western for dummies book. the main part that caught my attention was the sections on melody, as this was a part of my music but i never really focused/understood it. around this time i also go exposed to some shoegaze music-and was somewhat entranced. the idea was born in my brain and soul to pick back up an electric and start a band when i got back to new york. (sunny war told me "so, your pretty much tryin to start a hipster band")
this seed didnt really begin to germinate untill a short while later, i was stranded in the desert after my van broke down/got stuck after fixing it with the help of some people i was hitchhiking with, and i was at a point in life of extremely deep lows and extreme highs...standing on the side of highways in the middle of the desert with nothing for the entire day with out a single person stopping to pick you up..then getting the most beautiful ride in the back of some hermanos pickup truck...
this is getting long winded... but around this time i'd gotten help from some mexican cowboys who pulled me out of the ditch and gave me some rugged and artistic work to keep me goin. after long days of work i started sitting out in the desert with a guitar and dog coming up with riffs. with the band idea bubbling- i got the idea from an osho book to call the band accept yourself based on his idea that we have been taught to condemn ourselves n we've been told we're not good enough and we need to be like someone else be it jesus or some actress. and around this time i came up with the first melody of a song...
it was a long road full of walking and hitchhiking back to new york and i linked up with an awesome kid named pedro who played the drums. we worked out some songs when i wasnt dealing with a wrist injury that sidelined me after consectutivley playing an acoustic resonator guitar for 8 hours a day on the streets with a team of breakdancers at the rochester jazz fest. we played some shows but ultimatley we had to go other directions as he was pursuing school and im in no turning back even if i wanted to musician territory.
this led me to hitch hike out to detroit, and things quickly formulated and accept yourself is a functioning three piece family with charli-mange on drums and jerrard holdin down the bass...we play out a ton and post all the shows to facebook...come holla and dance