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“NY is on some shhh” Something that’s important to me with regard to music I create/produce is that I offer some insight into the motivation, inspiration behind my work. I feel it’s something the listener will appreciate and therefore attain a greater affection for the art. With my debut solo release it was important for me, personally to have a song that was inspired by my hometown, NYC. I am native to this amazing city. It has helped mold me into the man that I am today and will be in the future. This tune was completely inspired by my feelings and experiences as a NY’ker. The title itself is a reflection of my love/hate relationship for the greatest city in the world. It can be something good, something bad…it’s on some sh*t. I wanted it to feel classic, dated even. Use the sounds of NY, the people of NY, to cultivate this song. That’s exactly what I did. The main melody (keys) embodied in NY is on some shhh, is influenced by a sound that I’ve heard my entire life. It is as much a staple of NY life as anything, the police siren. I’ve always enjoyed the fact that a NY police siren call is like no other emergency sound. It’s not that “typical” weeoow, weeoow sound that folks associate with emergency vehicles. NYC police are crafty with it, sounding more like a producer playing with a sampler than an emergency vehicle on the move. Short jab sound bites. “Boop boop…boooop…boop” etc. So I took that idea and morphed it into the melody you hear in the song. Throw in some subway, car traffic, people sounds and there you have a NY soundtrack. Secondly I wanted the track to have a very raw, gritty hard groove and feel, but at the same time have softness to it. That’s exactly how I envision NY. A really tough exterior but once you start to peel back some layers, you begin to witness and appreciate her true beauty. The type of song one would appreciate doing things NY’kers are known to do. Like walking somewhere, riding the subway, standing in line for something. I didn’t envision a dance floor when I cooked this up, but if it inspires you to move like that…go for it!! And since the melodic theme was influenced by the NYPD I thought I should include some reference. NY’kers, native or not are diligent when it comes to voicing displeasure, aka protesting. The occupy Wall St. movement would be the last good example. And there’ll never be a protest without the police. And so that’s how the tune comes to an end. The cops break it up….so to speak. As a human being, man, artist, I’ve always had an ear to the streets when it comes to social issues, like what the occupy movement dealt with, so it was imperative for me to show that side of me on my EP somewhere (albeit in a subtle way). Doing it with a beat is the best way I know how. I enlisted my friend and video director Charles and his company Kubat & Billot to hook up a video for me. I gave my vision, they did their magic and I couldn’t be happier with the end result. I hope you enjoy it.+ More details
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Film: Kubat & Billot For: Priestess NYC by Cody Ross Models: Roza Abdurazakova C/O MC2 Models NY Andrey Sand Cinematographer: Charles Billot Emile Dubuisson Assitant Camera: Sterling Hudson Stylist: Lisa Nguyen Hair & Makeup: Caitlin Wooters Manicurist: Nicole Chang Music: Annabelle Vs The Villain & Lucas Banker Production: Brittany Kubat Nicole Chang Post-Production: Karl Ito Priestess NYC is a friend of DAA+ More details
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