LIVE! FROM EASTERN PARKWAY

Island ft. Melo & Allyson MariahDeath Is A Business
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ABOUT LIVE! FROM EASTERN PARKWAY

LIVE! From Eastern Parkway came together, nominally, in celebration of five years of Death Is A Business. But the event and album were a much bigger testament to a community of emerging NYC artists, one which we were honored to help build. 

The concept behind this album started back in April 2018 when my dear friend and colleague Sonia Erika of the Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council invited me to perform at what would become their 710 Information Sesh cannabis event that summer.

I wanted to bring together my favorite worlds of music in one performance, so I teamed up with my fellow musicians, rapper DARE and R&B singer Melo along with guitarist Zohaib and bassist Brendan. A four-hundred mile round-trip drive and an untimely fire alarm were minor hurdles for what was one of the best performances of our lives.

And so later in the summer the idea for this live performance came together, modeled closely on our 710 set combining acoustic rock, heavy metal, hip hop, R&B, and other sounds. This time the band grew even larger, as did the scope of the music. I was itching to do something big and bad, as October 2018 marked the five-year anniversary of the formation of Death Is A Business.

 

We added to the existing lineup Allyson Mariah, who had just featured on our "Cheers" single; and James Jones, a recurring DIAB collaborator on drums. Earlier that August at one of DARE's live performances, I first met Bronx-based hip hop artist Urban. He joined the group, finally solidifying the band.

LIVE! From Eastern Parkway was released in December 2018 along with the first-ever Death Is A Business music video.

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