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An Evening With Greg Laswell

“You guys all sounded so happy coming in here tonight. Well, too bad! We’re going to get sad and depressed together, so here’s a happy song…just kidding it’s depressing,” laughed Greg Laswell during Thursday’s show at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis Minnesota. His performance was flawless. While it’s true that most of Greg’s music is incredibly depressing, there’s no debating its beauty.

You might be wondering why Greg’s name seems familiar. Odds are you’ve probably heard one of his many songs featured on TV shows such as One Tree Hill, True Blood, Grey’s Anatomy, Arrow, The Hills and 90210. In total, his music has been used by nearly 40 TV shows or movies across various genres, making the odds that you’ve heard his distinctive wailing voice pretty high.

Entering the venue, it was clear that the audience was more than ready for Greg to perform. I arrived nearly 30 minutes early to find dedicated fans already waiting in front of the door. The Cedar Cultural Center is an incredibly personal venue and I felt almost guilty occasionally disturbing the atmosphere during the show with the clicks of my camera shutter. The audience was glued to the edge of their seats for the entire performance with people lining the back of the walls to hear Greg’s music.

The entire night was spent listening to everything from classics like “Comes and Goes (In Waves)” to new unreleased music like “Super Moon”. The latter will be released this fall with his new record. It’s an incredibly beautiful song with poetic lyrics such as, “like a photograph of a super moon / it doesn’t match up to the ones I hold it up to”. Furthermore, the performance of the song was something else. It started with Greg making the beginning sound effects of the track using a looping device and his voice. Everyone was incredibly entertained.

Although most of the music played during the evening discussed darker topics such as loss of love, Greg made sure to lighten up the mood with his commentary. “Can you imagine if my banter matched my song lyrics?” he laughed before imitating a forlorn individual sighing ever five seconds. These moments made the night unforgettable and got numerous laughs from the audience.

All in all, the night was a success and everyone was left happy as they left the Cedar Cultural Center. Greg even took the time to converse with fans after the show.

Interview: Young Bombs

These up and coming disc jockeys have made quite the name for themselves for their remixing ability and fierce live performances. Starting their careers in a failed rock band, Tristan Norton and Martin Kottmeier are now traveling North America leaving their mark on all of the biggest music festivals. After announcing that they have multiple originals that they are waiting to release, and booking their first headlining shows, the hype surrounding Young Bombs has never been as high. I was lucky enough to get a hold of the DJ duo for an interview: 


John: How did you guys get started with electronic music?

YB: We’re both from Vancouver, Canada and used to play in a band together. After it broke up, we moved to LA to “chase the dream” of becoming professional musicians. We got work as a back-up band for a pop singer but after the project failed, we were soon without a home and could barely afford food. Shortly after that, our visas expired and we were forced to go home. We were about to throw in the towel when we decided to give it one last go. We put together a few songs and sent them out to Adam Alpert, manager of The Chainsmokers. The next day he wrote us back and told us he wanted to work with us. Needless to say that reignited the flame and we’ve been at it ever since.


John: Who has been your favorite artist to remix so far?

YB: Probably our latest release of Post Malone’s “I Fall Apart”. It’s a song we fell in love with the first time we heard it. Post’s vocals are so emotional that it really brought out a whole new side of us.


John: You recently let us know you have some finished originals waiting to drop, what can we expect from your first originals and what do you hope for these tracks?

YB: With this batch of songs, we’ve really tried to encapsulate the Young Bombs sound with some of our influences from our band years. The EDM elements are still strongly there but there’s a strong presence of indie rock and pop throughout. They’re the most honest songs we’ve ever made and we hope our fans love them as much as we do.


John: What has been your most memorable performance so far and what festival do you hope to play in the future that you haven’t already played?

YB: Our first show opening for The Chainsmokers at New City Gas in Montreal, Canada. We had barely ever DJ’d and had to perform for a crowd of 4000 people. It was nerve-racking and we took our share of vodka shots before hitting the stage. After we dropped the first track, the nerves disappeared and we felt high the entire performance (or was it just the alcohol? LOLOLOLOL). We want to play Coachella, Bonnaroo and all the big American festivals. As for Europe we’d love to play Tomorrowland because the production is just insane.


Read more about Young Bombs here:

EchoMe Artist of the Week Nov. 29 – Young Bombs


By: EchoMe SBM John Faus