New Yoik baby! YEH! #TBT2
There’s a blog on my website about my first international shows this year in Canada (http://www.elleexxe.com/blog/2016/5/17/the-first-international-shows), but New York came next and it was equally mind blowing. The city has a special aura about it for musicians, so much so I’d say it’s one of..if not THE music capital of the world. Gaga, Run DMC, Madonna, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Billie Holiday - there are so many more but need I say them all?!
My manager Umong, DJ Samer, promoter Igor and I stepped off the plane at JFK airport and headed straight for some Monster cocktails at GaGa’s family-owned restaurant “Joanne Trattoria’s”. After this we ventured South-East towards The Delancey - a venue I was booked to play at later that week. I craned my neck round the door-frame to see if we were in the right place and was immediately greeted by a traditional hipster rocking a twisted-moustache and striped T-shirt. I joined him at the bar as I waited for the others and it felt like I was the only one there..until I turned to my left and saw a bad ass punk rock chick stripping off to The Kinks with mascara all over her face dancing her ass off on a tiny little stage. The others arrived and we stood and we stared and we wondered if this New York adventure could get any better?
Well, it could and it did. We found an art party downstairs with everyone painting, DJ's spinning hip-hop, happy people dancing and free pizza meanwhile upstairs there was a roof terrace with palm trees. What an incredible introduction to New York City.
There are far too many stories for me to share right here right now but one of my favourite moments was standing at the top of Google HQ with my friends feeling like we couldn’t get any higher. It was an absolute dream and privilege to be invited to do what I love, in a city I love, with the people I love. Next time I just hope I can bring more of you with me :)
I’ll be back next Thursday with more unheard stories, unseen photos and videos.