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What the science about the name LA Symphony?

First, we're from L.A., hence the first part of the name: L.A. A symphony is made up of all kinds of different instruments that make different sounds, but when played together, make beautiful music. the L.A. Symphony is made up of different kinds of people with different styles, racial backgrounds, musical tastes, etc, but when we come together, it's like a symphony, beautiful hip hop music!

Who is who in the group?

Well, I'm The west coast Puerto Rican, my partner is Uno, and we are the eternals. FLYNN is one of our solo artists. He's from Indiana. then we have Halieyoos Fishermen, the neo de la soul. they're from Long Beach. Joey the Jerk is really anything but that. He's actually a really cool guy. he's from Paramount. I think everyone from Paramount is a little bit jerky, hence the name. Then we have Pigeon John. one word : energy. bTwice is the beat maker and lyricist extraordinaire. We also now have a full time dj. J-boogie. If you ever meet him, Please don't ask him to do his rap. PLEASE, FOR US.

How did LA Symphony come to be?

We were (and still are) 5 separate entities. a couple of groups and some solo artists. We were all doing a lot of the same shows, and that's how we met. As we got to know each other, we found that we had the same vision, and wanted to do the same thing. So we started a bible study to encourage each other and to build each other up. From that the Symphony emerged.

What motivated you to get into this industry?

A need for change in the hip hop nation. Plus our natural love for the music and culture. We all grew up on it, and we've seen where it's been and where it's at now. We want to make music the world grabs a hold of and says " wow! This is what we need!"

What was your first single/recording?

The very first thing that the symph put out was a Flynn joint entitled "Louder" the first singles was Ms. pioneer/ spanish harlem.

What was your favorite single/recording you did?

My favorite Joint right now is "Broken Tape Decks". It's a cut off the new album. So you got to wait to hear it!!

What instruments do you use?

Harps, sitars, cellos, bongos, and kazoos. ONLY. (oh, and drum machines, and keyboards.)

How would you classify your style as an artist?

L.A. Symphony knows how to have fun. We are serious about what we do, and why we do it, but we don't take ourselves too seriously. Our music has a definite party vibe to it. We like to celebrate the blessings in our lives. Also, we're very real. If One of us is having problems in their relationship with their girlfriend, we're not afraid to talk about it. Or if we just had a great time at taco bell, we might talk about that. whatever we talk about, it's real. It's us, and we make it relevant to everyone.

What solo projects are coming and when they are to be released?

First on deck is the Pigeon John solo project. World, get ready for some other stuff!!! Then, it will be either the eternals long awaited release, or Flynn. After that, the order is to be determined, but we have Joey the Jerk on deck, bTwice solo joint, and Halieyoos Fishermen, oh and a solo joint by Sharlock Poems of Halieyoos.

How did the deal with squint records come about?

One of our friends called us and was like "Squint is looking for hip hop acts". We had been sending out packages anyway, and so we said "Why not?!?" we had some other offers, but squint ame we the best possible situation for all of us, so we rolled with it.

What is the status of eartube records in terms of signing other artists
and such?

Right now, it's not up and running as a label. Noah, who was one of the owners of eartube, now runs mic rocker management. He's our manager. He's a visionary, an innovator. He's on the cutting edge of management. We've signed with him.

How did you hook up with Will.I.Am from the Black Eyed Peas?

Some of us have known Will for a while just from being a part of the L.A. hip hop scene. So we just approached him about working together and he was like "Cool". He floated us some beats, and we busted over them and the rest soon
will be history!

Growing up, who do you think was a few of your biggest musical influences?

 I grew up on hip hop literally. We are in the first generation of
people who did. so A lot of my influences are in hip hop, but aside from that, I grew up listening to my dads old jazz and salsa records, plus my parents listened to Oldies, my brother and sister are older than my by like 11 years, so they were listening to classic rock, so I have my musical roots pretty wide spread. Some of the other guys are the same. R n B, motown, etc. And 80's Pop music. We can't front! Pigeon John is in love with Phil Collins!!!!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Still doing music, believing that by then the mark that we desire to make in the hip hop nation will have been made and we will be a voice in the culture like Guru or KRS. Plus we all want wives and families, and for some of us I could see that being a reality in five years.

What do you feel is the toughest part of the music industry?

This is our first album, so there have been so many things that we never even thought about that keep coming up and blow us away. We definitely had to adjust to being under contract, and everything that that entails. I couldn't pinpoint one thing as the toughest, but if everyone's second albums are correct, I should know how much the record industry sucks by then. Check back with us.

What would the ultimate reward for you be?

CASH. STRAIGHT UP. Naw, really, we want to be successful, but we want to use our popularity to see change happen. To be able to influence a generation of people would be the ultimate reward. And we can't front. It would feel real good to have a hit record that is flying up the charts, full of music that is us, and not what anyone thinks we should be. Nothing but
the music we feel and that the people also feel with us.

What message are you trying to get across to fans?

That there is more to life than what they see in front of them. A lot more than just money, clothes, jewelry and such. We know the peace we got and we want to share it as much as we can.

Do your friends and family look at you differently now?

Not really. Most of our friends are just happy for us, and real supportive. My dad, though, he does look at this whole rap game differently now. He never was totally sure that I could make a living doing this. Not that he didn't support me, cause he did. He'd just always be like "What's up with a job?!?" something that made more sense to him. But know he looks at it different cause we are making it happen.

If someone were to look in your CD player or tape player right now what would be in it?

Lucy Pearl, Dialated Peoples, Common, DeAngelo, Spiritual Pieces...

Personally what does hiphop mean to you?

Hip hop is a voice for people who don't have one. It's a culture and a way of life that started more in the hoods of America, but now almost everyone everywhere can relate to and want to be a part of. I thank God for hip hop, because we can express ourselves and we have a place where we will be heard. I love the feeling of being at a hip hop function, and it's dark, the dj is going, fools are cyphering or dancing in the circle there's energy there. I love that rush. No need for any stimulants. (was that our anti-drug shot?!?)

How do you feel your music will effect its listeners?

I pray that they see in us something that they don't have but desire to be like. Our generation needs some better role models. We want people to come up to us at a show and be like "what are you guys all about? You seem different than the rest." But for real, at first listen, our listeners will be like "What?!? these guys are crazy! They're on some other stuff!" But as they dig deeper they'll feel us.

If you could change one thing in world, what would it be?

I think it would be really cool if dogs could talk.

What would you like to say to all the new artists in the game?

It's hard work!!!!! but if you feel this in your blood and in your heart, then it's worth the sweat and tears. Also, be yourself!! Let other artists influence you, but don't feel like you got to emulate anyone to get somewhere. God created you how you are and the world needs that. Not a carbon copy of anything else. Besides, last time we checked the hip hop rule book, biting
 was still illegal!

Any Last Words?

Yeah, to all the people who have supported us or will soon support us when the record drops, WE LOVE YOU ALL!!!! And to any haters, don't judge the L.A. Symphony just on what you think or what you've heard about us. We're real and we have our hearts invested into this thing called hip hop. Thanks God for all the
blessings, and peace!!


For more information on L. A. Symphony check out http://www.lasymphony.com 


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