Lead singer and multi-instrumentalist, Brian Wilson, grew up in Atlanta, GA playing in folk, hip-hop, indie, and electronic bands. This diverse musical palette allowed him the ability to experiment with a wide array of sounds, eventually laying the groundwork for the early sounds of French electronic band, Lava Tramp, based in Los Angeles.
After a lengthy audition process, Wilson landed the opportunity to tour with 7-Time Grammy-winning musician, Al Jarreau. Throughout the tours, Wilson gathered various musicians with different backgrounds, including, piano player, Larry Johnson, and electric guitarist, George Buck, who formed the core members of the Lava Tramp.
Lava Tramp and Brian Wilson embrace the creative nature of his songs. When listening to his catalog of music, you realize what electronic music can be with the right person behind the synths, sliders, and sounds. On songs like “Control” and “Blindfolds”, Wilson expands this idea by placing an increased importance on songwriting, arrangements and pop sensibilities. His songs are, what I would determine, Ambient Electronic Pop in the purest sense of the genre, in that they have more to do with atmosphere and mood, than simple rhythm and dance.
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Lava Tramp’s songs are not loud, crass, overrated pop-dance-techno anthems. Brian Wilson’s music is something truly special that utilizes cleverly thought-out compositions and instrumentation, successfully transmitting a seemingly unattainable, illusory soundscape. Ethereal voices, eclectic sounds and understated but solid beats, blend into a sea of delicious, soothing, and harmonious auditory gems. It is in that precise instant, that Lava Tramp’s musical compositions transcend genre to become categorically sublime.
Through his songs, Wilson proves that he can create ‘cinematic’ inclined music, as he is able to paint pictures so vividly through sound that it’s almost like a hallucination in broad daylight. His music engulfs you, making you insanely happy in one moment, and then making you want to cry the next. It’s music that will accompany you through a variety of emotional states, and yet it is still be able to simply make you want to dance or rock out, as on “Je vous encule tous” or “Ghost Robot”.
Pop and progressive influences blend into Lava Tramp’s electronic base, to create a sound that is accessible as it is creative and unique. And when someone like 7-Time Grammy-Winning Musician, Al Jarreau says of their live performance: “Lava Tramp has played the best set I have come across in years.” You’d better believe it!
Lava Tramp, who has played over 200 shows in the past 3 years, continues to tour and play gigs in Russia, Ukraine, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, and France, and will write and record music for their next album in their new studio in Los Angeles.
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