05 May 2010

Meet up with MURS

MURS and I first met on some random street in Austin, Texas during South by Southwest 2010. He had previously done a headphone promotion with Skull Candy and I just so happened to be walking down the street with a previous Skull Candy employee. This is one of the most impressive things about Austin--musicians and people who work in the music industry fly in from all over the country (and globe) for this event. There are so many venues, so many performances, that the streets seem to flood with busying bodies. It must have been 11 pm or so when Brad and I ran into MURS and his recent wife, Kate. We each had shows we wanted to go see-I have no idea who now-but instead we stood on the side of the street just talking about everything that came to mind: our respective jobs, travel, school, food, music & art. It was an ardent moment in a frantic week. Kate and I got to know each other as well as two people can for an hour-plus sidewalk conversation.

I had heard of MURS prior to meeting him, but hadn't really understood how impressive a man he is until that night in Austin. As we were chatting, people from all directions would gleefully shout out "MURS!" and run over to take pictures, have things signed, and hand off demo CDs. MURS stated that they actually do listen to all the albums that are handed to them. Both he and Kate--a perfect match if you ask me--are the absolute sweetest, down-to-earth individuals. I truly felt at home hanging out with them.

While at Austin, I got to see MURS perform. That same night, on that same stage, DJ Qwik and Bone Thugs & Harmony played. I watched from off stage with the rest of the crew (I do enjoy the VIP pass this job sometimes brings) and got to see how excitedly the crowd reacted. Everyone was jumping up and down, singing every lyric. MURS puts on a fantastic show- if you ever have the chance to see him, regardless of if you are a fan of hip hop or not, it's a perfect performance. MURS displays class and tact & a stinging sense of wit and intelligence.

Months later, MURS came to SF to play Fillmore West. We got back in contact and started planning for our Vado TV interview. It proved to be hilariously entertaining, certainly for me, and hopefully for you.


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