Bom Bom Video Contest Winner Announced

Bom Bom (feat. The Teaching)
Official Music Video

The winner of the ‘Bom Bom’ Music Video Content was announced on macklemore.com today. Congrats to Cheok Wai Lei and her stunning and creative interpretation to our music!

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis received over 200 great submissions for the contest and there were lot’s of other fantastic entries – if you’d like to see some other entries simple go to YouTube and search ‘Bom Bom Video Contest.

Thanks to all our Fans and everyone else who put in the time and effort to submit a video for the contest. We hope to be a part of future recordings with M&RL where we can do things like this again.

The Teaching Returns!

March 21st, 2013 The Teaching at Seamonster Lounge Poster

The moment so many of you have been patiently, patiently waiting for…you read it correctly in the title — The Teaching (Josh Rawlings – Fender Rhodes, Evan Flory-Barnes – Bass & Jeremy Jones – Drums) will come together at the place we got our start as a band nearly 7 years ago! The beloved and amazing Seamonster Lounge.

Join us for a momentous reunion performance. Evan will be fresh back from tour, Josh will be slightly awake from his new-Dad duties for the past 20 months and Jeremy will be in deep relaxed bliss from his meditations 😉 in other words – come hear The Teaching like you’ve never heard before…after a year + hiatus the music bombs & “WHOA’S!” are sure to make many hearts overflow with joy this magical evening.

We hope to see you!

Click here  to RSVP on our FaceBook event page

BomBom Music Video Contest Announced!

Macklemore And Ryan Lewis photo by John Keatley

The Teaching is thrilled to share the news of a music video contest for the song BomBom on Macklemore x Ryan Lewis‘ hit album ‘The Heist‘. We’re really excited to see the submissions for this song and encourage you to participate.

The announcement and details for the contest are posted on their website here: http://macklemore.com/post/44009695712/bombom-video-contest

We’re still amazed for the incredible feature they gave us by making us the ONLY instrumental track on the entire record. We’ve received a few emails from people who say this is one of their favorite songs on the album and a few pianists have even emailed us looking for sheet music. Needless to say we’re incredibly flattered and hyped for all the buzz and support from our performance on the song and we’re looking forward to hopefully working more with these guys down the road.

For anyone who’s actually interested in the piano part / score of song, we’ve contacted Macklemore x Ryan Lewis and will certainly let you know if anything is put together.  Sign up for our newsletter and we’ll keep you well informed.

We couldn’t be more thrilled for the success Ben (Macklemore) & Ryan have received from the release of ‘The Heist’ and we feel so proud to see them representing Seattle’s rich and amazing music / art scene. Here’s to them and hoping for much more success giving Seattle a fantastic spotlight!

Now go submit a video for BomBom! WHOA!!!!!!

The Teaching feat. on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis newest album ‘The Heist’

The Heist Album Cover

Bom Bom (feat. The Teaching) available on iTunes today!

Click here to take a listen to the track and/or download the Delux Edition of ‘The Heist’ in iTunes

The Teaching is back! We couldn’t be happier to be featured on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ newest album and for the success that’s been pouring in for them. As of Tuesday, October 9th, 2012, their first full-length album ‘The Heist’ went on sale across the country in both physical and digital form. Macklemore (Ben Haggerty) & Ryan Lewis were #1 on the bestseller list of iTunes for over 4 days and the Seattle Times even did a feature article HERE.

Back in September of 2011, Ryan Lewis reached out to the three of us after our good friend and local trumpeter Owuor Arunga recommended they get us in the studio for a track Ryan was working on.  He had us record for about 2 hours at Avast Studios in Greenwood on a looped and rough draft audio sample for Bom Bom. We had a fantastic time recording in the studio together again and we played with a particular fire and passion that night after not playing regularly together for some time. Ryan and Ben were found bobbing their heads to the grooves, harmonies and notes we interlaced and stretched out from their base track. Ryan was especially fun to work with as he dug deep with each of us in the studio crafting the exact emotions, builds and texture he would need for his studio wizardry.  It was really fun to see these guys getting into our music and giving us mad props after the session was over.

The result of Ryan’s work on Bom Bom is truly stellar. You hear the essence of The Teaching all over the track, but you also hear Ryan’s incredible remix of what we do live and spun out as this tapestry of beautiful interwoven sounds. He especially seemed to enjoy my lush beds of piano trills and poly-rhythmic playing seeing how they were mixed and featured throughout the song. Amidst the layers of piano are moments where you swear you hear a Samba marching band led by Jeremy Jones and wisps of a classical bass solo and drops by Evan Flory-Barnes. It’s a magical sounding track that really takes the listener on a cinematic journey. With Ben absent from the track it is also the only instrumental song featured on the album, which for us is a huge compliment to say that song could stand on it’s own without a the full production.

So, little did we know last year that Macklemore was actually a local rapper on the WAY up with Ryan Lewis. And now…I suspect we’ll be seeing Macklemore on SNL, David Letterman, and the like. These homegrown musicians are already touring the world and selling out nearly every venue they play…this is nothing short of amazing and we’re so proud of their hard work in representing the incredible Seattle talent, the beauty of our city, featuring numerous local musicians on the album and putting out an extremely high-quality music product.

We had a fantastic time working with Ryan & Ben and applaud the success on a fantastic album, and sincerely look forward to collaborating with them in the future. These are great guys, working independently without a label, going against the odds and showing it still can be done in the music business. Bravo cat! Bra-WHOA!

-Josh