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 onΒ 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.Β  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.Β  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!


10 Replies to “The Teaching feat. on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis newest album ‘The Heist’”

  1. Been following macklemore since 2008 when he met Ryan on MySpace. Made a huge impact on my life and bom bom is one of my new favorite tracks and I’m glad it lead me to the teaching! Cheers from east Lansing mi

  2. Hey Nick,

    Thanks for checking out our website and digging our track on Macklemore’s newest album! We’re crossing our fingers that he gives us a call sometime to be his live backing band on some shows down the road. We’ll see what the future holds!

    That’s awesome you’ve been a loyal fan of his for so long – I know he’s stoked for every single person who supports and listens to his music. He’s a great dude and we’re just so hyped his music is reaching so many people and leaving such a positive impression on them.

    Thanks again for checking us out. If you dig Bom Bom you should peep some of our recent albums on Thanks for listening and hope to see you at a show sometime.


  3. Sweet article Josh (and gang!) – congrats on your success too!! Macklemore& Ryan Lewis are going places, and so awesome to feature you guys on such a killer track!!

  4. I was reluctant to get this album, I took a chance and now I can’t stop listening. My favorite track has to be Bom Bom. This is a true musical piece, for true artists. You guys did a great job in the album. I have a request on finding the piano arrangement for Bom Bom because I wanted to learn how to play it. My email is on top, and again you guys keep doing what you guys are doing and great things will happen.

  5. Thanks Stephen for the shout out. So glad you dig our sound! We really appreciate your kind words and enjoyed reading your experience of our performance on the track. Ryan Lewis was the mastermind behind orchestrating the final track you hear on the album, but he certainly was bobbing his head in agreement with the stuff we were jamming on in the studio…him and Ben both πŸ˜‰

    As for the piano arrangement — I’ve emailed Ben & Ryan about putting some piano music together (which I’d happily do), but I’m waiting to hear back from them. If you’re really itching to find out what chords I was playing on the piano or something – I might be able to jot something down for ya πŸ˜‰

    All the best – and thanks for your support!

  6. I can’t stop listening to the track “Bombom!” I like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, but to be honest, the reason I bought The Heist is because of you!!!! I love the piano arrangement!!! I am so happy to discover you!!! More power! πŸ™‚

  7. Wow – thanks so much for digging the track and our music. We’re super stoked with how well everything turned out – not to mention how people have come up or emailed us about how moved they were from listening to ‘Bom Bom’. We had no idea how it was going to work out when we entered the studio that night over a year ago, or if the track was even going to make it on the album. Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine we’d get the ONLY instrumental feature on the entire CD. And now we get the recent news that the album went Gold! Wow. It’s pretty amazing and we’re thrilled to have been invited to be a part of this whole crazy adventure. Thanks again for digging our music and we hope to see you at a live show sometime! Cheers! -Josh

  8. BomBom samples a piano piece I here on our local public radio, but I can’t figure which one it is? Can you help?

  9. It’s no sample my friend. I wrote the piano part you hear. It might sound like something that certainly exists though – I won’t refute that πŸ˜‰

    I’d be curious to know what the piano part sounds like. Ryan Lewis asked for something that sounded like ‘Nina Simone’s – Sinnerman’ when we recorded the song in the studio.

    Thanks for the message!


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