Barely Legal “My Ex’s Favorite Show” with Speak Easy

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Dre of Barely Legal discusses their collaboration with Speak Easy, blending live instruments with their melodic hip-hop. Discover how this partnership pushed artistic boundaries, creating an immersive experience for fans.

With their latest EP, “Good Luck with That,” Barely Legal aimed to create a multi-dimensional experience for their fans, one that transcends mere music and delves deep into the realms of emotion and artistry. Their collaboration with live band Speak Easy for their event “My Ex’s Favorite Show,” represented a bold step forward in their artistic journey. Dre, part of the BL collective spoke to us about the inspiration behind the show and its significance for their forthcoming music endeavors.

Crafting an Emotional Landscape

“When we envision an album/EP, we always want to create a ‘world’ where the music is the centerpiece,” Dre explains. “So that includes merch, promo, and OF COURSE a show.” Drawing inspiration from personal experiences, particularly a tumultuous breakup, the EP is a melodic journey through heartbreak and resilience. The title of their show, “My Ex’s Favorite Show,” was a cheeky nod to Dre’s own romantic misadventures. “I even invited her to the show… she didn’t come, of course,” he laughs. Recognizing the need for a fresh approach to match the EP’s vibe, Dre and the crew opted for a laid-back, smooth setting accompanied by a live band. Speak Easy was the missing puzzle piece they were searching for.

“Speak Easy is one of the most talented bands in the city,” Dre praises. “They understand music so well that all they needed to do was listen to the song maybe two or three times before they knew the composition of it with live instruments.” Transitioning from their usual high-energy setup to a more subdued ambiance was a unique experience for Barely Legal. “The only part that was different was that we were sitting down,” Dre recalls. “There were so many times where I had to remind myself to sit down and not stand up or take my shirt off. I think that was a big challenge.”

Sparks in the Air

Reflecting on a particularly magical moment during rehearsals, Dre recounts the first time they played “Bestfriend,” a yet-to-be-released track. “Speak Easy automatically loved it,” he reminisces. “When we rehearsed it for the second time, it literally felt like there were sparks in the air. Everybody was smiling, looking at each other, laughing, singing together in someone’s bedroom. And that feeling is new to me, maybe not to them, but it was special for me, of course.”

Collaborating with Speak Easy has not only expanded Barely Legal’s sonic horizons but also challenged their artistic boundaries. “I think working with the live band kind of established that we can do it all,” Dre asserts. “Barely Legal’s number one goal and message is to be as diverse and different as possible. We don’t ever want to fit into one thing.” This commitment to innovation and evolution extends beyond the music itself, permeating every aspect of their performance.

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