Watching the live video of “One Lonely Heart” at the OpenAir festival, I noticed the amazing response that the crowd gave as I waved the Swiss flag. Knowing that I would be returning to Geneva shortly thereafter, I wrote the lyrics to this record to memorialize the aspirational dream of having enough money stacked that I would need several back accounts in different countries! Zurich serves as an incredible setting for the video – an account of a trip motivated by the ambition of a serial entrepreneur. The response in Switzerland and Germany has been incredible and “Swiss Francs” has become one of my favorite records to perform.
The Ritz and Crillon Hotels in Paris, the Armani Club and Bulgari Hotel in Milan – all stops on a whirlwind trip that inspired this song and resulted in this video. When the concept for this song came to me, I immediately googled “Dress You To Undress You” to see whether there were other songs with the same title or concept in the universe and was surprised to see the void that my song would fill. Sitting at a cafe in Paris, I heard the song which provides the foundation for the beat: “Pretty Bird” by Sharon Terea Robinson. The romance of the city underscored by the lush recording conjured memories of Helmut Newton-esque moments that I wove into my own fantastic sonic tapestry. The result is here – immortalized on record and film.
I remember asking a very reliable source exactly what she did to dip out of conversations with people who just “weren’t fresh enough.” She responded saying “I just ask for a 5 minute freshen up (as in a quick run to the ladies’ room) and never come back.” I immediately knew that was a great song concept for ‘Les Is More’ with the video set in Brian de Palma’s “Scarface” Miami. I had a blast creating both song and video and was able to find an outlet in the third verse to let off some steam about being sued for $1MM.
I remember making this record just as 2011 was coming to a close. I reflected on all of the people that were there at the top of the year who, for whatever reason, had moved on with their lives. Looking in the mirror, I took stock of those that remained, and I vowed that I would clear away those that were harmful and cherish those that were healthy to my growth as a person. This video is a celebration of that progress. Set in Vegas, the emptiness of material luxury contrasts the majestic power of a relationship whose worth exceeds the value of all physical goods.
I wrote “Beautiful Lie” about a real-life scenario that proved to be a mirage. The backdrop was Paris and the beauty of the image was intoxicating. Though I knew that inevitably our disparate worlds would collide and destroy the foundation we’d built, I firmly believed in the magic of the moments that were blissful and passionately fought to preserve them. This song and video are an ode to the best of those times and, ironically, depict my current truth.
In 2010, I had the honor of touring as the opening act for Ne-yo in a few European cities. Though I had a base in those cities, Ne-yo’s audience at the time was 10x the size of my own. The challenge therefore, was to give an incredible live show that would captivate audiences that filled venues much larger than the 3-4K seaters in which I was accustomed to performing. This video presents some of the most exciting moments of that tour and also visually narrates many of the challenges I faced at that moment in my career.