last week, Juan came aboard as our true tech guy. he’s helped find and address the bugs during our BETA testing phase, and is getting us ready for our app store launch tomorrow. woah… tomorrow. he’s a quiet guy, mostly, but he has these one-liners that you’re not ever sure if you actually heard correctly, because Juan isn’t supposed to join us in troll-dom, at least not yet. but alas, we managed to find juan more. (HAHA the juan/one jokes have not stopped since we found him).
on Saturday, Juan mentioned that his wife would be coming over. he didn’t give much background information, just that she is a pop sensation in Kazakhstan, and her name is Altynay. we didn’t know what to expect, I guess, but when the bubbly, beautiful little thang walked in, all eyebrows shot straight up. 25 years old, she came to American on vacation, and Juan swept her off her feet. that’s the short version. they tease each other and she laughs, a melodic, infectious tune. she spoke to us about how much she loves the idea of Linute, and cannot wait for the download. we got to talking about her singing career, and she suggested to me that we collaborate on a song for Linute– I write, she sings. I’ve written raps about my friends before, and parodies of pop songs, so yeah why not give this a shot.
I think Naasik was most excited about all of this, having such a love for music himself. the first time I met Naas, we were at the Cave and he made this crazy claim about being a phenomenal beatboxer. listen, everyone has that friend who claims beatboxing skills that are barely there, just like everyone from suburbia has that rapper friend back home, who never actually left home. we all tend to treat such claims with skepticism. then he threw down a beat. long story short, Naas is a phenomenal beatboxer. swagger on a hunnit, with a clean fade to match.
Altynay announced that she was hungry for burgers, I was beyond ready for bed, and Naas had finals to prep (he’s just a wee lad, 19 years young!), so we all piled into Andi’s two-door Honda something. Andi and Juan took the front. Naas, Altynay and I shoved ourselves in the back. what happened next is the quickest, shortest living example of the beauty of collaboration that I have witnessed to date. Naasik began beatboxing, some fancy stuff to start us off, falling seamlessly into a smooth rhythm. Altynay listened for a few seconds and jumped in with a Nicki Minaj verse from Super Bass. the rest of us fell silent, I was in complete awe. I have only an excerpt, because I had just enough time to open Snapchat, but it’s a long enough clip to a) hear my gasp at the end when I couldn’t figure out if Nicki had in fact gotten in the car with us and b) become as mesmerized by the pleasure of sound yourself, despite the horrendous quality of said video.
when the verse ended, Altnay’s laughter bounced around the car’s interior and I couldn’t help but scream. it was too much for me to iron out my emotions, so I just shrieked until I no longer felt overwhelmed.
as I waited for the train, I couldn’t stop smiling. it’s not just the sound that amazed me, it’s the collaboration between two people who had not known the other existed until a mere two hours ago. I have always valued the concept of creating with others, mainly because it opens your mind to things you might have missed if solo. working on Linute has holistically strengthened my appreciation for collaboration, and moments like these touch me to my core. the meshing of talent to make singly attractive things exponentially more beautiful as one– that’s what it’s all about. I have never been more excited to see where this adventure takes us.