guru boy

  • Duration: 3 minutes 31 seconds
  • BPM: 160
  • Key: Cm

guru boy is part one of The guru boy Saga, and the first single in #pinkfridays vol. I.

It’s the beginning of a story of admiration, deceit, murder, and revenge.

We’re introduced to guru boy for the first time, from the point of view of someone just deciding to become his follower.

Will this guru in the hills of LA come through on his promise of a departure to another dimension? Or will he have to face the consequences of failure in the hands of his followers?

Welcome to The guru boy Saga.

Songwriting

Lyrics

Pirates in the hills
You know we’re trying to get away
From all the shit you taught us
I don’t even know
If I remember what you said
When you were going for it
Pirates in the hills
You know we’re trying to get away
From all the shit you taught us
I don’t even know
If I remember what you said
But you were wrong

Stuck in fuckin’ traffic
Radio and latte
Some guru says I’m not awake
I wait I wait I wait I wait no
Flip a u-e, bitch I’m through
Sittin’ in a palace
Waiting for the man it’s
Prolly just a bloody game
I wait I wait I wait I wait yeah
Guru boy you better be good

Tell me your secret
Are you a prophet?
How is this not a fraud?
Okay, you got it
Say I believe it
When are we moving on?
Day in and day out
Closer to countdown
Sleeping underground
Now any minute
We’re leaving, we made it
This is the final call

Pirates in the hills
You know we’re trying to get away
From all the shit you taught us
I don’t even know
If I remember what you said
When you were going for it
Pirates in the hills
You know we’re trying to get away
From all the shit you taught us
I don’t even know
If I remember what you said
But you were wrong

Waking from a death wish
Double check the spaceship
Everything looks the same
It’s fake, it’s fake, the game is fake yeah
Guru boy we’re coming for you
Maybe you deserve it
Preying on the youngins
Now you’re going up in flames
You say, you say, you say, you say no

Keep quiet
Watch him burn
Keep quiet
Watch him burn
Why would I stand and wait in line?
I’ll never understand his fuckin’ plan
I’m just gonna sit and watch him burn
Guru boy, bye-bye

Pirates in the hills
You know we’re trying to get away
From all the shit you taught us
I don’t even know
If I remember what you said
When you were going for it
Pirates in the hills
You know we’re trying to get away
From all the shit you taught us
I don’t even know
If I remember what you said
But you were wrong

The hills of LA. Home to so many stories, films, and songs. The perfect setting for my guru boy character.

I first started writing this song as an exploration into new themes and stories, rather than solely writing from personal experience. I’d ventured into character and story-based writing in my first EP Hyperpop 1.0, in songs like Sally Peterson and Raindrops, but not to the extent that I did on guru boy.

I didn’t want to write it from the perspective of the guru, because it felt too direct. Much like the deceit guru’s cast around their followers, I wanted to make us get to know the guru from a distance. You’ll never truly get inside the guru’s world, because it’s never real… or is it?

I love exploring this themes, and seeing how human nature weakens in desperation. That’s why I start the first verse with a stressed out worker on his way to the job, stuck in traffic, with a 5 dollar latte from Starbucks and commercial radio in the background. Who wouldn’t want to believe a guru that tells them they’re living a lie? Who wouldn’t wanna turn the car right then and there and head towards the guru’s compound? Most of us would fantasize about it, but to get to live it through from the perspective of someone who actually does it is thrilling.

But then the doubt creeps in, right? Once you’re in the palace and time goes by, you start questioning the guru. Is he even real? Is is a fraud? When the fuck are we moving on to something better?

Now that we’ve run away from society and the path that’s been set for us. Now that we’ve believed your words, guru. Now that we’re right behind you. Now that we’re yours, when is the prophecy coming alive?

And so you can see how fun and easy it is to get carried into the followers’ train of thought. That’s what I felt when I finished writing the track. I was thirsty for more. So I decided I had more to say, and I would come back with part two in the future.

I hope you enjoy this world as much as I’m enjoying creating it. Find out more about it here.

By the way, what happened in the second verse and bridge? Is the guru boy still alive?

Production

This production was my first dive into electronic music production. My first EP Hyperpop 1.0 was written on acoustic guitar and produced by me, but in a much more traditional way.

guru boy started as a fun experiment, not intended to turn into a song I’d release. I wanted to try producing a beat, whatever that meant. I didn’t understand exactly what parts or structure I needed to create. You see, everything I’d done until that point had been singer-songwriter or band oriented. I decided to jump off the cliff and hopefully figure out how to fly before I hit the ground.

The verses you hear were originally the chorus. I wrote and produced the new chorus after I came up with the story behind the song and figured out the arrangement needed a higher intensity section.

This is also my first ever song to start with the chorus. It all felt really new and exciting to me.

The last part I produced was the bridge. It’s basically a distorted bassline and a crazy hi hat pattern. Also a challenging exploration into vocal production and arrangement—a theme that would become one of my main focus points for #pinkfridays vol. I.

Can you figure out if this part is a synth or a super processed vocal? Leave me a comment on the video ?

Video

As I explain in my About page, I made all the videos for my first EP by myself, with Marta’s help for filming.

I really wanted to try something new to start off the new #pinkfridays project, so I gave my friend David Olariaga a call. He’s a writer and director here in Spain, and he makes amazing music videos.

He and I studied at the same school, and I’d been following his work since he founded his video production company Alabama with a couple of his colleagues.

We got together for a coffee in Gros and he had a script going in no time.

We’ll work together again in the future, I’m sure. I might even have an idea in mind…

But before that, here’s a behind the scenes look at the guru boy video shoot. Fun fact: we recorded the video on my 26th birthday, and the first scene we shot was me in the water at 7am—an unforgettable day ?

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