Singer/Songwriter/Actor Lukas Haas will release his debut EP on September 30th, 2008 with Pulse Recording. The self-titled EP, to be sold online, was produced by Tim Anderson of Ima Robot. The song “We’re All the Same” will be offered as part of a free promotion on Amazon.com from October 21st – 27th. A full album is due out in early 2009 and features collaborations and guest appearances from artists such as Ben Harper, Chris Cester (Jet) and Blake Sennett (Rilo Kiley).
Haas’ music is defined by lush melodies and orchestral elements that draw upon his influences that include the Beatles, who his father introduced him to as a child. While many know Lukas as an award-winning actor, he is also building a faithful following for his music after a series of shows in NY and LA. The EP will feature 4 original songs, including “Kemp”, “We’re All the Same”, “Feel” and “My Shooting Star”.
Haas sees each song as a narrative or mini-movie drawing on “scenes” from his own life. “Kemp” tells the story of a chance meeting with a girl who he says “in a moment struck him” inspiring him to write a song about the one innocent night they shared. “My Shooting Star,” Haas explains, “is about getting older, looking back on life and then looking forward…it’s a hopeful song that encompasses my past.”
Haas is an award-winning actor who has starred on Broadway, in films and on television working with such directors as Steven Spielberg (Amazing Stories), Peter Weir (Witness), Mike Nichols (Waiting for Godot), Tim Burton (Mars Attacks!), Woody Allen (Everyone Says I Love You), Gus Van Zant (Last Days) and Rian Johnson (Brick). He regularly plays music in both his own and others’ films such as “Gus Van Sant’s Last Days”, David Arquette’s horror satire, “The Tripper”, “Breakfast of Champions” and in Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental documentary “The Eleventh Hour.”
“Playing music is when I’m most myself,” says Haas. “I’m not acting. I’m talking about my loves, my losses, experiences that have affected me, and the things that are most important to me.”
Haas received his first drum set when he was 10, a keyboard at 11 and was writing his own music before he was 18. After moving from Austin, TX to Los Angeles, he played in several bands eventually forming the band Bunny with director/musician Vincent Gallo. Since then, Haas has collaborated with a number of different artists. He has opened for Macy Gray and played piano on her albums. After befriending OutKast’s Andre Benjamin, Lukas appeared in the rap duo’s video for “Roses,” going on to perform with the group on Late Night with David Letterman and MTV’s Total Request Live.
Additionally, Lukas’s passion for raising awareness about environmental issues has connected him with Causecast, a powerful online social medium that connects nonprofits, leaders, celebrities and brands to those who want to make a positive impact on the world. Lukas will work closely with the newly launched website (www.causecast.org) on various promotions and events.
About Pulse Recording:
Pulse was founded by Josh Abraham, Jason Bernard and CFO Scott Adair as a multi-faceted entertainment company complete with a management unit, record label and a recording studio. The innovative one-stop new model music company expanded its management operation with the addition of noted music industry veteran Marc Pollack and longtime manager David Surnow. Pulse recently signed an exclusive distribution deal with Fontana, the independent distribution arm of Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company.
Causecast is a powerful online social medium that connects nonprofits, leaders, celebrities and brands to those who want to make a positive impact on the world. The site educates and entertains using original content and – most importantly – inspires people to get involved with the issues they want to support, in the ways they want to support them. Only on Causecast do media, social networking and philanthropy all converge in an unexpected and unparalleled way. Causecast helps make it easy for you to give back and make doing good your own. Causecast is also the only outlet that provides real-time daily coverage of cause-related news from around the world.
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The EP will be released 9/30/08 by Pulse Recording