Laurel Canyon – Nicholas Gillespie, 26, and Serg Cereja, 22 – met two years ago through a mutual friend in their hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania. After connecting over a shared interest in Arthur Rimbaud, the duo began to rehearse rock ‘n’ roll standards in Serg’s garage. By October 2020, Nick and Serg began composing original songs together, the first of which, “Two Times Emptiness,” will be released May 1, 2021 on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, YouTube and SoundCloud. Gillespie and Cereja found a new power in their individual craftsmanship through collaboration, both contributing equally to the music and the lyrics, eye-to-eye, line-for-line, creating a song neither felt they could have written alone.
After breaking the ice with the first completely co-written song, they quickly found themselves with more than an album’s worth of material. This unique experience spurred them on to professionally record that first song that had opened the doors. With the help of New York based producer, Craig Almquist, the duo managed to have it recorded in one day, mixed and mastered only four months after they had written it in the fall of 2020. This debut single, an upbeat tribute to the “femme fatale,” was recorded in February 2021 by Ayad Al Adhamy and Craig Almquist at Diamond City Studio in Brooklyn, NY. After the debut single’s release the first of May, their follow up single, “Enemy Lines,” which was recorded in March, is set for release early this summer.