emilio basa

emilio basa

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

“…when this man sings, his voice hits your heart almost before your ears have time to hear the music.” – The South End

Biography

Emilio Basa, an original solo singer/songwriter from the suburbs of Detroit, is a mixture of urban folk, R&B, alternative, and rock. His sound has been compared to that of Jeff Buckley, Tracy Chapman, and the Counting Crows. His mission is to continually keep his edgy sound yet popular.
Emilio was raised in the northern Detroit suburbs of Troy, where he was classically trained in piano, violin, and voice at a Christian school. After years of performing classical music, he wanted to perform more popular songs that he heard on the radio. Unfortunately due to the stern rules of his school, he was never allowed to listen to any other musical style besides the classical.
When he graduated high school, Emilio moved to Ohio to attend a private university where he studied Marketing and Theology. He also took this opportunity to learn more about music. He soaked up every piece of music he could get his hands on. The music of Dave Matthews, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, Counting Crows, D'Angelo, U2, and other great artists consumed his life. It was at this time, Emilio learned to appreciate and see the beauty in all music. He learned how to play guitar, write poetry, and develop his voice by joining a southern gospel choir.
After graduating, Emilio took his material and began performing at several open mics around Detroit. Through open mics he was able to perfect his stage performance by incorporating improvisational song writing and an unleashed passion in his playing. Soon he was captivating his audience with emotionally driven shows and a voice that ranged from a soft whisper to a subtle scream.
Emilio is finishing up his first full length CD with his band, Resident Alien. The self-entitled CD will be finished by late summer 2006. The band will continue to perform in the Detroit area. By early fall 2006, Emilio will start recording his second solo album entitled Poor Boy. He is currently booking shows in Chicago, Nashville, Cleveland, and New York to reach new audiences to promote his music and albums.
With all the new terms being thrown around, it is hard to hold Emilio to a specific style. One thing you can call it is a style all his own. It is his inter-most desires and thoughts put into music. It is his experiences written into words. It is almost as if you have no choice, but to get drawn in. His music is inviting, raw, exposed and he holds nothing back.

Lyrics

Obsession

Written By: Emilio Basa

You’re in my head when I wake
You’re in my head all damn day
And when I lay down to sleep
You’re the only one
You’re the only one that I dream

Cause I watch every step when you walk
I love the way you talk
You’re in my every waking thought
I have a little confession
You’re more than my crush you’re my damn obsession
You’re my damn obsession
You’re my damn obsession

I’m in my bed staring at the ceiling
Trying to decipher what is this exactly that I’m feeling
Why am I such a mess why do I obsess
I ask myself why do you drive me so wild

Cause I watch every step when you walk
I love the way you talk
You’re in my every waking thought
I have a little confession
You’re more than my crush you’re my damn obsession
You’re my damn obsession
You’re my damn obsession

This is getting way out of hand you with your trance
Oh it’s lust it’s envy it’s need it’s jealousy
It’s hate and love it’s all the above

Cause I watch every step when you walk
I love the way you talk
You’re in my every waking thought
I have a little confession
You’re more than my crush you’re my damn obsession
You’re my damn obsession
You’re my damn obsession

Got to get you out of my mind
Got to get the thought of you out of my mind
I’m such a fool such a fool I’m such a fool
I’ve fallen in love with you

Cause I watch every step when you walk
I love the way you talk
You’re in my every waking thought
I have a little confession
You’re more than my crush you’re my damn obsession
You’re my damn obsession
You’re my damn obsession

Emilio Basa © 2004

Top of the World

Written By: Emilio Basa

Cigarette ashes and coffee stained tables led me to your heart
As tiny dancers go dancing after dark
Watch rain fall down through foggy glass
Wish these times would never pass

And we shared a darkles moon
And we shared each others stories
We fell into us and we stayed after dark
We stayed here after dark

And we talked and we talked until the light showed its face
And we smoked and we smoked until we filled the space
And we were on top of the world
Yes we were on top of the world

No I won’t lie nor will I drag you down
But time is of the essence
Time is what we need right now
You can have your time
You can have the rest
I need to get this off my chest

And we shared a darkles moon
And we shared each others stories
We fell into us and we stayed after dark
We stayed here after dark

And we talked and we talked until the light showed its face
And we smoked and we smoked until we filled the space
And we were on top of the world
Yes we were on top of the world

Emilio Basa Copyright 2004

Euphoria

Written By: Emilio Basa

I don’t know where I’m going
All I know is I’m after you
I’ll chase you down the sands of time
I’ll climb the highest point of no return

She makes me fall to my feet
She makes me weak I cannot speak
Take me to

Euphoria
Euphoria

I can’t seem to hide anything from your eyes
I’m twisted I’m turning
For you I’m burning
You strip me down to the core

She makes me fall to my feet
She makes me weak I cannot speak
Take me to

Euphoria
Euphoria

You’re amazing so amazing
Oh Lord the things you do

Discography

Fade - 2004 EP
Emilio Basa - 2000-2003 Compilation LP
Emilio Basa - Sweet Memories LP (in progress)
Resident Alien - Euphoria EP
Resident Alien - Resident Alien LP (in progress)
Emilio Basa - Poor Boy LP (in progress)

Set List

1. Obsession 2. Euphoria 3. Another Fine Valentine 4. Gloria 5. Testify 6. You're the One 7. Top of the World 8. Tomorrow Always Dies 9. Michelle

I can perform up to 2 sets (45 minutes a piece)
I rarely do covers and if I do I perform Alice in Chains (Nutshell), some Radiohead and Coldplay