Hear Russell E.L. Butler’s Life-Affirming, Ghost Ship-Inspired New Single

The Oakland producer shares a brief meditation and announces a new EP, I’m Dropping Out Of Life.

January 16, 2017

Modeling for some exhibitions photos at work today. Had to take advantage of that good light 🔦

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Russell E.L. Butler has been a fixture on the Oakland experimental music scene for years, starting out with goth-inspired acid tracks as Black Jeans and moving into reflective house and techno. He was also a good friend of Cherushii, Nackt, and others who lost their lives in the fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse fire.

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Butler was at the show that night, and his eerie, four-on-the-floor single, "I'm Dropping Out of Life," comes accompanied with a short reflection on how he's processed his experience in the aftermath of the tragedy:

"The title has been on my mind a lot, since I almost lost my life in the Ghost Ship fire and watched as many of my friends lost their's. I came up with the title several months ago, in fact 2 of the tracks were shopped in a producer's group that Johnny (Nackt) and Chelsea (Cherushii) were a part of, both of whom I lost in the fire.

This release is about a commitment to life. The life that I refer to dropping out of, is a life where dreams are put on hold, where concessions are made in order to just survive. But that comes at a cost, one that is far too great for me to pay at this point."

The song is the title track from a forthcoming EP from Butler, I'm Dropping Out of Life, due out January 30. Check out details, pre-order, and read a poem from Butler here.

Hear Russell E.L. Butler’s Life-Affirming, Ghost Ship-Inspired New Single