Ashes to Empire

Ashes to Empire

Combining 3 of my favorite things, the video for my band Ashes to Empire features my 1978 Saab 99 Turbo, footage shot in 2008 while on a drive between Redding and Santa Rosa with my 3 kids. Of all the cars I’ve owned in my life, the 99 Turbo is the one I would love to have back. There’s just no match for the raw feel and character of that car.

There is the 1982 Saab 900 that was just an awesome little car. It’s only shortfall was that it was non-turbo and it would have been nice to have a sunroof. That was the one that had to be sacrificed to make my wife okay with adding the 99 Turbo to the collection (keep in mind I also already had the 2001 Saab Viggen at the time).

My old Saabs have played prominently in my efforts to keep my musical efforts going all these years, traveling to the various shows and recording sessions, and also as the perfect place to review drafts of songs while zoning out on a long drive. I’m hoping the first Ashes to Empire release will make it out in early 2014.

Learn more about the music of Ashes to Empire official website.

Ashes to Empire

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Phenom’s Saab 900 SE inspires “900″

This post is by Saablime guest blogger Tyler Allen Hoss, aka “Phenom”. Phenom’s recent purchase of a 1998 Saab 900 SE Turbo inspired him to write the song featured in this video. Check out the video and then read the story behind the music.

PhenomI’m an 18 year old kid from Southern Connecticut who goes by the name Phenom. I’m a true artist who believes in hard work and that if you can dream it you can do it.

I’ve been rapping now for about four years (basically all through high school) and in that time I have gotten my song on the radio, gathered a fanbase thousands strong (www.facebook.com/officialphenom) along the shoreline, and opened for artists such as Mac Miller, Chris Webby,.Curren$y, Machine Gun Kelly (MGK), Mike Posner and many others.

Phenom and his 1998 Saab 900 SE Turbo

Recently I released my second music video on YouTube for the first single off my latest project titled “Murphys Law” which has been released on Christmas. The Song in this video was going to be “900″.

The story behind the 900 was that over the summer I turned 18 and finally saved up enough money to buy my own car. After weeks of Craigslist searching I finally found one car that caught my eye. It was a 1998 Saab 900 SE Turbo with heated leather seats and woodgrain dash. The owner was a simple man who was also a Saab mechanic. The Saab was listed on Kelley Blue Book for $2,800 and he was only asking $1,500, after reviewing the car’s outside and interior I went for the test drive. The minute I felt the turbo kick in I fell in love. I ended up buying the car that day.

As I cleaned, waxed, and detailed my new Saab I started jotting down lyrics about the car. In a few short days I had my own personal theme song for whenever I drive. It features everything from funny details to driving statistics. It is my artistic expression of the tool that gets me from A to B everyday in a stylish way. The song itself features a

production by MJ beats recording by John Cinque from Its Magic Studios and videography done by Squires Entertainment.

Rapper PhenomThis has been my dream for the last four years. To do these videos, get on these big name sites, and to see my name on peoples playlists. My whole fanbase and team has now gotten a name: The Dreamers. Everybody living their dream in some way little or big is a dreamer. Help me live mine by supporting and sharing this video, following me on Twitter @ThatDudePhenomand by downloading this song and the discovering the rest on my free album which you can get here http://www.datpiff.com/Phenom-Murphys-Law-mixtape.433949.html.

Thank you for the time and allowing me to express how much I do truly love my Saab.

Phenom's 1998 Saab 900 SE Turbo

The Saab that started it all: Phenom's 1998 Saab 900 SE Turbo