Let Me Introduce You To The End
- Ryan Socash – lead vocals, guitar
- Matt Nelson – keys, vocals
- Wojtek Szupelak – guitars
- Graham Czach – basses, vocals
- Matt Nischan – drums, vocals
Inter-continental musical project, Let Me Introduce You To The End, has garnered worldwide attention for giving the most emotional performances in Poland. With their unique story and highly sentimental songs, LMIYTTE is fast becoming known for attracting teary-eyed fans to some of the most prestigious museums, theaters and venues in Europe and America.
Socash, an honors graduate of Columbia Chicago's Photography program, gained much of his professional inspiration when working as the assistant to the late William Russo (Stan Kenton Orchestra, London Jazz Orchestra, Ellington orchestra). In an interview with Richard Steele on NPR Chicago, Socash revealed that the source of his seriousness towards music and sometimes overwhelming attention to detail was instilled by Russo. Additionally, Socash worked as the producing director of The Chicago Jazz Ensemble, overseeing production for many events at venues such as Bird Land, New York; The Field Museum, Chicago; and Pabst Theater, Milwaukee. Having coordinated guest talents such as John Faddis, Lennie Niehaus, joe lovano and Buddy Defranco, Socash felt closer to the world of big band jazz and began to utilize jazz musicians in his own music. Following the death of Russo, Socash parted with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble.
Socash made a very spontaneous and emotional decision to donate all of his belongings to a homeless shelter and relocate permanently to Krakow, Poland, a city in which he had no roots. The exact reason for this decision still remains unknown, but on a New York radio interview, Socash mentioned that his fascination with Polish culture started when he noticed that Polish people have "big sensitive eyes.” In that same interview he declared that "America is a sick country obsessed with consumption" and that he "couldn't manage his lifestyle in America.” On 12 November 2008, both Gazeta Krakowska and Dzinnek Polskie published articles testifying that Socash took part in an intimate government ceremony and was honored with Polish citizenship the previous day -The Polish independence day. When questioned on Chicago’s Polski Radio as to why he sought the citizenship, Socash declined to comment.
Matthew Nelson, another participating musician, is a Chicago Jazz Pianist who resigned from a full scholarship to Columbia College Chicago in order to pursue his own artistic endeavors. Nelson co-wrote songs for hip hop artist, Lupe Fiasco; toured America's biggest venues; and recorded with the Grammy nominated Matthew Santos Band. Guitarist Wojtek Szupelak is a Jagiellonian University philologist of both the English and Polish languages. Drummer, Matt Nischan, is an occasional theater actor who primarily works both as a studio engineer and producer at Chicago’s Fullerton Studio. Web master and graphic designer, Travis Anderson is the editor of OPi8.com. He also co-edited Autopsyrotica by video director, Chad Michael Ward, and was the executive editor of Socash's photography book Times of Growing Grimmer.
Published in 2005, A Love of The Sea (AMC, Super D, Universal Music, Music Corner Records, Beatus) presented the group’s musically matured sound -necessary to attract a wider audience. The authoring of the record as a whole was approached with cinematic principles, with every song having a faithful relevance to the next. Listeners avowed that the work painted the bleak reality of one’s struggle for life and individuality when existing in a world of negativity. Having established global distribution agreements with multiple record labels in three countries and a fresh European line up, LMIYTTE made the jump to an international touring act.
Over the eighty-five performances in both The United States and Poland, LMIYTTE visited Krakow's legendary Klub Pod Jaszczurami, Alchemia, Sanok City Market Square, The Museum of Sopot, The Polish Maritime Museum in Gdansk, Radio PIK Bydgoszcz, The Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines, The Philadelphia Magic Gardens, University Settlement in New York City, Copernicus Foundation Theater in Chicago, The Blue Note in Poznan, The Double Door in Chicago, as well as two charity performances for Lanowa, a hospital for the mentally ill in Krakow. Promotional touring for A Love of the Sea concluded on Sunday, the 21of June, 2009 in Wroclaw to a grand audience. Fans from every region of Poland and even Germany attended, as well as some unexpected celebrities. This auspicious ending bodes good things to come.
In a blog on entry on letmeend.com Socash declared a temporary hibernation of LMIYTTE to organize a fresh lineup including Graham Czach, fresh multimedia show and completion of the new record, Of Ghost. In September 2008, Radio RYTM aired several demo recordings from Of Ghost and listeners on lastfm.com remarked on how the new songs resembled true growth and a new extreme musical maturity. On a Radio program in Poznan, Socash vowed that the premier of Of Ghost would happen in Poland first as a thank you for the country’s support. Moreover, he hinted at the possibility a non-commercial release method on the internet so that the art may be spread without limitation. However, the group will likely put out a collector CD version of the record on a major label.