I get asked all the time why the name “Kush”? Interviewers ask me if it is a euphemism for marijuana, or if it some sort of reference to the ancient civilization from Mesopotamia. Myspace musicians and pot enthusiasts the world over will add Kush as a friend thinking that I must share their love of the substance when I actually detest the stuff. The simple truth of the matter is that when I first started out and we needed a name for the live band, a good friend of mine named Keith Liu was really into gaming at the time and Kush was his game name. I instantly loved how the word sounded and felt in my mouth phonetically and asked him how he would feel about me naming the project after him (and the Asian Remix on Temptation Sessions was also inspired by and written for Keith). When he was enthusiastic about the idea, Kush was born. Sorry to all of those out there if the truth doesn’t live up to the mystique for you …..
~ Etric Lyons