What many people do not know (but could probably guess) is that we made our album "Of Angels" ourselves. When we say "ourselves" we mean, it was written, recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered by us. We believe first and foremost that creative freedom is very important to us. Because of this we have chosen to, for the most part, go DIY. We would be open to possible recording or distribution options in the future granted they allowed us to make the music we want to make. There seems to be a trend among even "smaller" labels to force bands into a box whether it be by stifling their songwriting process or shoving them through a generic production and recording process. We do not claim to have mastered any of these art forms (obviously) but we do intend to hold true to who we are by any means necessary.
"Of Angels" began to take shape in the summer of 2014. We were all attending college together and had little to no practice time available, We predominantly met between the hours of 11pm-2am on Fridays at a local coffee shop who's owner is a dear friend of ours. During the months of May through July, the majority of what would become "Of Angels" was written.
We pooled our resources and purchased the equipment necessary to record our work:
Mics Presonus 1818VSL Cables Protools Headphones etc.
In August of that same year we began to record drums. We had one week before school started back and still limited time each day. From Monday-Thursday between 11pm-6am we laid down the drum recordings. It was a particularly hard ordeal on Zeke our drummer. Because we had little experience with Protools and a very short time bracket, he was forced to record without a click track or overdubs. Every drum performance heard on "Of Angels" is an uninterrupted, one-take recording. Over the course of the following 4 months we tracked guitars, bass, keyboards, and vocals on weekends that were free for us. Each of us had experience in some capacity with recording but never on this level.
The mixing and mastering phase was easily the most difficult. As anyone who has ever done it before knows, they are each separate arts unto themselves. We knew this is where our greatest weakness was and therefor took the most time with it. The album was mixed from January-April of 2015 along with various re-recordings of guitars, midi, and vocals. The final product was released on our bandcamp page the very week a year after after we began the initial recordings.
It was a hard process, something very few artists do. We're not the first and won't be the last either. The joy of making something artistic completely on your own is a wonder feeling that most people never get to experience. We would encourage all of our fans to seek the same kind of fulfillment in whatever they do. True genuine art is a rare thing, and it's something we strive for. We hope to share the experience with you all and look forward to many more adventures.