painting by Ricky Schaede (rickyschaede.com)
We had been recording for almost 10 hours, my hands were in pain, I could no longer talk properly let alone sing. We had given it our all. This record is far from perfect, but I gave everything I had to every song, and if Satan himself had entered the studio and tried to stop us, I would have beaten him to death, or perhaps strangled him with a patch cord. This record could have only been made by the alliance of myself and two of my best buds, Hank Van Harten and Ryan Masters, a small and noble band, which somehow play great together without practicing.
The acoustic tracks on PLAA were recorded by Hank in Crazy Vaze studios. I then took them to the Deep Space Cowboy junkie known as Peter Dasilva, the genius who helped me make The Visible Spectrum and the man who did most of the work on The Auras EP and EP2, to add the psychedelia and shoegaze elements.
I’d like to give a special mention to the track ‘Those who sit in Darkness’. This piece, a 12 minute improvisation, had never been played in any part until the tape was rolling. I gave barely any instruction as to what I wanted to happen, I think I said “You know what to do.” To Ryan, and nothing to Hank, and what I got was of greater artistic weight to me, than anything I could have imagined it to be. The intensity of that recording session haunts my memory, for at the time it was simply hard work. looking back, the air was thick with urgency. all three of us played with reckless abandon, we were certainly all battling something together, and what we created is, to me, truly honest and beautiful.
double disk psychedelic epic.
In march of 2013 I released my first solo effort, it was released as a double disk known as SOUNDS AROUND: The Visible Spectrum. clocking in at one hour and forty five minutes in length, it was quite the ambitious assignment, however It flowered very easily from my mind. The record was made over the course of 2012, done almost entirely by myself and my master mind associate Peter Dasilva, you will know him from Deep Space Cowboys, and of course The Auras. I would take the bus early in the morn, and go down to Pete’s house, I would ring the bell, his parents would answer. I would then proceed into his room and wake him up, he would go get some coffee and I would begin pacing around the studio. Me and Pete work very well together, we accept each other’s ways. I pace around the room like a lunatic and dictate what I want, he crafts the sound and offers his unique perspectives, and when he has a crazy idea he wants to implement, I pretty much always say yes. We did one track every week for seventeen consecutive weeks. I then took a month to journey through Guatemala, December 2012. It was during this time that Pete mastered the record. It is hard to believe still how easily all this music came out of us, not a single track was left behind. This record was inspired by my partner Krysteen Perkins, she had recently become a Kundalini Dance facilitator, a form of ecstatic dance which travels through the chakra system of the human body, The Visible Spectrum was created to go alongside this ceremonial journey. It has proved quite powerful for the people who have danced through the record.
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