Synchronicity has proven a key component in this musical path. From the beginning stages of music development, to the earliest live settings at community centers and high school gymnasiums, to the first road trips, and to the first of many empty bar rooms; synchronicity has cut the switches and branches that occult this path.
In the early days of the millennium there was a drive that was hard to divert any focus from. Juggling two instruments equally until dropping one completely and beginning to understand the artistic side of this so called “hobby” made the first tracks on this path. With a Berklee acceptance letter in hand and two local bands going, the journey’s outline started to reveal itself.
Over the next few years, the idea of college was thrown out, the drum sticks were put away, and a guitar, backed by a vision and some high hopes, took the front seat. By the year 2007, the bags were packed.
Thy Will Be Done.
Onward…out of the mountains and into the city. A run down warehouse with little heat, no clean drinking water or shower, and a substantial mouse/rat population doesn’t define the ideal living quarters, but natural instinct to decorate this temporary dwelling set in. With plenty of instruments in house and little to no sleep some nights due to rehearsing bands 24 hrs a day, artistic expression started to become more of an action than a term.
Sooner than later, the road became home; the road and an old conversion van that seemed to like to blow tires and burn out axels. The shows got bigger, the crowds got bigger, the bar rooms filled up, and the paycheck just put gas in the tank. Naturally, of course, synchronicity continued to guide every move whether it was known at the time or not. From the first tour, to the first MTV appearance, to the first radio airplay, to the first tour overseas, to the first endorsements, and so on and so forth.
Skills were honed, performing became second nature, and the liver was abused. Emotions fluctuated on a daily basis both collectively and independently. Friends were made, friends were lost, and injuries and illnesses didn’t cease one bit. However, one thing was for sure; that half hour on stage made it all seem acceptable.
The United States, Europe, England, Canada, and Japan to name a few became home away from home anywhere from just a couple weeks to upwards of 2 months at a time. Writing music began to have a formula, an overall end result, and even an intended audience at times. This was an occurrence that seemed to deteriorate the love of the craft. Countless shows with the likes of Metallica and Lamb of God, to tours with Devildriver, Trivium, and Fear Factory, to the endless miles and hours away from home ushered in synchronicity once again.
Three records, and one still yet to be released; the bags were packed yet again in early 2014.
The Rebirth, Aggressive Dogs
To all of the sudden become lost on a path can be a fearful thing. Regaining your footing may seem impossible and panic can set in. When that clear path on which you traversed for so long, once again, becomes rampant with obstacles and obscuring limits, it can be rather easy to give up. This is where synchronicity fully revealed itself.
Over the past three years the path has been revealed once again through synchronicity and positivity. Japan has become a second home. Writing music has once again become a mysterious process of suspense and excitement. The artistic expression has now become the only reason for doing this work. Tour has become a time to expand on mind, body, and spirit. It’s become more about being inspired by surroundings, life, and teachings. Skills are honed even further as well as new skills acquired. The lessons from the past reflect decisions made in future.
Focus not on a plan, but on the path, express yourself through art and imagination, be good and let synchronicity take the reigns.