The following was written Sept 30th, 2019:
I write this after a fantastic weekend of creating music with some old friends of mine. A group that continues to be inspiring and exciting to be around. Those friendships that never seem to fade and nothing seems to change even when it’s been years, this is what this group of friends is like to me.
Deny The Threat is a band that I started working with when we were all in high school. They were one of the first bands I had in my home studio as my “guinea pig” band. I was in the same class as the drummer, and one day I asked him “Hey, you play drums right? Want to record?”. Little did I know it would be the beginning of a lifelong friendship and lead to many projects together.
The band at the time was gaining traction around town and was one of the more well-known bands in the area. They were headlining most of the local metal shows and playing almost every weekend. I loved that I had a band with some traction in the area, and was able to use their name to impress other bands.
We continued to grow together, learning more about recording, writing, playing, producing, and just dealing with life in general.
Slowly the band started to play less and eventually called it quits when everyone went their separate ways for schooling and other life endeavours.
Moving forward, I have worked and interacted with each member of the band on their new projects. We all stay in touch while we continued to grow as creatives in our fields. We all live in different parts of the world now, but through the power of the internet, we decided we wanted to get together again, have a hang and make some music altogether. That slowly morphed into a project of a live set playing some of the old songs, recording them and making a live video!
That happened this past weekend. We set up in the brand new SG Studios (which has other significance to us that I’ll explain in another blog) for 2 days, rehearsed the songs, setup filming (the drummer, Malcolm, how has a production company now) and had an extremely fun and inspiring weekend together.
It honestly gives me happy goosebumps just thinking about it. It’s such an amazing feeling to work with the guys who were around at the beginning of my career again, while we also continue to be good friends and support each other with our various projects.
I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend with a greater group of guys. I will be posting that video when it comes out, so stay tuned!
Until next time, always be creating.