12 November 2018

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Interview With California progressive rock band LUCID FLY

This California progressive rock band has been touring coast to coast. Building their fan base with epic performances that leave the crowd wanted more.

Get the skinny on whats new with the band!

What are some of your main Band influences?
(Lucid Fly) We are always discovering and listening to new music! We all have very diverse and eclectic taste in music ~ which is awesome! Some bands that “sealed the deal” for us to pursue music would be artists like Tool, Incubus, Imogen Heap, and Alice in Chains…and some bands/albums that are currently on repeat are: Leprous – The Congregation, Earthside – Dream In Static, Tesseract – Polaris, and Vola – Inmazes – to name a few!

 How and when did the group get together?
(LF) Nikki (lead vocals) and Doug (guitarist) formed the band in Orlando, FL back in 2000. We released an EP titled “Adapting to Gravity” in 2005, and toured the southeast and Midwest. In 2007, we decided to relocate to Los Angeles, CA. Two months after we moved, we met drummer, Aaron Ficca and have been playing together ever since. With this current lineup we have released 2 EPs (‘The Escape Stage’ and ‘Stasis’) and we are releasing our first full-length album, ‘Building Castles In Air’, on November 11th, 2016.

 Heard you guys have a new single out, how was the recording session and the creation of the new album?
(FL) Yes! We just released the first single and lyric video for our track “Visions of Grandeur”. Last year, we has a successful crowdfunding campaign that helped us reach over $13k towards finishing the album. This enabled us to experiment and take the recording to the next level. Pretty much everything is a different approach this time!  For BCIA we took TIME for each instrument. We had the luxury of tracking the drums at Aaron’s dad’s studio, off the beaten path, almost no pressure in comfort and a chill laid-back vibe.  That’s never happened before, and it set the tone for the rest of the album.  Guitars were done mostly at home using Doug’s favorite new toy the Fractal Axe-Fx, which allowed all kinds of time and flexibility to capture these songs with proper tone.  Then we really changed things up after bumping into our co-producer Steve Leavitt, and we moved the remainder of the album to his studio where it was decided to have Doug track bass for the first time.  There was a lot of comfort but no “comfort zone” and it continued to be full of surprises as we got to each step in the process.  Vocals got the most production and attention than ever before and that’s been something we wanted to try for years.  In addition, we were fortunate to have the album mixed and mastered by Forrester Savell (Melbourne, Australia) – he’s ARIA nominated and an internationally renowned producer/engineer who has worked on acts like: Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, Skyharbor, I Am Giant, Twelve Foot Ninja, etc. Overall, the recording process was an amazing experience, we learned a lot and we feel these songs represent who we have become as a band. We look forward to sharing the album once it’s released.

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