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The Ascent of Everest Interview


Hey guys, thanks very much for agreeing to this interview. Would you guys mind introducing yourselves?

Hey I'm Devin i play guitar, keyboards, computer, sing and produce The Ascent of Everest. Currently playing with the band we have Casey on cello, Dillon of violin, Ashley on viola, Corey on guitar\keys\lap steel\misc, Chris on keys\tuba\trumpet, Drew on bass and Jeff on drums.

So, how did you guys get together to create The Ascent of Everest ?

Corey is our newest member of this line up played with Jeff, Chris, our former guitarist\percussionist Rob, and I in a noise\doom band called Evil Bebos and when Rob moved to Chicago the choice was obvious as I was playing so much music with Corey and it seemed allot easier on my sanity to have him play with the Ascent rather then start a new side project. Working with him has been allot of fun and we have some great new material in the works that we've been playing out and can't wait to start recording here in the coming months.

In 2006 you released How Lonely Sits the City. What can you tell me about making this album? Are you guys satisfied with how it turned out?

I think we were young enough to believe that the album would be the end all be all masterpiece of all time, I co produced the record with our former guitarist Keller (who left to band to pursue his audio engineering carreer in NYC). We really had allot of set backs in the recording mostly related to our shoestring budget. We did all the live tracking in the we hours of the night at places we could track for more or less free, producing\engineering\ and playing all at the same time. We lost allot of the overdubs in a harddrive crash which added to the length of time a great deal. I will say there were some positive aspects as we recorded the strings and piano in the music hall of Middle TN State University which was just a great sounding room (as long as noone used the bathroom which caused an audible running water sound everytime someone flushed and we had to wait for it to stop). The character of the spaces we used really contributed to the vibe of the record also the fact most of us were living together in a big house where most of the overdubs were done, kind of added to this centralised energy that we definatly captured on the recording. The only thing I really would change is I wish we had gotten someone else to mix it, Keller and I were both kind of green as engineers and our mix room was kind of crap so I feel like the recording is a little low fi and some of the parts are masked, but the 2008 remaster really brought out allot of nuance that was crushed by the original master. All of which most people probably can't hear on their glorious mp3 copy, aha. 

What is your main influence? Which artists and maybe which genre (classical perhaps)?

Just between the main collaberators in the band theres just to many to name as far as bands and composers go but we really always liked the idea of trying to create the music of the future, with a diverse range of emotion like a great symphonic work that effectivly distill deep and complex themes but still with the sincere and personal touch of modern songwriting.

In June, 2010 your released From This Vantage album. What can you tell me about this album. I really love your artwork. Who made it and also if you can tell us more about recording an album.

Our bassist Drew does allot of our design stuff, like posters, t-shirts, and the artwork for FTV. We recorded the record at our home studio meltface studios in nashville TN where most of the band lives and practices. It was very laid back and really gave us the opportunity to play in a space everyone was comfortable and really get the sounds we wanted. Probably the smoothest and easiest recording process of my whole carreer producing records, probably as some of the songs from the record had been around for a good long while. Jorden Andreen mixed and mastered the record giving it the real audiophile treatment, I feel like the amount of dynamic range on the record is truley symphic and he mixed it using only out board processing (no plug-ins) as well as using a 2" tape machine that formerly belonged to Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. I'm really excited about how well the record came out and the experience really left us feeling empowered to do a much bigger release.

What are future plans for the band? New album? Tour?

We're doing preproduciton on a new record right now but haven't really set a date for release probably around feb 2012. We hope to go back to Europe and the UK in october of 2011 and march 2012 as well as more east coast touring.

Do you have anything else to say about the band or yourself, that I didn't ask?

the ascent of everest

meltface inc.

Interview made by Klemen Breznikar / 2011
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