We began writing the music for "The Code in February 2015. We had both retired our prior musical projects or put them on hiatus. We had been spending all our time on deep inner work and on developing our psycho-spiritual theories, but we wanted to begin the process of integrating those concepts into music.
We didn't know what style we wanted to produce, but we knew we didn't want it to be anything like what we had done in the past. We didn't know what instruments would be involved in the orchestration. We wanted to start from a totally naive place. So, we bought an acoustic guitar to see what would come out. We also started using GarageBand to hash out some ideas and within 6 months we ended up with 5 songs in rough form. Four of those songs appear on "The Code".
We began to conduct band practices just between the two of us, jamming along to the GarageBand tracks. That got old pretty quickly! At that time, we thought that these songs might need to be produced as electronic music and not in the standard rock and roll formulation. Amazingly, rather quickly, we found EO (Eric Oberthaller) and contacted him about doing some electronic sound design on our music. He lived close to us and together we worked with him personally to finish the first demo mix of "Heart Will Open". It was at this point that we realized that the music needed real drums and not just electronic beats.
Finding the right drummer could have been a nightmare but again, through fate, we found Carter Kennedy who had played in the band Orchid with an old friend of Melissa's. He liked the idea of the project and the conceptual framework. He also had personal experiences with some of the concepts we were working with and had written an esoteric book which proved to us that he was going to be able to work well with us. We recorded his drum tracks at Colin's Imperial Mastering studio in the Spring of 2016.
The search for a bassist continued for some time until Colin finally decided to take responsibility for the bass tracking himself! He borrowed some high end basses from friend and Exodus bassist Jack Gibson and over the course of the next 6 months, wrote and recorded the bass lines. Subsequently, an old friend (and bandmate of Carter's), James Walker, came in to handle the bass for us in the future.
It took us a lot longer than we thought to produce the 5 songs that appear on The Code. This was because we were developing the instrumentation as we were recording. When Carter recorded the drums, Colin played along with him to a click track and an amplified acoustic guitar. It was over the course of the next year, while recording and mixing, that the final state of orchestration was formulated. As each song reached maturity, we paid another visit to EO for some added electronic parts.
Album Production Credits:
All music and lyrics written by Melissa Mari and Colin E. Davis.
Produced by Colin E. Davis and Melissa Mari.
Recorded by Colin E. Davis at Imperial Mastering in Pacheco, California.
Album art design by Colin E. Davis. Logo design by Alejandro Dini. Additional artists: Luke Shedd, Glenny Telford, Alchemist-Pac.
Much thanks to: All our musician team mates, Jack Gibson, Alejandro Dini, Luke Shedd and Will and Faith.