SEVENDUST guitarist Clint Lowery is preparing to record an EP from his HELLO DEMONS MEET SKELETONS solo project at Architekt Music studios in Butler, New Jersey. He states: "I've written a few ideas leading up to [the new EP recording sessions] but really have no idea what direction to go. All I know is that I don't want to plan it out.
"Up until now, most of the HELLO DEMONS MEET SKELETONS stuff has been acoustic-based music, which has been a good escape from what I do in SEVENDUST. CALL ME NO ONE was upbeat rock music, which I also loved doing and pushing myself vocally. With this, I think it will be a hybrid.
"Kurt [Wubbenhorst, one of the co-owners of Architekt], who has worked with me on several projects, will be my other half on this. I want to adapt some of his approaches to writing on this and broaden the horizons a bit. When I spoke to him about it, he thought a concept record would be good idea and I've always wanted to do that. I also want to try going from one side of the spectrum to the other. Maybe start off with an acoustic track and mold into grittier stuff and end with the heaviest thing we can put together.
"The beauty in this is that there isn't a particular sound we have to create. I can see this going into all kinds of directions within these five or so songs we do. The trick is, we only have six days to do this. Basically, doing half a full-length record in less than a week.
But the pressure for me is good. It helps me focus.
"Being a father and a husband takes most of my time at home, so when I enter the studio, I have a lot of creativity built up. But there aren't any promises on how this week will shape up. There's always the fear of hitting the dreaded 'dry spell' or simply not finishing the amount of material we shoot for, but that's part of it.
"If we can't finish in time, then we will postpone until we have the goods. I just pray for a good result and to release some creativity and relieve the pressure.
"If I don't write or record something over a certain amount of time, I go crazy and my wife Tara can testify to that. It's one of the only things I feel like I'm good at doing and it's an itch I have to scratch more often than not. It's what I do.
"It's all about balance, I think. I can't be a good father or husband if I don't provide and don't do what I feel in my heart I have to do and I can't create good music if I don't spend time with my family. Both of those factors, family and music, are huge parts of me. Sobriety is on top, because without that, I lose all of it and I have no illusions about that.
"I don't do these projects because I'm unhappy with SEVENDUST; I do these because it enhances what I do for SEVENDUST. If I didn't do this, I'd become very closed-minded and lose an edge. I can't idle for a year and a half between some records. Some people can, but life's too short.
"I'm very thankful to the small group of supporters that keep up with all the names of these projects: CALL ME NO ONE, HELLO DEMONS MEET SKELETONS and DARK NEW DAY. It seems like more activity than it really is.
"Between producing, writing and touring, I am busy, but the actual tracking and creating of music is a small percentage of my year. Touring takes the win on that. I'm just thankful for an understanding wife and family, and suportive fans who dig the music and message.
"My wife is actually coming up at end of week so I will have her there to support and she will have a 'lil mama time to herself to do things she wants to do.
"I hope one day my kids listen to this music and appreciate where it came from. Even if they don't consider it 'cool,' they can at least say that dad loved making music and hopefully apply that focus to whatever it is that moves them."