How does it feel to finally get your full length album put together and out?
I (James) am very excited to have the new sound represent Engloria. We needed this record as a band, and it’s always exciting when the new album takes on a life of it’s own. As of the new album, Engloria is now a trio and the new sound has gotten a positive response from listeners as well as critics, which is nice.
Why did you go with the album as a free download instead of placing the album at a cost?
Today’s music industry is not the same industry that delivered the The Beatles 50 years ago. It is sad, because so many new artists will never reach the audience that they could have had the business stayed on track. With that said, there is no sense in obstacles that prevent listeners from listening. I’d love to sell a million records just as much as the next guy, but the days of the “development” deals are gone. Major label budgets are reserved for manufacturing teen-pop stars and their lines of children’s merchandising. The album is no longer the product. We now live in the aftermath of the Napster controversy era, and it turns out Metallica had a serious point. However, dwelling on it won’t help. I encourage everyone to utilize digital downloading to spread the word about Engloria. Download our album “Evolver” for free on SoundCloud, ReverbNation or Bandcamp.
What do you feel are the benefits with releasing the album for free for yourselves?
The benefit is control. In producing your own music and releasing it independently, you are not being fed a twisted illusion that the music business is still what it once was by someone profiting off of your desire to succeed. These days you can steer clear of acquiring astronomical debt, and can deliver music directly to niche listeners via the internet. Yes, the artist doesn’t profit from releasing a free album, but the truth is that there is no money for the artist in album sales regardless… At least no one else is profiting off Engloria and leaving us broke.
How does the songwriting work in the band as in the lyrics and instrumentally?
I write all of the songs lyrically and structurally on guitar, demoing each song to bring to the guys. Brandon prepares the final drum tracks and Mike and I collaborate on bass tracks that compliment the song. Then comes vocal harmonies, lead guitar, experimental elements…etc.
Now that the album is released is there anything that you wish you could go back and change?
Not at all. “Evolver” is the necessary progression from the previous record “Shine”, as I plan to explore the new sound even further on the next release. Possibly another full-length this year, or maybe a string of EP’s.
How did you decide on the final mix of tracks on the album?
All of the songs on “Evolver” compliment each other. The record would not be complete if any one song was missing from the track list. They all vibe together in a dynamic way which made the process of selecting the songs simple.
Are there songs that didn’t make it to the album?
I had 26 songs written and demoed from these sessions. Like I said, the 13 songs selected for “Evolver” had an obvious common thread. The remaining 13 songs that did not make the record will remain in the vault until being worked into the context of our next record.
Are there any songs that you thought you should have left off the album?
No. By the time the tracklist is finalized, the context of the album has been carefully considered. It could easily get overwhelming, but it’s a trust-your-instinct process. Context is everything when it comes to albums, which is what makes them great.
So you released a video for your song “Gonna Be Late” do you have any plans for any other videos from the album?
We have not yet made plans to do another video. Shooting “Gonna Be Late” was fun, i’m sure Brandon will be producing more Engloria videos in the future. Check http://www.youtube.com/engloriamusic for the latest.