ToH Four Track EP
After writing the debut album ‘Elevate’ it was essential to get some feedback on the material. As always the first port of call are friends and family as they are always very supportive and complimentary. This is a great confidence booster, but we also needed to hear the harsh truths from industry insiders to steer the project in the right direction – people who were going to be frank and honest at the same time. We wanted to know if there were commercial possibilities in the project, or should we simply keep this as a part time enjoyable hobby.
On Sunday 5th February 2017 a listening party was organised between Tears of Happiness and half a dozen music industry heavyweights. What a nerve wrecking experience! We all huddle into the cosy studio space and listened to a dozen tracks. Our audience did not give anything away and they were virtually silent throughout the whole session. Occasionally they made some notes as if to critique the arrangements and what could add production value. No smiles, nods or high-fives were offered between them, the complete opposite of how musicians would engage. The session came to a close and there was dead silence!!! Then… the head honcho turns to us and says “It’s f**king brilliant.” There were smiles all round and a couple of manly hugs.
It was agreed that we had plenty of good material to collate an album, but which 4 tracks would make up the initial EP to launch Tears of Happiness. Three of the most danceable tracks were picked first; Close to you; Elevate; and Lose this feeling. The fourth track however ignited a heated debate between the music bigwigs, we just sat back and thought “this is a good problem to have.” A decision had to be made between ‘Take me forever’ and ‘Think you know me.’ These guys went round in circles for about an hour and listened to these two tracks over and over again until finally a decision was made to go for the slower tempo ‘Think you know me’.
So the final track for the EP was decided on the basis that it was the more moving experience that most people on the planet could relate to. The song is about people who prejudge other people from the outside and not on the content or value of their heart, soul or mind.
Why We Created This Album
It really is true what people say about music – it is the food of life!
Our debut album ‘Elevate’ provided us with the vitality that we had been missing all this time. A musical journey and collaboration that pushed the boundaries of our own creative abilities. “We can’t live without food and water, nor can we live without words and music” say the duo.
Like all musicians we had things we wanted to express through our art, messages that could only be communicated through the composition of words and music. We felt there are no such things as failures in life – just experiences, and therefore we wanted to share those experiences with others through this album. The songs are not just about us, but everyday normal folk that go through life’s aches and pains in the attempt to better their situations.
“We feel our best music is yet to come even though the first album has been an epic kick-start and we are both proud of the outcome.” The music itself has not been designed……it has been created. “We didn’t stick to a template or preconceived idea, instead we just let it flow and what came out, came out.”
We want people to listen to this album and make their own judgements about how it makes them feel. The musical influences have come from many different genres and there will be something for everyone on ‘Elevate.’
Some people listen to music, others perform music, some people dance to music and others teach it – we are the type people that like to create it! However you relate to music, it is a bug that provides pleasure, euphoria and therapy all in one.
How It All Began
Relationship break ups are never easy and singer songwriter Me’da experienced the same pain and trauma like most of us. But instead of lying on his bed in a darkened room he took to the vocal booth in LCamz Studio and poured his heart out into the mic!
Me’da never set out to form an act, record an album or get signed to SHUSH Management… his real interest was to channel the emotions of his traumatic break up into something positive – MUSIC.
The first song recorded was “Lose this feeling” a track about losing your way in a relationship and a definite decision to redeem yourself and become the person you were born to be – not a compromised hybrid of another person. The results were impressive and instantly a type of electronic dance music emerged around powerful lyrics. Producer LCamz was also impressed with the results and really enjoyed this new collaboration and initial session. For Me’da, each session was emotional therapy and repair. After each session a mixture of both happiness and sadness seemed to well up.
On the second single “Elevate” as the title suggests, emotions were turning around and things were on the up. A productive working relationship was established and the style of music emerged. To add to the fact the collaboration was working well, so too was their friendship. It was obvious from ‘Elevate’ that this was transforming into a project and no longer a place of purely emotional trauma. Instead, the tears and sadness were turning into ‘Tears of Happiness’ and the project was unofficially launched.
After each session the two would be messaging each other saying how impressed they were with the direction of the music and how much joy it brought to them. ‘Take me forever’ the third recording underpinned their initial gut reactions of how this project would continue to improve. “The music is talking to me and in return I am replying lyrically” says Me’da, and then LCamz replied “Our best music is yet to come bro.”
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