Singled Out: Heavygrinder's Setsuna
"Setsuna" is the result of our combined love of Japanese music and animation. We have always been huge anime fans; we grew up on Dragon Ball, Magical Princess Minky Momo, Yu Yu Hakusho, Obocchama-Kun and Slam Dunk, just to name a few. Likewise, a lot of our favorite songs growing up were from either J-Rock or J-Pop artists, so it was only a matter of time until our upbringing seeped into our music.
The song started off as a simple concept that eventually, took over the EP and the project as a whole: what would an anime theme song sound like if we were to make it?
We began by laying down the chorus melody and arrangement, which was somewhat different from what made the final cut, but the essence is very similar. The idea was to have something that was exciting and somewhat hard hitting, but not too rough around the edges, hence the Hard-Rock vibe.
Bobbie started working on the lyrics in tandem and came up with most of it in that afternoon. The verses were the next section to be produced, and the breakdown was added when the song was pretty much done. She nailed the vocal melodies on the first try and it only took us about an hour to record all the takes we needed for the song.
The song was written, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by us in our studio. We use Studio One as our DAW, a pair of Sceptre S8 as our monitors and an AudioBox as our recording interface.
After we were done with the song, we felt like it needed visual support to really get our concept through to our fans, so we commissioned the artwork which features us as anime super heroes. This is something that we're going to develop henceforth with each new release - the visuals, as well as the music, will tell an ongoing story.
We couldn't be happier with the response we've gotten so far. People really seem to be enjoying the whole EP and are eager to hear and see what's coming up next. To all of our amazing fans who have been supporting us through the years, a big heart-felt thank you!