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Singled Out: Amerakin Overdose

09/22/2016
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Amerakin Overdose

Amerakin Overdose producer and keys/synth player The Human tells us about the single "I, Alone" from their brand new album "The Great Amerakin Dream," which set to be released on September 30th. Here is the story:

Almost all Amerakin Overdose songs begin the same way. Cody and I (The Human) sit in my studio, and throw ideas back and forth. Amerakin Overdose is really the brainchild of Cody, and as such, he leads initial creative direction of most songs. Generally, he comes with an idea, emotion, feeling, concept, or sometimes even some lyrical ideas. If I'm not feeling the vibe right away, sometimes we'll listen to tracks that inspire the same emotions and concepts. Of course being two different people with vastly different life experience, my version of an "angry" or "dark" song generally is very different than his, so this is sometimes a great tool to stay on the same page. From here, I start creating. I give his musical vision life. Sometimes it begins with the keyboards, a piano part, a lead synth, or it starts with guitar. Drums usually come after the first concrete melodic element is laid down. Depending on the vibe, it may be completely synthetic drums, or acoustic samples (we use Steven Slate Drums exclusively for our acoustic drum kit samples).

In the case of our song "I, Alone," Cody wanted to build a song that reflected the reality of overcoming a personal struggle. We try very hard to balance our political/social exposition with more personal, emotive material that regardless of political standpoint, you can relate to. Everyone knows struggle. Everyone has been through some life experience that took a great deal out of them and even in some cases, almost killed them. If you haven't, you probably haven't lived. So this song is a representation of how we perceive those emotions and experiences aurally. We ensured that this song has sonic and emotive fluidity. Hills and valleys, the delicacies of our fragile moments and the intense abrasiveness of our destructive ones. We feel this song is a great balance and representation of almost everything we as a band have to offer musically and thematically.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, watch the video here and learn more about the album right here!

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