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I think Ryan is always on the look-out for vocalists. Late Night Alumni had already been formed before John and I came on. They’d even tried recording with another vocalist, which didn’t end up working out. They heard my voice on a local Christmas compilation and asked me to come into the studio to try my voice over a song. That song was "Empty Streets." That ended up being the first Late Night Alumni song, and things just took off from there.
What does your latest album say about the group and its aspirations?
I think this last album took more of a concentrated effort to put together since we were all geographically farther apart than we had been for the other albums. Because of that, we all put a little more into it knowing we really wanted to make it work. We’d also decided when we started working on "The Beat Becomes a Sound" that we wanted to start doing live shows. So, getting the music out there was essentially what inspired the theme of the album ... The album happened over the span of a few months in various locations and came together in pieces as a collaboration of beats, melodies, thoughts and emotions. The name of the album references that moment when these previously unspoken things become actual sound waves and enter our lives as tangible ideas to be experienced by others.
Why shoot a live video series?
We originally planned on filming the live Salt Lake show and putting it out on DVD, but because of business logistics, that got put on hold and the label thought a YouTube series would be the best way to get it out to fans.
What does the future hold?
Do you have any concerts coming up? Where can one find/buy your album?
We are taking a few months off from live shows because I’ll be having a baby in May. We should be up and performing again by the end of summer, if all goes well.
Late Night Alumni’s "The Beat Becomes a Sound" is now available on iTunes.
View their first single Shine and music video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZzM9W7Fjie4
Preview the album here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=puS8C_3yMTk
View the first episode of their live video series here: http://youtu.be/mKj9mDqMJsM
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