Ever since I started to play the bass guitar songwriting became a fundamental aspect of my day to day to life. It was a place where I could honestly express myself. A place where I could try to transform the frustration, the anger, the hatred, all the mixed feelings into something meaningful.
The more I wrote stronger my connection with the process became, but also, more disappointed I became with the results I delivered. Every attempt I made into forming a solid musical project failed, again and again. Suddenly more than 10 years have gone by and you realized that when it comes to your dream, you have achieved nothing.
I became completely overwhelmed by my incompetence, where the lack of motivation and results started to fade things away, in reality I was no longer pursuing anything, I was just angry and frustrated. But I realized somehow, that I still had in me the will to go to that place, the place where I could try to transform the hatred into something meaningful.
Back then my journey on music had two constants, the first was the constant of failure. The second though an answer to the first, every time I failed I took a step back to reflect on what went wrong and why it went wrong. So every time I failed, I came back to try better and work harder.
It was mid 2014 when I came to the decision to attempt things on my own, I was confident that if worked hard enough, with focused and realistic goals, I would be able to pull things of. I already had the material pretty much figured out, it was a conceptual album called “Morality’s Asylum” which I had written around 2013. I firmly believed in the quality of the material, so I decided to go for it.
At my desk, on my everyday job as a designer, during lunchtime, I ripped a page from one of my textbooks and started writing everything I believed it was necessary to start my new musical project. I liked the name of the album, so very soon I decided to also name the project Morality’s Asylum. Then I wrote down on a page a very simple summary of everything I thought I needed to get things going.
I considered the costs, the logo, the band, which instruments I wanted to have and so on. I realized I didn’t have quite enough money at the time to afford recording a brand new album, specially since I wanted to make sure the album had a top quality recording. I settled for a budget, continued dedicated on my main work, took extra freelance jobs on the side and slept about two to four hours a day so I was able to also work on Morality’s Asylum.
Many months of pure grinding went on, around early 2015 I was finally putting things together. After visiting loads of different studios, I settled to do the record on Sincopa Studio, a very traditional and respected studio located on the town where I live. Meanwhile drummer Daniel Moretti in a kind vote of confidence, which I’ve never managed to express how thankful I was and still am, decided to join the project.
All I had back then was the raw material, the modest budget and the will to make it happen. But Daniel firmly believed in the material as well, this vote of trust helped to further ignite my passion to go for it as hard as I could. We spent months training and playing all the songs, tweaking each note, every passage and every harmony. While the raw material was already promising no doubt, our team work turned it into a much richer, diverse experience.
On June 2015 we went into the studio, we decided to split the recording process on two parts because the songs had many details, we wanted to properly train and make sure the writing and execution of every song had the highest quality possible.
Daniel and me went into the studio to record the first half of the album, leaving the introductions and the second half for latter, with Ricardo Domingues joining the project to mix and produce the album. Which worked out incredibly well for us, not only because Ricardo had similar musical taste but also he clearly understood the soul and purpose of the project.
So it was time to do the guitar work on the first half of the album, as turns it out, as crazy as it sounds, our original guitar player had an accident where he hurt his left hand, making him unable to play for months to come. Among the confusion Ricardo offered to make the guitars, he recorded the song “Disregarded Morality” as a test, and well, the result spoke for itself.
So after talking with both sides, I ended up moving forward with Ricardo mostly because he showed he would be able to do a job as awesome as our original guitarist would, there were the complications of the accident and also I would have better financial control, Ricardo would record the guitar lines on his home so we would spent much less studio hours.
Fast forward to March 2016 and we were finally finishing the instruments portion of the recording, in which Ricardo was a trivial contributor, both due to his production and guitar expertise.
Even though we were already that far on the project, I still didn’t have a singer, ever since the beginning of 2015, I contacted and talked with more than forty singers around Brazil, but still didn’t have a name.
I started to grow desperate on my search, when I stumbled with Riq Therrys on a popular music site where musicians and bands posts announcements looking for members. Contacted him but we didn’t live on the same town, so he recorded “Disregarded Morality” on his cellphone and that was his test. Problem was that Riq had multiple things going on his personal life at the time, and initially he decided not to joint us, which made me frustrated and I had no choice but to keep looking.
A month passed and I contacted him again, we came to a point where we both realized we just had to try it, we had to make it possible. I already had the lyrics and mostly melodies figured out, but Riq made multiple tweaks and adjustments, specially on the melodies, making then much more melodic and organic.
So in two quick recording sessions, Riq managed to deliver all his vocal lines for the album.
Now we where getting close to finally finishing everything, sadly though as a last surprise, due to unforeseen events outside the project, I started to have financial problems. During the final months of the project I was at a very tight financial situation, there was very little room to breath, there were moments that I honestly didn’t know if I would be able to afford and keep things going.
But I didn’t back out, took further extra freelance jobs and started cutting all expenses I could. Fortunately I was able to go through everything without creating a single debt or asking for borrowed money.
Finally after so many twists and turns, we finished the album on the second half of 2016.
Listening to the first journey of Morality’s Asylum takes no more than 61 minutes, yet it was a long, hard road taken. But in a way, that’s what makes this album so memorable for us. It’s a record that’s already special in what it is.
A relentless, extremely stubborn bass player, joining forces with relentless dedicated musicians, all treating every second with most care, trying their best to make the most of each moment.
All to deliver this crazy eleven track album.