A progressive metal project Human Brain, led by guitarist and composer Adam Green, is premiering a new single today titled “Spaces.” We talked with Green about his vision with the project, the music, and more.
Define the mission of Human Brain.
To create a new, experimental blend of original soul-soothing melodic Metal and Hard Rock music for the masses.
Tell me about the creative process that informed your recent singles “What Was” and “Spaces”?
“What Was” was inspired by the recent Camp Fire in Paradise, California and the devastating first-hand accounts I received directly from public safety personnel who were on the scene and some victims who were directly affected by the tragedy. It is primarily a ‘coping’ song reflecting on the premise that there are greener pastures ahead for all those affected and the need to somehow shift focus to them in the aftermath of such great loss. “Spaces” is about the importance of having meaningful space at various points in our lives and it’s place in the space-time continuum as a whole.
How did you document the music while it was being formulated?
I recorded the original musical ideas on my phone as they came to me and wrote lyrics after I had the arrangements nailed down as I’ve always found it highly effective to let the emotion of the music itself guide me to the right words that best articulate the overall concept I’d ultimately like to convey for each song.
Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?
It is for sure! My goal in writing is to always guide the listener through an emotional journey similar to the one I embarked on while writing through builds, drops and catchy riffs that follow some sort of melody throughout.
Describe the approach to recording the these songs.
I referenced the original material I had recorded on my phone and tracked each separate part with my trusty Kemper, my DAW of choice Logic Pro X and audio interface the Apollo Twin MKII from Universal Audio. This combination of stellar gear really helped streamline the process as a whole and made recording relatively painless.
Which bands or artists influenced your work on the material?
There are many, but I’d say among the biggest were In Flames, Stone Sour, Lamb of God, Metallica, All That Remains, Killswitch Engage, Pantera and Modern Day Babylon.
What is your view on technology in music?
I really think it’s a blessing and a bit of a curse. A blessing in that anyone can now do what I did from the comfort of their homes and get their music heard everywhere with relative ease compared to how it used to be. A bit of a curse for the same reasons really. The music industry as a whole has become pretty oversaturated and easily (and relatively cheaply) accessible versus the days of old (i.e. having to drive to a store for your tape or CD purchase like it was for me growing up) which I feel removes some of the impact and nostalgia felt when holding that epic brand new release from your favorite band beginning with the classic albums from the legends who inspired all of us and laid the foundation for what music has become today. In addition, the majority of newer touring artists are getting hit with financial losses across the board that make it increasingly difficult for them to remain afloat and weren’t as big of component of this (especially metal) in it’s heyday (’70s-’90s) which I think is another direct by-product of the widespread accessibility of music as a whole.
Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?
I do which is my main driver for creating it in the first place. I want it to be as therapeutic for listeners as it was for me in writing it. My goal is for it to provide the perfect cocktail of energy, emotion and inspiration for the listener as it did and does for me as the writer.
What are your plans for the future?
These first 2 releases will be accompanied by 8 more songs that will comprise my first full album release due out later this year. 5 more of the tracks have already been written so next steps for those will be mixing and mastering in the weeks ahead. My goal is to release at a rate of 1 song a month going forward if possible.