Fall 1996 - Age 12
Bought first electric guitar and amp, a Samick sunburst Strat style guitar, and Fender Frontman 15 amp. Began practicing with friends and began the formation of what would become YourEnvy.
1998 Bought Epiphone Les paul from my dad and a Crate mini-full stack amp. At this point Tylr Wladyko on drums and myself on guitar were jamming Green day and Judas Priest songs that we learned over the previous year or so.
1999 Sold everything and bought new Epiphone Les paul studio and Marshall Valvestate 100 head and JCM900A Cab half stack. Recorded our first three YourEnvy songs during a practice session onto a Wolco cassette tape though one single computer microphone. Tylr Wladyko, Tim Nosworthy and myself.
2000 Attempted to record our songs again onto the computer - single track live style through some new cheap Sony microphones into a simple 3 input mic mixing box.
2001 Experimented with multitrack recording into a 4 channel rack cassette recorder borrowed from my dad. Was difficult to figure out, and after a few months, moved onto recording on 16 channel multitrack DAW computer software called SAW PLUS. After I got the hang of it, Andrew Kiiskila and myself recorded an 8 track album. Guitar and vocals were recorded direct through a ZOOM effects board. Drums were recorded with mutliple mics through a 3 channel mixer. This was our first multitracked demo titled "15 Minutes of Fury". Back in 2002 there was a website called MP3.com, in which one of our tracks peaked 13th on the Doom Metal charts.
2002 We further progressed our sound with a new drum kit, recording techniques, and recording gear. A few casual months of recording yeilded the next full length 2-CD demo titled "DARK TIMES" which was a continuation of where we left off the year prior.
2003 Diving a little deeper into the realm of multitrack recording, we now had a better PC and more advanced DAW multitracking software which enabled us to experiment with loops and up to 128 track depth (although the computer lacked enough memory to actually utilize all 128). New microphones, recording techniques etc really helped push the sound quality of this new demo well beyond what we had done in the past. Aaron Molly provided the drums in one song, Andrew Kiiskila on most of the Vocal tracks, and I had the ability to track and mix the rest of the album tracks, mainly guitar and drums (both acoustic and loops). This resulted in the completion of our 2003 full-length demo titled "Escape The Undertow". I also recorded fun a song with a friend under the band name "Straight Metal Injection".
2004 Andrew and I relocated to Thunder Bay for college, and put YourEnvy on temporary hold. During this time I solely began recording an extreme death metal demo project under the name "Dayblind". A four song demo was finished but never officially released, although an old guitar tab can still be found for one of the songs online if you search. Later in the year, I moved back onto the YourEnvy songs on my own, but never accomplished much due to lack of a proper recording space.
2005 Moved back home to Dryden and began writing and recording a new demo album, but was unable to finish recording vocals due to lack of proper recording space, so I decided to just move on.
2006, 2007, 2008 Not much happening in this era, just some jamming with friends and light casual recording - mostly live stuff, covers and older YourEnvy songs.
2009 Acquired (bought) some new guitars, amps, drums and recording gear. Began re-recording some of our previous demos from the 2002/2003 era.
2010 Andrew kiiskila rejoined and provided vocals for the re-recorded demos. This year, I also started a death metal new project with Rob Chrest under a different band name in which we completed 5 instrumental demos. We did not get to record the vocals before disbanding.
2011, 2012, 2013 Built a new studio and worked on improving sound and production quality, while recording various new ideas for what would hopefully be an YourEnvy debut album. In Late 2013, began recording the first song "Hotroddin'" would would end up on our debut titled "Darkside". Although I have a long time love for heavy metal, I was getting a bit tired of that "sound" after 10 years of recording, shifting the focus to a more blues and folk driven album, which I found very comforting and a big change from our previous sound.
2014 - Over the course of the entire year, and dedicating the most time I had ever put into an album - every song was written and completely recorded, while Andrew Kiiskila provided the initial vocals for this upcoming album over the spring and summer months, although they were not used for the final album. Clint Gottinger came on-board and took over vocal duties in the Fall and Winter of 2014 while simultaniously mixing the songs as they were completed.
2015 We mixed, assembled and released our official debut album "DARKSIDE" on April 1st, after over a year of hard work.
2016 Clint Gottinger and myself began practicing the new album with some other local musicians as a 4-5 peice lineup, but had to abandon the idea of touring while focus was shifted when the opportunity of moving to a perfect studio and location arose. Began recording new songs for the next album until completely relocating in June to a new location that would allow a much larger studio to be built. Starting in August, we began building "Darkside Studio 2.0" which is currently in progress. Once the studio is finished being built and properly setup within the next couple months, the next album recordings will begin. Over the course of the last 5 years, I had acquired a LOT of new music gear, some of which will certainly be used on the new album. Cant wait to get this thing rolling!! The current demos are sounding GREAT! So, it has been a great 20 years! Can't imagine what I would be doing without a guitar in my hands for all those years. I look forward to recording and playing music more now, than I ever did. Hopefully theres at least 20 more great years of playing ahead of me becase I'm just getting started!