The beginings of this recording project have deep roots in Mentors history.
The drummer who plays on all tracks, Marc Mad Dog DeLeon used to book the
Mentors in his hometown of Bakersfield California back in the 1990s when he was
a teenager. In 2008 I reestablished a connection with him as a result of his
work with his band, the Mantors.
The lead guitarist, Honey Davis, recorded and engineered our Mentors Album "Rock
Bible" also in the 1990s at his Catshit Studio in Hollywood, CA. His blazing
slide guitar work can be heard loud and clear on this recording.
The vocalist, Hammergirl, who sings with alone and with me on all of the songs
on the album, was for years the merchandize chick of the legendary Dutch Heavy
Metal band Hammerhawk, and the niece of their lead guitarist, Paul Van Risjwick.
Two years ago, she discovered her singing voice, and started to collaborate with
me on songs several times a year on my trips to Holland at Paul's stu dio.
As we made up more songs, I came more and more to realize she was my muse, and I
could express myself in a different way through the female voice.
Rest assured Mentors fans, the addition of a female lead singer to the Mentors
ouvere does not water down the concept! On the contrary.
In summer of 2008 Helen, Marc and I recorded three of the tracks on this CD, in
Bakersfield at B2=2 0studio. Based on the success of this session, we decided to
record an entire CDs worth of songs.
Having never written for a female voice to this extent, this seemed an exciting
challenge to take on..
Specifically, in 2008 Winter I laid down with Marc guitar, bass and drums tracks
at B2 studio in Bakersfield as well as Mentors producer Bill Metoyer's studio
These basic tracks were then given to B2 studio Engineer Sharon Marie, in order
to layer Hammond Organ and other keyboards. Sharon's keyboard skills are
worldclass, and she along with Helen give a strong female stamp to the Mentors
kind of rock on this recording.
Next Honey Davis added slide guitar to the project in Bakersfield.
Finally, Helen flew in from Amsterdam in the last weeks of 2008 and recorded the
duets and solos with me, at my direction in Bakersfield.
B2 studio owners Gary and Sharon then carefully mixed the project readying it
for final release.
I am quite proud of the tracks we wound up with. I would like to tell you a
little story about a couple of the songs.
The opening track "Get down and fuck” was the last of the three tracks we recorded in the session over the summer. as opppossed to the other two tracks that we recorded during that session, the music reocrded on this one was entirely improvised and recorded in aobut 15 mintues, with no effort. it came together ridiculously easily and turned out to be the best one of the bunch. During this session, I discoverd the joy of wirting for a female voice and then hearing the final product.
The next song started out with a basic track recorded at Bill Metoyers Studio in Northridge, just before Helen came over at Christmas time 2008. Initially it wasnt a song even intended for Helens album, but the basic track came out so strong, that I asked Sharon to lay some organ on top ofthe mixed basic from Bill’s studio. This made track even stronger, and then finally the idea was to have Helen sing the song in Dutch, after the english version was recorded. Over all, one of my most favorite tracks ever I have ever recorded. Sharons and Garys production was the final icing on the cake.