Heady & Sullen Debut EP Is a Testament to Their Undying Love
After Honeysticks, I did a twenty-seven date tour of half the country as the drummer for Bird Gets a Smile, a Miami band that later moved to Boston. After that, I recorded various projects like Radioimmuno and Vacant Speed in 2004. I took a break then wrote and recorded my first solo album called Veigs In a Weigh in 2009. While looking for local musicians to perform my solo stuff, I met Josh Manes from Tree View Drive. I became Tree View Drive's drummer in 2009. Although this band was short lived, it was the last time I performed live as a drummer. We even received some radio play in NYC on 101.9 RXP.
I also recorded a side project album called Extended Play EP that featured Eddie Perez from the Bureau and guest musicians like Michelangelo and Laisi from Cornerstoners, Danny Garcia from the Swinging Richards, Marisol Garcia from Dreaming In Stereo, and Eddy Roses from Fiera Mia. Then Josh Manes and I recorded an acoustic album called Aggregates - The Rise of Veracity in 2010. During Aggregates, I met Tammy. A couple of months later, we wrote the song Heady & Sullen while I was still working on Aggregates with Josh. You can hear the acoustic version of Heady & Sullen on the Aggregates album.
Over the years, I've evolved to become more of a studio artist rather than a live performer. I get immense satisfaction from the collaborations with others. I grew musically because of it, and recording lets you explore territory not possible in a live setting. I can say that after all the band hopping and ten independent releases, I've found my musical home with my wife and collaborator in Heady & Sullen. Together, we have written over 40 songs and this first EP is just the beginning.
Tammy you're an accomplished piano player, what is your background with the instrument and where else could we hear your work?
Tammy: I've had a love for the piano since I was a child. My mother placed me in piano classes when I was five-years-old. I started participating in the yearly National Piano Playing Auditions with the American College of Musicians when I was eight. I was classically trained by a Cuban piano teacher, Ofelia Novo, and received a diploma from the National Guild of Piano Teachers in 1994.
Ariel: She's a prolific songwriter with tones of pure melodic ideas that stem from the mix of her classical formative years to her modern musical influences like Amy Lee for example. This is the first time she records anything after a lifetime of playing the piano. Her creativity seems endless and exclusive to Heady & Sullen.
In marriage and in song, love is a beautiful thing.
Ariel, you're also a bit of a one-man service for musicians, aside from graphic/print services, what else can you offer rising musicians looking for a visual identity?
Ariel: Yeah, I can be contacted to do photography, design identity, or logo, and design album art for print and digital distribution. I can also design a custom website, as well as produce, record, mix and master your audio. I'll even chew gum while I'm doing it. I'm available if you need drums recorded on your project as well.
With this four song EP you're off to a nice start, what are your immediate plans for the band? Any upcoming gigs, recordings in the works?
Tammy: Thanks. We just filmed our first music video for "New Offer" on our YouTube channel. He recently wrote his first ukulele song called "Waves Rollin' Up Your Sleeves," which was inspired by our Hawaiian honeymoon.
Ariel: In the past year, Heady & Sullen has already represented Miami on BalconyTV.com and we performed live on The Michael Stock Acoustic Show on WLRN radio. We're already working on our next EP and music video. Hopefully by the end of this year, we'll probably do another live radio appearance or live show that has not yet been booked, but stay tuned. Visit our website and our Facebook page for upcoming news.
Pick up their debut EP here.