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ObiwanKenomi

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Harvest - Biography
« on: January 11, 2016, 06:03:37 PM »
Taken from Harvest´s website:

- Bio

Harvest is a Catalan-Dutch band which is the result of the passion for music that all members share. Their individual and joint musical influences (mainly prog rock and indie rock) have resulted in an unconventional, unique and emotion-packed sound.
 
The story of Harvest started back in February 2008 when the three original members of the band (Monique van der Kolk, Jordi Amela and Jordi Prats) started shaping up the project. The first songs took shape rapidly, and a few months later was recorded a demo with six tracks which would be the embryo of their first studio album, Underground Community.
 
In November 2008, Roger Vilageliu and Alex Ojea finally came on board so Harvest went from a project to a fully-fledged band. With a demo out on the streets and a meticulously-crafted live sound, they started performing their first live concerts in 2009 (with a special mention for our performance as warm-up band for the British group Marillion at the Sant Jordi Club in February 2009), and also working on recording the album.
 
A few months after the launching (May 2012) of the second album Chasing Time, Roger had to leave the band due to professional reasons. After weeks of auditions, in July 2012 Harvest welcomed Toni Munné as new bassist.

- Debut Album (2009) - Underground Community

We wanted our first album to contain all the elements that we admire in music or indeed any other form of artistic expression: sincerity, emotion, passion, harmony, contrast, fantasy… our objective was to put together a handful of songs that would not only sound great the first time but would grow better and better on successive plays, always seeking an individual sound that would identify Harvest, whatever the
song…a pretty ambitious goal!
 
As a tribute to the first ‘big’ group that entrusted us to share the stage with them at the Sant Jordi Club in Barcelona in February 2009, we decided to include a version of a Marillion track (Waiting to Happen), suitably adapted to our own sound.
 
We should also mention the collaboration of the fabulous artist Antonio Seijas, who we greatly admire, in designing the front cover and the song sheet: it was an exciting process watching how some of our songs, through music and words, were
transformed into disquieting images: true works of art.
 
Underground Community is a self-produced album: recorded, mixed and edited entirely by our own label (Red Phone Records) and mastered at the Musiclan studios, it contains all the elements we were looking for from the beginning. We are
proud to be able to say, following the reviews and comments from the press, forums and the general public, that all these nuances have been both perceived and appreciated on listening.

Music was my first love and still an important part of my life.

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Re: Harvest - Biography
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2016, 06:03:59 PM »
- Second Album (2012) - Chasing Time

Chasing Time is the title of the band’s new album. Two years of composing and producing have lead to a very special CD that also counts with two very special guests. Both Alan Reed (ex Pallas and Abel Ganz) and Steven Rothery (Marillion)have collaborated each on a track. This album has 10 tracks which have been mixed and mastered at the prestigious Aurha Studios in Barcelona.



- Third Album (2014) - Northern Wind

Evolution has been the key to the album Northern Wind. Being still true to their style and sound, a touch of new elements can be found on Harvest's third studio. Emotion is purer than ever, rhythm is stronger than before, details caress the ear gently and solos are even more enveloping than before.
 
Both prerecording and recording sessions have been intense and the approach of producing this third album has been different than before in a positive way. Also the arrival of Toni Munné in 2012 (after Chasing Time's launching) has brought new perspective to the band's sound. While listening to Northern Wind, it is clear that both maturity and creativity have a leading role.
 
Regarding the visual art, it was inevitable for Harvest to ask Antonio Seijas to be a part of this album and gladly he accepted. Northern Wind shines through his wonderful cover design and also the inside of the booklet contains meaningful illustrations. Surprisingly, the bandpicture has been arranged and made by one of the bandmembers, Jordi Amela, who is, beside musician, also a passionate photographer.

Music was my first love and still an important part of my life.