3Align are a Las Vegas based rock band, whose impressive resume includes opening spots for Guns n’ Roses, Aerosmith, Buckcherry, Chickenfoot and Puddle of Mudd among others. We caught up with them to talk about their new album entitled “ELEVATE”, which will be released digitally on July 15, 2014.
Metal Empire: Would you care to introduce yourself for our audience? What is your name and what do you do?
3ALIGN: I’m Alan Miller…Vocalist, Guitarist & ringleader for 3align!
Metal Empire: What is 3Align up to at the moment? Is there something you’re working on currently?
3ALIGN: We just released our 1st full length album “ELEVATE” worldwide July 15th & we’ve been doing a ton of publicity & shows to get our “positively heavy” message out!
Metal Empire: How do you feel about recording in the same studio as Five Finger Death Punch?
3ALIGN: It was amazing! 1st of all it’s Producer Kevin Churko’s (Ozzy, FFDP, In This Moment, Papa Roach, Hell Yeah) private studio…so you just can’t call up and book time there. You have to be invited & so far we’re the only indie band to record an album there! We used the same drum kit that FFDP used during a few of their records, so the drum sounds are huge!
Metal Empire: Did you meet any rock stars while you were recording?
3ALIGN: Jacoby from Papa Roach, Maria Brink & Chris from In This Moment, All the FFDP guys, Hell Yeah….We were mixing and Ace Frehley asked us where restroom was! Jake E. Lee even stopped by and hung out while we were tracking….Talk about pressure!
Metal Empire: Can you talk about your production process? How do you go about writing new material?
3ALIGN: On this Album Jack Roth (3align Drummer) & I recorded the basic tracks live in the same room. It helps to have that visual contact to get the vibe! Then we layered the tracks from there… As a far as writing the new material, we usually start with a strong riff or drum beat, then work the melody into the song. It does not take too long because we work with what flows… We actually wrote a few songs while we were tracking!
Metal Empire: How long did the recording process take overall?
3ALIGN: We laid down 18 songs over a 3 day period, of which we chose 12 for this Album and are 6 ahead for the next record! It took another 8 months to work around all the other albums going on there, then a few months for “Juno Award Winner” Kane Churko (Papa Roach, In This Moment, FFDP) to mix.
Metal Empire: I heard a rumour that you were able to get some very impressive guests on the album, can you tell us who they were?
3ALIGN: My God…we we’re so fortunate to have Tony Franklin “The Fretless Monster” from the Firm and Blue Murder to join us. He played these Crazy harmonic bass slides all over the song “Feel Love”. Brent Fitz, who is Slash’s drummer and an amazing piano player, laid down a Baby Grand piano track that’s so cool, Bruce Hornsby would want the royalties because it sounds like his piano style on “Heaven’s Embrace”. Ronnie Mancuso from Red Dragon Cartel & Beggars & Thieves played a very psychedelic McCartney-esque bass part on “Little Bit Better”. Tony Breit, who played Bass with Lenny Kravitz and played on “Are You Gonna Go My Way”, added this incredible John Paul Jones feel to the song “Inspiratu” and finally Phill Robertson from Floodnine & Johnny Flamehead tore the roof off on the 5 string bass with the “Dimebag Darrell” inspired closing track “Rise”
Metal Empire: You’re music career shows you’ve shared the stage with a lot of big names in the rock industry. Can you tell us a little about who you’ve played with and what it was like to share the stage with them?
3ALIGN: We opened up for GNR, Chickenfoot, Aerosmith, Puddle of Mudd, 3Doors Down and a ton more, but every time is like this magical dream because you can’t believe who you’re on stage with. I once jammed on one stage with Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Michael Shenker, Vinnie Paul, John 5, Doug Aldrich & Blas Elias….It was amazing!!!
Metal Empire: Is there any band or artist you would give anything to play a show with? If so, who are they and why?
3ALIGN: We are huge Van Halen fans, So that would be a great tour to be on!
Metal Empire: What’s been the highlight of your music career so far, or any special moments that you would like to share with us?
3ALIGN: Probably opening the GNR residency at the Hard Rock Hotel at the Joint in Las Vegas because it was a huge validation for 3ALIGN. We sent our stuff in and didn’t even think we would get the opening slot, but got a call 2 days before the show. All of a sudden were opening for GNR!!! We were told the GNR crowd was brutal, but they warmed up as soon as we stuck the 1st few chords! Bumblefoot was tweeting from the side of the stage that we were kicking ass! The GNR guys were very supportive… We were only scheduled to open one show, but it came down from Axl that they wanted us back for another two shows! That felt great!!!
Metal Empire: What are you hopes for the future? Where do you see yourself as an artist this time next year or the year after?
3ALIGN: We plan to expand the music we create to all parts of the globe and tour the world!!! We are working on getting on a big tour that’s in the works and probably another residency at the Hard Rock. We plan on doing an album every year or year and a half. The next album is already written!
Metal Empire: If I was to turn up at a show, what should I expect from you in terms of music and showmanship? Is there any crazy stuff you do to pull the crowd?
3ALIGN: You’ll experience the crazy energy vortex we create with our fans! It’s contagious, because we love what we do and that takes hold! We get everyone one involved, because it’s about all of us in a communal moment, not an us and them kind of trip. We sound like our recordings because we don’t lay down anything we can’t do live…
Metal Empire: Do you receive much fan mail, and if so what’s the craziest, creepiest or coolest thing you’ve ever gotten from a fan?
3ALIGN: We get fan mail from all over the globe, but mostly emails. We did get an painting of us done in Star Wars characters…That was cool and odd at the same time!!! I was Chewbacca! LOL!
Metal Empire: If you had to describe your life as a movie, which movie would it be and why?
3ALIGN: Forest Gump! Lol! We just keep running into these incredible experiences that just keep expaning into bigger and better opportunities. It keeps us in amazement!!!
Metal Empire: If a genie grants you one wish, what would you wish for?
3ALIGN: That we’re able to spread our “Positively Heavy” music to the entire planet and beyond!!!
Metal Empire: Thank you for taking the time to speak to Metal Empire about what you do. Do you have any final words, or anything you would like to add?
3ALIGN: We’d like to thank you for all the great content on Metal Empire…You keep the metal dream alive for the whole world to see!!! Life is awesome…Metal up!
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