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Battle of The Bands: Battle Songz, Vol. II

by Various Artists

This CD is a compilation disc of local rock bands from Fort Wayne, IN.
Genre: Rock: Album Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Albatross
3:49 album only
2. Dirt Cheap
The Dead Records
5:04 album only
3. Peace Over Shot Gun
RP Wigs
3:18 album only
4. Silently
The Chanticleer
4:20 album only
5. Destiny
3:27 album only
6. Still Alive
4:27 album only
7. HeroesOnce Tomorrow
Heroes 4 Ghosts
4:15 album only
8. Drive
A New Definition
3:25 album only
9. Sword of the King
7:02 album only
10. Darkest Side
Second Sun
4:24 album only
11. Mr Condescending
3:38 album only
12. Every Part of You
Teays Vein
3:16 album only
13. Busted Creek - Deadbeat Town
Busted Break
4:20 album only
14. Verge of Submission - The Voice
Verge of Submission
4:47 album only
15. The Whims - Celestial Bodies
The Whims
4:21 album only
16. Joey & The IROC Experience - Lumberjack
Joey & The IROC Experience
3:03 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
The Making of an Album: By Chris Hupe

While sitting in Dan and Sondra Middleton’s
Digitracks Studio listening to the final
version of the whatzup Battle of the Bands 6
Battle Songz CD for the first time, I couldn’t
help but think about all the work that went
into creating an album that features the best
of what the contest had to offer in 2009. First
and foremost, there were the shows, 15 of
them to be exact, taking place over eight
weeks and featuring 32 different bands. The
process of whittling these bands down to the
16 that ultimately ended up on this
CD was a difficult one. The diversity
and talent on display each night
made judging each band a painstakingly
difficult task, but one I and
three other judges eagerly signed up
to do. Now the results of that process
are finally available for everyone to
While Dan Middleton and Joby
Adams, the producers of the second
album ever to bear the whatzup logo,
played clips of each track for me,
they offered insight into how the CD
was made.
Probably the question most asked
about this CD is why it took so long
to come out. The contest ended during
the dog days of August, but the
CD is being released with Christmas
in the air and the sound of Salvation
Army ringers at every Wal-Mart.
“We wanted to make this the best record
we possibly could,” explained Middleton.
“That means we wanted to do everything
the right way. That also means it’s going to
take some time. When you are dealing with
16 bands, one of the hardest and most timeconsuming
tasks is finding a time when the
bands can come in and record. These guys
are out there gigging every weekend and
most have day jobs, so it’s difficult to find a
day that they can all get together to properly
record their songs. I am extremely thankful
that my wife, Sondra, took care of the scheduling
for us so we could concentrate on the
All of the Battle Songz songs are in the
neighborhood of three to four minutes long,
so most people would assume that recording
one song would be an easy in-and-out process
for the bands. Not so, said Middleton. If
you want to do it right, it’s a bit more complicated
than that.
“When a band comes in, the first thing
we do is take an hour or two to tune the
drums. We want them to sound right for the
song, so it takes a while. Once that’s done
and everyone is satisfied, we set up the guitars
and get them tuned up. That takes another
hour or so. After that, we take care of the
bass, vocals and any other instruments that
the band will be playing. The whole setup
process actually takes several hours, but it is
absolutely necessary in order to make sure
the band sounds as good as it can.”
Once everything is set up, the band does
a “scratch take” in which Middleton and Adams
get an idea of how the song is supposed
to sound.
“It gives us a starting point in recording
the song,” said Middleton. “Then everyone
does at least three takes of their part separately
from the rest of the band so we can
make sure we have enough material to work
with during mixing.”
By laying down extra tracks of each
instrument, Middleton and staff can
later layer instruments and vocals to
create a “full-bodied” sound akin to
anything you would hear on any major
label recording.
“Once everyone is satisfied with
the instruments and all the solos
have been recorded, we add the vocals,”
Adams added. “ Usually we do
one or two takes of singing and then
record any background vocals that
need to be added.”
Most people, myself included,
would think that after finally wrapping
up the recording of the songs
they would be ready to be put on
a CD and sent out for the public to
consume. But, apparently, recording
the songs is just the beginning of the
“Once we feel we have enough
tracks for a mix, the band leaves and we
spend several more hours working with the
tracks,” said Adams.
Mixing the song means that the producers
adjust volume levels, add and subtract
effects, equalize the sound and sometimes
double- and triple-layer some of the instruments.
and listen to it on several different sets of speakers,”
Middleton said. “We listen to them in our cars, at
home, in the studio and wherever else we can in order
to make sure the song sounds good everywhere.
“When we’re satisfied that it does sound good,”
Middleton continued, “we call the band back into the
studio. That is when we get a little nervous. You never
know if the bands are going to like what we have done
to their songs, so it’s a little tense. The last thing we
want to do is change the sound of the band, so after
they hear the song we take all their comments into
consideration and make the changes they want because,
ultimately, it is their song and it should sound
the way they want it to sound. In the end, each song
represents a minimum of 20 hours worth of work.
“The last thing we did,” Middleton explained,
“was bring in a bunch of people independent of us and
the bands to help determine the order of the songs.”
Even with all of this work being put into an album,
Middleton, Adams and their staff believe it is all
worth it.
“The making of this CD was a lot of fun. We are
really proud of it and think it is something that people
are going to want to listen to. The bands came in
prepared and knew what they wanted to do with their
songs. That made our jobs a lot easier,” said Middleton.
“All the bands were great but a few standouts
include Autovator rocking the place and starting the
CD out well, Kill the Rabbit displaying their true rock
n’ roller personas, The Whims, who were up for just
about anything, and Jessie from Heroes 4 Ghosts, who
has an amazing voice. It was a great experience, and
we can’t wait for everyone to get a chance to finally
hear it.”
As I found out, making a CD is a lot of work, and
the work didn’t end at Digitracks. Getting the rights to
pictures, adding artwork to the CD, developing liner
notes, making sure everyone gets credit and proofreading
everything to make sure it is all correct is also
part of the process. That is where Al Quandt of Fort
Wayne Digital Media Production Group came into
the picture. While Middleton, Adams and staff were
working on recording the songs, Quandt was hard at
work putting the CD packaging together.
“This year I wanted to showcase the winner of
the competition as well as those putting the album
together,” Quandt said in a recent interview. “Last
year’s cover format of using the lead singer of the
winning band seemed to work, so I searched around
the Internet and found a professional photo shot of A
New Definition. I contacted Nate Stahley (the photographer)
and asked his permission to use the image.
“As for the inside,” Quandt continued, “I received
some photos of A New Definition from Sondra Middleton
of Digitracks. As I tell many of my musician
clients, I like to keep an organic, homemade look to
album art. Of course, everything is finalized on the
computer when it is all said and done, but using cut/
paste scanner methods and the musician’s actual
handwriting and artwork seems to make the albums
more personal, inviting and interesting. I took my own
advice and placed the photos that I gathered inside a
Polaroid matte, wrote the labels on some old masking
tape and then scanned it in.”
So that’s it. Sixteen bands, 15 shows and more
than 67 minutes of music on one CD. It was a great
year for local music. A limited number of the Battle
Songz CDs are available at Wooden Nickel Music
Store locations and from the bands represented on the
CD. One hundred percent of the proceeds of each CD
bought from a band goes to that band, so I highly recommend
you buy your copy at one of the CD release
shows at Columbia Street West or Wooden Nickel in
the coming months. It is guaranteed to help you get
through the holidays with a smile on your face.



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