MP3 S.T.E.M. - The .7 Compromise
Debuting progressive rock fused with Mediterranean funk and melodic vocals. Don''t be afraid to be uncomfortable
9 MP3 Songs in this album (53:14) !
Related styles: ROCK: Progressive Rock, POP: Pop/Rock
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Ryan Safarian, born in Queens county, was raised in an Armenian household. From birth his cultural heritage immersed him into a world rich with music and poetry. He picked up his first instrument at the age of 7 where his musical study began. Starting with strings, moving to woodwinds, and progressing to brass where he had the privilege to play with the NY All-State trumpet ensemble. While studying the trumpet and musical theory, Ryan continued to study his Armenian heritage and became interested in many Mediterranean/Middle Eastern instruments (One in particular, the percussive instrument, the doumbek). Playing percussion in local church festivals he was able to learn more about the cultural hand drum and more importantly, odd time signatures, which at the time was not very common in mainstream American music. Ryan''s love for minor keys and a more mathematical approach to music led him straight into genre of Progressive Rock. Still early in his musical education, Ryan picked up a microphone for the first time in the acoustic band "Project Plan B" where he worked closely with guitarist Greg Bolomey.
Greg Bolomey started playing guitar at 16. One day, a neighbor went to Greg''s house and played a Metallica riff that he had just learned, and Greg was hooked. Kirk Hammett was the reason Greg wanted to learn guitar. After that, he never looked back. Inclined by likes of John Petrucci, Dimebag Darrell, Alex Skolnick, Buckethead, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Paul Gilbert, Greg taught himself everything he could. Years later, he began to look for ways to expand his musicality, so he went on to acquire a Masters degree in music performance. Greg continues to nurture his musical education with an ongoing study of music theory, analysis, and composition by abstracting from such greats as Roland Dyens, Carlos Domeniconi, Villalobos, Arnold Schoenberg, and Bach. Progressive music was the perfect medium to allow Greg to experiment with advanced musical techniques. The love for Progressive music and the urge to put these techniques into practice led Ryan and Greg on a search to find bassist Jeff Romano.
Jeff Romano was born in Patchogue, Long Island and spent most of his childhood living overseas in countries such as Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. His family traveled around the world, exposing Jeff to many different cultures and stylings of music. His heritage is a mix of Italian, Puerto Rican, and Native American. Jeff first got into playing instruments at the age of 9 when he was stuck playing stand up bass for his music class. He ended up enjoying it but due to the overbearing size of the instrument he graduated into playing the Cello. He continued to dabble in music on and off until finally picking up the electric bass in 1996. Since then Jeff has been playing and practicing religiously. He found guidance and inspiration in the music of Jaco Pastorius, Chris Squier of Yes, Flea of the RHCP, John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, Geddy Lee of Rush, Les Claypool, The Mars Volta, Tool, Mudvayne and many more great artists and players. Jeff spent many years in and out of multiple working projects and eventually putting all of his efforts into S.T.E.M. The project focused heavily on pushing the boundaries of everyones ability all while creating a new brand of progressive music. However, the band was still missing the final piece, drummer Tony Consalvo.
Tony Consalvo, born and raised in Bayside, Queens. Tony began learning guitar at age 7 after moving out to https://www.tradebit.comes in 1990 . He was first drawn to the Classical and Country genres due to the acoustic guitar. He switched to the Rock genre not shortly after and continued with progressive rock after picking up the drums in early 1997. Incredibly his first performance was only 3 months later, playing two original tracks for a crowd of 1500 people. His music theory education continued throughout middle school and high school while playing the trumpet in concert band. Now with over 10 years of experience, Tony concentrated on the more technical side of drumming and music theory which is a primary writing block for most progressive rock/metal bands today. Tony is self taught on the drums, picking up his unique style from attending drum clinics, watching drum videos, and listening to tracks from his favorite players. His three biggest influences dating back to his first days of drumming are Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, Neil Peart of Rush, and Danny Carey of Tool.