Lorenzo Von Hofler II
Flute, Soprano/Alto/Tenor Saxophones and Keyboards
Vocals, Backing Vocals, Guitars and Keyboards
Drums and Percussion
Acoustic and Electric Guitars
Darien Martus Describes how the Band was Formed.
When I first began working on the recording of Rockaxeon, I reached out to my life-long friend, Paul Johannes, who had played on my album, "Side Trip", by way of remote recording and the sending of sound files back and forth from Michigan to California. He created the terrific flute, saxophone and horn tracks you hear on "Conceive" and "Rockaxeon". A few months later, I started a conversation with Peter May, a drummer I have worked with since our college years, about the possibility of adding drums to the recording. We did some experimentation with how this could work remotely, since he was living in Georgia at the time.
Then, in 2019, I made a decision to bring us together for a week of sessions in Detroit instead of trying to make the remote thing work. I also reached out to Lorenzo Von Hofler II, a bass player that I have known and played with since we were teenagers! Lorenzo, Peter and I had been a band during and after my college years, as well as playing together on many music projects over the course of our lives. And lastly, I asked Dan O'Connor, a pro guitarist I'd also known since college and who had played on some of my earliest music projects, to join us in the Detroit sessions. Since Rockaxeon is so much a guitar written piece, I really needed a player with the breadth of skills he possesses.
We spent a week together in a house in Southfield, just outside of Detroit, in a beautiful woodland area and several acres. Making this music together was one of the highest times of my life. Our common history and friendship shines through the recording I think, and has become the sound of this record.
Left to right: Peter May, Paul Johannes, Darien Martus, Lorenzo Von Hofler II in the room where we recorded, dubbed: The Arms Redux*.
*The 4 of us lived together a in a townhouse in Pontiac, Michigan, in our 20s. We called it, "The Arms"
Paul recording the sax solo for “Africa”, Peter holding the door.
The house in Southfield, near Detroit Michigan, where we recorded most of the tracks for Rockaxeon.
Paul, Peter, Darien and Lorenzo.
With Mike Gustin at MTG Studio.
Mike has worked with me on my last 4 albums, providing great suggestions that have improved my mixes immensely.