A lot went into writing your favorite song--but how much do you really know about it? This week Seth Hecox, guitarist, keyboardist, and clean vocalist of Atlanta's four-piece Christian progressive metal band Becoming the Archetype, delves into writing songs with a phone, video-game music, and creating a memorable melody.
Song: "The Magnetic Sky"
Release date: March 29, 2011
When it was written: Late 2010
Where it was written: In Cleveland, Ga., at [guitarist] Daniel Gailey's house.
Favorite line in the song: "Here at the end of the world planets fall and we are rising, soul and sky are magnetizing."
Which part was the hardest to come up with? The singing vocals at the beginning took awhile. We had to have a killer melody and a great harmony to go with it. It had to be memorable, but unique at the same time.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be? On this song, probably nothing. It's solid all the way through. Wish I could say that about all our songs.
Odd fact about song: The song began as a series of sounds recorded on Jason's phone. He had a riff idea, so he sang into his phone to remember it. Then Daniel had to translate those beeps and blips into an actual guitar riff.
What was your inspiration for writing the song? Our inspiration is usually just to create cool sounds and write songs that flow well. I'm not aware that Jason was influenced by any particular song or band or music other than maybe some video-game music or something.
What is the meaning behind the song? "Magnetic Sky" is a microcosm of the whole record. It speaks of the end of the world as a good thing and a moment of promise. It's a sort of unveiling, and that revelation can be a good thing, whether it's the end of the physical world or just the end of your personal world or situation.
Becoming the Archetype will be performing at Studio Seven on June 29.