Erik Christ - Keyboards, Vocals
Gary Wertman - Guitars, Vocals
de*sign (n): a plan or protocol for carrying out or accomplishing something
life (n): The physical, mental, and spiritual experiences that constitute existence
Think about all the aspects of life in our world today. The infinite range of emotions, experiences and interactions among each other that are unique to you, yet in a way are common to everyone you've ever met. Love, hate, anger, fear, bravado, and all the workings which shape the incidents and accidents which collectively represent human existence - that's what DFL is all about.
Erik Christ, 28, and Gary Wertman, 30, have been friends and musical collaborators since 1990, so they've had plenty of time to get used to working together. "We always knew that our best music was the stuff that we wrote together," says Christ. "Every time I ever needed help finishing a song, Gary was the first person I'd call."
So why did it take 14 years for them to release their first album? "Life just kept getting in the way of us making a real record," recalls Wertman. "We've always recorded songs here and there, but this is the first time that we've had the time and resources to make the recording exactly the way we wanted it."
Their debut album, "Letters in Boxes," ought to sound exactly the way they want it to, seeing as they wrote, arranged, engineered, mixed, and mastered every song on the album by themselves. Armed with years of life experience to write about, Christ and Wertman recorded the entire album in the attic of Christ's house between April and October of 2004. According to them, the hardest part in the whole process was coming up with a name for the "band." "We wanted a name that would sort of encompass everything we were trying to do," says Wertman. "Our "sound" and our subjects are so varied - it was tough to come up with one name that fits a piano balladeer as well as a prog-rock band."
From subtle acoustic ballads to amped-up metal rockers and everything in between, DFL fearlessly incorporates styles and crosses over genres, sharing life experiences by whatever musical means necessary. For more information about Design For Life, please contact Erik Christ via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Blood From A Stone
2. One Alone
3. So Long
5. Dreaming of Time
6. Every Day
7. Still Deceived
9. Letters In Boxes
10. Been The Wiser
11. Get Over