Only Now Existing is a powerful blend of rock, electronic, and alternative music from the mind of James Garrett. The name, "Only Now Existing" is Garrett's way of saying that it is only when he is making music with his heart and soul and people are effected by it that he feels truly alive. Garrett's debut album, Voodoo Doll, is something special; combining meaningful and powerful songwriting with driving beats, intelligent harmonies, and a crisp new sound.... O N E must be heard to be understood.
As an artist, Garrett has a "do-it-yourself" personality. Unwilling to conform to the ideals of a major record company, Garrett started "Vision Records," an independent label he used to produce his debut. Being his own producer allows Garrett complete creative control, which is part of the philosophy of his music, a pure expression of his personality.
Many of Garrett's songs, like the high powered "Blackout," revolve around driving melodies and electric guitars. Garrett also uses electronic elements to create atmosphere like the moody "Misled." Garrett's music is nearly impossible to categorize because he uses anything that appeals to him at the moment, hard or soft, whatever helps him to get his message across. Samples, drum tracks, and ambient sounds are all part of Garrett's palette, helping him to craft wonderful mood music calling his listeners to arms or inviting them to enjoy the scenery of his soundscapes.
The message, the philosophy, is central to Garrett's music. "My meaning is be yourself and don't depend on anyone else to make you happy," Says Garrett, "be an individual, be O N E." Tired of the controlling influence of media, society, and politics Garrett calls on his listeners to fight against controlling influences in their lives and to allow their own personality to take control. "If you have yourself, that is all you will ever need" He says.
With the release of his debut, "Voodoo Doll," Only Now Existing is sure to get some attention, but Garrett believes it is important not to limit yourself. Just as Garrett is inspired by the whole spectrum of musical styles, he believes that he has only begun to tap the inspiration that allows him to create his music. Only Now Existing is truly a groundbreaking band, and the message is one that everyone should heed: believe in yourself, seek out those things that inspire you, and never let anyone tell you that you can't do it. Garrett's music is as emotional and inspiring as it is wonderful to hear and his potential seems unlimited. Once your hear O N E, you will remember it.
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1. Voodoo Doll
6. Kill You Off
8. My Dream
9. The Ruins of Interest
10. Until That Day
11. All That Was