The Story of Collide
"We just wanted to make the kind of music that we wanted to hear."
Once upon a time, somewhere around 1992, two people met at an industrial dance club. One was very thirsty, so they asked the other to get them some water. After the liquid reached the glass, the two began a conversation, which became a friendship, and then formed a creative union.
The creative union became what is known as COLLIDE. The primary core of the Los Angeles based duo is Statik and kaRIN. Statik is responsible for the sound orchestrations and overall production. kaRIN takes care of the vocals and lyrics.
"We never thought of starting a band, we just wanted to make the kind of music we wanted to hear. After the first few songs were finished, we thought the collaboration sounded like something special. A few songs later, we realized that the music we were making was really important to us. It would need a name. We thought long and hard and then COLLIDE came to us. We knew it was right, as it described what we were doing and the feeling of the music perfectly."
The essence of COLLIDE is the coming together of two opposing entities to form a symbiotic whole ... combining the female and masculine energies, the cognitive and the subliminal, the strength and the mystery.
Meaningful lyrics and alluring hypnotic vocals combine with an aural sculpture, to form an experience in listening that manages to defy categorization. "I think the reason why our sound is different is because we do not approach music in a traditional way. We don't play music, we try to create soundscapes -- layers of depth and sound."
To date, the duo have released nine full length CDs and a DVD -- Beneath the Skin, Distort, Chasing the Ghost, Some Kind of Strange, Vortex, Live at the El Rey, Like the Hunted, Ultrashiver (with Dean Garcia of Curve, Two Headed Monster, and These Eyes Before.
Beneath the Skin examines feelings of the internal depth of emotion.
Distort presents remixes from Beneath the Skin, as well as some cover songs ... giving a different twist on things.
"Chasing the Ghost," says kaRIN, "is named to capture that feeling of searching for essence ... the feeling of yearning, like a space you can't fill, or a haunting that you can't quite put your finger on."
Some Kind of Strange continues on to explore one's place within themselves and the universe. "I always write from the heart," says kaRIN. "Music allows me to exist in a world of my own creation."
Vortex is a couble CD that further explores the diverse sound of COLLIDE and includes remixes from both Some Kind of Strange and Chasing the Ghost, as well as some new cover songs.
Like the Hunted is a DVD which includes COLLIDE's live performance in 2005 at the El Rey in Los Angeles. It also includes an interview as well as other acoustic and tour performances.
Live at the El Rey is the audio CD of the live performance from the Like the Hunted DVD.
Ultrashiver is a new side project with kaRIN and Statik and Dean Garcia of Curve. Beside the album Ultrashiver, the group released two singles, Shiver X and Shooting Laser Beams.
Two Headed Monster, released in 2008.
These Eyes Before, was released in 2009. It's comprised ten classics songs, each one completely reimagined.
Due to dissatisfaction with the music industry, COLLIDE began their own record label, Noiseplus Music, and decided to self-release. "This was a decision we had to make, as so much energy and life goes into each song in layers and levels. We never let go of it until we are sure that it is the best that we can make, and we are ultimately satisfied with it. We see so many things in the music industry that are not in the artist's favor, where it becomes all about business. It is our hope to help make that change, while making music that we believe in, and to set a path for ourselves, as well as other artists."
"Our eternal thanks to those who seek out and expose new music."