Started off as a project of one guy in his room, and eventually started gigging in 2009. More songs have been written, members have been added, and a band formed. This is the story.
SUBFREQUENCIES, yes with all caps, started off as a music project of Andrew Cagle. Andrew has been in a few notable Dallas band acts around Dallas, TX; such as Freely, Derek Guynes, Mark Devin, etc. Playing mostly with friends and for churches, he started writing his own music, however, did not have the means to go to a studio and record his ideas. “It was just a hobby”, said Andrew, “I wanted to get my music out there, but not spend a ton of money on studio time.” Andrew had ideas of where he wanted the songs to go, but hadn’t fully written out the all the parts yet. “Most of the songs started out as just a melody or chord progression in my head, and then I tried to think up the rest”, said Andrew.
One day, the spring of 2009, Andrew gathered up an old microphone and mixer and connected the them to his computer. He started to try to record a track into an old mixing programs, Mackie Tracktion. Trying to record the song before dinner, Andrew recorded guitars, vocals, and bass for a song. After dinner, he programed some drums into the song using Tracktion’s MIDI drums. “It sounded nowhere near real drums“, said Andrew. That night he stayed up mixing the song and making it sound the best he could with what he had. He then posted it on MySpace and it was viral. The song was called, “Summer Love”.
The song didn’t sound that good due to the lack of great recording technique and gear, but it was a taste of the idea of what Andrew envisioned the sound of subfrequencies to be like. A few weeks later, after some good positive feed back, Andrew started to work on another song. This time, incorporating MIDI string instrument parts into the song. This song was called, “Night Drive”. Written about a current “break up”, the song talked about how he felt as he drove on a highway past the exit he used to take to go to her house. This song was too added to MySpace and now is currently also featured on the subfrequencies’ Youtube channel.
From there, Andrew kept writing songs but didn’t record as much, because he was attending Southwestern Assemblies of God University. There at SAGU, he found many other musicians that we’re willing to play with him for shows. Great musicians like JJ Jackson, Bert Willis, Jordan Weaver, Spencer Speed, Chris Legan, and Ryan Weaver. At that point, subfrequencies was viewed as a collective jam effort. Musicians would change every now and then, but the music stayed the same.
It was during these years when Andrew bought Propellerhead Reason, and really started to improve the sound of the recordings. “When I bought Reason, the sound of the recordings weren’t so fake sounding anymore. Especially the drums sounds.”, Said Andrew. It was then, that the programming of the drums sounded more real than before. “Considering, I typically write the songs and record all the parts in house, I didn’t have the right stuff to record real drums well.”, said Cagle. “Reason has great sampling and the aftermarket drum samples are great and are very dynamic.”
At this point, there was a small following of people who would listen to new tracks, and Andrew figured he should play a show. The first subfrequencies show was in a band showcase in the SAGU Student Center. “It was a terrible show”, Andrew said grasping his face. “JJ was playing drums on that show and I love JJ cause he has this huge sound and plays loud, but the Student Center can hardly support acoustic acts, let alone a full band. Our amps were down, there was only one monitor, and I think all the amps were plugged into one wall. It was rough, but a lot of fun. After that, I knew I wanted to do this more.”, said Andrew.
From there, they played more gigs at churches, The Oaks Fellowship main sanctuary, Mokah, and The Prophet Bar. “In all honesty, we gig about once or twice a year. I wish we could gig more, but playing the same old places gets tiring after awhile”, said Cagle. “I would love to play festivals during the summer, but it’s all about contacts and who you know. I will be putting forth more of an effort this year to play more shows, release more music, and collaborate more with local musicians. It’s an honor to be a part of the Dallas music scene.”