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TROY and Jay Baumgardner at NRG Studios

Cord Bishop of rock band TROY laying down vocal tracks with Jay Baumgardner at NRG Studios

TROY band at NRG Studios in Hollywood, CA interviewed by Ernie BallKyle Girth of TROY band looking at Hollywood sign during visit to NRG studios  to record with Jay Baumgardner.

 

 

 

 

 

Jay and Ernie Ball greeted us with open arms!

The Pilgrimage….

…It seemed like forever counting the days before our trip started, but as soon as we got to the West coast time took on a whole different meaning. From the moment we stepped of the plane in Cali, we knew we were beholding a special moment for us in life as musicians. We had finally made the pilgrimage to the Mecca of Rock.

Thankfully we got picked up by a few of our fellow friends and Native Cali rockers Keoni and Micheal of Elements of Kadence & Kyle Ragsdale who was Erik’s previous band mate. These are some of the hardest working guys we know and they all held Springfield as their stomping ground in the past. These cats helped take good care of us & after the obligatory dash to in-and-out burger at 1 in the morning, we were off through the Hollywood hills to find our Airbnb guest house and home for the next couple of weeks (while listening to Bob Segar’s Hollywood Hills mind you).

Studio A

Studio A

Down to business…

…The first day at NRG studios was a sunny Monday morning and we had the pleasure to meet our comrades that we had been chatting with since the announcement of winning Ernie Ball & Uproars Battle of the Bands. Ernie Ball was there and blessed our arrival with brand new custom made guitars and tons of swag and gear. It was great to meet them and see the large arm of the music industry that was pulling strings for TROY behind the curtains. NRG Studios was an absolute spectacle as well. We got the deluxe grand tour from Jay Baumgardner and his staff. The place had a vibe and feel unlike any other music complex or studio I had ever been inside. With gold records and eastern culture décor, the place felt like a mix of Indiana Jones and Abbey Road.

We tracked in studio A the whole session, and it was great to feel the acoustics and reverberation of one of the best live rooms in the world. The drums sounded like a war zone, huge and thunderous with every crash and kick. We used a 59’ Ludwig kit that had huge toms and a 24” kick. In fact, we hardly used anything made after 1975 the entire time in the studio. We had our own “Back to the Future” approach by trying to make a more edgy, aggressively modern and rockin sound with the real deal vintage instruments and boutique artifacts that NRG had within their arsenal. You can see in some of the pictures below just a few of the goodies Jay & NRG put before us:

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The real duder…

…Jay was so receptive and a real duder to be around. He made us feel at home in the lounge and in the studio during our stay. Later on the first night, he chatted with us while we ate dinner and eventually we got out into the live room and started going through song Ideas.

We were really impressed by his willingness to listen and by the feedback that he continuously gave us. He attended each song as a performance and you could tell when he was vibing something or when he wasn’t. After the first night we were really close to narrowing down our songs. And by the end of the second day, after much rehearsal and preparation, we got into tracking some drums.

Sonic Haven…

…Many people don’t realize that NRG is a glorified Sonic Haven in the rock world because of their live rooms and ability to capture drums! We were really looking forward to this process because some of the biggest sounding kits in the world were tracked in the very room we were breathing in. We shared the breaths of Giants, and so did the drums 🙂

Erik's Drum Set-Up at NRG Studios with TROY

Erik’s Set-Up at NRG

Throughout the process we did enough guitars and bass to kill a mid-sized pack of wolves, and it all seemed sonically blistering enough to call TROY – We think you all are going to love these songs. Kyle crushed out his parts on a ‘76 Les Paul Gold top with the hottest pickups I have heard since that terrible MTV Playa show. Kane threw down on a Peavey P bass that was literally angry the whole time we were there. Every note sounded like a pissed off robotic Barry White synthesizer.

The 60’ Gibson J45 was a treat for me to play after having played on a 64’ Gibson J45 religiously that was inherited to me from my Grandmother. The neck played fantastic and it really had a nice, woody sound to it that translated well on one of the new hits, Wicked World.

My favorite guitar I got to touch or use in the studio was definitely their ‘86 Gibson Black Beauty Les Paul Custom. This guitar was butter. So stinkin’ smooth it felt like it was coated in black silk. But what was most special of all, were the hits this guitar had under it’s belt. Linkin Park, 3 days grace, Papa Roach, and Alien Ant Farm all used this guitar on some HUGE tracks. In fact, I had the same set up as Papa Roach’s Infest with the Black Beauty and a Marshall Jcm800. It was a thing of beauty and an honor to play on.

The trip to Cali to record was mostly a hypnotic blur for us. The guys and I spent over 14 days in the studio. Some days were longer than others but we had one thing on our minds and that was to write songs that we could feel satisfied with bringing home to our fans and to enjoy the beautiful sight that is NRG Recording Studios. We did get some relax time in though…

 

Beach Shot

…We hit Venice beach and Santa Monica Blvd a couple afternoons and caught some waves. I threw our beloved GoPro out into the ocean with the dolphins and will probably never hear the end of it from the guys but we sure did have a good time. Exploring the Sunset strip was surreal and we threw down some massive pizza & Calamari at the Rainbow on a wild search for Lemmy of Motorhead.

All in all…

…California was a learning experience for us. We came home with some valuable connections and friendships made. We heard some powerful feedback and gained bookuu advice from legends in the industry. It was an experience that we wouldn’t want to trade in for anything. Hopefully we left a good impression on the West coast, one we can come back to shortly.

The Recording Experience with Jay at NRG studios went well for us. But you know what the best part about this whole experience is??…It isn’t over yet… 🙂

In a few short weeks I have the pleasure of going back out to NRG in California to finish some vocals and tie up a few loose ends before preparing to get the songs in YOUR hands!!

As a Final Note and To Our Fans…

…Not a day goes by where I don’t thank all of you in my heart for voting and helping to make this possible as well as supporting us on the amazing journey that your love has provided. Keep helping to push us further, and keep being the best fans in the world!!

~Cord

Check out many more photos from our time at NRG here!

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-Ran into the Women of TROY after just landing in California-

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Evolution Showcase: TROY Celebrates Winning Ernie Ball National BOTB

Members of TROY flyer for Evolution Show on July 10th, 2015 at the Outland Ballroom

 

 

 TROY Celebrates Winning Ernie Ball National BOTB With Evolution Showcase

The Reality Of Yourself has put together a hometown showcase to celebrate winning the Ernie Ball National BOTB. TROY has dubbed the two-date showcase the “Evolution” series for their fans. In light of all the recent events and good news, the Evolution series was created to celebrate not only where TROY has been, but where they stand today, and where they are going.

Live shot at Evolution Showcase Show Part I at the Outland Ballroom with TROY on July 10th, 2015.

As stated earlier, the Evolution showcase consists of two different live performances. The first show was on July 10th at the Outland Ballroom and it proved to be a wild one with a packed house and temperatures’ hitting around 100 degrees inside!

The crowd was hyped, and the energy in the building was through the roof – We couldn’t have felt more at home. Thanks to all of our loyal fans and q102, TROY crowd shot from Evolution Showcase show Part I at the Outland Ballroom on July 10th, 2015.Evolution showcase part I sold out at the Outland Ballroom. We are so grateful the all the wonderful musicians in Paralandra, Make Rocket Go, and Contusion for coming out and rocking the stage with us that night.We even heard feedback that it was our best performance to date…what did you think?? Either way it was a blast!!

Check out more pics from July 10th here!

TROY in the studio at Springfield's rock station Q102.1 celebrating their newest single "The Reckoning" hitting daily rotation.

TROY also Celebrates winning Ernie Ball National BOTB with Evolution Showcase Pt II

The second episode of the Evolution series will take place August 8th at Cartoons and honors the humbled beginnings any band goes through in the early years. Not only is TROY rockin’ their fan- favorite songs and all the covers that inspired them into existence, but coming with them to the stage are Fishing for Saturday & Cinnamon Hills from Springfield mo. These two opening acts are composed of young local rockers from the area who already show a huge passion for the music and a drive to be on the next big stage. We are ecstatic to celebrate the evolution of TROY by  uniting with  the freshest of the rock bands in our area! There is no better way to embrace the evolution of music than to throw some light on the next generation of rockers!

Tickets are available for Aug 8th at Cartoons Oyster Bar and Grill – or through us on Facebook!

Join our Facebook Event here!

The evolution showcase has been a blast for TROY so far, and we hope you have been enjoying the experience too. We owe a big thanks to all that came out to our Announcement Party and the first Evolution Showcase as well. It’s been a great opportunity to show thanks to all the fans who have supported us through most of our journey, and all the new faces just now joining the family.TROY Evolution show at the Outland Ballroom - in celebration of TROY winning the Ernie Ball National BOTB

 

See you on the 8th!

~T.R.O.Y~

 

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Ernie Ball Announces TROY winner of the Uproar National Battle of the Bands

TROY Live at Rockstar Uproar Festival 2014



Ernie Ball Announces TROY winner of the Uproar National Battle of the Bands.

The fans and the judges have spoken alike and TROY has been picked the winner of the Rockstar Energy Uproar Tour Battle of the Bands presented by Ernie Ball! Ernie Ball throws many battle of the bands, but non as prestigious in rock as the Uproar Festieb-botb-uproar-2014-lockup-transparent (1)val Competition.  TROY was hand-selected out of over a thousand bands as the winner of this National Battle of the Bands.

What does this mean??

That’s right…

We are going on Tour!!!

TROY played for their spot on the Rockstar Energy Uproar Tour in September of 2014 in Bonner Springs, KS. After what must have been a lot of deliberation due to the large amount of talent that entered, Ernie Ball announced that TROY was the band that would be joining the Uproar Tour of 2015. We are so excited and deeply humbled by this wonderful opportunity! TROY is extremely thankful for you, the fans. – None of this would have been possible without your undying support.

In August we will be launching out on a quest to play in over half of the states our lovely country has to offer, with some of the biggest names in rock today! We feel honored and SO stoked to have been chosen by such reputable people within the industry as Jay BaumGardner . These guys are leGuitarist Kyle Girth of TROY at Rockstar Uproar Festival 2014.gends to us and true pros when it comes to sound, performance, and the industry in general.

One of the sickest things is that we get to record in L.A with Jay @ NRG Studios. This dude produced some huge bands like Godsmack & Paparoach & tons more!! – needless to say we fell out of our chairs…literally…

 

TROY continues to be astounded by the amazing support of their fans. “We are forever in debt for the love and opportunities our fans have given us over the years, but none bigger than this” – Cord/ Lead Vox. With the awesome Uproar 2015 Tour coming & new music soon to drop, we owe so much to our loyal following. Thanks again to everyone that voted; all of our family, friends, and fans, as well as the great people at Ernie Ball and Uproar for already treating us like family. We can’t wait to represent Springfield and Missouri on this crazy experience.

 

http://www.news-leader.com/story/entertainment/music/2015/05/28/springfield-band-wins-competition-will-join-national-rock-tour/28069813/

http://www.immusicmag.com/2015/05/the-reality-of-yourself-t-r-o-y-wins-uproar-tour-battle-of-the-bands/

~T.R.O.Y~

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TROY at Rockstar Uproar Tour 2014

Crowd shot with TROY at Rockstar Uproar Festival in 2014.

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Uproar Tour Performance

Uproar Fan Pic!

Our Rockstar Energy Uproar Tour experience was nothing less short than phenomenal! We opened the day on Ernie Ball’s side stage, with hundreds of people spectating at bay. We came out hard and heavy with our opening song, “I Am My Own”, which caught the attention of those passing by. As we played on throughout our set, more spectators came to the stage to watch and hear our performance. We finished our set with one of our favorite cover songs “Whipping Post” by The Allman Brothers. The crowd showed much love and approval by throwing up a sea of rock fists, and we got to meet tons of new fans that day hanging by the merch tent. Our favorite part was getting to meet all the cool peeps that were there for one thing. To Rock! We even had some awesome fans drive all the way to KS just to see us play… now that’s dedication! We also need to give a shout out to the guys from Sons of Revelry, for showing us a good time!
We did a couple of interviews on the Rockstar Uproar tour with some cool organizations. Both Rock Addict Radio and  Underground Pulse were awesome and treated us with so much respect. We can’t thank them enough for taking time out of such a busy day to give us props and an interview.
Members of TROY at Rockstar Uproar Festival in 20134 - image by Street Metal Image Photography.
 Go HERE to listen down to the interview with Underground Pulse!
Take a look at some of these awesome photos taken by John Thornbrugh from Street Metal Image Photography.
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Now we wait for the results of the grand champion of the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands contest. We hope that we can bring home the prize for all those TROY fans that voted and supported us. No matter what happens, we want to thank every fan that has ever believed in our music and what we represent. We look forward to bringing you more rockin’ tunes and shows in the near future!

Check out our video from the day of the Rockstar Uproar show, and experience it for yourself!
There were plenty of pictures taken, here are just a few. Check out more of our own pictures on Instagram and Facebook.

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The Fans Have Spoken:TROY Wins First Round of Ernie Ball Uproar Battle

TROY wins first round of Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands and will play 2014 Rockstar Uproar Festival with rock artists Buckcherry, Skillet, Godsmack and more.

The Fans have Spoken

It has been decided by the fans, we have claimed 1st in the regional Ernie Ball’s “Rockstar Uproar” Battle of the Bands contest. We have been selected to open the Rockstar Uproar show in Bonner Springs, KS on September 6th, 2014. We are thankful to rock out with todays biggest rock acts including Godsmack, Seether, PopEvil, Skillet, Buckcherry and Escape the Fate.

The next stage of the Battle of the Bands competition will be judge based on the live performance in Bonner Springs, KS. The two judges that hold our fate in their hands include Jay Baumgardner (www.jaybaumgardner.com), which has helped shape the sound of rock’n’ roll in the 21st century. He’s produced and mixed records from Evanescence, Papa Roach and Drowning Pool. The second judge in the Ernie Ball battle of the bands for Uproar that will help decide the battle winner is Buckcherry’s guitarist, Keith Nelson. (www.buckcherry.com)

Our fans have spoken. We thank all of you who voted for us and gave us a shot at something greater still.

Check out our page for the Ernie Ball’s “Rockstar Uproar” battle of the bands here at http://www.battleofthebands.com/u/therealityofyourself . You can listen down to some tunes, check out the pics and read all about the competition.  We are so grateful to have some killer fans who are always there for us and spreading the word, we love all you guys and gals!  It’s not every day that we get chosen for an opportunity like this so help us share the love!

 

I’m sure we will have more pics and things to come from the day of the show. We are extremely excited and ready to rock the Cricket wireless amphitheater in Bonner springs, KS. Through all the good and the bad, we shall never falter nor fade, for our fans have spoken.

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Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands “Rockstar Uproar” Vote for Us

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Vote for the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands

“Rockstar Uproar” Regionals: T.R.O.Y

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We have officially entered the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands Rockstar Uproar contest- a nation wide contest in which the grand champion receives an exclusive spot on the 2015 Rockstar Energy Uproar tour, along with some other really rad prizes including an EP recording with Producer/ Mixer Jay Baumgardner at the world-famous NRG recording studios in North Hollywood, CA.
In order to be in the running for this amazing opportunity, we are calling on you, the fans, to help us bring home the grand prize.
There are numerous ways in which you can propel us to the top of the Buzz Rating system that the Ernie Ball battle of the Bands has set up. The first way is by simply liking our social media pages and sharing them with your friends and family. The second way you can help push us to the top is by simply listening to our music on our Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands website- http://uproar.battleofthebands.com/u/therealityofyourself.  While your at our page, you can also vote for us, as many times as you would like. Every vote counts, so feel free to vote multiple times and share the voting link with all your pals.
The top 100 Buzz Rated artists for each tour stop are eligible to win an opening slot to play live. The chosen artist will be selected by a panel of industry professionals comprised of both Ernie Ball and Festival organizers. In order for us to have a shot at winning this battle, we feel that we need to have a higher “buzz rating” than the other competing artists. So now we leave the task to you, will you help us claim the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands Rockstar Uproar regional throne?

The Battle of the Bands has begun!

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