About Aaron and Andrew
In 2008 longtime grade school friends Andrew Hansen and Aaron Ruiz decided that they wanted to escape the financial time constraints of a recording studio to hone in their own “sound” and studio skills. With a few cheap microphones and an old PC,they self produced their album Pictures and Words in the basement of Andrew’s parents home in Connecticut. Despite its small budget sound, the album was a success and caught the ears of several television music supervisors landing dozens of placements on CBS, E, Oxygen, and MTV. The entire album showing up on shows like “Guiding Light” and “The Real World”.
In 2010 the duo had their music passed onto Grammy nominated producer Brent Milligan. (Ten Shekel Shirt, David Crowder Band, The Elms) Showing interest in developing their sound, Milligan invited them down to his Nashville studio to record their next album To Be Brave. The month long session was a recording boot camp for Aaron and Andrew.
“From recording guitars to learning about eq and a deeper comprehension of pro tools, the To Be Brave sessions taught us a lot about ourselves both as writers and growing producers...Brent was like a mad scientist in a lab and we were just trying to keep up with him.”
The finished product was met with great success. The album landed even more television licenses from networks like Bravo, MTV, and Showtime. Prominent placements during the Kim Kardashian wedding and “The Real World” overwhelmed their website and spiked album sales. They also had a hit single “I Found You” which has become their most downloaded song and a favorite among wedding videographers across the country. Their song “Heart” was also covered by former American Idol contestant Shuan Cannon in a youtube video currently sitting at 40K plays.
In the summer of 2012 the duo hit their home studio in Connecticut and began roughing out demos for their next project. Hoping to take another stab at the production end of making an album but still wanting another voice in the process, the guys were introduced to Chris Grainger (Wilco, Switchfoot, Kopecky Family Band, Five Knives) another talented producer from Nashville. Chris was more than happy to fill in where the pair felt they needed a third voice. Working both at their home studio in CT and with Chris in Nashville, Aaron and Andrew spent three months recording their latest release, Chase.
The six song EP will be released over a six month’ with one song being released monthly as a free download off the band’s Facebook page starting in February 2013.