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YEAR FORMED: 1999
Born in Louisiana, Hydrovibe began when vocalist Heather St. Marie joined forces with guitarist Mat Dauzat to create a sound that combined dynamic, guitar-driven music with extremely powerful and commanding female vocals.
Through industry suggestion and for the sake of taking the band to the next level, it became clear that Hydrovibe would need to move to Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, back in L.A., Heather began scouring the scene for musicians to complete the band lineup. She and Dauzat continued to work on songwriting back and forth via the internet. Heavily influenced by the excitement and struggles of the recent major life changes and impacts on relationships (both good and bad), the new Hydrovibe songs grew extremely rich in melody and lyrical content while maintaining the heavy sound that the band had become known for. Through rehearsing the songs together live, the sound of Mat's strong harmonies combined with Heather's already powerful voice added another dynamic aspect to the band. Dauzat and St. Marie began recording pre-production demos and releasing them on MySpace in late 2003, and the songs began receiving strong reaction and industry attention. In spring of 2004, Hydrovibe joined forces with Atlantic Records to record 4 songs at Ocean Way Studios in Hollywood, California.
Armed with the newly recorded songs, St. Marie and Dauzat underwent an extensive search to find the perfect members to complete Hydrovibe. Through industry friends they found drummer Philippe Mathys, a Swiss native who was playing in U.P.O. (Sony/Epic/Nitrus Records). Several months later, the band finalized its lineup when they found bass player Eliot Lorango through good friend and top L.A. musician-referral service owner, Barry Squire. Meanwhile Atlantic Records underwent "restructuring," and Hydrovibe decided to switch gears and release an album on their own. They formed their own label, Orleans Street Records, a tribute to their original Louisiana stomping grounds.
"We spent a lot of time playing the major label game just to find out that we were doing a lot of things right on our own all along," says Dauzat. "In order to remain true to our roots, we feel that it is time for the band to put out an album on our own."
"There's too much momentum for us to be slowed down by anything at this point," says St. Marie. "Our fans have waited long enough."