Audio frenzy knows where they are headed

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Daisy Morgan, Stas Edel and Ryen Lapham together make up Audio Frenzy. “Music is a way of life. I couldn’t do other things without music,” Morgan said.

Submitted photo: Audio Frenzy group members Ryen Lapham, Daisy Morgan and Stas Edel perform with various instruments locally for audiences of all ages.

She said Edel came up with the name Audio Frenzy to reflect the way the group combines their varying musical influences into their own style. Audio Frenzy also refers to the dynamic feel of their songs, and has something for everyone, she said.

The group plays at SocorroFest and books gigs at other local venues, Morgan said.

Morgan plays Native American flutes as her instrument of choice and is the lead vocalist for the group.

Edel plays guitar and, occasionally, the bass, also providing back up vocals.

Lapham is the percussionist, lighting expert and special effects specialist, Morgan said.

Audio Frenzy and released their first album on Aug. 4, titled “Free Your Mind.” However, it is not a full album. With this album they are hoping to get their music out to more people, and get the audience excited about their music so they can raise funds to record a full album, Edel said.

Edel designs Audio Frenzy’s website and created the artwork for their album.

“Our music is art,” Edel said. “It gave me an opportunity to provide music with visuals.”

Audio Frenzy has a song dedicated to breast cancer and strength for mothers. They write songs about simple everyday things, such as change and love.

Two of their songs, “Right from the Start” and “Tired,” were recently played on the “Thump and Growl” show hosted by Kimberly Massengil on WBAI 99.5 FM, a station in New York City, Morgan said.

“Right from the Start” is a love song, the other three songs on the album speak for themselves, she said.

“Our songs are very open to the interpretation by the listener,” Edel said.

Morgan’s favorite musical artist is Tori Amos. She loves jazz, metal and punk.

Eden said his favorite music is metal, with some prospective and alternative music “to broaden his horizons.” He admires Iron Maiden, Red Hot Chile Peppers and The Black Keys. He likes getting exposed to different types of music and their backgrounds, Morgan said.

“Music is a stress relief,” Edel said. “You can zone out and do your own things with new, original ideas.”

Lapham is a techno junkie who listens to electronic music, party music and soul. He has diverse tastes, including Jimi Hendrix.

All three have the same two favorite artists, Pink Floyd and Pretty Lights.

“I can’t go a day without music,” Lapham said.

Audio Frenzy play in New Mexico and have made one trip to Santa Fe. Travelling is tight because they are students at New Mexico Tech, Morgan said. They want to eventually play in Truth or Consequences. “It’s laid back and more cultural,” Lapham said.

Morgan has played in Albuquerque with other bands, and eventually they would like to play in Colorado or Arizona, she said. Morgan said neither of her parents played music, but according to them, she could sing before she could talk. Since she started playing in a band, her dad was inspired to learn the guitar.

“I took it in my own,” Morgan said. “I’m turning my family into musicians.”

Edel said his mom played classical piano for five years, and his sister has played the Bandura for years in the Ukraine.

In Lapham’s family, no one is a musician but his parents are music lovers, he said. His dad used to sing to him. He took up drums as a hobby in middle school and played in a garage band throughout college.

“Music connects all things in life and experiences,” Morgan said.

Morgan grew up in Chicago and has lived in New Mexico for nine years. She received her bachelor’s degree in conservation biology at the University of New Mexico and is currently a graduate student at NMT. She is working on a master’s degree in geochemistry.

Edel is from the Ukraine and moved to the United States when he was 15. He lived in and attended school in West Virginia, receiving a bachelor’s degree in physics at West Virginia University. He is working toward a master’s in astrophysics. Edel came to the United States for an experience, and moved to New Mexico because he wanted something new and different, he said.

“Our music has a little bit of everything for everyone,” Edel said.

Lapham is from Tennessee, earned a double major for his bachelor’s in math and physics at East Tennessee State University.

He has been at New Mexico Tech for a year, and is attending for his doctorate in astrophysics.

Edel and Morgan have known each other for a year. They started playing together around town and were invited to Socorrofest 2011, Edel said. Lapham moved to Socorro and met Edel for a beer after a grueling preliminary physics test and joined the group immediately, Lapham said.

“Find an open mic and play to get experience, put yourself out there,” Lapham said. “That is the best way to expose yourself, good or bad.”

Edel said their music has a broad audience. They play at Sofia’s Kitchen and children will be dancing while they play.

They play at the music fair at Socorro High School where they showed students how to play instruments, she said. They also play at the Capitol Bar to reach out to college students, Morgan said.

“Some of our music is emotional and for some adults,” Edel said. “Be honest with the music you play. The past will speak to you and speak to others.”

“Follow your heart,” Morgan said. “If you love doing it, other people will love it too.”