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The Prototype / Blog

Every Story Has a Beginning

A history of “The Prototype” according to J (Prototype Guitarist). For me it all started with a six month absence from the music business which was really taking it’s toll. So I picked up the phone and called KNN (Kenn Horton-Prototype Rapper), he was the most dedicated musician I have ever met, we had worked together on each others tracks in the past, and performed together. I asked him if he had anything going at the moment, and he said no. So we decided to merge the “Hip-Hop” angle with “Rock”, and just stay true to both elements. We wanted to do this right. So we started beating the street for people with the same vision, which proved to be very difficult. We ended up hiring Damon Daniels (Prototype Singer) who shared the same vision, but was bringing the “R&B” vocal sound to the group, Damon had a unique vocal sound that fit really well. He won us over with his need to succeed and will to try anything, he writes some very good material and was working as solo artist in ....Phoenix..... At this point we had no drums, or bass. We just fired those two guys, they were less than “Prototypes”, that’s putting it nicely. I was on facebook and noticed a wall post from Kelda Sutterfield, whose husband I briefly played with in a garage band in 1999. I thought what the hell, I’ll send him a message. He checked out some demos and decided to give it a shot. Ken Sutterfield in my opinion is the most talented drummer in AZ, he’s very modest and would never tell you that himself, but when you hear him live you’ll agree. We went about a month with no bassist, we were searching everywhere! Than I got an e-mail from David Wieler (Prototype Bassist) he said he was really feeling the sound. David showed up ready to jam, he learned the four songs we had in a week, but than contributed two songs in a week on his own. David has a very “lead” like feel to his bass riffs which work amazing, he also is as a great song writer on bass, and is writing some powerful grooves. We started writing and practicing every week. Something still was missing, a key piece to this massive puzzle. So we gave Dee Green (Prototype Singer) a call to see what he could bring to the table. ..Dee.. has an amazing soulful sound, he was a gospel / church singer. He also has a great energy for music, and really likes to move with it. ..Dee.. also learned seven in songs in week! The end result really shocked me, I was against having two singers, but I was proven wrong. The mix between Damon, and Dee is fantastic. Now as a complete six member band we are breaking down barriers between music, and people’s perception of how music is “supposed to sound”. At this point I noticed one person doing more promoting than anyone on the web Kelda Sutterfield (Prototype Manager), and thought maybe she would like to manage the group. She accepted, and the rest is history. Kelda is very skilled in the business world and she is really doing an amazing job for us. We are ending 2010 year with a bang. We are playing three shows, then going straight to the studio (Flipside Records / Perfect Timing Entertainment) to record a ten song album. As for me, I’m just trying to keep up with the talent in this band. The rest is history folks, as I said this is just “my opinion” of how it got started. Be sure to check out “The Prototype” at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Prototype/158736170804015?ref=sgm http://twitter.com/azProtoType www.myspace.com/azprototype Till then, keep it Real we’ll catch you on the Flipside, J