Changing The Design is the passionate-aggressive musical work of Alan D. Griffith.
He chose the name "Changing The Design" because he wanted the name to represent the sudden, and sometimes painful, life alterations we all go through as people.
"We are never truly who we were yesterday, and not quite who we will be tomorrow. Always evolving, we ARE Changing The Design..."
In 1999 Alan moved to Hollywood to attend the Musician's Institute for percussion. While in LA he played drums with several bands and found a mentor to develop his writing, arranging, engineering and production skills. In 2002 he moved to Reno, NV and began to hone his sound and ultimately became a recording engineer, editor and producer at Imirage Sound Lab. There, a multi-year process of crafting of his project "Changing the Design" began.
Several early versions were demoed and ideas worked out; drums were written more intricate, tunings got lower, and the textures more complex. He has spent years building the CTD songs, sound, album, live show, promotions and identity. Alan IS Changing The Design.
"I am a very emotional dude which is what I write about. Often my writing is sparked by an overwhelming feeling or emotion that I can't quite explain or relieve. Then I will sit with my guitar and start playing to find which vibrations feel like the right connection to my emotion. When that connection happens, the rest of the instruments fall into place in my brain. Once the music side has been written, I take time to reflect. I then write lyrics about the emotion I felt when I was writing the music. That's my process." -Alan
The Album: "Romanto-Terrorism"
The song writing is a combination of Alan's musical writing and arrangements, and lyrical collaborative work with his great friend, fellow songwriter, musician, and studio owner/chiropractor, Dr. Lawrence Davis.
Over 800 hours of production time on "Romanto-Terrorism" was spent tracking, mixing, and re-mixing at "Imirage Soundlab" in Sparks, Nevada with another incredible friend of Alan's. Esteemed producer/engineer, Tom Gordon (The Beach Boys, Dr. Dre, Ozzy, Boyz II Men, Recording Arts Professor at University of Nevada Reno) was at the helm. Good friend and amazing drummer, Brian Walden (Mnemonic, Days No Different) played drums in the final recordings, bringing his energy, heavy hitting, and tireless work ethic to the album's drum tracks.
"Romanto-Terrorism" was mastered by the renowned, Scott Hull (Garbage, Steely Dan, Bruce Springsteen, John Zorn) at Masterdisk NYC.