I began to formally study organ at an early age and, eager to express my own ideas and put my observations to music, also picked up guitar and voice. I was also wanted to collaborate with others, so I started playing in bands in high school, fine-tuning my technique and artistic ethos. From 1990 – 1996, while at university studying Civil Engineering, I began to play with an R&B/soul band and another three-piece rock band and became fascinated by the many unexpected ways the individual voices of instruments can come together. I began work on demo songs, just for myself, using cobbled-together home studio recording equipment, and started to learn about the finer points of engineering, mixing and production through both formal and self-study.
My joy of playing music led me to pursue a career as a professional engineer in acoustics, which I continue to work for over 20 years. However, around 2010 I picked up with a few local Toronto bands as a lead guitarist and songwriter. This is where the roots of High Park Society took hold in my lifelong love of well-orchestrated, catchy New Wave and moody modern rock music by artists like The Cure, The Housemartins and David Bowie and expert lyricists like Lou Reed and Morrissey.
High Park Society is my desire to combine classic rock and ‘80s alternative with a twist. I’ve also used this project to connect through the power of technology with other songwriters, musicians and artists from around the globe who regularly contribute to my recordings (more on that to come).
Now I have the opportunity and ability to create the music I’ve wanted to for the past twenty years or so. It shows me that it’s truly never to late to start doing what you love. But perhaps even more importantly than this musical journey is for me, is knowing that in our modern world I can share that with YOU, the listener, that makes it all matter.
I look forward to many many more sometimes-hard, sometimes-ugly, always-worthwhile experiences along this musical journey. Here’s hoping that you are part of that journey with me.
If you’d like to hear the most recent milestone of that journey, click here to listen to High Park Society’s EP ‘Letters’
Thank you for being a listener, a music lover, and making it all matter.
Frank Babic, High Park Society
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