By Matthew Lewis, Contributing Reporter
DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA – Despite the coronavirus pandemic fight, venue and bar closures and limits on crowds, Delray Beach bands like ‘Of One Mind’ are still making music. They have one album recorded, have been playing gigs, collaborating with other artists, producing videos and are already recording new material.
Of One Mind’s music is comprised of melodic, gypsy-style sounds on the electric violin, electronic synth samples, female vocals, powerfully conscious lyrics, and intricate percussion and drum rhythms. Mixing elements of electronic music, trip-hop, R&B and more, they create a beautiful, unique sound and an epic experience.
Adelin Alexanian and Cory Ricardy formed the Of One Mind duo in early 2018 when they entered a contest together, and inspired by the experience in the studio, they decided to continue creating together more seriously.
Alexanian explained, “a few months later, we went back into the studio and recorded our first single, Jaded. This song was important to us because it was built entirely on violin-loops and drums. It showed us that we could truly attain a full-band sound with just the two of us.”
She adds, “After recording Jaded, we continued writing music, before eventually returning to the studio to record our debut album No Hesitation, which was released in November 2019.” No Hesitation has twelve tracks all written and performed by the duo.
When discussing the music in Delray Beach, she said, “Both of us live in the Delray area. We both think that the music scene in Delray is underrated and still growing. There are many great venues for live music in the area and there is a community of talented musicians that we are proud to be a part of.”
Of One Mind is currently working on recording new music as well as creating with other artists in the area. Within the next year they plan to continue developing their sound as a duo while also expanding through collaboration.
In the next few years they intend to work on including more of a visual aspect to the band through videos and art, and of course, hopefully performing live again in the near future.
In terms of favorite venues in Delray Beach to play, Alexanian says “Dada is one venue where we always feel very much at home. The atmosphere is welcoming and the staff always treats us well, plus they are one of the venues that fully supports artists to play their original music, which is what we’re all about.”
She adds, “Another awesome venue in Delray is Arts Garage. During the pandemic, they reached out to us about creating live-stream concerts for viewers to watch from home. We ended up doing two of these concerts, both of which turned out to be great experiences.”