Maria Brink from In This Moment was in the same Metal Hammer calendar that launched us in the UK in 2011. It was my first introduction to their band so when we eventually crossed paths it was a thrill! I met Maria when we were both recording at the Hideout in Las Vegas. Maria Brink and Chris Howarth were recording “Blood” with fellow Canadian producer Kevin Churko, and we were recording our self titled album in the evenings with both Kevin and his son Kane. Maria and I would see each other in passing, and share some of the tunes we were all working on; Maria and Chris were regrouping and getting a new sound as Blake Bunzel and Jeff Fabb had recently left In This Moment to join American Idol finalist James Durbin’s touring band. I really enjoyed the little time Maria and I had to talk to each other. She was a wealth of information about the industry and situations that come up along the way and was friendly and quick to share what she knew. We were busy but did manage to take a night off together to attend a Steel Panther show at the House of Blues, (we had recently toured Europe with them) and Maria was awesome to hang with. She is very creative and also very business oriented. She saw a new vision for their band and where their sound had to go to survive. I think we are in a similar place with our new double album Prevail I and Prevail II. It’s a new vision for our sound, and big growth for us. Maria and I still come up in the same lists, here’s a few!
Maybe we will see each other in a studio again, or on tour in the future, I certainly hope so!