Mix it up!

In the middle of a hay field in Jonah stands a modest building resembling a barn. At first glance you might think it houses a tractor or other farm equipment, but push open the door and you’ll discover the Noiz Faktory—a state-of-the-art recording studio boasting an expansive live room, vocal booth, two amp rooms, and a balcony for video recording live performances.

Owner Eric Meyer wants to provide musicians an escape from the noise and distractions in town. “The fact that the Noiz Faktory is out in the country is a positive point. It removes the urban stress that is usually involved with this type of activity,” says musician Acacio Carvalho, who met Eric the first week he moved to the U.S. from Brazil. Acacio had been working as a session drummer but says the repetition of the job left him “creatively stagnant.” That’s when he decided to write a bunch of songs, put the demos together, create a visual identity, and jump on a plane to Austin to start recording. “Eric and I became friends and continued to help each other out with different projects we were involved in over the years,” he says.

Acacio now lives in Delaware, but he frequently collaborates with Eric and the Noiz Faktory. “When Eric needs a project mixed or mastered, we exchange files online and I get it done from where I live,” Acacio explains. “It’s been really cool to see the Noiz Faktory come to life.”

Prior to opening the Noiz Faktory, Eric’s home served as a studio that saw many musicians come and go over the years. One who hasn’t strayed far is next-door neighbor Cati Domitrovich, who Eric met more than five years ago. Cati had the ability to sing and she and Eric shared a love for music. He often introduced Cati to new music “to expand her musical horizons and raise her awareness of other styles of music and musicians in a variety of musical genres.” Cati, whose artistic role model is Stevie Nicks, says the honest feedback she’s received from Eric as she’s experimented with other styles of music has made her a better singer. “Eric has been very tough on me, but I’d rather someone be honest than lie and say something sounds good when it doesn’t,” Cati says.

Eric wanted Acacio and Cati to meet because he knew Cati’s voice would fit Acacio’s musical tastes well. He also thought they had the look, personality, and drive for a band. His attempts to introduce the two fell through until one fall day in 2015 when Cati’s impromptu a cappella rendition of a Justin Bieber song caught the attention of Acacio, who happened to be in town visiting Eric. “Things started to click very easily between us from the very beginning, so we started working together,” says Acacio. A chance meeting later that month introduced them to guitarist Luke Cook, who rounds out Burning Trail.

“Burning trail” is a phrase adventurers use when exploring new territories and opening new paths through uncharted territory. “That name has everything to do with the spirit of the band,” Acacio explains. “We want to create our own path, explore our music in ways that most bands won’t dare to explore.”

Acacio remembers watching a VHS tape of an Iron Maiden performance when he was eight years old and being captivated by the drums. It wasn’t long before he assembled some pots and pan lids into a makeshift drum kit and started copying what he saw on the tape. “My entire life has revolved around music ever since,” says Acacio. “Not a single day has gone by without me writing, practicing, or creating something related to it.”

Music came naturally for Luke, who grew up in a family of musicians. With the access to instruments, Luke began at age four to make sounds by pressing, hitting, or strumming them. Over time he taught himself how to assemble the sounds into songs. “My favorite songs were by Jimi Hendrix and Metallica,” he says. “I wanted to be like them!”

Cati states she practically came out of the womb singing. “My mother used to sing for the church, so as a child I would help her practice her songs,” she says. “She’d give me my own microphone, my own music sheet, and I’d sing away in front of the mirror.” But not till eighth grade did Cati start singing for larger audiences.

Individually they are talented, but collectively, Luke, Cati, and Acacio ROCK! The trio burned the midnight oil last summer in an attempt to record as much as they could at the Noiz Faktory before Acacio headed back to Delaware. “We worked really long hours, sometimes staying up until the wee hours of the morning,” recalls Cati, to produce Translucid and A Moment of Clarity. Their music, which Acacio describes “melodious pop coupled with the raw energy of rock,” is likely to attract people who like bands such as Paramore and Against the Current. Acacio says what sets Burning Trail apart from some bands is that “we are not afraid to explore. We play songs that make us feel something, and we hope we can help people explore their emotions through our music, too.” Burning Trails wants to be part of the “soundtrack” people create for their lives, “songs that bring back memories and emotions, songs that transport them into a completely different time,” Acacio says.

With two records and a YouTube video under their belt, the band is now concentrating on promoting their music and developing their sound and image in 2017. After that, they plan on playing shows in the Austin area and hitting the Noiz Faktory again to make a new record. “The Noiz Faktory was more than just the studio we chose to record in,” Acacio says. Eric’s studio helped set Burning Trail on fire and will continue to ignite the local music scene.

Visit www.burningtrail.net to learn more about the band and sample their music. If you like what you hear, “Like” The Burning Trail on Facebook! Go to www.thenoizfaktory.com to learn more about Eric’s studio.

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