November 12, 2013
Novus Dae began back in the year 2000 with a bunch of high school friends getting together to jam. It was so much fun, but it wasn’t very pretty. Of course, we weren’t ready to give-up that easily. Over the years we honed our craft, putting in countless hours of practice into something we truly believed in. We were kicked down, shut-out, and constantly shot ourselves in the foot. As with anything, it’s a learning process. We still didn’t give-up. We went on to do lots of things many bands never get to do. We released two albums and an EP. We toured with Taproot. We toured on our own. We opened for bands such as Sevendust, Three Days Grace, 10 Years, and many others. We were played on radio stations across the United States, and on the Internet around the world. People really got behind our music. They sang it from over 30-hours away from home as we played it live on tour. People were buying our music overseas! We met so many awesome bands on the road, and met some genuinely awesome people. On our latest album, we were produced by Clint Lowery of Sevendust. We even made a real music video! So many awesome experiences… too many to list here. But the best experience of all… as corny as it may be… is the support that everybody gave us throughout the years. You never ceased to amaze us with your undying support at our live shows, and at home with your words of encouragement. It made us feel great every time you let us know that one of our songs made your day just a little bit better.
There was never a shortage of desire. Or dedication. Or persistence. Or the undying want, to see this through. We took loans from family. We delved into 401k’s. We did what we thought we needed to do to set this train in motion. However, as the saying goes, there’s only so many times you can kick a dog before he stops coming back. Music is an insane business to be a part of and it is VERY hard to be able to do it for a living these days… while still having a quality of life that is.
As things get more and more stressful… life is continuing to go on… and you’re trying to make it in this business while balancing life at home, nine-to-five careers, and personal relationships. People change. Aspirations change. People mature at different rates. People have different life-experiences that change the way they look at their life, the people in it, and what they’re striving for in life. Even their dreams may change. When you take four people that have been together as a group for over a decade, those factors are likely to have some sort of effect one way or another… at some point. It’s inevitable. How it gets dealt with is what makes the difference. However, stress is inherently negative… and therefore leads to other forms of negativity. Things compound. Actions compound. Feelings compound. At some point you’re then dealing with disrespect, distrust, and even contempt.
So what does that all mean? Well… as you’ve probably figured out… Novus Dae is calling it a wrap. We’ll never say never. You may see Novus Dae again some day. But it’s time to move on for now. And of course, we’ll live on YouTube and the Internet in general for the foreseeable future. For those of you who stuck by us for all these years and have given us more than we can ever repay… you know we love you… and THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!