When Heaven Comes Down
What is music without direction? What is a band without a purpose or passion? A band may have extraordinary music and personality, but without direction....a burning drive, it is wasted. We began our search for direction early in 2005. Although we lacked this drive, we were determined to become the "next big thing" and were confident that hard work was the key, so we worked tirelessly. This hard work came naturally as we all grew up working in our family businesses. James and Jordan, who are inseparable cousins, worked on their family farm, Jason, our drummer, is a construction worker (explaining the need to hit things), and I (Danny), was a skinny kid who swept my grandpa's lumber yard all day. With nothing better do to (which was largely due to a strict, "NO girlfriend!" rule), we spent every weekend for two years working on the cousins' farm. With money now pouring in, we began recording our first full-length album in fall of 2005. Armed with our new CD, When Heaven Comes Down, we hit the ground running. We still had some money left over after recording and producing the CD, so we designed and purchased heaps of Hasting merchandise. From CD's to t-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, hats, bracelets etc., we had it all. James and Jordan took the role as managers for our band and began booking gigs; we had an amazing time playing shows in universities, churches, youth groups, secondary and elementary schools, summer camps, clubs and all ages venues. In the summer of 2007 we played a summer camp tour of over twenty shows across British Columbia. Two weeks after the tour, the band was put on hold in order to make time for Danny's wedding. Shortly after, Jason and James followed suit. Not surprisingly, this led to a time of change for Hasting. Our band philosophy is, "We are a band that is blessed with great friendship and good skill, and we will keep playing as long as God continues to open doors for us". With three out of four married, Hasting took a year off to be honeymooners, and we began to wonder if doors would now stop opening. In the summer of 2008, we all sat down to discuss the future of our band. The conclusion was that our mindsets have changed over the past year, and "making it big" wasn't our dream anymore. We were all tired of forcing our way into an industry where, in our hearts, we knew we didn't belong. Before, we told anyone who asked about our band that, "We are Christian guys who write wholesome secular music". After taking a step back from the industry, however, God gave us the desire to be Christian guys that write Christian music. And thus, Hasting has a new direction. We are super excited to see where God takes us, and we are blown away seeing how doors are already being opened for us as we set off along this new path.