Welcome and thank you for visiting Saga Sound Studios. Let me get started by telling you a little background about myself. My name is Frank “The Saga” Arena. I entered the life of playing music starting in the fifth grade. I began playing the snare drum in beginners band at Waterbury Elementary School in Roselle, Illinois. It would be amazing what could have happened if I chose to play the saxophone like I originally wanted! I played percussion in the school concert bands all the way into High School. During this time I was getting into all sorts of music from The Beatles to Metallica and everything in-between. The summer after the 8th grade is when I got my first drum set. It was a Royce 5 piece and I couldn’t wait to start playing. I set it up in my bedroom, popped in a cassette of Nirvana’s Nevermind into my boombox and started to learn how to play. I played along with many albums over time and eventually started to play songs with the guys across the street from me. We formed a band called The Eighth Day and eventually played a show with the infamous Douglas brothers in the garage. Being a bit too “metal” for the band, I decided to break free and do some vocals/screaming with the Douglas’ in an original band called Warped. That band eventually dismembered and formed the band Locust Spawning. That band played all around, recorded a 5 song demo in a studio, won multiple Battle of the Bands competitions and more until we had to split up due to my family relocating out of state after I got out of High School. It was a sad day since who knows where we could have been if we never moved away.
At this point in time is where my music playing slowed drastically. I was in a new state with new people. I did join a band that I picked up the bass for. That lasted only a short while. I ended up moving “back home” (as we like to call it) and left all my gear with my brother. Lastly I had an opportunity to play drums again so I had my drum kit shipped to me so I could play again. Once again, it only lasted so long before it ended.
At this point, I was getting engaged to my future (and current) wife. The drums sat in a closet to the dreaded point of me selling them for cash. It was a sad day for me because a few shot years later I got out of the apartment/condo life and moved into a house with a basement where they would have came in handy.
Long story short (too late!), I have been married for almost 10 years, I have 2 kids (3 and 1 year old) and a dog. I need music in my life once again and since playing out and practicing with buddies really isn’t in my schedule anymore, I turned to the engineering aspect of it. It seemed to mix a couple of my loves of technology and music into one package. I would sill be able to be creative but in a slightly different way. I could also potentially work with old band mates and friends that still play music but help out in a different way. Who knows where this will take me and what I will end up doing with it. My hope is to gain knowledge from DOING the work and possibly you or whomever wants to join me on my journey.
I look forward to the future and what it holds.