Man Made Time combine the talents of LA natives Hillary Grace (singer/songwriter/producer) and Albert James Babanian (synth, songwriter, engineer-producer.) They are a synth pop duo with 80’s and 90’s pop/rock influences such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Ace of Base as well as current day acts like Phantogram, La Roux, Ellie Goulding. Hillary and Albert both grew up in musical families and kept running into each other as they had mutual friends. Realizing that they had very similar musical and life influences led to the idea of collaboration. After a few experimental jam sessions in the parking lot of a coffee shop the two decided to take their musical endeavor into the studio to see what would happen.
By June 2015, they had released their first EP, entitled Time Stands Still, and had performed in popular LA venues including Hotel Café, House of Blues, Couture and Bardot. Recently, they have continued to perform at such venues as well as Pete’s Candy Store in NY, Mesa Music Festival in Arizona, and The Teregram Ballroom in Los Angeles.
Their current single “Sail Away” is about stepping away from societal pressures and becoming who you really are. The video for Sail Away (which can be found on their YouTube) focuses on a live performance piece and also shows different projections in a dark loft in Downtown LA. The duo released their self-titled EP on April 8th, 2016 featuring "Sail Away”, "Crashing Down" and "Daila.” The theme of the EP is about how a person can experience a dark time in their life only to find that it leads them to an awakening and higher purpose.
Sail Away premiered on Huffington Post and their self-titled EP premiered on EQ Music Blog. http://eqmusicblog.com/emerging-artists-man-made-time/ Their music can be found on Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, Amazon and Soundcloud.
In the Music Friday Blog, O’Heffernan states, "I am used to female/male duos and how they can use the different voice timbres and instrumentalities to weave complex songs, but Hillary Grace and Albert James Babanian took it to a new level. Their songs are all original and unique yet they have a commercial appeal.”
The philosophy of Man Made Time comes from their own discovery of talking about how their minds worked against them when they would focus on the past or be fearful of the future. Man Made Time is about connecting and staying true to who you are. Letting go of what other people want you to be. To sum, it’s about living in the moment, finding peace within yourself, because all we really have is now. They convey just that in their lyrics and their music.