THE MAD COMPOSER
(Of Pestilence): Ken Candelas
Kenneth Bryan Candelas is The Mad Composer of Pestilence; the musical director, composer, lyricist, vocalist and the drummer for Homerik. He is also the head recording and mixing engineer on the band's debut album, "Homerik". As a boy, Ken grew up in an artistic home where creativity was encouraged. He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico to his mother, Abigail Valle and Hector Candelas. During his teenage years, Ken studied fine art at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, and received several awards for his artwork and designs including the Milton Glaser Award and First Place in the Directory of N.Y.C. Public High Schools Design Competition. Upon graduation, Ken decided to pursue his deep interest in rhythm and music production, following in his father's footsteps.
Graduating with an Associate in Applied Science degree from Queensborough Community College in Music Production and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music & Audio Technology at The City College of New York, Ken now currently operates in New York City as a full-time freelance audio technician for broadcast television and live production events among studio work. He is also the drummer for the melodic hard-rock band, Four Trips Ahead.
Homerik began with Ken and one of his earliest closest friends, Cory Boyle (a.k.a. The Night Walker). Together they came up with the name alongside Andrew Petriske and produced their first piece, "The Legion", during Ken's time as a student at The Sonic Arts Center at the City College of New York. Ken is determined to inspire the Metal genre, create a community of positive reinforcement with hope, and bring forth a revolution to the music industry to change the world.