Beyond the Shade
Seth Regan: a.k.a. Mankind Tracer, winner of the prestigious Best of Second Life 'Best Live Performer 2008' award. Check out Seth Regan performing live in Second Life where he is known as Mankind Tracer, Second Life's Premiere Rock Musician. BIO: From an early age, probably around 3 years old, Seth was always interested in the sounds he heard. Whether it was music or the cars passing quickly outside his quiet, upstate New York home. As the youngest of six boys, there were little resources to afford him much opportunity for any sort of lessons. His brothers, all creative in their own ways, influenced Seth with their own creativity. From sketching to singing, he would practice all the time with crayons and later colored pencils and paint. Sometimes his mother would sing and Seth would quickly pick up the melodies and mumble along. At twelve years old, Seth picked up his first acoustic guitar and started teaching himself how to play. He would first concentrate on Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall among the other current rock bands, and later began experimenting with classical music such as Beethoven and Mozart. After a while, he started toying with writing his own music. His first completed song was a ballad entitled 'So Many Times' which he recorded on an old school analog cassette 4 track since money was always an issue. As difficult as times were, he never lost sight of his gift of making music. At 16, Seth finally landed his first gig in New York's Greenwich Village performing as a solo acoustic artist as so many others like Bob Dylan did before him, and continued performing there honing his live performance skills and stage presence. After a year or two, he met up with an old elementary schoolmate, also into writing. Their collaborations led to some great music but he then moved and they parted ways. Seth continued performing in NYC, even as one of those 'guitar case on the sidewalk' guys you still see! He actually did well but was unfulfilled. Throughout his university days in Miami, Seth continued performing solo on South Beach's outdoor veranda clubs usually on nights and weekends. After graduation, he moved back to New York where he met up with three guys looking to form a cover band. They worked their butts off and formed Route Nine. Touring for many years proved to be exhausting and Seth found himself once again unfulfilled as his dream of writing and performing his own original music was not met. Seth respectfully removed himself from Route Nine and about a year later met up with Chris and JJ and formed Mankind together with Frank. As lead singer, frontman, writer and lyricist, Mankind created original epics in their terrific music. The band performed out often but later, the band's musical directions began shifting and the other members in general also had different musical goals. Seth was writing most music, acting as business manager, booking agent, writer, graphic designer, etc. And wearing all these 'hats' also took it's toll. After eight years, Seth stills writes and performs with Mankind and continues writing on his own. Currently, Seth recently finished recording a new solo album, 'Beyond the Shade', which is more along the vein of his roots. His heartfelt, insightful lyrics and music incorporate both warm acoustic and edgier electric guitars, off time signatures, moody melodies and haunting vocal leads. His harmonies are an integral part of his signature style and add to the sense of forward thinking and retrospectful nostalgia one gets while listening. With guitar in hand, he stands as a true artist, eccentric at times to say the least, but with his edgy history and strong education, Seth has a great deal to draw on. Besides music, Seth has been a successful and savvy businessman for over 17 years. From the sales of high priced diamonds and automobiles to owning and operating his own businesses, his professionalism and business ethic are true. Most recently, Seth has drawn a global audience while performing in Second Life, the immense virtual world. He has secured himself a position as the top rock artist, even winning the Best of Second Life Award for Best Live Performer 2008. There are tons of pictures out there of Mankind Tracer so feel free to search him out. Seth is devoted to his loyal fans and friends and will ALWAYS try his best to answer emails.