Afterimage is an international band based in New York City, that has been playing since 1991. The lead singer and keyboardist Blake Morgan was born into a New York family of writers and started studying classical music at the age of five. He met the bass player Marko Ahtisaari at the United Nations International School. Marko started in music by playing the violin at age eleven, and later switched to the bass guitar. The young lads met in the Chess Club, but were soon playing and writing music together. Marko returned to Finland for high school, while Blake finished his studies in New York and later went on to Berklee College of Music. There he met Moby Pomerance, the guitarist for Afterimage. in 1993 the band hooked up with drummer Tobias Gebb, who was studying jazz at the Manhattan School of Music.
Since then the band has been gigging actively at famous New York clubs like CBGB's and The Bitter End. In the Summer of 1993, the band toured throughout Finland, including a concert at the Pori Jazz Festival. And following the release of the band's debut album, simply called afterimage, in August 1994, the band toured again in Finland for three weeks. National television TV2 produced a 30-minute special on the band, called "Afterimage - Now!". Bass player Marko Ahtisaari was also the featured guest on TV2's popular talk show "Yhdenillan pysäkki". The media interest in Finland for Afterimage and especially Marko Ahtisaari may have something to do with the fact that his father Martti Ahtisaari became in the Spring 1994 Finland's new President.
Most of the songs on the afterimage-CD were written by Blake Morgan, but it also includes compositions by Marko Ahtisaari and Moby Pomerance, with several collaborations. As musical influences, the members of the band cite The Police, Peter Gabriel, The Beatles, Level 42 and Salif Keita, among others. The result is very melodic, international pop-rock. In addition to good music, the members of the band share a love of garlic, Monty Python and Oriental food.
The debut CD was produced by the band in collaboration with New York producers Paul Angelli and Patrick Dillett. Dillett has mixed among other things, the hit singles on Mariah Carey's first album. The CD was recorded at Skyline Studios, a well-known New York studio. Skyline's other clients,in addition to Mariah Carey, have included the likes of Eric Clapton, Living Colour, Dura Duran, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the B-52's.