Third Eye Blind was formed when Kevin Cadogan was introduced to Stephan Jenkins by producer Mark Hensley, while working on Demos for Third Eye Blind. The two became songwriting partners, with Jenkins writing the lyrics and Cadogan helping him brainstorm musical ideas. The band recorded their first demo in 1993 with engineer/producer Mark Hensley and future Queensryche producer Jason Slater on bass. In 1994, the band recorded its second demo with band members: Jenkins (vocals), Cadogan (guitar), Arion Salazar (bass), and Steve Bowman/Tim “Curveball” Wright (drums), with Hensley and later with David Gleeson. From late 1995 through early 1996, the band recorded its third demo with funds from RCA records to record with producer engineer Eric Valentine, which resulted in the band gaining major label attention, including that of Clive Davis, who invited the band to perform a showcase for Arista Records in New York City. During Third Eye Blind concerts at the time, it was customary for the band to have a piñata release candy above their mosh pits, yet at the showcase for the record executives, lead singer Jenkins released live crickets from the piñata instead.