Formed in Indianapolis in 2007, I-Exist largely center on the songs of lead singer, keyboardist, guitarist, and cellist Brian Lenington. Originally a four-piece, I-Exist released their debut full-length album, Within Imagination, in 2009. The following year, the group's song "Fire Fly" showed up on the soundtrack to the horror film Saw 3D, which helped springboard the band to the national level. After touring for much of 2011, the group returned with the ambitious four-volume concept album project Humanity. The 24-track collection showcased the outfit's creative growth and found them incorporating more varied sonic textures into their songs, including orchestral arrangements. In 2014, I-Exist pared down from a four-piece to a duo featuring Lenington and percussionist Cameron Bailey.
As a duo, they toured across the United States with a multimedia concert experience featuring holographic stage performers. On the heels of this tour, in 2015, I-Exist revealed their plans for a concept-album project titled, Consciousness. Three years later, the band emerged, officially announcing "Consciousness - The World's First VR Concept Album" via crowdfunding website Kickstarter - along with a new, more electronic focused single "Find Dreams".