Forrest, Lead Singer, Lyricist & Rhythm Guitarist
“My parents themselves aren't musicians, but my mother would always sing to my sister and I. My father always loved sharing his record collection with me, showing off whatever artist he managed to dig out of his Mariana's Trench of records. I still love so many of those artists, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Bob Seger to name a few. As I began to discover my own interests and music, I stumbled across Sublime and immediately fell in love with Bradley Nowell's voice. He made me want to write music and sing with as much conviction as he did. I still recall the day I became interested in playing guitar. My sister had a show choir performance at San Marin High School and I tagged along with my parents in support. The jazz band played after and I recall seeing the guitarist solo and thinking how awesome it was to see how all eyes were on one musician in an instant. In that moment, I turned to my dad and told him that I wanted to play guitar. He just laughed at me because I've never been one to say impulsive things like that. However, he must have understood the passion in that claim because he gave me my first guitar for Christmas. As soon as I could form chords and hit notes with my voice, I wrote songs. It's all I've ever wanted to do with music.
Jordan, Lead Guitarist & Background Vocals
As far as my influences, Jordan says “I first fell in love with music listening to my Dad’s, Jack Kulp, old Motown CD’s and his San Francisco Morning Radio Show on the way to school, it exposed me to a lot. My first favorite band was The Temptations. My parents exposed me to a lot of my influences, such as Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, and Pink Floyd. They also played a lot of reggae around the house. As I got older and started to develop my own tastes I started to listen to more bands in the alternative rock/punk/metal realm. I was obsessed with watching music videos on MTV (when they still played music) of bands like Rise Against and My Chemical Romance. The music was very guitar driven and full of emotion and led me to start learning guitar in 5th grade. I was really excited when I found out about Sublime, because it was the perfect bridge connecting reggae and punk. I think it’s my childhood obsession with these bands that's still fueling my passion for performing”. Jordan attends the Berklee College of Music, majoring in Music Business and minoring in Record Production.”
Jack, Lead Guitarist & Background Vocals
“I would often listen to music by The Beatles or Eric Clapton while riding in the car with my parents. The Beatles were probably the first "Rock" band that I really developed an interest in. I began listening to harder/more punk versions of Rock such as Rise Against and System of a Down. It didn't take long for me to begin liking extreme forms of Rock, such as Metal or Metal-Core, and stumbled onto Bands such as Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet for my Valentine. Though, I remember my initial inspiration to play guitar came after watching the movie Freaky Friday, the remake with Lindsey Lohan. These are the Bands that really inspired me to actually put time and effort into playing the guitar. Something about the pure energy and power that came from their music gave me a strong enough inspiration to make time for practice every day. In High School, I began to fall in love with Reggae Music and the rhythm/feel that it produced. Though, it was much different than Hard Rock or Heavy Metal, it had its own sense of power, which of course drew me right in. Bands like Rebelution, Pacific Dub and, Passafire showed me how Reggae could be just as captivating as Hard Rock, if not more so! My greatest inspiration for playing the guitar however would have to be Mr. Brian Haner, Jr., Lead Guitarist of Hard Rock/Metal Band Avenged Sevenfold. I think it was really the speed and complexity of Mr. Haner's musical writing, as well as the the fact that the band's music was so melodic that really hooked me. Another factor was how they put on some of the most outstanding performances that I have ever seen, even to this day! Clearly a lot of hard work on their part. It really made me realize how hard work can pay off, and that if you apply yourself to something enough you will eventually reap the benefits. This made me start practicing guitar for multiple hours every day, learning scales, modes and the songs/guitar solos that I loved to listen to. It didn't take long for me to realize that music was an incredibly powerful form of art, and that nothing on this earth can really compare to the way music makes you feel when you’re the one playing it. It’s one thing to be part of the audience, but something entirely different to be the one on stage.”
“I have always been drawn to the drums. They're such a powerful instrument, and it takes an athletic musician to play them. When I would listen to music as a kid, the percussive element of a song was always what stood out most to me. Then, when I was 15, my neighbor had a drum set he wanted to get rid of. It was a really crappy kit -- only a slight step up from something you could purchase at a toy store. But I gladly took the drums off his hands, and gradually taught myself how to play. I listened to a lot of Blink-182 while I was learning the instrument. Travis Barker's speed and creativity on the drum kit never ceased to amaze me. Other drummers who have influenced me include John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Erin Tate of Minus the Bear. Each one of these talented musicians has a unique style all their own, and that's something I'm constantly striving to bring to my own playing. Music is definitely very healing. I’ve found that percussion is especially therapeutic. Who knows, maybe one day, I’ll go get my Master’s in Music Therapy.
“My main musical influence has been Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I have always been a music lover, and learned many instruments. Over the years, Bass has been my most recent instrument, and because I played drums and guitar, before, I had the knowledge of Rhythm and Melody, before playing, so “learning came naturally”.
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