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Name: Andrew Jonathan

Band: NORTHERN ROOM

What’s your story for being in a band? How did you come to have a career in music?

My dad was in a cover band in high school. They were called Purple Haze, yes, a direct rip from Jimi! After he stopped playing he kept his guitars for many years after. I was rummaging through our basement one Saturday afternoon when I was sixteen and found his Vox 12-string electric guitar. I was immediately drawn in. That same week my parents bought me The Beatles “White Album”. I was changed forever.

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Name: Kris Anaya

Band: An Angle

What’s your story for being in a band? How did you come to have a career in music?

Well long ago, I use to hang out with my cousin Mark Meraji. We would always listen to a lot of Bad Religion records. I thought he was really cool when I was a kid. So I basically followed him and did what he did. He always played guitar for as long as I knew, so I really wanted to as well. I asked my folks if I could learn how to play electric guitar. They were not very into it. They instead gave me classical guitar lessons and piano lessons, well it seemed to pan out I guess.

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Name: Jake Ashley Dylan Bosci

Band: Ellington

What’s your story for being in a band?

I don’t know if i would call it a career just yet but all it really came down to was wanting to release the songs we had to people with the hope out music might help people or even change peoples lives. We released our debut demo/EP in April and i guess this is the point where are starting to turn our hobby into a career..by trying to get on some u.s tours as support…whatever we can get we’ll take just to get out on the road really!

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Name: Tyler Odom

Band: Cassino

What’s your story for being in a band? How did you come to have a career in music?

I’ve always had a strong interest in music for as long as I can remember. I got my first guitar at about the age of 11 and that’s really when I started playing music. Nick and I met when I was 13 and we started playing in bands together around that time. Eventually it led to the both of us being in Northstar and now Cassino. Though, I’m still not exactly sure if I would call it a career.

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Name: Tim McDonald

Band: Broken Poets

What’s your story for being in a band? How did you come to have a career in music?
I think when I started writing songs it was a way for me to vent whatever teenage confusion I had going on at the time. From there it’s morphed into so many different stages of expression, I’ve lost count. Some good, some bad, some very bad, but it’s always been a part of my life for sure. Career? Oh yeah, I’m still working towards that.

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Name: Robb Vallier

Band: Grandville

What’s your story for being in a band?
Well, I’ve been playing with other musicians since I was 11, and when you make a lot of music with someone there becomes this bond, which is tighter than any girlfriend or normal buddy you hang out with. I think after you experience that kind of bond you can feel quite empty without it. I’ll be in a band till I die! We are all very close and it’s nice to have a common goal and be excited about the same things with a group!

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Name: Dan Koch

Band: Sherwood

What’s your story for being in a band? How did you come to have a career in music?

We all met in college and started taking the band pretty seriously. Eventually, when Nate and Joe graduated, the rest of us had to drop out to start touring. We’ve been touring since then (Spring 2004).
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Name: Yuri Ruley

Band: MxPx

What’s your story for being in a band? How did you come to have a career in music?

I had some friends in junior high that played in bands.  Through their encouragement and my parent’s willingness to open up their checkbook, I started playing the drums. I credit having a career as a musician to the dedication and hard work of the three band members and a few lucky breaks along the way.

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Name: Matthew Mayfield

 

Band: Moses Mayfield

 

What’s your story for being in a band? How did you come to have a career in music?

For me, it was never of question of whether or not I’d be in a band…it was just a question of whether or not i would be able to make a career out of it. This is something I’ve wanted to do since I started playing guitar around 9 and writing songs around 12. I think the key moment for me was in the ‘November Rain’ video…watching slash get up on the piano at the end…I remember being like ‘I have GOT TO be in a rock band!’

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Name: Jonathan Jones

Band: Waking Ashland

What’s your story for being in a band? How did you come to have a
career in music?

I probably knew I wanted to be in a band the first time I ever played music with other people besides myself (playing classical piano can get tedious). It was the first time I played with a drummer and guitarist. I think I was around 15 years old. I just got this silly grin on my face and this pure feeling of joy.  That experience is still like nothing else I have ever experienced. When you go through something like that you just know.
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