Reece Lyons, originally from Boise Idaho, picked up the guitar at a young age and his passion for music has grown ever since. Finding new roots in the LA area, he has set out as an independent singer song writer and has been breaking ground as an up and coming artist to look out for.
Many of Reece’s influences can clearly be heard in his music, with sounds such as those of Jack Johnson, Ben Harper and 90’s Alt bands peeking through. With hints of country, rock, and folk he brings a new and fresh take to the Americana Pop genre. Upbeat music combined with nostalgic words tell stories of love, loss, hope and heartache that you’ll want to hear over and over again.
On stage Reece’s sound is filled out with bass, drums, lead guitar, and vocal harmonies. The band radiates positive energy, creating a dynamic stage presence not to be missed. You can catch Reece Lyons and the band up and down the Sunset Strip as well as playing a wide variety of shows in the valley and surrounding LA areas. Stay up to date on upcoming shows and new music being released by following Reece on social media @ReeceLyonsMusic and www.reecelyons.com
Editor’s Note: Reece Lyons will be performing in Groove International’s Sunday Funday Bash at The Study on Hollywood Blvd on Sunday, November 11th, 2018! Be sure to check him out!
Great stories take great storytellers. And if you’ve been to an Ascending From Ashes show, you might feel like you’ve heard a few great ones. AFA, a rock/metal quartet from New Jersey, bring tales of warfare and passion to life with an adept mix of lush vocal harmony and guitar shred-wizardry. By fusing strong songwriting sensibility with their energetic metal tact, Ascending From Ashes broadcast an accessible array of musical journeys.
The band was born in the garages of Bergen County, from which they emerged with their first recording collection, “The Phoenix EP”, taking them all the way to Bamboozle in 2011. Shortly after, AFA teamed up with NJ producer Jesse Cannon to work on their follow-up EP “Phoenix Rising”, featuring songs like “Thundergun” and their infamous cover of the Power Rangers theme song. “Many metal bands only try to impress you with technical precision and power. AFA not only does that, but they also bring melody and pop sensibilities to their songs,” adds producer Jesse Cannon.
It was with the release of Phoenix Rising that the band got the attention of metal icon John Moyer (Disturbed, Art of Anarchy), who quickly reached out to team up on their next project. The team spent the following months arranging and tightening up AFA’s greatest venture yet: a full-length concept album. Glory, weighing in at a 17 track total, explores the perils and pitfalls of leadership through the narrative of a young prince and his ascension to the throne. Recorded by Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob) and mixed by Jesse Cannon, the album delivers a sonic landscape that soars as high and low as its emotional peaks and valleys.
With the release of Glory forthcoming, AFA are currently exploring uncharted waters in the arena of fully-produced livestream concerts. On a weekly basis, the band delivers a half-hour concert experience, live on the internet, from their state of the art studio. Featuring highly engineered audio, exuberant visual production, and an interactive fan experience, AFA-Live is becoming a new outlet for the band to entertain and deliver something fresh and unique to the online community at large. On a bi-weekly basis, the band additionally hosts a podcast, where they invite local guests to discuss their projects and share experiences as artists in the NJ community.
As for their future, it looks as bright as the proverbial phoenix, ascending from ashes. “We once had a conversation with (John) Moyer about our band name, asking if he thinks we should change it, to which he responded ‘Maybe. But Ascending From Ashes tells a story’,” guitarist Kevin Ricco recalls. “And I think our story is only just beginning.”
Ascending From Ashes is:
Sean Collichio – Lead Vocals
David Ricco – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Kevin Ricco – Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Sean Johnson – Drums
For booking or general inquiry, email us at AscendingFromAshesNJ@gmail.com
For management, contact Nick Vlachos at Nick@Vlachos.com
Special Note: Ascending from Ashes will be performing in Groove International’s Sunday Funday Bash at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Sunday, November 25th! Be sure to check them out!
Editor’s Note: Chris Swann will be performing in Groove International’s Halloween Bash at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego’s 2017 Music Club on Friday, October 26th, 2018!
Chris Swann is a musician, singer, songwriter and composer, best known as the lead vocalist and bassist for the power duo Egyptian Acid Rock and the bass player for Tom Curren a 3-time world champion surfer. Swann’s playing style on electric and acoustic bass is mixing slapping, strumming, whammy bar bends, finger picking.
A Washington, D.C. native, Swann first began playing go-go music, but when he was introduced to Led Zeppelin and Rush. Swann developed an affinity for rock and roll. Added to the list of genres, he dabbles in folk, R&B and funk, punk and surfrock.
Mighty Big Richard (MBR), Swann’s previous band, was rooted in high-energy funk rock. Swann has opened up for Jimmy Buffet, Switchfoot and Jason Mraz, and played bass with punk rock band Pennywise. In the process, he has traveled all over the United States playing renowned venues like The Fillmore and The Orpheum Theatre. Swann’s musical journey has also taken him to France, Norway, Brazil, Canada and Kenya.
When he’s not touring with the Tom Curren Band, or Egyptian Acid Rock, Swann is composing scores for TV, Film and extreme sports projects. Most notably, his music was featured Rip Curl’s surf documentary, The Search, and A Date with Anna, following tennis player Anna Kournikova’s calendar shoot in Mexico, distributed by Lionsgate and ESPN.
Editor’s Note: Chris Swann will be performing in Groove International’s Halloween Bash at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego’s 2017 Music Club on Friday, October 26th, 2018!
17’ (feet) deep from back wall to center most point x 24’ (feet) wide, 9’ (feet) stage floor to ceiling.
4) Meyer Sound UPA-2P
2) Meyer Sound UPJ-1P
2) Meyer Sound USW-1P (Subs)
2) EAW LA400 (Subs)
2) EAW JFX60 (Front Fill)
Digidesign Venue SC48 digital console (37 channel ins)
1) Klark-Teknik DN-360
1) True Systems 2-channel mic pre
2) T.C. electronic M-One
1) T.C. electronic D-Two
1) Lexicon PCM-90
1) Meyer Sound UM-1C
2) Meyer Sound UM-1P
1) Meyer Sound USM-1
3) Crown Macrotech 1200
1) Crown Macrotech 2400
We carry numerous venue standards from Shure, Audix, and Sennheiser. We also have a number of passive and active direct boxes. Please specify if you are bringing your own mic(s) for use. *Note: We do not carry wireless microphones or monitor systems, these need to be rented in advance.
Drums: PdP by DW 5pc kit. 1 each – 8×10 rack tom, 9×12 rack tom, 12 x 14 floor tom, 14×16 floor tom, 18×22 bass drum.
Though we have it in house, drummers are encouraged to bring own hardware and snare. We do not have house cymbals and cannot guarantee a clutch or felts.
Bass: Hartke 3500 bass amp, 4×10 Hartke XL Series cabinet.
Guitar: 1 silver faced Fender Twin Reverb reissue. 1 Marshall 4×12 Green Back cabinet (4-16ohm) with Marshall MG 100FX head.
House DJ gear:
4) Technics 1200 – DJs need own slipmats, headphones & needles
2) Pioneer CDJ-2000 Nexus
1) DJM-900 mixer
Hog 1000 Lighting Console
2) Source 4 750 50
2) Source 4 750 36
2) Martin Atomic 3000 watt strobe fixtures
4) Vari-Lite 2500 Spot Moving Head Fixtures
6) Color Kinetics ColorBlast 12 LED
12) Source 4jr 25/50
SPECS & BACKLINE FOR THE DELANCEY NYC
Guitar Amps & Cabinets:
(2) Peavey Valve King VK100 Head 100 Watts All Tube
(2) Peavey 5150 4×12″ Guitar Cab (16 Ohm)
Ampeg SVT Pro 3 Bass Head
Ampeg HLF 4×10 Cabinet
Drummers must bring their own snare drum, kick pedal and cymbals
DW PDP 24″ Kick drum, 12″ rack tom and a 16″ floor tom / red sparkle finish
2 Cymbal Stands
1 Snare Stand
1 Gibraltar hi-hat stand
1 Gibraltar Drum Throne
Microphones & Direct Ins:
6 Shure SM58 mic
(4) DI Boxes
1 Keyboard Stand
Behringer X32 Producer
Able to provide up to 4 Separate Monitor Mixes
(2) U15 Full Range Yorkville Speakers
(2) 1004 2×18 Yorkville Subwoofers
Powered by QSC, Crown and Crest
Basement Stage Monitors:
(4) Active Mackie Thump 12
***DJs Must Bring their own Serato Box, Control Vinyl, Control CDs, Slipmats, Cartridges and Shells***
(4) Technics SL1200 turntables
(2) Pioneer CDJ 1000MK
(2) Pioneer CDJ 2000
(2) Pioneer DJM-900 Mixer
1 Projector – HDMI, USB, VGA, Svideo or Composite (RCA) inputs
1 DVD player
1 cable box
1 mid-size screen
Photo courtesy of StitchHands
We are very proud to announce that we will be bringing our events to the East Coast! This is a very exciting time for us, as our first stop will be New York! As a result, we are looking to meet some of the most talented people in the city! Whether you are looking to work in the music scene or already do, we want to meet you!
If you or someone you know would like to be a part of our team, have them contact us!
Some Things We’re Looking For:
(Bands, Solo Artists, DJs)
Stage/ Production Managers
Venues/ Theaters/ Clubs
If you’re interested in working with us, contact us via the form below!
Editor’s Note: PAUSER is a PHENOMENAL entertainer from the greater San Diego area. He is an artist who has the ability to take any crowd and take them from having a good time, to having a Vegas-style riot within minutes. We are proud to be working with him, and look forward to getting him in front of as many people as possible!
Meet Sam Pauser, aka DJ Pauser, Man of our DJ dreams.
Written by: Hailey Stewart/ Instagram: @hippie.hailz
Not many of us can say we have the talent to get the whole crowd vibing to good energy, but this up and coming DJ, Sam Pauser (aka DJ Pauser) has enough energy to get the crowd jumping so much, the second floor of a house has sunken through. Being a mix of a little bit of everything, this versatile yet eclectic style Pauser emanates has the crowd entranced into a “party hard” state of mind till the club shuts down. (Everything you’ve ever wanted in a DJ right?) Pauser started out as a DJ in the more underground party scene, becoming the heartthrob of many young adults. But after seeing his sets now at countless events, from House of Blues in Anaheim and San Diego to Bassmnt and Sidebar in San Diego, I sat down with Pauser to really see the story behind this underground gem of a party starter.
What made you want to start DJ-ing?
When I was in 8th grade, my brother gave me my first techno mix tape. It had twelve tracks on it and I listened to it for months straight over and over on the bus in middle school. After that I went to high school and then, I don’t know, but one thing led to another and more electronic music like dubstep and trap started to come out. I remember the first time I heard dubstep I was a sophomore, about 16 years old, in the backseat of my friends car with his subs and I was saying ‘oh my gosh this is pretty frickin awesome.’ I started going to concerts and raves, and I remember I just thought, why couldn’t I do something like this? So I tried it out, and now I’ve been producing for two years and DJing for one year.
Would you say you have a specific style?
That’s always been a conflicting factor for me. I’ve always jumped all around the scene, going from jump style to twerk style to dubstep to headbangers stuff, like all over the map. And still, to this day, I haven’t really picked a specific genre that defines me. I would say my biggest, and personal favorite that I just love to do is headbangers. I love when the crowd goes nuts and I love when they rage. So I mostly just read the crowd, it depends on the mood, depends on the scene, and how the crowd reacts to what I’m doing and then I react to what they’re doing.
Who are your greatest influences?
There is one specific artist that is my greatest influence. My friend showed me Bassnectar the first couple of weeks I started listening to dubstep and that’s when shit just hit the fan. Right as I heard his music I couldn’t stop grooving to it. He’s the biggest EDM underground artist that’s all about the headbanging genre too so he’s my absolute biggest influence and I’m his absolute biggest fan.
Seeing as you’re most known for your energy being off the wall awesome and infectious, I have to ask: where do you get all of that performance energy?
Haha I don’t know actually, I guess I put a smile on and try and make people happy. It’s better to give more than receive and I feel like I want to give everybody the best time of their lives every single time I DJ. I want to give them the most memorable night like ‘Oh my gosh that was amazing, I went out with my friends, we were sober, we were drinking, whatever, we all just went out and had the best night ever.’
What’s happening in terms of labels? How’s the business aspect going?
The business aspect right now, I’m still in the process of discovering my specific style of music. And when I’m 100% confident that this is my music, this is where I’m going with it, this is what I want to do, and then I will become part of a label. I’ve been offered a couple times from a couple different record companies, some small time some a little bigger, but my primary focus is to become a part of Mad Decent, owned by Thomas Wesley Pentz (Diplo), that’s my ultimate label record I want to be a part of.
How’s working with Groove International? Has it been a good experience?
In one word I would say it is: awesome. Honestly working with my manager, Jonathan Avila, has brought me out of my shell every time they book me for a gig. I have been pushed so much more in every show they’ve booked me in. It’s been a great growing experience for me, and honestly so awesome.
Does the idea of your discovery excite or scare you?
Of course I’m excited! I’m always excited about music but sometimes you can let it get to your head and it can really start to freak you out. And one of my good friends had to sit me down and tell me to calm down. And as soon as I did that, I took a step back, found what I was doing wrong and started doing it right. It’s my passion and whether I make it and go big or not, I don’t really care because I’m going to still DJ anyways.
Okay, finally, out of all your experience preforming, what was your craziest night DJing?
Haha well, I was DJing at this guy’s house party and he was super cool and the party was packed. And basically what happened was, I was playing on the second story and the crowd was jumping so much the second story floor started sinking, like the floorboards were breaking. I was so afraid my DJ set up was going to fall through, but the owner was cool with the floor breaking, so that was pretty insane.
Pauser, a San Diego Native, truly brings a different feel to not only the DJ scene but also the electronic genre itself by always staying true to his underground roots and ever changing style. We highly encourage you to check Pauser out on his soundcloud: soundcloud.com/pauserofficial; but if you want to experience one of your most memorable nights and Pauser’s infectious high energy for yourself, you can check Pauser out at his upcoming shows:
House of Blues Anaheim on March 10th & Sidebar in San Diego on March 25th
Also check him out on: Instagram &Twitter : @pauserofficial and Snapchat: @sam_pow
Written by: Hailey Stewart
Groove International is very proud to announce that we have made more donations to charity this year than any other year! Among the charitable organizations are: American Cancer Society, Susan G Komen, Wounded Warrior Project, United Cerebral Palsy, and Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy.
As the near year approaches, our team is looking for bigger and better ways we can give back to the community. We are looking to participate in even more causes, such as autism awareness and suicide prevention as well.
As our charity programs grow, we feel like all options should be on the table. If you or anyone you know would like to contribute your time, energy, and ideas to makings a bigger impression on the world, please contact our director of operations!
Photo courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel San Diego.
Groove International is proud to announce that we are officially moving into Hard Rock Hotel’s 207 Nightclub in San Diego! Like we do, we plan on celebrating by hosting an epic expansion party in the beautiful city that we have come to call home.
Our first event will be our annual Winter Wonderland Bash on Friday, December 18th, 2015! Brace yourself for a wild night filled with Live Bands, DJs, dancers, photographers, sexy santas, hosts, fake snow, candy canes, and everything else that we can throw in the mix!
Bigger. Louder. Better. Sound The Groove.
We are proud to announce that Groove International is officially expanding our parties into the beautiful F6IX Nightclub of Downtown San Diego! To celebrate the expansion, we are hosting our infamouse “RISE N GRIND” Expansion Party on Friday, December 18th, 2015! (21 & Over Event)
Rise N Grind is an incredible Hip-Hop Mixer, where we showcase some of the hottest up and coming talent in San Diego’s Hip-Hop community. We’ll have live acts, DJs, go go dancers, photographers, confetti, and everything else we can throw into the mix to make this event an EPIC night for all!
Come be a part of what can only be described as an EPIC movement in San Diego. Be a part of the rise. Be a part of the grind. Party with whoever’s going to be the next big thing.