BandLife – Sons of Rhythm

We got personal with one of York Region’s rising bands to find out if “band life” is really all it’s cracked up to be!

Band Name: Sons of Rhythm

Number of Years Active: 3

Genre of Music: Blues

Bandmates: Vocals/Bass: Mick Maratta, Guitar: Federico Luiu, Drums: Mike Carbone, Sax/keys (sideman): Rob Christian

What’s on your current playlist? Michael Landau, Joey Landreth, Kirk Fletcher, Doyle Bramhall II, Garrett Mason, Wide Mouth Mason, ZZ Top & Ray Charles

What are your favourite venues to perform in York Region? We’ve had the pleasure of performing the Aurora Blues Bash in February this year. We hope to have the opportunity to travel to many more venues in York Region upon the release of our first EP.

Do you have a pre-gig tradition? If so, do tell: Locating band members.

What’s it like managing multiple opinions, styles or ideas? Difficult at times, but well worth it. Each of us comes from a different musical background. Federico is experienced with traditional blues guitar playing,  Mick is heavily influenced by funk and soul music and Mike comes from a background in R&B and rock. Being such close friends makes it easier to overcome our creative differences, allowing us to collaborate as a band and create a one of a kind sound.

How do you resolve creative differences and avoid a meltdown? Collaborating and making music despite creative differences is a continuous learning process. Maintaining a certain level of professionalism and mutual respect for each other; makes it easy to avoid a meltdown. We never take for granted that we are all close friends and skilled musicians who get to make music together for a living. Our love and appreciation for being able to do this is what keeps us growing as a band.