The band started in 2013 when 5 session musicians from the Miami area decided to play regularly, outside the confinement of the surgical controlled recording environment and re-encounter themselves with the live performance experience on a regular basis. What started as an eventual affair, casual “gigs” and performing as a backing band for other artists developed into a full fledge band all on it’s own. You have definitely listened to these artists’ work individually on multiple acclaimed albums, ranging from Barbara Streisand, Natalie Cole, Ricky Martin to Shakira, and a myriad of Latin superstars. The combination of experience and musicianship of the band members deliver a powerful and memorable performance in every show, no matter the size of the venue, they respond to their love for music, enthusiasm and of course, the adrenaline rush of performing live.
The band members are: Jonathan Fuzessy on Vocals and guitars, Alex Garcia on Guitars and background vocals, the Hernandez Brothers (Julio on Bass, Orlando on Drums) and Iker Gastaminza on Keyboards and background vocals.
Currently, the band is playing regularly in the Broward County Area doing covers of the greatest hits of the 80’s-90’s, some traditional rock classics and today’s music too, while original material is being developed and recorded in a soon to be release of their first original album as a band.
Meet the Band
LEAD VOCALS, GUITAR
His powerful performances are his trademark, every show gets delivered as if it was his last one, the passion and commitment to what’s happing on stage are a clear evidence that he means what he sings.
Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Jonathan left the US to travel with his dad as a Christian missionary throughout all Central and South America where he learned to speak fluent Spanish and also was exposed to a rich multicultural musical environment where, by the age of 8 he learned to sing and play the guitar. He started doing studio recordings at a very young age, gathering the experience that later on would be an invaluable head start as a session musician.
At the age of 19 he came back to the United States to continue his music career landing 2 different record deals with BMG (L.A.B. Band) and Univision Music Group, being nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2004 (Area 305 band).
In 2001 he represented the US in the "Viña del Mar" festival with the song ""You can change the world" written by acclaimed composer Rudy Perez.
Johnny has done extensive studio work as a session background vocalist, vocal coaching-production, recording vocals and editing for top ranked Latin artists and has participation credits in several Grammy award wining and Grammy nominated albums (David Bisbal, Oscar de la Hoya, Luis Fonsi, Paulina Rubio, Chayanne).
As a songwriter, he has placed songs on several albums and currently working with writing teams for emerging and established mainstream and Urban Latin Artists.
He has been touring with Latin super star Chayanne for the last 5 years playing Acoustic Guitar, Ukelele and Backing Vocals.
GUITAR, BACKGROUND VOCALS
If you want to know what “living on the edge” means while performing, you just need to watch and listen to Alex playing, there is never a dull moment, safety net? never. Raw inspiring solos that give you the goosebumps, his tone on the instrument is one of the best in the industry, he currently acts as a consultant for acclaimed brands like, Suhr, Tech21, Komet and ÷13.
Alex (Alejandro) Garcia was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Studied music with acclaimed jazz piano player Gerry Weil. Started playing clubs at the early age of 17 years old, later at the age of 18 he started doing session work for various national artists. By the time he was 19 he founded the band CLOWNS, a well known band in the Caracas underground movement, they had a hit song "Loco por Ti", attaining critical acclaim and extensive radio airplay.
Later on, he moved to Miami, Florida and started touring with several top 40 bands of the area, his talent didn't go unnoticed and he ventured into the studio session arena with a solid foundation and experience. His work on award winning albums has been a reference in the Latin market for his exquisite tone and flawless execution, he has brought the soul of rock'n roll to pieces of music that might otherwise conform to generic guitar parts and soporific sounds.
Alex is constantly evolving and revolving his sound, he has an extensive collection of guitars, vintage amps and cabinets, there is no quiet moment at Alex's place, he might be performing a shoot out of Plexi type amps vs Vintage or trying out FXs pedals, hardware prototypes and giving manufacturers feedback on them. The crown jewel of his collection is the last TrainWreck amp ever built (named "Brie"), designed specifically for him by Ken Fisher with whom he had a long time friendship.
Studio work has been the backbone of his work, but playing live is also his passion, he has toured with major Latin artists such as Julio Iglesias, Julio Iglesias jr., Ricky Martin, Chayanne, Ricardo Montaner, Franco de Vita and lately he has made the jump to the Anglo scene doing Live work with Asia (FJP) and the Rock Pack.
The “ticker”, the band’s pacemaker, the human metronome as the rest of the band refers to him, don’t be fooled by his docile and tranquil personality, once the count-off is done, brace for impact, you are off for a treat of solid and powerful drumming.
Born in Cuba on February of ‘59, started playing drums at a very young age and constantly on the move because of his Dad’s music engagements touring with mayor artists of the time, (did we mention that Julio and Orlando are brothers?) he attended Miami-Dade Community College and University of Las Vegas, he received private lessons from Yerry Gilgor (Stardust Hotel, Las Vegas) and Frank Garisto (NBC Orchestra NY) and further seeking for more, constantly nurturing during his forming years as a drummer with renowned names like Alex Acuna (Weather Report) and Walfredo Reyes Sr. (Tony Bennet, Steve Winwood, Tito Puente, Sammy Davis Jr., Dionne Warwick ).
When his family returned to Miami, he stablished himself as a session and touring drummer, his credits list is extensive, offering his powerful drumming performances on recordings for artists like Exposé, Will to Power, Arturo Sandoval, Placido Domingo, Roberto Carlos, Jose Feliciano, KC and the Sunshine Band, Natalie Cole, Chayanne, Marco Antonio Solis, Alexandre Pires, Emmanuel, Cristian Castro, Nicole Henry, Sam Moore.
His live performance credits are impressive as well, with names like Michael Bolton, Natalie Cole, Arturo Sandoval, Cristina Aguilera, Marc Anthony, Draco Rosa, KC and the Sunshine Band, James Moody, Jon Secada, Jose Feliciano, Chayanne (current tour drummer) and a very big list of top ranked Latin Artists like Prince Royce, Ruben Blades, Alejandro Sanz, Carlos Oliva y los Sobrinos del Juez, Nestor Torres, Raul Di Blasio… the list just goes on and on.
He has done very special performances like the Arturo Sandoval’s song “A mis Abuelos” on the Dance-on CD that received a Grammy for best Latin jazz performance, performed on President of Grammy’s Album Michael Greene, Phil Ramone Producer, performed with James Moody at the Grenoble Jazz Festival and also a memorable performance with Don Alias at The Hague Jazz Festival, Holland.
Orlando shared drums chair on session work with, Simon Phillips, Dave Weckl, John Robinson, Harvey Mason, Portino, and Lee Levin, performed on special Studio sessions with Dave Valentin, Grant Geisman, Abe Laboriel, Danilo Perez, Ramon Estagnado and also performed on “Flight to freedom” album with Arturo Sandoval, Chick Corea, Anthony Jackson, and Dave Weckl.
The underestimated and often unappreciated Bass guitar, the one that almost everybody don’t notice… until Julio is behind it. Bass parts come alive, in your face, they make sense, and you actually start connecting the dots until you feel that it’s the 1st floor of the whole building, without it, the construct just falls apart.
Born in Cuba on May of ’62, Julio started playing Bass at the age of 15 in Miami, taught by his father Latin-Jazz Bass player legend Orlando “papito” Hernandez (Herp Albert & The Tijuana Brass, Paul Anka, Arturo Sandoval, Diana Ross and others).
He started working at the age of 16 in clubs in Miami, later on moving to Las Vegas where he attended the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, where he got his bachelors degree, at 17 years old he started working on the Vegas strip at the Dunes hotel in the Paris show casino. He returned back to Miami in 1984.
Julio started touring and/or recording stablishing himself as the “go to” Bass Player in the South Florida Area, Julio has recorded as a session musician on over 666 albums for artists such as, Barbra Streisand, Barry Gibb, Christina Aguilera, Michael Bolton, Natalie Cole, Boyz 2 Men, Shakira, Julio Iglesias, Arturo Sandoval, Sam Moore, Chayanne (musical director), Ricky Martin, Marco Antonio Solis, Luis Miguel, Cristian Castro, Jose Jose, Jose Luis Rodriguez (el puma) just to name a few.
Julio has worked with almost every producer in the Latin market and his stellar performances and Bass parts have been part of a great number of Grammy award winning recordings in the Anglo and Latin market. If you happen to listen to a song playing in the radio in Spanish (no reggaeton please…), the probabilities are very high that you are listening at Julio on the bass.
KEYBOARDS, BACKGROUND VOCALS
Sound design is a must in making keyboard parts more than a mere piano sound or some stock patch filling a space, it's about the right musical part with the accordingly soundscape that makes it memorable. That is exactly what Ike has been doing all his adult life, from prog bands to production work in the studio for albums, multimedia, TV and movies. His familiarity with basic synthesis, having lived the era of “turning knobs while playing” when no preset buttons existed and you had to come up with your own sounds, allows him to bring to the band a rich sound pallet of possibilities and diverse roads to explore.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela on June of 1962, starts taking music lessons at age 5, taking the Piano as his instrument at 8. By age 16 he starts playing keyboards with local rock bands in Caracas and in 1979 became member of the very successful Venezuelan Prog-Rock Band "Tempano", recording 7 albums for major labels (Sony, CBS, TopHits), obtaining multiple awards, several radio hits and touring the country regularly for 11 years.
He worked as a session musician since 1981, he recorded with major Venezuelan artists and was often called to work as synth programmer and sound-designer.
Studied Electronic Engineering at the "Universidad Simon Bolivar", focusing in the branch of digital circuits design and computer architecture.
In 1996, he decided to move to Miami, by the time, the center of Latin music creation and production. Once in Miami, he started to explore the recording engineering area and by 2001 began recording, mixing, arranging and producing for upcoming independent artists, and some of the biggest names in the Latin market (Shakira, Ricky Martin, Chyno, Andres Cepeda, Fonseca, Montaner, Chayanne, Oscar D’leon, Fanny Lu, Olga Tañon, Cristian Castro, Ednita Nazario, Marcos Llunas, Bacilos).
Recipient of 1 Grammy and 6 Latin Grammys, multiple nominations for both awards and participation in several Grammy Award winning albums (Shakira, Olga Tañon, Andres Cepeda).
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