Auckland, New Zealand
Intensity - Jerry, Daniel, Michaela, Mitch, Adrian, Michael.
So we're a band that formed at school in 2012, when we were Year 11. Back then there were two classes. Four of us were in one class, two in the other. Some of us already knew each other at that stage, so we weren't complete strangers to each other (that would have been a bit weird).
Five of us were brought together to perform in our end-of-year prizegiving, and it was there we found how well we worked together to bring the music together. Then, since we needed vocals, we invited our current vocalist to join us.
Since then, we've worked together over the years, doing covers and even working on some originals. We're still in the process of putting what we have up so far - we haven't been able to get proper recordings done yet.
Oh yeah, most of us are multi-instrumentalists. We like to switch things round a bit sometimes.
So in the band we have:
Michaela. Our vocalist + able to do just about everything else, though her secondary instruments are piano and french horn (something she admires greatly). Michaela's always been into writing songs, and I can't really count how many she's written already :P She is Grade 7 piano (ABRSM Royals) at this stage.
Jerry. Mainly a trombonist and a pianist, Jerry's pretty taleted at doing both classical works and jazz, being an avid fan of the latter. He's currently Grade 7 on trombone (I believe) and has played in quite a few jazz groups and ensembles. Strangely enough, he can also harmonise pretty well.
Adrian. Mainly a guitarist, but is also learning drums. Adrian's guitar playing lies in jazz, in which he has learnt, performed and improvised over many jazz standards. As well as this he is a very competent classical guitar player. Both him and me alternate bass and guitar depending on the song. Adrian's playing level is around Grade 7 or 8 (Trinity, though assumably
ABRSM as well).
Michael. Michael is our piano/keyboard player, and like Mitch surpassed Grade 8 (ABRSM) some time ago - he doesn't even have a piano teacher anymore. He's an avid fan of game soundtracks but can pick up piano pieces very quickly by ear. (on left)
Mitch. Our backup vocalist and drummer, as well as being able to play a few other things. Mitch surpassed Grade 8 drums a long time ago and can play just about anything. As well as that, he takes vocal lessons and teaches himself piano, both of which he is very good at and allows him to write some of his own songs as well. (on right)
Dan. Mostly a guitarist, plays piano and and composes the most 'feels' compositions. Dan's guitar playing mainly lies in classical but does rock out the pop every now and then. Influences are highly from Sting (who is a favour of us all) and also is very good at the bass. The only one in our group with perfect 'perfect pitch' which is a high achievement and a loving soul.