Mike Vitale is a singer/songwriter/forward-slash and hyphen enthusiast based out of Los Angeles, CA. The greatest compliment he ever received was from a 7-Eleven attendant who said that he was dressed like Indiana Jones. Coincidentally, that’s what his music sounds like as well: adventurous. Gliding through various and complex styles of music from all over the world, as effortlessly as a famed fictional archeologist cracks his whip, his new album Desert Dogs, slated for release later this summer, is a rambunxious adventure through Synthesized textures. ambient harmonies and melodies, drenched in rock and roll, latin, cowboy country from the 1950’s (like the T.V. show Bonanza), and Lord knows what else. The title is also one consonant short of Dessert, so it must be sweet. He also released an Americana inspired album of twelve songs last year called φ which found him touring all over the United States in support of its propagation. His name fits perfectly in a Google search engine—but, like Lavar Burton from Reading Rainbow says, don’t take my word for it.
Marcus Eaton is a world class singer-songwriter, guitarist and composer known for his work as a solo artist and collaboration with two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee David Crosby. He hails Marcus as “one of the best young singer-songwriters in America – maybe even the world. And he plays guitar like god on a good day.”
Marcus and David’s musical collaboration evolved over their shared interests in innovative guitar tunings and songwriting aesthetics. Marcus ended up co-writing a number of songs, singing harmony, and joining Crosby’s legendary band on tour and television and radio appearances. When it came time to score the documentary David Crosby: Remember My Name premiering in competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, director A.J. Eaton wanted to channel Crosby’s original jazz influences and the ’60s-era Laurel Canyon acoustic rock scene. And Marcus, A.J.’s brother, was a perfect choice.
In 2021 Marcus played guitar and worked on the score for the blockbuster Netflix film: The Harder They Fall.
He went viral on TikTok with his rendition of The Last of the Mohicans with a pickaso guitar bow.
Marcus has a new album tentatively titled ‘What Is Real’ set for release in 2022. He was raised in Idaho and splits his time between Los Angeles and Italy.
Currently an LA musician. Ben Matin comes from truly musical roots. A mother who played clarinet and a father who played trumpet in the Army band back in the 80s, both of them first chair. His father led a jazz trio in and around New York and his aunt is a world-renowned flutist. Ben’s grandfather was Art Ryerson, a session player in New York playing with Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, and Fats Waller… to name only a few.
While the musical lineage may be rich, life has not been an easy road for this musician. His journey, however, has culminated in the realization that music is the gateway for him to step into his true self. Sat there in front of an audience, honesty is what people want from a singer and Ben Matin’s performances are as honest as it gets. There’s some spirit that burns on in Ben or perhaps it’s simply in the blood. Regardless, the homage to his past is clear in his work.
With a record release coming before the new year and two singles out, you can find Ben Matin at Hotel Cafe and various other venues and songwriter events around town.
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