Joey Speroni – Drums/Vox
Bernie Boehm – Guitar/Vox/Bass
Jonathan “Jonny” Festari – Keys/Bass
Eric Dinger – Lead Guitar/Bass
Genre: Organic Reggae Rock
Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING TOGETHER?
A: This coming October 2020 will be five years that we would consider ourselves a band. We were all just learning our instruments at that time when we started.
Q: WHICH FAMOUS MUSICIANS DO YOU ADMIRE? WHY?
A: We each have a few artists that we admire.
JOEY- I admire musicians in general. A true musician is a rare breed, many people play music but not all are musicians. However if I had to narrow it down I would say I admire Lenny Kravitz, John Mayer and Brad Corrigan (drummer of Dispatch). Lenny: Simply for his musicianship, humbleness and wisdom that you can feel and see through his art. John Mayer: I mean, let’s get real, it’s John Mayer. He makes 40 grit sandpaper on asphalt sound smooth. I just love his versatility and emotion that he portrays in his music. Brad Corrigan: This guy is all around bad a$$. I have a soft spot for him as well because he also plays drums and sings. He is a really cool funny witty dude and is just a monster on the drums. The way he supports the youth of the nation is also very inspiring. The person I would collaborate with would be Mac Miller. I feel like we would get along really well and make some fun music together. R.I.P. to the MAC.
JONNY – There are so many great musicians that I admire, but to name a few. Russ – I admire his confidence and ambition in life, I feel it’s good to have both of those very fueled up. He is so real and transparent through his music. New Kingston – The band as a whole is three brothers and a father. They stick together as a family on and off the stage and I admire that very much. John Lennon – his stand on change was very admirable and inspirational, he was very different and unique. Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington – they create and perform life changing songs that helped and continue to help so many people throughout the world relate and be strong. They are never afraid to speak their mind and get their message across through their music. The artist I would want to collaborate with would have to be Bob Marley. He was very humble and respectful of all life. Would love to drink some fish tea, play some soccer and go running up mountains. Talk about life and create some tunes!
BERNIE – One thing I truly admire is the female stance growing in the reggae scene. There’s many talented women now rising up like Hirie, Kat Hall, and Sierra Lane just to name a few. It’s great to see the diversity growing around reggae and that’s just what it’s about…One Love. Matt Velazquez (former singer of Rebelution) – Is one of my favorite songwriters. He wrote half of Rebelution’s first album, “Courage to Grow”, and has some other tunes of his own. His vocals are hard to match, and combined with his lyrics, you can’t help but to feel and envision the message in his songs. Iya Terra – Is probably my favorite group of musicians in the reggae scene. They’re inspiring to listen to and watch on stage. Their dynamics, song structure, lyrics and melodies pack a positive message of love that cannot be ignored and their stage presence makes you feel that even more! I would truly enjoy a collaboration with Bob Marley as well. I actually ponder this question often and if we could make a song today, I wonder what he would write about.
Q: WHICH INSTRUMENTS DO EACH OF YOU PLAY?
A: That’s our favorite question, hahaha! We all play bass…so during performances we switch who is playing bass depending on the song being played. But otherwise, Jonny Keys holds down the keyboards, Eric Dinger is our lead guitar, Bernie is the main front vox and guitar, and Joey is also on main vox while he is drumming. We also have Luna the dog, who plays the guitar when she feels like it!
Q: WHERE ARE SOME OF THE REGULAR VENUES YOU PLAY AT?
A: We’re frequently at Beachside Tavern in New Smyrna Beach, The Roof in Daytona Beach, Mainstreet Pub in Melbourne, Shiloh’s in Titusville and also we visit Crazy Uncle Mike’s down in Boca Raton. We’re excited to play new places and keep spreading the message.
Q: DO YOU HAVE ANY SONGS YOU HAVE RECORDED AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING ONLINE?
A: Yes, we currently have our self-titled EP available on all major digital platforms (iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon, Apple Music, etc.). We recorded the whole album at Log Cabin Studio in Tallahassee and met with our sister Kat Hall who featured on two of our songs, then it was sent off to the well known Sugar Shack Sessions team in Bonita Springs. We’re thankful for all the time spent into making our album sound the way it does.
Q: WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING TO STAY ON TOP OF YOUR MUSICAL GAME DURING QUARANTINE?
A: During these times we’ve been refocusing the energies and trying to dig into writing new music as well as recording and producing our own music also. We’re excited to share what we’ve got cooking!
Q: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO BEGINNERS WHO ARE NERVOUS ABOUT PUBLIC PERFORMANCES?
A: Our advice to someone who’s beginning and nervous is to start small, but start somewhere. And it’s never too late to start. We started at open mics, that’s a great place for anyone first trying to perform in front of a crowd.
Brothers Within was voted in the top 5 in our poll of Best Local Musicians! Find out who took the other spots here.
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