A band, a bond and a brotherhood: Scotty Dickert and R.E.L are Reasons Be, a Los Angeles-based duo whose debut four-song EP reveals an endearing optimism and a sparkling tunefulness – a resplendent meeting of two musical minds.
This partnership began on the online marketplace Craigslist, when R.E.L answered an ad, posted by Scotty seeking a guitar player. It was a promising meeting; the duo immediately conceived their first song.
“He was the first and only guitarist we auditioned,” Scotty remembers. “Fate? The musical chemistry was instantaneous.”
Both Reasons Be members bring significant individual histories to the alliance. R.E.L endured a rough upbringing. After his mom died under tragic circumstances leaving his family in shambles, he found solace in music. He came to Hollywood to enroll in the Musicians Institute’s Independent Artist program; a move driven by his affinity for American artists – Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz and John Mayer – and his desire to relocate to a more fertile musical market.
Scotty, a native of Milwaukee, WI, had fronted a band from his hometown that performed together for seven years and had music featured in films and on MTV. When the band broke up he made immediate plans to head for Los Angeles. This move served dual aspirations: in addition to his musical endeavors – fronting a succession of bands and writing songs – Scotty is also an actor who has been cast in a variety of roles as a hippie sex toy, a super hero, and of course a rocker in a slate of commercials, television shows and independent features.
Centered on vocals and guitar, Reasons Be’s EP is a faithful representation of their live sound paired with the studio craft of Lee Miles (Puddle of Mudd, Rise Against, Shinedown). The accomplished producer-engineer embellishes the duo’s acoustic core with a pop-friendly studio sheen. “He is quite the visionary,” Says R.E.L “He opened doors we would have never imagined.”
Ultimately, Reasons Be is a creative democracy. R.E.L and Scotty come up with individual song ideas and email these to each other. Scotty often focuses on lyrics and melodies, while R.E.L elaborates on the musical blueprints. Meeting up for regular writing sessions, they then advance these concepts. “In previous bands I felt like I was doing all the work,” says Scotty. “Now, the more opinions the better.” Although they eventually see eye-to-eye, the duo affirms that healthy dissent and subsequent resolution often leads to a stronger song. “And if it comes down to it, we’ll wrestle to determine who wins,” laughs R.E.L
Two voices, one destiny: In their song “Hands Up,” Reasons Be evokes an inviting destination with the lines, “You’ll find a place where everybody knows your name.” This affirmation defines their journey as well, as Reasons Be is becoming known and appreciated for their compelling songs and winning chemistry. “The music that comes from our partnership is far better than what Scotty or I could come up with on our own,” concludes R.E.L “And it’s very rewarding.”
Ryan Saliman and the Band of Strangers:
While growing up in Denver, CO. Ryan picked up his first guitar at the age of 12. After learning three chords, he wrote his first song, and never stopped. He played with the same band and practiced constantly throughout college while studying theatre and managing a music store.
In 2003 he moved to New York City's East Village and played in various venues. In 2008 he recorded his first album and continues to play and write.
Starting In 2008, Ryan created, the "Folk Off", where monthly, he planned and hosted other singer / songwriters for a full evening of entertainment. In 2009, Ryan collaborated with other musicians and the group "Ryan Saliman and the Band of Strangers" was formed.
In 2011 he moved to Los Angeles to further pursue his music career.
Lauren Morrow of NewYorkPudding wrote:
"Saliman’s sound is distinct, especially in this urban mecca. An amalgamation of rock, alternative, folk and country, his music is delightfully difficult to categorize.
“My sound is like a Colorado sunset, dipped in whiskey and then dropped on the tracks of the F train,” he says. And those aren’t even lyrics.
Saliman is conversationally cool and witty, and his music is much the same. A performer unlike any other, his set is sure to be loaded with quality songs with affecting melodies, and maybe even “a growl or two.” He is not only a singer/songwriter, but a performer, and his approach can vary from raucous to melancholy, depending on the heart of each song."
Most bands end with a breakup, but indie pop band, the breakups, started that way. The year was 2007, and Jake Gideon had just been dumped by his long-time girlfriend. As if that wasn't emotionally traumatic enough, the co-founding member of Gideon's previous band made a sudden decision to move to Virginia after they had played only one show.
The way Gideon saw it, there were two options: crawl under a rock and never reemerge, or form the band he'd always wanted and call it the breakups to poke fun at the woeful circumstances that surrounded the group's inception. After filling out the lineup with PHil Shrut on drums, James Williams on keyboards, Nik Ahistam on guitar, and Tim Lee on bass, the band played its first show at the Fake Gallery in Silver Lake on July 12th, 2007.
It was a fruitful time for the east-side music scene in L.A., and before long the breakups were gigging consistently at venues like Spaceland, The Echo, Silverlake Lounge, Mr. T's Bowl, and Pehrspace, allying themselves with several like-minded bands along the way. It was a tight-knit community of talented musicians and artists who all supported each other by attending shows, trading records, juggling band members, and encouraging each other with a little friendly competition.
On Valentine's Day of 2008, the breakups released the eat your heart out ep to positive reviews. the EP reached #66 on the CMJ Top 200, with 78 Top 30 chartings at radio stations around the country, including 29 in the Top 10. Five out of the six songs on the EP earned TV or film placements, and Nic Harcourt made the song "after the fact" his Daily Connections on KCSN in Los Angeles.
Gideon continued to develop his voice as a songwriter and the sound of te band evolved and matured. The fruits of that evolution are showcased on their first full length album, running jumping falling shouting, due for release on February 14th. The 12-song LP has a clarity and confidence that conjures hints of Wilco, The Shins, The New Pornographers, and Elliott Smith, while maintaining a strong identity of its own.
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