Band name: The Rhythm Shakers
Location: Los Angeles, Ca
Marlene Perez- Lead vocals
Victor Mendez- Bass
Brook Emelio- Drums
Matt Pavlovic- Guitar
Booking contact- Reb Kennedy/ Wild Records
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How would you describe your style of music?
We like to think that it's aggressive late 50's Rock n' Roll. Although we love it, we don't stick to a traditional 50's sound. We try to make it our own and give it a little bit of an edge.
How did you get into this style of music?
I've loved it since I was a kid. I used to listen to this old jazz station on Sunday nights and they would play everything from rhythm & blues, rockabilly to 50's Rock n' Roll and hillbilly.
How did you come up with your band name?
Victor and I were on our way to rehearsal and our manager called us to say that he had booked a show for our band....but....he needed the band name for the flyer. After throwing out a bunch of names, The Rhythm Shakers stuck out the most.
Who are they as individuals?
They are great, passionate and hardworking people who dedicate themselves to music and the band.
Where can people purchase your music and or merchandise?
They can go to www.therhythmshakers.com to purchase our music and all other merchandise or to www.wildrecordsusa.com . We are also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and MySpace, we're very accessible.
How long has your band been together?
We've been a unit for almost 6 years.
What do you like the most about the Rockabilly scene?
The enthusiasm and passion that people in the scene have for the music is what I like the most. They not only commit to the music, they also commit to the look as well and that says a lot too.
Who are your music idols, who influences your music?
Our influences come from many bands like The Sonics, Ronnie Dawson and Mickey Lee Lane to name a couple.
What future events do you have planned?
We have some pretty cool events lined up. Like the Bethune Retro music festival in France, we'll be direct support for Imelda Mayon the CA leg of her U.S. tour. Viva La Grasa Weekender in Texas, Rockabilly Rockout in Las Vegas and there are a few other exciting events in the works that I wish I could mention. Also in the next month or so, we'll be back into the studio to lay down tracks for a brand new, Vinyl only release....Maybe a 10 inch record, who knows....but, we are very excited about that one.
Do your band members have day jobs or do they make their dime as professional musicians?
We all have day jobs. If we could, we would all definitely play music full time!
If day jobs, what type of work do they do?
Victor works at an aerospace company. Matt owns his own company, Brook is an independent contractor and I work for signs and advertising.
Do you or any of your band members collect records?
Yes, we have quite the collection so far but we can always use more.
If so, what do you/they collect?
I try to find 50's Rock n' Roll, country, rockabilly, soul, r & b....since I'm into different types of music, I don't stick to one category.
What is your most memborable experience at a concert?
The first time that I heard a huge crowd sing our lyrics back to us. It was such an incredible feeling.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about or your band?
We just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported us from the beginning and to all the new friends/fan we've made thru the years.
Las but not least, what makes this band tick?
The continuous and growing support from our friends, fans and supporters, it makes us feel like we're doing something right and motivates us to keep going.
The founding members of the Rhythm Shakers sat down in a Los Angeles apartment one day and listened to the demos that they had just recorded and knew they had started something special. All of the viciousness and savagery of a hardnosed 50's Rock n' Roll band fronted by a charismatic lead singer. Except, something was different this time....the lead singer was female. Marlene Perez is not the typical female lead singer, she trades sweet for savage and kind for killer. Having toured all over Europe with notable appearances at High Rockabilly, Viva Las Vegas, Screaming festival and the Rockabilly Rave. The band's full length album "Flipsville" (2008), their two 45 RPMs, and now a new full length LP and CD "Voodoo" (2014) have projected their power on many Rock n' Roll dance floors. It is the Rhythm Shaker's goal to keep things interesting by recording Rockabilly, Rock n' Roll and Blues oriented tracks with Marlene's growling vocals ever present on top. The Rhythm Shakers continue to embark on multi-date European tours and frequent Rockin' festivals all over the world as they continue on their world wide Rock n' Roll expedition.
The Rhythm Shakers