Band name: The Starjays
Location: Seattle, WA
Band members: Angela Tini, Roy Kay, Mike Geglia, Tony LaBorie, Marshall Scott Warner, Sean Jensen, Carl Sonny Leyland
Booking contact: Roy Kay – firstname.lastname@example.org
Merchandise purchase info: Roy Kay – email@example.com
How would you describe your style of music?
Rhythm and Blues inspired by the hallmarks of the 50’s style
How did you get into this style of music?
This is the style that ALL rock n’ roll is based on – how can you not get into it?
How did you come up with your band name?
The Starjays name is a nod to vocal groups from the 50’s. We knew that we would be concentrating on harmonies and vocal arrangements when we started the band, so it seemed natural to find a name similar to bands of the era. Even though bands like The Robins owe more of a debt to doo wop, their style is definitely a big influence.
What is the background of your band members?
We, Angela and Roy, have been singing together for years, but despite our mutual love of rhythm and blues we hadn't performed together in that style. When Roy was invited to perform a set of rhythm & blues at Italy's Summer Jamboree, and Angela put together an R&B set for KEXP's 20th Annual Shake the Shack Rockabilly Ball, we decided to join forces and form our own rockin' R&B band, The Starjays. The players on the album have been playing for years. Carl Sonny Leyland is a legend in his own right; Mike Geglia has been playing with the Roy Kay Trio for 15 years and most recently with Roy’s rock n’ roll band The Margraves; Tony LaBorie has played for years in the scene with acts like The Top Hands and Ray Condo and the Ricochets; Sean Jensen has played with across multiple genres and acts in the Northwest and Marshall Scott Warner who has led his own band and supported multiple others for over a decade in the rockin’ scene.
Who are they as individuals?
A damn good time!
Where can people purchase your music and or merchandise?
How long has your band been together?
What do you like the most about the Rockabilly scene?
The music and great friends!
Who are your music idols, who influences your music?
Ruth Brown, Etta James, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Lavern Baker, Irma Thomas, Wynonie Harris, Roy Brown, Little Richard, Tiny Grimes, Freddie Green
What future events do you have planned?
Viva Las Vegas #19 is the next event, our second time at this festival, where we will be releasing our brand new CD on Rhythm Bomb Records.
Do your band members have day jobs or do they make their dime as professional musicians?
We all have day jobs, but we’re all still professional musicians. ;)
If day jobs, what type of work do they do?
Too many to mention – there are 7 people in this band! Roy is a graphic designer, who made our cover artwork and Angela is a full time student at University of Washington with a major in Italian.
Do you or any of your band members collect records?
If so, what do you/ they collect?
Original rockabilly, early 50’s country and rhythm and blues records.
What is your most memorable experience at a concert?
The Starjays debut show at Viva Las Vegas, two years ago.
What was your funniest memory at a concert?
The lighting guy at Viva Las Vegas liked our song “Turn Down the Lights” so much that each time we sang the chorus he would dim the lights and bring them back up again!
Is there anything that you would like to add about yourself or your band?
We look forward to playing for everybody at Viva Las Vegas in April!
Last but not least, what makes this band tick?
Angela teasing Roy. ;)