He never misses a note. With over 10 years of experience with the guitar combined with his extensive performing and touring record, Runson Willis is finally ready to embark on his solo career. The Los Angeles based artist, calls on his idols, Isaac Hayes, Aretha Franklin, Willie Guthrie and Willie Nelson as constant reminder of the level of greatness he is working toward. With roots in the deep south, you can hear the soul in every lyric he sings and note he plays.
Runson is geared up and ready to bring his music to the world! From his own words:
“this guitar is noisy, beat up and it may have a lot of scratches on it. But it’s true, it’s lasted a long time and it hasn’t gone anywhere. And I think it’s like me.”
Hailey Demian, Bass Guitarist, is a regular at Radio Venice, collaborating with a number of Radio Venice Alumni (mentioned below). He also writes his own solo music. He is a founding band member of Vorpium, with Milo Gonzalez and Richard Sherwood, and a founding member of Full Melt Reggae, with Alex Emami and Amit Gilad. He has collaborated with Michael Jost and the Venice Philharmonic Orchestra as well as with Peter Demian (Street Smart Music). more Hailey Demian»
George Karpasitis is a composer, producer and guitarist based in Los Angeles, California. He blends cinematic sonorities, ambient guitars and Mediterranean influences to create his own style of musical storytelling.
He received his Master’s Degree in Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games from Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain. During this time he had the opportunity to record his orchestral piece ‘What These Ithakas Mean’ at Abbey Road Studios in London, UK.
His latest EP, titled ‘Sounds of Mar Vista’, is a collection of pieces for solo guitar, combining Mediterranean and blues influences, due for release in early 2019.
Doe Paoro is a singer and songwriter from Syracuse, New York and is signed to ANTI- Records. In October 2018, she released a new album, “Soft Power,” which she recorded in London with Jimmy Hogarth (Amy Winehouse, James Bay, Sia). Her second record, “After,” came out in 2015 to critical acclaim and was a collaboration between her and some of the members of Bon Iver. She has written songs for other artists, including Peter Bjorn and Jon, and is a self-trained pianist and guitar player. She began writing music after a year of solo travel through India, in which she studied Tibetan Opera singing and extensive meditation and yoga. When she isn’t touring, she leads yoga and sound healing workshops internationally.
Born in Texas, raised in Hong Kong, Mikel Rafael started playing guitar at fourteen, inspired by Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, though it was Jeff Buckley who became his hero and veered him into the singer-songwriter direction. At eighteen he moved to Los Angeles to pursue music. He initially focused on playing electric guitar for local bands, while quietly honing his songwriting abilities. After going through a series of bands, he started testing out his material in open mics, and quickly gained a reputation among the local artist community as an evocative story-teller and gifted lyricist.
He quickly went from playing open mics to solo acoustic shows. At one of these shows he met ex-Mowgli’s producer and radio DJ Christian James Hand, who enjoyed his music so much that he offered to record him for free. Together they recorded a total of eight live, on-the-spot performances of Mikel Rafael originals, which were released as an album in late 2016 called ‘This Twisted World of Ours’ under his then-stage name Mikelangelo. Hand played some of those songs on his podcast and on a show he was then hosting on the now-defunct 100.3’s ‘The Sound’, which further expanded Mikel Rafael’s audience.
In early 2018, Mikel Rafael started writing new material for a new EP, which he released in October 2018 titled ‘A Sidewalk’s Dream’. He continues to pursue his passion, and regularly performs around local LA venues.