chris vandalay
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I’m a Keyboard player/singer/songwriter, who recently moved from the Chicago-area to beautiful Greenville. In most of the bands that I’ve played in - I’ve been the main songwriter or co-songwriter, a lead singer and keyboard player. I currently have more than 40 songs “published” on Spotify, Apple Music, etc., with bands Too Much Saturn, The Vandalays & The Quick. I’m also a keyboard/vocal instructor at Music & Arts/Guitar Center in Greenville. My overall philosophy is - if you’re doing original material, it’s gotta be melodic/hooky/energetic,(for me - mostly in the “powerpop” genre, although I’ve also played country rock, alternative & classic rock ). I also believe in “less is more” - knowing when NOT to play, in addition to when…

Screen name:
chris vandalay
Member since:
Oct 27 2022
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Committed
Years playing music:
30
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

Influences mostly start from The Beatles to bands/artists like The Smithereens,The Cars, Superdrag, Gin Blossoms, 20/20, Old 97’s, Nada Surf, New Pornographers, Foo Fighters and singer/songwriters like Pete Yorn, Rhett Miller, Elvis Costello, Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell, John Mellencamp, etc. For me - it really starts with well-written songs!

Instrument experience:

Vocalist:
Expert
Keyboard:
Expert
Vocalist - Baritone:
Advanced
Vocalist - Tenor:
Advanced
Drums:
Intermediate

EQUIPMENT

My live keyboard rig consists of a Yamaha S-30 and a Yamaha MX-49, on an Ultimate keyboard stand. I usually go direct for amplification, but also have a Peavy keyboard amp. I also have studio gear that I usually write/demo songs on like an 8-track digital Fostex, mics, etc.

MUSIC