Candyboy featuring Mari Y. were a little surprised when an LA Weekly & Music Connection music reviewer Dan Kimpel told them they might be contenders for the most promising bands of 2015 after seeing their knock out performance at Paladino's last June 13th; but this prodigious group of young musicians and their neo-80's, EDM rock sound have been building a buzz in the Los Angeles scene since they started performing two years ago.
The band started in 2012 when singer/songwriter Mari Y. met producer/drummer Steve Barry Cohen of Lake Transfer at a mutual friends recording session. Fueled by a mutual interest in eclectic pop, 80's rock and philosophy the two began recording original material in Steve's studio in North Hollywood. 'It became clear right away that we had something worthwhile after the first few demos,' says Steve, 'Mari and me just clicked, she loved performing and we knew the time was right to put a band together as a way of telling her story of a generation's struggles with loneliness in an online world. Kinda like Cinderella meets The Police, hence the name Candyboy.'
The band was soon joined by bass player Jorge Orellana and guitarist Tsuyoshi Ishitani, who spiced up the sound with both their powerful rock-style playing mixed with Steve's electronica layers. 'At first we just had this sort of jam band thing in mind,' recalls Jorge, 'But when Steve started creating all these loops and effects, we were like, cool!' The combination worked and it gave Candyboy the unique edge that defines the band's sound.
Excited as they were with the new sounds they were laying down, the band never anticipated the enthusiasm which fans found for their music. Especially among the many teenage students at California Music Academy (Westlake, CA). Within two weeks of releasing their debut LP, Bon Voyage, they were moving almost 1,000 copies! 'I love Halfway To Chatsworth (Song #5 on the album),' comments Annaliese, a student at CMA. Tour manager for Steely Dan, Guns & Roses, R. Kelly and Billy Idol, Marc St. Louis agrees, 'Awesome, my daughter loves the CD and my son thinks (Mari) is hot. I think you really have something there.'
Although they couldn't be happier with their devoted fans in Los Angeles, Candyboy has set their sights on Western region colleges and festivals. The band is planning a tour that will stretch from Southern California to Seattle. 'We just want to get out there and play at this point,' Jorge says, 'With an album and some EDM EP's under our belt, we're ready to get back to what it's all about: rockin' the house!' 'Really the truth is,' remarks Mari, 'after all the hard work of writing and recording this album, I still love to show off and put on a kick ass show.' 'Yeah, she's a real character,' agrees Steve, 'definitely worth the price of admission!'
Mari Y. (Vocals),