(acoustic, electronic drums, backing vocals)
Jeff’s music career started at seven, when his parents asked him to take up an instrument. When he chose drums, his mother replied, "no, they are too noisy. How about piano or guitar?" Brother Steve was playing guitar, so Jeff chose piano. He played piano for two and a half years until he broke his arm skateboarding. He finally received his first drum set as an eighth grade graduation present. He had seen and heard the band Kiss and decided that's what he wanted to do.
In 1978, at the age of fifteen he played his first high school party with brother Steve on bass. They continued playing parties and clubs thru high school. After high school they began playing the Hollywood clubs with Ballistics, Royal Tease and The Word. In 1981 Jeff took music theory classes at Golden West college and began recording. He also played top forty gigs, high school formals and a few weddings to earn recording money. He thoroughly enjoys playing music and recording. “It will always be my great escape from the stresses of life.”
Excerpts below from the Yahoo article: Exclusive Interview with Etch: The Rise of the Indie Artist
Who are your musical influences and have they changed over the years?"My music influences are Led Zeppelin, Queen, Aerosmith, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Rush, Genesis, Van Halen, Journey, and most everything seventies. I also love The police and U2. My drum influences are John Bonham, Roger Taylor, Neil Peart, Stewart Copeland, Phil Collins, Jeff Pocaro, Simon Phillips. I could go on. These haven’t changed thru the years. The newer artists I like are Muse, Train, Rob Thomas and Porcupine Tree."
Your band recently attended the 2014 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Show in Anaheim, CA. What does an industry convention like that do for an independent band?"It’s Disneyland for big kids!!"
What are your thoughts on YouTube? Is it a valuable tool for a musician?"Absolutely. You can find anything and everything on there. All you have to do is type it in and you have it. "
Your second album, "6 1/2 Hour Drive," was released in 2011. What have you guys been working on since its release? What's next for Etch?"We are presently writing and recording. We all have families and jobs so it does take a while. "
BIOSScott Bottomley (vocals, keyboards and bass guitar)
Al "Ancil" Palacio (electric and acoustic guitars)
Jeff Siciliani (acoustic and electronic drums)
Ian "The Tape Doctor" Miller (bass guitar and producer)