Most recently, veteran Orange County-based indie-rock band VOiD808 welcomed back original bassist Ryan Griswold, and added guitarists Jed Martin and Andrew Enns to the lineup. VOiD808 continues to grow as musicians and reinvented themselves with the addition of a piano to their rock sound. Over the course of the past several years, VOiD808 has worked with multi-platinum producer/songwriter Kevin DeClue (Hilary Duff), Emmy and Grammy award winning engineer/producer Joel Soyffer (Metallica, Motley Crue, Maroon 5) and in February 2010, released “The Second Chances EP,” produced by Jim Wirt (Something Corporate, Jack’s Mannequin, Hoobastank, Incubus, Fiona Apple, No Doubt, Live). VOiD808 has also shared the stage with Something Corporate, Stroke 9, The Calling, Veruca Salt, Blue October, American Hi-Fi, Plain White T’s, Ryan Cabrera, and Atreyu, just to name a few artists.
While VOiD808 has always been dedicated to writing music and live performances, the band is pleased to announce getting back on the road and the stage after several members of the band have grown their families and had children. Oscar Oo, vocalist/songwriter, believes that adding this breadth of life experience will only serve to help the band grow, mature, and connect with their maturing audience. Oscar states, "I don't think there's a better way to connect with the young parents in our audience than being young parents ourselves."
The band feels very fortunate to have Jed Martin and Andrew Enns in the lineup. “We are so lucky to have such talented and nice guys with us,” states Oscar Oo. Jed Martin adds, “It’s exciting to be playing with such a great group of guys! The smooth blend of the melodic piano combined with heavy guitars can be easily appealing to everyone." Andrew Enns expresses his optimism about working with the band, stating, “With a list of great songs already in our repertoire plus the talent and chemistry between new and old bandmates, you can expect more great things to come." The songs have evolved, just as VOiD808 has, and while the band is still characterized by heavy, gritty, edgy guitars, the blend of the piano adds a strong melodic component. Ryan Griswold, bassist, adds, “With heavy guitars and a pop rock rhythm mixed with piano, VOiD808's sound has become epic!” Producers have commented that it’s “piano rock that rocks!” Their latest release delivers a maturity in their sound, reflective of their own personal growth. “Adding the piano gave depth, fullness, and maturity to our sound. I’m happy with how it’s translating to the sound of the band,” states Oscar Oo. Brandon Ochoa, drummer, reflects, “The overall sound quality is the best we’ve ever had on an album in my opinion. Jim Wirt’s knowledge and input really helped the songs sound their best.”
In fall of 2011 VOiD808 hit the road again, performing their new piano-fronted indie-rock sound for audiences all along the west coast, revitalizing their sound, their image, and their purpose. They performed songs from their latest release, “The Second Chances EP,” and previous releases to give both new and old fans something to be excited about. The fall tour took the band up the coast of California, through central California, the Bay Area, Northern California, and parts of Nevada.
VOiD808 uses local promotions, internet radio, and internet marketing to gain international exposure and drive digital music sales. With iTunes and CD Baby being their biggest international distributor, they currently have over 60 digital distribution sites and are at the height of their international exposure. VOiD808 receives hundreds of emails daily and can be found on some of the most popular networking sites on the internet today, including: Myspace, Facebook, Friendster, Purevolume, Reverbnation, and YouTube. VOiD808 has developed a great web presence, increasing the number of search results on any Internet search engine. To date, there have been 18 fan-based street teams created worldwide to help with promotions. VOiD808 firmly believes that responding to their fans and building a relationship with their fans is essential to being musicians and pursuing their passion.
The band is excited about currently working on their first ever self-produced album. Being able to produce themselves will afford them the time and resources to produce the album without any studio time constraints, which has always been the condition of working out of a professional studio. "While we absolutely love working in a professional studio, we welcome the opportunity to engineer and produce this next album ourselves," states Oscar Oo, who will be producing the album.