From: CA, United States
Genre: Rock, Jazz
Los Angeles based "The Way Up" is a visionary rock fusion band with an evocative sense of melody and harmony. Members Alex Sill (guitar), Bobby Victor (keyboards), Daniel Zuker (bass), Caliber Cleveland (drums), and Zoe Jackson (vocals), came together to create a fresh, innovative sound that merges the electric power of rock, a jazz sensibility, and dazzling musicianship far beyond their years.
Formed in 2010, "The Way Up" presents its own unique interpretations of well known rock/fusion classics, as well as powerful original material that demonstrates their unique sensibility. Their sound combines the wild intelligence of a Steely Dan, the guitar antics of artists like Guthrie Govan and Steve Vai, the catchy rock-stylings of a Jeff Beck or Led Zeppelin, and also draws inspiration from the Pat Metheny Group among other influences.
"The Way Up" has performed throughout Los Angeles at such venues as "The Roxy", "The Whiskey", and "Harper's". They’ve also performed at fund raisers such as "Music Cares" and “Music For Life”, which raised over $5000 toward animal rescue, as well as special occasions such as the recent film premiere of the movie "Smitty" where "The Way Up" performed at the red carpet event.
Their debut EP includes original pieces such as "Leaving Appalachia," in which Jaco Pastorius-like bass lines are answered by catchy and heavy rock licks infused with jazz harmony, topped off by groovy vocal lines and some tasteful guitar solo work. "The Dan Clan," a tip of the hat to Steely Dan, is a groovy up tempo piece filled with clever lyrics that tell the tale of a Steely Dan cult leader and a tight, foot tapping solo section that features rock solid drum beats and screaming improv work from Sill on guitar and Victor on piano. "The Spacey Song (Purpose)" brings a larger sense of orchestration into a band setting through a vast array of instrumentation and dynamics, made memorable by haunting melodies, recurring themes, sparkling vocal harmonies, and lush harmonic layers, showing The Way Up at their best compositionally. "Running From The Monster," is a funky instrumental piece featuring more guitar and keys chops along with jazz harmonies and a sinister groove provided by the drums, bass, and rhythm guitars. And "Dyno Swine Mania," a unique, catchy in your face hard rock fusion instrumental contains some Steve Vai/Guthrie Govan inspired guitar work and sweet Rhodes lines.
Members of “The Way Up” have a long history together, playing together for over five years. Three members now attend CalArts, and one studies at CSUN Northridge, while the singer is still in high school.