El Modernist
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El Modernist

Albany, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2018

Albany, New York, United States
Established on Jan, 2018
Band Alternative Indie




"El Modernist say varied tastes enrich their music"

It's been a pretty busy 13 months for Albany alternative rockers El Modernist. The quartet of 23-year-olds Will Fredette, Will Hahn, Taylor MacMillan and Joe DeTillio hung out and jammed together for the first time in August 2017.

This past March, El Modernist played its first show together. By mid-September, the band won WEQX's Battle of the Bands and earned a slot opening up the station's annual well-attended PearlPalooza.

In an email, lead guitarist MacMillan described the opportunity as "Dream fulfillment! Having been to PearlPalooza for years, I never thought I'd be on stage for it."

"It was a shot in the arm," lead singer Fredette noted. "Things have happened really quick from the time of our debut to now."

El Modernist's story goes back a few years further than that jam session last year. Drummer/rapper Will Hahn noted that they all attended and graduated from the College of Saint Rose together. Hahn was in a band in college, while Fredette and bassist DeTillio played together for a solid three years.

"We're all good friends, loved supporting each other, going to each other's shows," Hahn recalled.

As these bands came to a close, the guys decided to jam together. For Hahn, the connection was instantaneous.

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Losing Streak, El Modernist, Luciano Ferrera, Caribbean Crisis and Semi Pro

When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday

Where: Pauly's Hotel, 337 Central Ave., Albany

Info: For more info: www.elmodernist.com

"We definitely could play music together," he remembered thinking.

Part of the appeal of playing together comes from their different approaches to music. The members of the group pride themselves on coming from varying perspectives and tastes, from alternative rock and singer-songwriter-based fare to rap. They see it as important to finding their own creative niche and say audiences at shows have responded well to the mix of genres, as well.

"Will Fredette comes from a lot of classic rock; I like to listen to a bunch of funk, metal, old school Aerosmith," DeTillio said. "I strive for a blend of all sounds."

"I bring a contemporary hip-hop feel," Hahn added. "When we played our first show, we realized mixing it up was something the audience really responded to. People who love hip-hop, love rock, people of all ages can find something they like."

Of course, everyone having different ideas of where the band should go sonically can make for a somewhat contentious experience at times.

"Writing is fun because I never know what to expect from ourselves," MacMillan stated. "We consistently fight over our vision for the band, and it seems to work out."

"It's super-stressful, but it's also the most fun in the world," Hahn said. "We work our (butts) off. We work really hard. With every song we finished, it's like 'Yes, we nailed it!' No one's unhappy."

Hahn's enthusiasm for creation is shared by the other members of El Modernist. Despite the recent success on stage with the PearlPalooza and Battle of the Bands performances and a semi-regular gig at Pauly's Hotel, including an upcoming show there Saturday night, the band has found itself drawn to the creative process as of late. Currently, they're gearing up to record two songs at Foster House Studios with the help of ubiquitous area producer and performer Brian Chiappinelli. They're also in the planning stages for some music videos in the months to come.

"(When asked what part of El Modernist is most enjoyable) I was going to say playing shows right off the bat, but writing songs might take it," DeTillio said. "We've got a little momentum now, so working on new songs is exciting. We work very cohesively."

"We play off each other's strengths; if I need a riff I go to Taylor and he's going to come up with something amazing in like 30 seconds," added Fredette. "It's far more collaborative than any other group I've been a part of."

Jim Shahen Jr. is a frequent contributor to the Times Union. - Times Union

"El Modernist wins WEQX’s Battle of the Bands, will open Saturday’s Pearlpalooza in Albany"

Joe DeTillo, Will Fredette, Taylor MacMillan and Will Hahn, also known as El Modernist, will light up Saturday’s block party starting at 1 p.m. Michael Hallisey / TheSpot518

#WEQXBattleoftheBands #ElModernist #WEQX #MichaelHallisey #SpotlightNews

Will Fredette walked into a conversation that included radio personality Jeff Morad of WEQX. The radio station just concluded the second round of its annual battle of the bands competition. It pits four bands against one another to determine who opens Pearlpalooza, a large all-day block party in the middle of Albany. On this night it looked like Fredette’s band wasn’t going to be it. His band lost, earning first runner-up honors to Dooojj.

Fredette extended a hand and thanked Morad for the opportunity to play. His El Modernists had just played a tight set. Despite the short 20 minutes, the four came out hot. They got the Friday night crowd on their feet with a lively punk act that contrasted against the popular jam and garageband sound across the scene. If he was dejected by the loss, he didn’t show it. The kid’s toothful grin made it look like he just earned the job.

“Nice burp you had there,” Morad said, complimenting Fredette for appearing loose enough on stage to let out a belch into the mic. The lead singer admitted to downing a drink just prior to taking the stage. He felt the air bubble crawling back up from his gut as he was introducing the band to the crowd. He laughed as he later explained what was a pending dilemma in his mind. Should he back away or just own it?

He shrugged it off. “I had to own it,” he said.

El Modernist came out with, not so much a devil may care attitude, but more of an affable and earnest personality between them. Afterall, the band wasn’t supposed to be there. The collection of bands playing in this year’s competition included recognizable names. Acts that had CDs to sell at their merchandise table in the back of Jupiter Hall. The four of them just formed as a band. They only played their first gig together on St. Patrick’s Day five months before.

“Honestly, that first set… we liked that opportunity,” said Will Hahn, El Modernist’s drummer and occasional rapper. The 15 minutes allotted to each band in the preliminary rounds was like doing a late night show on television. Just enough time to do a quick highlight of the band’s act. “Get it done and leave people wanting more.”
It was enough to have judges bring the band back to the final round, and the gratitude was expressed yet again on stage. The largest crowd out of all the rounds gathered for the last act to see who would win. There were members from other bands, promoters and manager scattered around. The local music community was in one room. As if in tune to the fact, Hahn announced he created a Spotify playlist, “We Are Albany NY,” to market all of the local bands online.

“Every single band in every round we played with was a great band,” said Hahn. “Not only that, but very supportive. Awesome people to work with. Fun part of the event was that you get more people to play some shows with.”

These newcomers were going against veterans. Honey Suckle Vine, though relatively new to the local scene, had played together out West before moving into town. Joey Jaquez, who often sported a mean harmonica, fronted the four-piece band that brought a blues flavor to the party. Dooojj, who beat out El Modernist in the second round, was a good four-piece garageband. Then, there was Bendt.

The members of Bendt knew how to embrace the local music community. Before taking the third round, Matt Plummer knew to thank and compliment his competitors. Hahn said he couldn’t “be mad” to losing to a bunch of guys like them. In the final round, taking the stage after El Modernist, with each of its four members sporting a T-shirt from Girl Blue, Good Fiction, Stellar Young and Hasty Page. If any one band knew how to win, it was Bendt. The band’s grunge style won Schenectady County’s Battle of the Bands last year.

El Modernist, however, stood out with elements of punk — screaming guitar riffs and electric drums. The four each graduated from the College of St. Rose’s prestigious music program. They’ve messed around with other bands before coming together in March, blending various influences and creating something entirely their own.

“El Modernist seemingly came out of nowhere to take us all by surprise with their performance at the finals,” said Morad, after the four earned the coveted Pearlpalooza slot. “It says a lot about them when you consider they knocked off the likes of Bendt, Honey Suckle Vine and Dooojj!”

Morad said El Modernist pulled away with the win because of it’s “high energy, engaging and unique.”

“Going from the wild card slot and winning it, I was little surprised,” said Joe DeTillio, El Modernist’s bass player. “Aside from that, it was so cool.”

The opportunity now places El Modernist in the same company with Good Fiction and four different national acts coming in to Albany to play Pearlpalooza: Kitten, The Greeting Committee, Caroline Rose and Superorganism.
“The four other bands are all national acts that blew everybody away at the 2018 SXSW Fest in Austin,” said Morad. “We’re glad to have been able to put them all together on the same day — for free! Not to mention, but I am mentioning, all four national acts are female fronted, cause girlpower.”

El Modernist is already on the move. After the band sets the scene for Pearlpalooza this Saturday, at 1 p.m. and follows up with a gig at Savoy Taproom at 9:30 p.m. The band released its debut single “Up” on all available streaming services, including the band’s Albany-centric playlist on Spotify. - The Spot 518

"Indie Rockers El Modernist Delivers A New Take On The World Of Rock And Roll"

El Modernist delivers a new take on the world of Indie Rock n Roll. With pulsating hooks and lush melodic waves of psychedelia, the band combines the upbeat catchy choruses of garage bands across the nation with the flowing ambient guitar lines of modern day Indie Rock.

Their debut single Up is now available on all streaming services, get it here.

https://elmodernist.bandcamp.com/releases - Melodic.net


Still working on that hot first release.



FULL EPK AVAILABLE @ https://www.elmodernist.com/epk/

El Modernist delivers a new take on the world of indie rock. With pulsating hooks and lush melodic waves of psychedelia, the band combines upbeat, catchy garage-rock with a modern alternative hip-hop sound.

(Which is a fancy way of saying they sing and play guitars and sometimes raps happen and it's fun)

El Modernist brings an energy to the stage that resonates with fans of all ages. All members come from diverse musical backgrounds and find great joy in blending various influences, creating something entirely their own. Featuring a concoction of acoustic and electronic drums with screaming guitar riffs, every El Modernist show is a party that you do not want to miss.

El Modernist has been extremely grateful for the tremendous support of their fans and the Albany music scene. It has been a terrific experience playing shows with spectacular local and touring acts, as well as working with artists of all genres to help curate the “We Are Albany NY” Spotify playlist, a playlist which features music from any/all Albany natives and alumni who wish to join. Moving forward, El Modernist is excited to continue to release new music and pursue further show opportunities through out the Capital Region, North East and beyond.

Founded in 2018, El Modernist brings you today's s**t. *



FULL EPK AVAILABLE @ https://www.elmodernist.com/epk/

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