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Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom | SELF

Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom | SELF
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It all began late 2009, Where three musical students got together,had a lovechild which was called Onyx . We all met at Stoke on Trent College and became close friends with alot ambition to take the band further on than just playing at College. As part of the course we worked with a full 8 piece band to do gigs and write material, this gained us experience working with other musicans, but we later came to realise we 3 all had the same interests in music and wanted to create a new act which we could put our own individual stamp on it and so that we could show off our talents in our own way, So the idea of Onyx was born.

Hi I am Stefan I am 20 and I have been playing guitar for 5 years. I began teaching myself to play when I was 15 which took a while and after 6 months I dropped out of my college course in the September of 2007 and rejoined in January 2008 studying music and I have been studying music for the past 3 years and I met Russell 2 years ago and met Jess 1 year ago. My favourite instrument to play is my Cherry Red Epiphone Dot which in my opinion is the best intrument I have ever played. I started to want to be a musician after hearing the Foo Fighters and seeing Dave Grohl on the TV and I realised thats what I want to do. I am looking forward to studying at university so that I can become a music teacher and teach kids what I have learned. My dream is to play stadiums worldwide and make music that people enjoy.

I am Russell I am 20 years old and I have been playing guitar and bass for 7 years. I play a Epiphone Les Paul Custom black, a Fender Stratocaster red and a Fender bass. I have been studying at college for 5 years, firstly at Sixth Form studying Public Services and then left to spend 4 years at Stoke College Burslem campus where I study performing music and met Stefan and Jess. Other than the instruments I play in the band, I also do backing vocals to help Jess out. I also wish to go to uni this year and study music there.

Two years later the pair met Jessiie, who was fresh from school and started her first year at Burlsem College.

Hey there I'm Jessiie I am 18 and I come from Bradeley Stoke on Trent. I began to play Guitar at the age of 11 with having lessons at school and at home,I began singing at 14 when I was studying for my Music GCSE. My main inspiration that made me want to play guitar at 11 was Avril Lavigne. I play my distinctive Daisy Rock, Rock Candy Classic Guitar in Atomic Pink and occassionally my white and black Fender Telecaster. Once I had finished High School I knew that wanted to carry Music on further and study it at College. So I enrolled myself on a Performing Music course at Stoke College in Burslem to carry on with my singing studies. It was on this course where I met Russ and Stefan by working with them in an assigned band, we then decided to go our own way and became Onyx. I have 3 years experience of music and have gigged in community events and School talent competitions and came 2nd. Before joining this band I played on my own with just me singing and playing my guitar, but since then I have been gigging at the College with these amazing guys.These three students became great friends and worked on writing material just as part of the course but fount that they wanted to take it further than just a hobby.

What set us apart from other bands is the fact that we have taken a genre which is usually played with a full band and stripped it down to three instruments. We feel we have a unique style as we use our influences to help us gain the best sound possible. Another reason that we are different is around Stoke there are no major Acoustical acts with a female singer, it's all full bands playing either Heavy Metal music or Pop/punk.

There are many influences that influenced the band to do what they do best. Such as Foo Fighters, BIffy Clyro, H.I.M, Avril Lavigne, Green Day and The Beatles.

The band have played many gigs, including playing at Stafford University, Stoke on Trent College and a Few Open Mic nights around Stoke.