Los Angeles, California, USA

Soulful vocals, heavy guitars and a reggae bass are mixed with big drums and electronic beats to form SlowStart's unique sound. High energy performances and addictive melodies leave audiences and listeners craving more. This band on the rise will impress and entertain even the mopiest of critics.


All hailing from different parts of the United States, SlowStart converged in Los Angeles through their great love of music.
A combination of players and writers, each member brings with them diverse influences and styles making SlowStart's music is a unique and energetic endeavor.

Most notably, drummer and DJ, LaniAkea Cleary has been touring the last three years with The Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears, serving as Backing DJ, filling massive stadiums across the globe.

Producer and songwriter Kent Hertz has worked closely with Steve Miller on his latest albums. Though his personal production company Hertz has created great success with the likes of Missy Elliot, Enrique Iglesias and GodSmack.

Front woman and award winning author of a creative non-fiction memoir, L. Marie Cook brings deep emotional tones and heart-ripping honesty to the lyricist and vocality of SlowStart. "She has a voice that cuts you in your soul."

In this collective, SlowStart creates songs that reach across the board and touch multiple genres, while breaking boundaries and constructing music that moves people.


Still in LA

Written By: Lyrics by Leslie Cook

I did something bad, something wrong
I should tell you I'm sorry
but I don't want to lie


EP- "ONE" - iTunes- 1-21-12
EP- "ONE" - Spotify- Feb. 2012
Single- "Still in LA"- iTunes-1-21-12
Music Video-"I Feel for You"-YouTube-3-24-12

Set List

40 minute set

Still in LA
Gone From Me
Lights Down Low
Bam Fiah
I Feel for You
Little Star (with intro)
Clear my Throat
Don't Test Me