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Trapped In Static / Bio

Trapped In Static (TIS.) made their New York City debut in 2011 as an alternative rock/indie band featuring singer/guitarist Athan Hilaki (formerly of GAD.) and drummer David Torres. Athan's dynamically strong vocals feature a hint of raspy power that are often compared to vocal legends Chris Cornell (Soundgarden/Audioslave), Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) and Scott Stapp (Creed). David's drum rhythms take their influence from Kings Of Leon, Phoenix and Interpol, creating the foundational surge for the listener to truly become part of the music. Both Athan & David moved in New York in 2008 and using the depth of life experiences as inspiration for their lyrics, the band strive to connect with the listener through rock-and-roll infused messages of overcoming obstacles with a tinge of sorrow-filled hope. Guitar riffs, keyboards, drum rhythms and a strong emotionally-charged stage presence add to the radio-ready experience of TIS.

"We're all trying to escape the static that surrounds us," says Athan. "We all seem to be trapped in some way, and the theme of our music is to find ways to break free from the things that hold you back. I'm not just saying the lyrics, I'm feeling them."

Timeline / Highlights:
In October 2014 the TV Movie "Preying For Mercy" was released featuring music written & performed by TIS. In June 2014, TIS. performed at the "Make Music Harvard Square" in Boston, MA. In April 2014, the band opened for "Wussy", performing at one of the best live venue's in NYC, The Studio At Webster Hall, followed by another show at MOVE Music Festival 2014 in Albany, NY. In May 2014, TIS. played a sold out show as headliners at "Bowery Electric" in NYC. In October 2013, TIS. was selected in the TOP3 artists for the 5th annual RAW Awards 2013. In May 2013, the band was the TOP Artist of the Month at the online contest on ArtistSignal.com with over 48,000 votes, a worldwide contest that includes more than 1,000 artists, which led to the release of their first EP with title "On A Stage" (available on iTunes, Amazon etc.) and two live performances for the TV show NiteClub Ratings in NYC as well as K. Bobby's private fashion show in Hoboken, NJ. Other highlights in 2012 include live performances on WVIP 93.5 FM radio, Hellas FM, Nexus Radio as well as a live performance for the TV show "Minding Your Business" on the Manhattan Network Neighborhood.

General Info

Band Members
Athan Hilaki - Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards, David Torres - Drums
Artist Name
Trapped In Static
Home Page
Active Since
Alternative / Indie Rock / Post-Grunge

Contact Info

New York, NY
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