A Painted World / Bio

A Painted World is an alternative rock band, rooted in melodic vocals, driving acoustic guitar, and flowing, rhythmic percussion, formed in 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of: Travis Mersola (acoustic/vocals),Johnny Ashkar (percussion), and Elliot Steinwedell (bass). Travis and Johnny met in 1998 while attending the same high school. Prior to playing together, their musical styles and experiences developed independently through their high school and college years. Travis attended the heralded Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied jazz composition and guitar performance, and began finding his sound as a songwriter. Johnny remained in Los Angeles and was a member of several successful bands while attending the University of Southern California. After working on various separate projects, Johnny and Travis came together in 2010 and began collaboration. Spending much time over the next several months cultivating and refining their new sound, they decided to form a new band. Elliot then rose from the ashes bringing an entirely new level of musicianship to the band while continuing his studies at LA Music Academy. With his ever changing melodic bass lines, he adds that missing piece both Johnny and Travis had been searching for. A Painted World makes for a wonderful live show experience, offering something new and original, yet with a familiar taste for audiences to connect and identify with.

General Info

Band Members
Travis Mersola - Acoustic, Vocals; Johnny Ashkar - Drums, Percussion, Vocals; Elliot Steinwedell - Bass
Artist Name
A Painted World
Profile Page
Active Since
Alternative / Acoustic / pop/rock

Contact Info

Sun Valley, CA
Lindsay Donaldson

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