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Head First / Bio

Head First is a four-piece collaboration brought together by a collective desire to create sounds that unite our fans by unveiling the very fears and insecurities that tear us apart, all the while never wavering from their aim to bring the optimism of hope to the surface of their music. With a high energy approach and heart-wrenching lyrics balanced by a fatally optimistic yet charming sense of purpose, Head First will leave you with inspiration that dies hard.

Name: Javier
Age: 26
Born: Hollywood, FL
Raised in: El Salvador/Sunrise, FL
Instrument: Vocals/Guitar

Javier grew up listening to Spanish rock bands like Mana, Enanitos Verdes, Molotov, and Heroes del Silencio. When he moved to the states at the age of 11 he began to listen to alternative rock and metal. He was inspired to play guitar by 80's and 90's metal bands like Pantera, Metallica, and Iron Maiden. Guitar legends like Dimebag Darrell and Randy Rhoads greatly influenced his guitar playing. Javier plays guitar, bass, drums, and also sings. He seeks to make Head First the perfect mix between heavy and catchy. Javier founded Head First along with Rob and Anthony after meeting them through Casey, who would eventually join the band as well.

Name: Rob
Age: 24
Born: New Haven, CT
Raised in: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Instrument: Drums

Exposed to mainstream rock on the radio and MTV music videos, Rob took interest in music at a very young age. From childhood he dreamt of achieving musical stardom and success. In high school Rob began to play drums for the marching band and realized he had a true passion for drumming. He draws inspiration from bands like Killswitch Engage, Chimaira, and 30 Seconds to Mars. Rob became involved with Head First when Casey, prior to joining the band herself, recommended Rob to the band.

Name: Casey
Age: 25
Born: Broward, FL
Raised in: Broward, FL
Instrument: Keyboards/Vocals

Casey learned to play piano at the age of five. Watching Disney movies as a child made her fall in love with music, singing, and beautifully composed piano songs. She continued singing in chorus from 2nd to 12th grade. Casey listens to a wide range of genres; from classical to hard rock. Her favorite rock bands are Breaking Benjamin and Killswitch Engage. Music by Missy Higgins has largely influenced Casey's playing. Having introduced Javier, Rob, and Anthony to each other, Casey was a natural fit for Head First's keyboardist spot.

Name: Chris
Age: 28
Born: Sunrise, FL
Raised in: Davie, FL
Instrument: Guitar/Vocals

Many of Chris' family members are talented musicians and inspired him to pick up an instrument himself. In his early teens he learned to play guitar parts by popular rock bands and transitioned to playing more difficult metal riffs by his mid teens. Guitar to him was an outlet turned passion. Later on he would develop an interest on lighter genres, like jazz and big band. These days there's no genre that's off limits to him and he finds he is able to enjoy a bit of everything. Chris is also a talented drummer, pianist, and alto saxophonist. Chris' musical style is heavily influenced by Deftones for their driven melodiousness. Chris joined Head First after being asked to try out for the band by Anthony.

General Info

Band Members
Casey D'Avignon, Chris Laudman, Javier Montoya, Robert Vallas
Artist Name
Head First
Profile Page
https://www.reverbnation.com/headfirst954
Active Since
03/12
Genres
Rock / Alternative Rock

Contact Info

Location
Boca Raton, FL

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