Ian Tordella: Saxophone | Harley Magsino: Bass (acoustic) | Charlie Weller: Drums

Genre: Electro | DJ, Jazz

RIYL: Harley Magsino, Orchid Mantis

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Inception: San Diego, 2016


Moth & Sons is a jazz-electronic fusion group featuring saxophonist Ian Tordella, guitarists Joey Carano and Jeff Miles, bassist Harley Magsino, and drummer of Charlie Weller.

“In this group everyone is using electronics, even me,” says Tordella. “There’s a liberal use of effects pedals, so the end result doesn’t sound anything like mainstream jazz. We have a lot of layers and on some tracks extra guitar parts as a kind of ear candy.”

“With Moth & Sons, it’s a style drawn from trip-hop, drum ’n’ bass, ’90s R&B, grunge, and jazz concepts and principles,” says Magsino. “I’ve always leaned toward the melting-pot idea. Not exactly to make it just homogenous, but to find ways to connect similarities and differences without alienating the core concept of a particular style.”

Their debut Sign of the Times, recorded in a single day at Audio Design, was released in February 2017.


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