There is a lot of young musical talent in Pittsburgh these days and Alive 2 Live is no exception. The trio led by Jay Nesiti on bass, vocals, guitar, Luis Castillo on lead guitar and vocals and Isaiah Jefferson on drums are self described as a “young, fresh, three piece pop rock band and a multi cultural sensation. With a three musketeer attitude, a wealth of song writing capabilities and the best entertainment skills in a long time. The cover songs are spot on, their originals will rock your face off. It may be pop, it may be rock, with a side of, grunge, punk, or funk. With a strong work ethic and ambition of eye of the tiger these guys have the drive to rise to the top and make it big.” The guys just released a hot new video that will keep you warm through the winter months. Check out their awesome new video and see our interview with the band below.
Sound Scene Express: When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music> together?
Alive 2 Live: We formed our band in 2013 in high school. We all started out playing music at our churches. Then we decided to start a band Together and when we played the sound was artistically inspiring. We realized our song writing was something special and we had the ability and hopes to support our family’s and live a better life.
SSE: Have you been in any other bands?
A2L: We all have played in other bands over the years and have had many other projects,
but we all ended up together.
SSE: Who writes your song lyrics? What is your inspiration?
A2L: We all write our songs together and our different styles help us create our sound.
SSE: What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
A2L: Our genre of music would be best described as pop rock. But you can hear our many influences throughout the music our biggest influences would be Greenday, SugarRay, Bruno Mars, and Blink182.
SSE: What is your favorite Alive 2 Live song?
Our favorite song is “Too Fast”!
SSE: Why did you choose to feature the song “Too Fast” in a video?
We decided to feature “Too Fast” in a music video because it best showed our dynamic between Jay and Luis vocally. It also was a very fun song to see as a video and how the message in the song was presented.
SSE: What band would you love to open a show for?
A2L: We would love to open for Fall Out Boy, this band has influenced us so much. With our sound, our style and the way we want people to feel when you hear our music.
SSE: Where have you performed? What are your favorite venues?
A2L: We have performed at various venues around the Pittsburgh area such as; Smiling Moose, The Rex Theater, Club Diesel, Carlsala’s Bar and grille and many more.
SSE: Do you perform outside of the Pittsburgh area?
A2L: We haven’t had the pleasure yet, but 2016 looks pretty promising so far, we have Ft. Lauderdale in our scope.
SSE: What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week, in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?
Our rehearsals are very family oriented. We get together every other day from 6 to 11. Sometimes practice is very tedious due to the fact that we all work. We jump around A lot at practice and get pumped up just like at our shows.
SSE: What do you think of the Pittsburgh Music Scene?
A2L: We love our local scene! The wide variety of music and people you meet is amazing and has had a great influence on us. We have played Ed Sheeran and Motörhead in the same set. There also are some great promoters in the area. Moshpit run by Timothy Jay has proven to be one of the most professional and artist integrated show promotion groups around.
SSE: Who is your favorite Pittsburgh band/ musician?
A2L: Our favorite band is Slyvania. They are completely amazing. They are reinventing grunge with slick riffs and solid vocals. They also are great showman. If you see them live you are guaranteed to be entertained!
SSE: How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
A2L: Our music is found on Spotify, iHeart Radio, iTunes, Amazon, and GooglePlay. Follow us at www.facebook.com/Alive2Live