By Desirae Contreras |Staff Writer|
Make way for the newest Inland Empire band hitting the music scene, the Backseat Pilots.
CSUSB seniors and brothers Jason and Joshua Recinos, alongside alumnus Jarrold Chang, started their band in 2010. Ever since then, the Fontana musicians have performed all across the Inland Empire.
From community shows, churches, benefit concerts and school events to venues like Back to the Grind and the Big Time, the band has established a steady fan base for themselves in the electronic dance, rock and indie music scene.
“We strive for freedom with our music. We don’t like limitations and ultimately aim for a new-age style of ‘80s sound scape smashed together with a youthful dance style that can reach every age group,” said bass player Jarrold Chang.
The young musicians aspire to make their music universal, inviting and inspiring to all who hear them.
“I didn’t want our music to sound like every other band. I wanted to break the boundaries and set ourselves apart from other genres,” said guitarist Joshua Recinos. “So, me and the guys drove out to a random field one night with our Fresh & Easy snacks, jotted down ideas of what could potentially be a catchy band name and what was going to be our purpose with the music we were going to write and produce.”
“We didn’t want to be categorized as the ‘cliche indie electronic band’ because we are all naturally diverse within our own music taste, we want to express our creative independence and not be categorized as one mainstream sound,” said Chang.
In the end, the band members agreed Backseat Pilots was the most appealing name and it tied into what they were all about individually and musically.
“First impression is everything and we’re an independent band soaring high in all that we do, whether it be in school, music careers, or future careers. We knew that we are our own pilots and we direct and navigate where we want to go independently and musically,” said vocalist Jason Recinos.
Although these gentlemen have only known each other for three years, there is no denying their passion for music and connection with their audience. “All we want to do is give the audience a comfortable environment that doesn’t hold them back from being themselves and doesn’t limit us as musicians to explore our different sounds and music taste,” said Jason Recinos.
Jason continued, “It’s an amazing feeling when the audience can vibe and jam out with you, it’s inspiring knowing that someone can be driven by your performance.”
Backseat Pilots are making their way to the top as an independent band. What started off as a couple of nights just jamming out has turned into something much larger.
“We press our own CD, write, record, package, burn, sell, distribute, publicize, book our own gigs and make our own beats all on our own,” said Chang.
With all the sweat and tears that go into the “grunt work,” they still remain humble, resourceful and independent.
“Above all else, you’re more appreciative and humble towards your fans when you do all the work yourself,” said Joshua Recinos. “It’s rewarding and inspires you to do more and it all pays off.”
Aside from producing and writing their own music the band members have full time jobs and bigger goals for their future careers.
Currently, Jarrold Chang is a part time substitute teacher at Summit High School in Fontana, Jason Recinos works at Arrowhead Hospital and Joshua Recinos will be graduating Winter 2013 with a nursing degree.
Joshua Recinos expressed that within the next three years he sees himself graduated, working full time at Arrowhead and going back to school to complete his bachelors degree in psychology.
Jason Recinos plans to go back to school to get his masters degree in nursing, moving in with the guys, improving vocally and hiring people to do all the “grunt work.”
Chang wants to be a full time high school or elementary school teacher and in the near future starting his own music awareness and appreciation club for students.
As for the band, they all agreed they want to move in together, get their own studio, make more albums, tour and build a bigger fan base all around California. “We are motivated individuals who strive for independence and creative freedom,” said Chang.
If you would like to see Backseat Pilots perform live, their next show will be held on Saturday April 28 at 8 p.m. in Downtown Riverside at the Mission Tobacco Lounge.
Add the Backseat Pilots on Facebook at facebook.com/#!/BackseatPilotsBand.