Father and son Vernon and Rodney Steele carry out in a band collectively. In truth, on Sunday, they are going to be singing and taking part in guitar for the 1970s Malaysian band Strollers, on the Musicians For Musicians Profit Live performance.
You’d suppose that performing with a member of the family is difficult however Vernon and Rodney Steele say that’s not the case in any respect.
“Now we have extra of a friendship than father-son kind relationship, ” Rodney, 39, says with a chuckle.
Dad Vernon, who’s 68, loves Rod Stewart music and sings, whereas his son performs the guitar.
Vernon says that Rodney guides him and would be the first to play critic. “However we by no means maintain any grudges or in poor health emotions in the direction of one another. We’ve simply at all times been that means.”
There was at all times music at dwelling, each the La Salle Brickfields boys attest.
Vernon says: “My mum and my uncles would hearken to the radiogram, and I suppose the music simply rubbed off on me first, then on him.”
Vernon and Rodney aren’t the one performers on the profit live performance who’re associated to one another.
Just like the Osmonds, the BeeGees and Pointer Sisters, the 100-odd musicians are greater than a close-knit neighborhood… lots of them are household.
By way of the generations
My father used to take me to the Cellar, a well-liked membership in Petaling Jaya within the early 1970s, to hearken to the bands play, ” says Alleycats bassist Jimie Loh, 66. “Dad was a banker however he beloved to sing. So we’d typically go for the tea dances on Sunday afternoons and watch the bands collectively. The most effective factor was that they allowed younger musicians to go up and jam, and I might at all times put up my hand, as a result of I wished to play!
At this time, Jimie has handed on that love for music to his son Ivan. “It was only a pure development, ” he says. “I at all times practised quite a bit at dwelling and I used to work arduous. Ivan is my solely son, and he grew up amongst all of my associates, most of whom have been musicians. So it was very straightforward for him to select up the talents.”
Ivan shares: “Dad taught me learn how to play the guitar once I was about 15,16. However I additionally took drum courses at Music Mart and learnt formally from Gerard Singh.”
In the meanwhile, Ivan is comfortable gaining expertise at any time when he can as a session guitarist, however remembers a spotlight of attending to play with dad’s band Alleycats as soon as.
“It was a while again, at a pub referred to as Sparks in PJ. The guitarist didn’t flip up and so I stood in. It was fairly intense!”
Each father and son get alongside famously and are comfortable to have the ability to share a ardour for music, though Jimie concedes to being his son’s greatest critic.
“I’ve to be the dangerous man generally, that’s the one strategy to study. Throughout my time, we by no means had any guides or lecturers, ” Jimie says.
Companions on and off stage
“Once I first got here to KL within the early 1990s to audition as a singer, my mom took a liking to Zack (a guitarist on the lookout for a singer) instantly, ” singer Lyia Meta shares.
“He spoke to my mum and warranted her that he didn’t need me to decorate sexily or flaunt myself to the viewers once we carried out, which was not like the opposite bands on the time who have been extra concerned about hiring some eye sweet to entrance their bands.
“I used to be nonetheless moist behind the ears on the time, so for my mum, that made her very comfortable. She mentioned he appeared like a pleasant boy.”
After a yr of performing collectively, Zack Meta and Lyia obtained hitched, and their union each onstage and off has lasted shut to 3 many years.
The couple have a son and an extended historical past of music.
Zack, who’s been within the stay music enterprise for the reason that 1970s, admits that it hasn’t at all times been a stroll within the park.
“It’s very robust to maintain a wedding collectively within the music line ‑ some could say, virtually not possible.
“However I had lots of expertise and will navigate the curveballs that got here our means, ” he says, alluding to how viewers members typically hit on the frontwoman.
When requested what makes their marriage work, Lyia is fast to supply: “There is just one captain to this ship. After all we argue, and I’m fairly a vocal individual, I at all times say what I really feel.
“Zack may be very affected person. He lets me say all I wish to, however on the finish of the day, he units the underside line.”
Zack provides: “Most days, we’re simply too busy getting by means of the day, our lives are crammed with music… you don’t actually take into consideration what makes the wedding work!”
Like father, like daughter
Rusli Musif aka Olie from the band Heavy Machine says it’s a pleasure that he will get to carry out together with his youngest daughter, Kenanga Juwita.
The 66-year-old bandleader who takes activates vocals, the sax and percussion, has been with Heavy Machine for the reason that band began in 1995. On the time, it was only a four-piece that specialised in arduous rock, performing covers from Deep Purple and Grand Funk Railroad.
“However later we added a three-piece horn part, ” Olie shares, “no one else had that within the pub circuit on the time.”
Kenanga, who’s simply 15, additionally performs the sax and may sing in addition to play the piano.
“I bear in mind watching my dad play and considering to myself how good it will be if I might play together with him, ” Kenanga mentioned, including that in the future she simply determined to select up the sax. “Dad would train me very patiently. He has at all times been very caring.”
“I suppose it’s in her blood, ” says Olie, including that training comes first.
“I’m very clear about that. Kenanga can play with us and study music, it could come in useful as a aspect earnings or she could train sometime, however college should at all times come first.”
Nonetheless he’s proud to have her with the band, and considers it a novel function. “Possibly sometime she is going to take over with a brand new technology of Heavy Machine!”
Brothers in arms
When he was just a bit boy of eight, Edwin Nathaniel would watch his large brother Charles play in a band referred to as The Poor Boys within the late 1960s, and would fake to play on the drums. When the drummer didn’t flip up for apply, in the future, he crammed in.
“At the moment, his ft couldn’t even attain the bass drum pedal, and also you’d have bother seeing who the drummer was as a result of he was so small, ” Charles, now retired and 70-something, reminisces fondly. “There was as soon as, we have been taking part in at a membership, BB Park, the place they’d cabaret reveals and striptease dancers, and we needed to shut his eyes as a result of he was underaged!”
Charles mentioned that he inadvertently grew to become Edwin’s mentor, because the youthful sibling would comply with him all over the place, and was at all times very comfortable at any time when he obtained the possibility to play.
Edwin, 9 years youthful than Charles, has been taking part in music for over 4 many years and right this moment owns a music college, Music Mart in Petaling Jaya. He has devoted a giant portion of his time working with particular wants kids.
Edwin remembers: “Our father was very supportive and he used his financial savings to purchase a full set of devices for my brother and allowed him to have band practices at dwelling. My father wished us to be at dwelling, reasonably than outdoors mixing with all of the dangerous hats. And my mom was comfortable to cook dinner for everybody. There have been at all times a bunch of musicians in our home.”
Edwin provides: “I owe my involvement within the music trade to my brother. And now the best factor is that the each of us play in church and may thank God for giving us these skills.
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