UPDATE: VOTING IS NOW OVER. WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED SUNDAY, JULY 1ST AT 9pm ON KAT’S LOCALS ONLY SHOW.
We’ve narrowed down the 10 best submissions in Cabo Wabo’s Your Shot To Rock contest, now it’s time for you to vote for your favorite.
Get to know the band and listen to the track below. If you like what you hear, hit the Facebook “like” button above or to the right of the main photo. The band that collects the most “likes” will open the KROQ Locals Only stage at Lobsterfest, be featured on KROQ.com, and come in to the KROQ studios to record an interview and live session!
Band name: VIZA
Names of current members: Knoup Tomopoulos – lead vocals, Orbel Babayan – guitar, vocals, Shant Bismejian – guitar, Andrew Kzirian – oud, vocals, Chris Daniel – percussion, vocals, Alexan Khatcherian – bass, Hiram Rosario – drums
Home town: Los Angeles
Years together: 5
Day jobs: Most of us wear many hats… Knoup Tomopoulos – promoter/producer, Orbel Babayan – guitarist/songwriter/producer, Shant Bismejian – internet marketer, Andrew Kzirian – attorney/researcher, Chris Daniel – musician/entrepreneur, Alexan Khatcherian – biology researcher/graphic designer, Hiram Rosario – drummer
We describe our sound as: Aggressive fusion rock/metal
Official Site: www.experienceviza.com
Public email address for booking shows: firstname.lastname@example.org
Next live appearance: No scheduled shows until our next month-long European tour which begins on July 30. However we play in the Los Angeles area monthly on a regular basis. When we schedule a show soon we will gladly pass it along as soon as possible.
Favorite show we’ve played and why: Bologna, Italy – touring with Serj Tankian from System of a Down as the opening act for his European “Imperfect Harmonies” Tour in August 2010. The Bologna show was absolutely amazing and one of the most rewarding, fun and uplifting experiences of our musical lives.
Our inspiration: System of a Down, Gogol Bordello, Queen
We made this song in: our rehearsal studio as part of our album writing process – it incorporates all different facets of the band into one song and has tons of energy. One of us started playing the opening melody and the rest of the band turned it into “Viza”.
We’d love to open up for: System of a Down
Bio: Viza captivates the global music scene with an erratically amusing blend of energized rock. Traditional rock elements such as guitar, bass and drums collide with aggressive oud and percussion – this uniquely fascinating fusion, combined with dramatic and powerful live performances is Viza’s trademark.
Recorded at Frank Zappa’s UMRK Studios, “Carnivalia” is Viza’s most animated album. Inspired from Gogol Bordello’s multicultural rhapsodies and System of a Down’s (SOAD) notorious screams and riffs, Viza’s groundbreaking songwriting and experimentation continues to amaze listeners everywhere.
In 2010, SOAD frontman Serj Tankian served as Executive Producer of Viza’s previous album “Made In Chernobyl”. “Viza is one of the most unique and interesting bands I have ever encountered,” stated Tankian. Viza also supported Tankian’s solo tour all across Europe that same year.
Viza has performed alongside acts such as Prodigy, Gogol Bordello and Flogging Molly. Viza will also join Korn, LMFAO, The Roots, The Killers, and Axwell (Swedish House Mafia) on their upcoming European tour with a main stage performance at Sziget, Europe’s largest and most prestigious music festival.
Aside from a passion for music and touring, Viza promotes raising awareness of human rights issues and fundraises for various charities, homeless shelters and orphanages.