SoCal Spotlight: thanks.

LA transplants, thanks., made their way to SoCal from the east coast. You can check out some more about the band below along with the video for “Annabelle.”

Mario – Reading, PA
Steve – Long Island, NY

When the band formed: 2016

Mario Borgatta: Producer, Writer, Bass
Steve Pagano: Producer, Writer, Vocalist
Nick Monahan: Guitar

When did you first know you wanted to be in a band?

When I was 14 I bought my first bass guitar. I remember rocking out to some early 2000’s punk pop/rock music. Since then I knew I wanted to make a career with music. – MB

How did the current lineup come to be?

We all have been friends since college and have been always working on music together. Steve and Mario own a recording studio together where they produce other artists. So it was just natural for all of us to start a band.

With all the little pockets of music scenes in SoCal, how do you go about checking out the local scene and finding new bands to listen to or even perform with?

One of our favorite places to find new local artists is Bardot in Hollywood. Every Monday night they have an event called “School Night.” They almost always have great local bands that are currently doing very well in the LA scene. You can find us there on Monday nights.

What’s your favorite thing about the SoCal scene? What’s one thing you wish you could change about it?

The best part about the LA scene is that there are so many different venues that have great music playing every night. There are so many talented musicians and bands in SoCal, it’s hard not to run into a good show. I wouldn’t say there is anything I would change about it.

There’s no doubt that this is a crowded place. So do you ever find it difficult to build up even just a solid local following? How does the band go about doing that?

With all the talented artists in LA it’s definitely hard to break into the scene. You are always competing with so many other great musicians. I think as a band you just have to keep pushing your music and playing as many shows as possible. Do whatever you can to spread the word. We are firm believers that a great song will travel.

How do you handle the band’s social media presence? Where can the readers follow you?

We use Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all of them as a self managed band, but we find ways to stay as up to date as possible. Our handles are:

Twitter: @thanks_theband
Instagram @thanks.theband
Facebook: Music of thanks.

Do you have a favorite SoCal spot to play? What makes it your favorite?

Once again, Bardot in Hollywood during School Nights. Always a great crowd there!

What is the band working on right now?

We (Mario and Steve) are always producing and writing with new artists. So keep an eye out on our social media for any releases that they worked on. Besides being stuck in a windowless studio all day, you can find us playing volleyball on the beach or enjoying a nice cocktail in a Silver Lake bar.