Getting to Know: Eye-Popping Rockers, Ionia


In today’s Getting to Know, we meet Ionia, a dynamic New York rock act that’s performances can literally be an eye-popping experience. If you are in an up and coming band that would like to partake in a Getting to Know feature, contact [email protected] to receive the questionnaire and instructions. Thanks!

ionia-1Band Name: Ionia
Band Members: Blaise Beyhan (vocals), Pete Valentini (bass), Vince Quinones (drums), Omer “Ome” Wald (guitar), and Jared Anthony (guitar).
City of Origin: New York, NY.
Latest Release: Postcards From The Edge: Chapter 1. Delta 32.

Who are you and what do you do?
“I am Blaise. I write and sing in Ionia.”

In 20 words or less, how would you describe your band?
“Storytellers. Warriors of justice. Believers in art and free expression, and the value that music can have in changing and inspiring us all.”

Why should people care about your band?
“People should care about all living things, that is our way out of the greed and paranoia of mankind. We should celebrate all life, and anyone who is attempting to bring more poetry to the collective consciousness probably has value to some, and can never hurt. Ultimately, people should care about whatever they believe enriches their lives.”

What is the most hilarious, frightening, or weird thing you have seen from the stage or while on the road?
“A man took his glass eye out and asked our guitar player to use it as a pick during the following song.”

If you become a band that eventually fills stadiums or arenas, what would be the most ridiculous thing you’d require backstage?
“Watercress and tofu.”

Which band could your band defeat in a street fight? What methods would you use to ensure victory?
“Violence is never the answer.”

What is the most pretentious thing you’ve seen or heard from another musician/band? Did you love it or hate it?
“Probably the things that come out of my own mouth make me sick sometimes. I would never talk shit about another band though.”

How do you feel about smartphones lighting up concert venues instead of lighters?
“I think it’s fine if people are using them as lights, but if people are just watching the show through a four-inch screen, that takes all the joy out of being there together. I think people should have their own experience and not be concerned with capturing a moment, and in doing so, not really being in the now.”

If you had to be a tribute act for just one band, who would it be and why?
“Every band is a tribute to music that inspires them. We pay tribute to our heroes who inspired us to pick up instruments and play.”

Is it better to burnout than to fade away?
“It is better to burnout. And in doing so, you leave an imprint on all those who follow and evolve from your missteps and victories.”

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