When Tyler LeVander asked Doug Bogen to jam when they were 11-years-old on the playground, the two made a decision that would impact the rest of their childhood: They started their band, Shadow Act. Now in college, they admit that they did not really know what they were doing for about a year of playing together, but the duo recruited three friends and kept at it, practicing and practicing before they began writing their own music and recording demos on an eight-track player.
"We jammed a couple of times and we kept sticking with it and that's how we started," Bogen said. Although when on stage Shadow Act sounds in perfect harmony, each of the bandmates brought a different musical perspective to the group. Bogan (keyboard) is classically trained, LeVander (drums) started playing metal progressive, Ricky Mitarotanda (guitar) plays jazz, Meela Dudley (vocals) trains in pop music, and Bogan described Ian Cathcart (bass) as a self-taught football player.
"That's what made it so cool," LeVander said reminiscing about when they first learned how to play together. Five years ago at Trackside Teen Center, Shadow Act began performing live and was made an agreement with Sling Slang Records. Never actually signing a contract with Sling Slang, they had a trust agreement that if Shadow Act played Sling Slang would help promote them.
"If we took it seriously, they would take us seriously," is how Bogan described it. The band did take it seriously playing gigs throughout the year. However, now that they are all in college they are together less and only play several times a year.
According to Bogan and LeVander the band has not discussed their plans for after they graduate college and do not think they will pursue full-time music careers together. "I think its mostly just straight enjoyment, our playing for pleasure at this point," Bogen said.
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