What You Might Not Know About Classless Act's .....
Vocalist Derek Day:
• Derek is a first generation American, and a native Californian. His father is from Poland, and his mother from Honduras.
• From the time he was about 13 until he was 23, he learned his craft as a guitarist/live performer busking on the L.A. streets, often at Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade.
• If he wasn’t a musician, he’d be some sort of chef, as he feels that music and food are very similar to each other, as both are about taste, precision, and feel. While he’s really not much of a cook, he does like the idea of breaking an egg and seeing what he can do with it.
• He looks up to David Bowie for his fashion sense, his artistic transformation, his persistence, and his work ethic of “work hard, believe in yourself, and never quit.”
• Most prized possessions: his 15 guitars. A big fan of Fender guitars, the company gifted him a 2017 Stratocaster that resembles Jim Hendrix’s, and he calls “Milkshake” - it’s creamy white, and Derek loves milkshakes.
Bassist Franco Gravante:
• Franco was born and raised in Argentina, where his family still lives. His upbringing was very different from growing up in the U.S. Very humble, life was about family and friends, socializing and playing soccer in the streets. Moving to Los Angeles was a strange experience for him, and in the early days, he supported himself as a cook, and working construction jobs, a skill his father taught him as a teen.
• The first band Franco fell in love with was AC/DC. When he was about eight years old, he “found” Back In Black and played it 24/7. His very first concert - when he was 12 - was AC/DC at the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires.
• Franco plays piano, guitar and bass. He considers himself more a guitarist than a bassist, but acknowledges that “every band needs a bass player.” He produced the track "Classless Act" on the band's debut album, and co-produced (with the rest of the band) and mixed the new EP, "Welcome to the Acoustic Show."
• When he was 12 and wanting to play in his brother’s band, Franco’s father got him his first bass, a really cheap one, not really designed to play live, but it was a bass, and the one he played in his brother’s band. At 14, while walking home from school, a bass in a store window caught his eye. He asked his father if he’d buy it for him, and that Franco promised he would pay him back. But his father said no, that he wanted to get Franco something better. The two did some research and found a really expensive red Fender from America. Although he was still 14, his father bought and gave it to him “as his 18th birthday present.” Today, while Franco regularly plays a bass gifted from Fender, that red 1996 Fender goes with him everywhere, whether he’s in the studio, or onstage performing. He considers it his most prized possession.
...and about all members of Classless Act:
Each one of the five guys in Classless Act sings, write songs, and is an multi-instrumentalist - they’ve actually talked about doing a live show where, when they come out on stage to play, would all switch instruments, not playing their “go to” instrument” - Griffin (guitar) on drums, Franco (bass) on guitar, Chuck (drums) on bass, and so on. They are all THAT talented. And, as is evident on the band’s “Classless Act” acoustic video, vocalist Day is totally in the moment, passionate, immersed in the song’s story like he’s singing the words for the first time ever.