EdenTrain was formed nine years ago by songwriter, singer and guitarist, Bobby Rizzo. Bobby has toured with several national acts as a sideman and written songs for other bands such as The Spin Doctors.
The focus of EdenTrain is first and foremost good songwriting and delivery of new rock music that is timeless. Based in Los Angeles California, EdenTrain blends many styles and influences fusing into a new classic rock sound. Founder Bobby Rizzo, originally from Philadelphia, brings an edgy sophistication to the music which is fresh and timeless at the same time. Bobby's solid guitar playing and prolific songwriting makes EdenTrain a rare jewel in the band rich city of Los Angeles.
Guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter and producer, Todd Ramsey Moore from Austin, Texas; delivers leads influenced by Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix among others. Todd has played in many bands in Austin and the San Francisco Bay area. Some of those include: Dr Todd, The Judy Bloom and Jean Caffeine. His songwriting mixes blues, jazz and rock styles with an Austin flavor that is unique and memorable.
Vocalist and Bassist, Ron "The Iceman" Friis; comes out of Pasadena, California. He is influenced by Noel Redding, Tommy Shannon and others. Ron's love for driving blues and rock makes him a perfect bassist for EdenTrain. Ron has played with rock and blues bands as well as gospel. In his spare time, Ron drives a race car. His roots are solid and so are his grooves.
Drummer, vocalist and arranger Gary Saint Germain, is from the East Coast. Gary cut his teeth listening the drumming of Keith Moon from The Who and Peter Criss of the band Kiss. Gary also listened to the music of Elvis Presley and Neil Young which led him to learn acoustic guitar and sing as well as play drums. Many a Saturday night in Los Angeles Gary plays on stage with local rock stars and in tribute bands. Gary brings his broad musical vocabulary and arranging skills to EdenTrain making the band fluid and solid and the same time.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
New Classic Rock best describes our music. EdenTrain offers timeless original rock music that is sophisticated and memorable.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
Founder, Bobby Rizzo came up with the name while walking down Lake Avenue in Pasadena on his way to work. That day, he met Wiley Adams and they decided to start a band, EdenTrain. Wiley, a keyboardist; brought on original drummer, David Lopez and current bassist, Ron Friiz. While the name stuck, it took five years for Bobby to settle on the current lineup of musicians to form EdenTrain.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
The members of EdenTrain all share a love for rock music that is commonly found on classic rock stations including: The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, Kiss, Deep Purple and Aerosmith. Songwriter, Bobby Rizzo; had an early background in classical music singing in a church choir. He also played french horn and trumpet in a concert jazz band, marching band and in his high school orchestra.
Todd Ramsey Moore began writing songs for Austin punk band the Jimmies in the 1980's. He also has played and written in various rock, blues and pop bands in Austin and San Francisco. Like Bobby, Todd is mostly self taught on guitar.
Ron Friis is influenced by Jimi Hendrix's bassist, Noel Redding as well as Stevie Ray Vaughn and Johnny Winter bassist, Tommy Shannon. Ron Played in a gospel choir band called Marylind Choir Band a few years before joining EdenTrain.
Drummer, vocalist and arranger Gary Saint Germain cut his teeth listening to the drumming of Keith Moon from The Who and Peter Criss of the band Kiss. Gary also listened to the music of Elvis Presley and Neil Young which led him to learn acoustic guitar and sing as well as play drums.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
We are working on getting one of our songs, "Weird World," placed on British television. We also look forward to returning to the studio to record some of our over 100 songs that have yet to be released.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
Our ultimate goal is to become a full time money earning band that tours and records regularly. We intend to continue to record and play new material to our current fan base and to reach out to new fans around the world. We are promoting and building our website EdenTrain.com and are building a social media team to assist us with spreading our music worldwide.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
Each time we arrange a new song we fall in love as if it is our first time. Our favorite song to perform on our EP is Happiness because it has different parts and dynamics. We also enjoy Weird World and Pushin' as they allow us to play two different versions depending on whether Todd is playing keyboards or guitar.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Our biggest challenge has been the cost of creating and producing our own recordings while maintaining a place to live and rehearse in Los Angeles.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Generally, Todd or Bobby bring in a song idea that is fairly complete. The band then works on it and decides on an arrangement. The arrangement process is mostly steered by drummer, Gary Saint Germain. He is our musical director. Each member comes up with their own parts as we hone in on a finished product.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
We have not yet fully realized our potential on social media. While we have regular traffic on our Facebook page, YouTube and our website, we have more work to be done in the social media arena.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Bobby: Kings of Leon, Black Keys, Greta Van Fleet and Imagine Dragons
Todd: I listen to satellite radio to hear things I don't even know exist. I like listening to classical, jazz, blues and rock.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Bobby has been playing music most of his life. Early, he played sports, built houses and stages.
Todd managed audio visual companies and free lance operated audio and video as well. He managed the Room Service Department at Austin's historical Driskill Hotel.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Don't give up! Do what you love.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
Find ways to reward producers and writers of quality music. Limit rating criteria that is bought rather than earned.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
If it not original in some way, it is not worth doing.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
We love making music and that is why we are good at it. People do their best when they do what they love.
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