|9/5/2013||London, United Kingdom||O2 Islington Factory||Details|
|9/15/2013||Paris, France||La Maroquinerie||Details|
|9/17/2013||Pratteln, Switzerland||Z7 Konzertfabrik||Details|
|9/18/2013||Milan, Italy||Live Club||Details|
|9/22/2013||Madrid, Spain||Joy Esalva||Details|
|9/23/2013||Lisbon, Portugal||Paradise Garage||Details|
What started as a collaboration of different musicians on June 6th, 2006 became a powerhouse band consisting of world class musicians. The SixxiS, initially the brainchild of the lead singer, Vladdy Iskhakov, went through all the bumps and turbulence of an original band trying break out into the mainstream. Their music presents a core sound of influences ranging from Classical, Jazz, and Rock music coated in a powerful, heavy, seductive, and emotional shell of sound reminiscent of Rush, Muse, Soundgarden, System of a Down, Kings X, and Alice in Chains. The members’ musical backgrounds allow them the opportunity to toy with time signatures and syncopation, to grasp the magnetism of robust dynamics, and to focus on the individual mastery of each respective instrument while continuing to be a cohesive whole. The lyrics demand attention from listeners, as they are messages of a soul crying out for spiritual awakening and awareness.
The combination of haunting melodies, soaring vocal harmonies, distorted guitars, and a truly “powerhouse” rhythm section of drums and bass make The SixxiS sound so unique and unforgettable. This diversity of musical influences allowed the band, when performing live, to play to a wider audience, capturing fans with fantastic electric performances as well as equally impressive acoustic shows.
After quietly finishing their first full-length independent album entitled “Believe”, The SixxiS quickly caught the attention of Grammy Award winning producer, Malcolm Springer. After the band’s successful collaboration with Springer at Warner Brothers Studios in Nashville, the band was able to hone on the mainstream rock sound but still maintain all the elements that made them unique and truly a one of a kind band. All these events further led to The SixxiS to getting picked up by Tony Conway (Grath Brooks, Dixie Chicks, George Straight, etc) as the band’s official; manager in June 2012. With Tony’s help, the band got signed to their first international distribution deal with WBA Records, which made the band’s first EP available for sale at all major music outlets (iTunes, Walmart, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc)
The SixxiS began experimenting with different audiences, sharing the stage with bands like Winger, Buck Cherry and The Adrian Belew Power, they honed in on their live performance. In the winter of 2013, The SixxiS went on their first successful 5 week, 20 show tour of Europe as the direct support for the legendary Wishbone Ash. Having sold out of all their CDs they came back home with great praise and recommendations not only from the headlining band (Wishbone Ash), but also all the promoters, managers and agents that were involved with making the tour happen. Now, The SixxiS are gearing up for their second tour in which they will play 15 shows in 8 different countries spanning Western Europe (England, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal) . The headlining band for this tour is a powerhouse trio called The Winery Dogs, which consist of Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, and Richie Kotzen.
The SixxiS now consist of Vladdy Iskhakov (lead vocals, violin, piano, and rhythm guitar), Mark Golden (bass guitar, synth), and Josh “JBake” Baker (drums, percussion, pads, vocals). They also use Paul Sorah and Cameron Allen as additional multi-instrumentalist musicians when playing live shows. Each member of the band brings a completely different influence to the compositions, giving the band its life and a sound that separates itself from everything else. The members also bring a lifetime of training on their respective instrument and the abilities to perform on more than one instrument, adding more to what makes this group special.
The SixxiS plays “music for the sake of music,” says Vladdy Iskhakov, lead singer and guitarist. “It’s all about relating the emotions, and we all agree on that. It’s that kind of musicianship, that kind of chemistry, that lightning in a bottle type of element that makes us who we are.”