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Staton is a ‘very promising’ (Thomas Spiekerman 2011, Live XS Magazine) emerging Dutch SoulFunkRock fusion band that has been taking the Netherlands by storm. With their charming redhaired frontwoman Lara Mol, easy stage presence and soulful sounds Statons’ performances are filled with energy. Lara’s voice and sense of humor on stage add a special dynamic to their performance. Staton’ s shows are known for their live energy, as this young group of musicians play every gig with 200% passion. ‘We try to connect with the audience to involve them so they can feel what our music is about (Leadsinger Lara Mol 2011 in Interview for Radio Jazz Jong)’
The Staton Sound
Staton’s sound is an appealing melting pot of soul, funk, rock that also incorporates other musical styles like pop and jazz. Staton fuses all these genres into their own catchy Staton sound. For these young musicians music has no boundaries although you can clearly hear their magnetism towards funk and soul. Their inspiration comes from artists from labels like Motown and Stax. Think of Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Candi Staton,. Other influences on Statons sound are The Doors, Steve Winwood, Lenny Kravitz but also Amy Winehouse, Jessie-
Hit the ground running
Within four months after the band was founded, and after sending Ryan Shaw a demotape of the bands recordings, Shaw asked Staton to support him on his tour in The Netherlands. During 5 concerts Staton opened for Shaw, who was so enthusiastic about the young band that he added a duet with Staton leadsinger Lara to his live set. They performed the song People Get Ready together at 3 of 5 shows in the Netherlands. Supporting Shaw was just the beginning: In 2011 Staton was the support act of funklegends Tower of Power (US), Waylon (NL) , Schradinova (NL) and Mama’s Gun (UK). A great and running start of their first year as a band.
In May 2011 the band released their debut-
“Staton was awesome, super this mixture of rock & funk!” (Visitor to Ryan Shaw concert in Tivoli)
“Holy Shit!” (Giel Beelen after live performance of “Glitter ain’t Gold “ on radio 3FM)
“The Dutch Joss Stone” (Giel Beelen in his blog)
“Impressive and funky” (Rene Vink, 3voor12 Overijssel)
Glitter ain’t Gold (October 2010)
Prove my Love (May 2011)
Mr Alibi (Januari 2012)
Indecisive (May 2011)
Their second single “Prove my love” entered several playlists at Dutch radio and the video was on medium rotation at TMF for several weeks. In addition to that the video is selected by The First Class Broadcasting Corporation in the USA for airplay on the Internet music video station they are about to launch.
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