Level 10 Band

When a guy that’s considered a “first call” musician for touring and in studio playing, you know that when he develops a band, it’s gonna be good. And jazz keyboardist Levy DeAndrade has done just that with Level 10, rounded out by Rex Freligh (sax), Yovannis Roque (bass) and Sean Fote (drums). Their styles of World and Brazilian jazz as well as Samba and Salsa are requested on a regular basis around the club scene in Florida, so if you’re done south, check out the live show for sure (and bring your dancing shoes). There’s much more to learn below, so keep going for all the answers to the XXQ’s.

XXQs: Level 10

Pens Eye View PEV:  How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre?

Level 10 Band : The music styles range from Brazilian Jazz to funky samba and Smooth Latin Jazz. We are a very tight band.

PEV:  Tell  us how you developed your musical journey.   Why did you decide to run with this?

Level 10 Band: Led Levy DeAndrade, was originally formed in 2006. Now, four years and a few musicians later Levy’s band has found the right chemistry. The music styles range from World Jazz and Brazilian Jazz to funky Samba and Salsa.

Levy DeAndrade is a recent transplant to Florida from New England, where he has performed professionally since area and major cities in California. He has been a ‘first call’ studio musician for Record Plant and has been sought after for touring by leading musical groups in both the US and Brazil.

After founding a successful recording studio and producing several albums, Levy decided to use his musical expertise the right chemistry to create a mature group of musicians dedicated to creating soul inspiring smooth jazz music.

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Level 10 show?

Level 10: Levy DeAndrade (keys), Rex Freligh (sax), Yovannis Roque (bass) and Sean Fote (drums) are undisputed masters of their respective instruments and the dexterity and ferocity with which they play together on Levy’s complex yet highly rhythmic compositions is the key to the response this band received. Not only was the dance floor packed but the band received that most positive of audience feedback: the audience’s approval after songs was so loud that the mics on stage started to pick it up and feed the jubilant roar back into the PA. This is, as far as I know, something new for Lancaster. It happened with Level 10 on Sunday Oct. 10th 2010. May it happen here again and soon!

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you write a song?

Level 10: I am usually inspired by a good groove. When I sit down at the keyboard, my mood at the time ends up as notes on a staff.

PEV: What is your creative process like?

Level 10: When something happens in life, whether good or bad, I translate my feelings at the time into music. This starts with a melody in my head, and then I form the music behind the melody.

PEV:  What was the underlining inspiration for you?

Level 10: My Family.

PEV:  Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back at your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?

Level 10: I am often in awe at the journey that I have taken – I would never have expected to be here now and I look forward to what the future holds. The past has inspired me to work toward the future.

PEV:  What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about you?

Level 10: I like to build furniture in my spare time.

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a career for you?

Level 10: I was born with a guitar in my hands and my parents were very supportive of my desire to play any instrument and all types of music. I just always knew I was a musician.

PEV: How is life for you in the music world? Best and worst parts?

Level 10: I’m living my dream, there is no worst part of music. No matter where a person is in life, good or bad, there is always music. I am very fortunate to have a family that shares my dream and supports me in my musical projects.

PEV: Is there one area you wish you could travel around and play?

Level 10: Yes, I would love to tour in Europe or Asia. Australia would be pretty cool, too.

PEV: What's the meaning behind the band's name?

Level 10: To me, the highest level of contentment in life occurs when wisdom and experience meet music and creativity. That is a Level 10 moment.

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career?

Level 10: 100% Support. They are the best thing that ever happened to me.

PEV: What’s it like when you get to play in your hometown?

Level 10: A lot of fun – We are treated like royalty and we appreciate having local fans.

PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time?

Level 10: I enjoy doing things with my wife and children. My kids are now old enough to have fun going places – we love the beach and local parks. I also like to create custom designs out of wood.

PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration? Why?

Level 10: Michael Camilo, Chick Corea , Dave Weckl, Cesar Camargo -- One thing in common: They are Good.

PEV:  Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

Level 10: Yes… Level 10 Band!

PEV:  If you weren’t playing music now what do you think would be your career?

Level 10: I can’t even imagine life without music. It is in my blood. I actually dream in music.

PEV: So, what is next for you?

Level 10: Win a Grammy for best jazz band, be # 1 In Latin Jazz on Billboard and making a good living with music.

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