• Lauren Mitchell

Local band ‘The DayDreamers’ set to release new original songs


Julia Warren, Tiana Grandilli, Cedric de Saint-Rome and Ali Kouri have performed their original songs at multiple different venues including the Hudson Musical Festival.

A local band made up of four young musicians with the name “The Day- Dreamers” are working on releasing an extended play (EP) and hoping to release it by the end of the year. The band has already had their original song “River” play on the radio station 94.7 HITS FM, and have also released it for purchase on iTunes. The band’s latest single ‘Goodbye’ will also be available to purchase on iTunes by the end of the month.

The Alternative Rock band consists of three females all aged 17 and one male aged 15. Tiana Desiree Grandilli, one of the lead vocalists, sometimes plays the rhythm guitar and has most recently been playing the violin. Ali Kouri also helps to sing the lead vocals and plays the lead guitar. Julia Warren sings third harmony, plays the bass and also the saxophone. Cedric de Saint-Rome plays the drums and can also play the piano.

The reason behind the band forming is all thanks to the idea that Kouri and Warren, having been friends in elementary school, had always wanted to start a band. In 2012, after Grandilli and Kouri finished performing together in talent shows for their high school, they decided to form a band with Warran, to be able to continue the fun they had performing together.

When their first drummer decided to leave after two months, and being without a drummer for a while, de Saint-Rome joined the band and made them who they are today. “When we started jamming, we only played covers of songs,” said Grandilli.

“We did this in order to get a feel of each other as musicians. The first couple of sets we ever played were entirely made up of covers, however when we realized we wanted to take things more seriously, we began writing originals.” The group decided to host a charity show last year to help Dans La Rue by giving all the proceeds of the show to the organization. They raised funds by selling concert tickets and band T-shirts, and ended up raising $1350 in one night.

Grandilli explained why the band chose Dans La Rue: “We decided on that specific organization because we are all teenagers and we wanted to do something that would benefit other young adults.” Within the past two to three months, the band has been brainstorming, writing at least 20 potential new song ideas. They have five different shows lined up, from the end of March to the beginning of May. Having done many performances, such as the Hudson Music Festival, the band hopes to gain more recognition as they continue to participate in more competitions.

“Regarding the future, we have a lot of spring gigs lined up and we are in the process of organizing some summer shows as well!” said Grandilli. “We are currently in the midst of recording our first EP, which will hopefully be released before the end of the year. All of us are full time students, but if the opportunity were to come up for us to take this to the next level and have this be a career, it would be dream come true. We would eventually love to go on tour and share our music with people all over, but we are taking it one step at a time and one day at a time. It is a lot of work and a huge commitment but we all are very passionate about music.”

For more information about The DayDreamers and their upcoming shows, please visit their website at www.thedaydreamers.ca.

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