Jon Crosby

Born: July 25, 1976
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Jon Crosby grew up in rural California, where music was limited to a couple of hometown bars and MTV. The movie Amadeus inspired him to become a classical musician, and he tried to learn everything he could about classical music. When he became a teenager, however, he met a girl named Michelle, who inspired him to learn the Beatles’ song “Michelle.” He was a Beatles fan ever after, and he soon began listening to other rock bands as well. Slowly, his tastes progressed into the darker 80’s alternative, such as Depeche Mode and the Cure.

At the end of his thirteenth year, he and his mother moved to San Francisco, where he would enroll in a guitar workshop. It was there that he had the opportunity to pass a demo tape to the President of Shrapnel Records, which resulted in a segment about Jon’s unique talent in Guitar Magazine. Crosby then decided to finish his high school studies at home, where he could accelerate and finish quickly.

At the age of 16, Crosby began listening to and experimenting with electronic music and sounds. The following year, he started VAST, which stands for Visual Audio Sensory Theatre. At the time, most musicians were playing either metal or grunge, and he found it hard to find good musicians who were open to his experimental style. At last, he found a bass player, and he bought a drum machine, and they were able to play gigs. They played clubs, but they didn’t draw the crowds that the club owners wanted, and their band was ridiculed as being “too electronic.”

He did make enough to put together a demo tape at home, and he sent many tapes out to local L.A. and San Francisco radio stations. The station managers liked it so much that he began getting regular airplay time. He sent more tapes out to other radio stations across the country, and eventually caught the eye of Elektra Records, who signed him. He released Visual Audio Sensory Theater, and began hiring band members so he could tour. His original road crew, including Steve Clark, Thomas Froggatt, and Rowan Robertson, became his band, and they toured extensively in support of V.A.S.T. The band released a second album, but Robertson had been replaced with Justin Cotta. Music for People, was more of a collective effort from the four members of VAST. Jon Crosby has emerged in the new millennium to be one of the most intriguing new songwriters, arrangers and performers of modern times.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Vocals Bass Guitar Guitar Keyboards Piano

Hard Rock Gothic Metal Industrial Metal

Bands That Jon Crosby Has Played For:

Jon Crosby Has Worked With:
David Baerwald Rowan Robertson
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