About the Band
Vital Nonsense (VNON) was founded by Gabe Rosales in 09. The concept for the movement was conceived at the North Fork, California Vipassana meditation center in the mind of Rosales during a 10-day retreat in 2010. VNON is a band/movement to acknowledge and encompass all styles of music to educate and inspire people everywhere who draw energy from concepts of justice, humanitarian action, preserving cultures, combating unfettered capitalism, facilitating human evolution, and personal growth through cultivating self-awareness. Each all-inclusive performance is aimed towards unifying music communities to raise money for humanitarian and children’s charities.
Vital Nonsense is based on personal responsibility and the internalized knowledge that we as a species share a "common origin," and are all connected. It is also based on the experiential knowledge and the universal truth that all things are impermanent.
VNON has many close affiliations with different causes and organizations to help revive humanity's strength to challenge its oppressors which come in the form of organized religion, central banks, crony unfettered capitalism, western militarism, corrupt governments and profit-obsessed corporations who have no moral responsibility to the sustainability of the earth.
The band promotes a S.U.N. philosophy which stands for Scientific, Universal, and Non-sectarian. This concept is derived from vipassana meditation as originally taught by Buddha in India over 2500 years ago. The teaching is universal because misery is a universal problem for all humanity as craving and aversion can create toxic social systems. It is non-sectarian because subscribing to a particular sect of a belief system promotes separation, aggravates our invented nationalities, turns brother on brother and sister on sister. In an ever changing, evolving world, we need to use logic and reason to come out of our chaotic habit patterns. Science is the element of understanding through quantifiable information but it also represents the "beginners cup" mentality in that we do not have all the answers to the questions of the universe but we are humble enough to acknowledge that fact and continue the search until new evidence is available. This S.U.N. philosophy acknowledges a fundamental issue with humanity in our inability to observe our feelings and emotions objectively. VNON bases nothing on blind faith or dogmatic rituals.
VNON covers many styles of music from jazz fusion to death metal to not only showcase the raw talent and versatility of the VNON musicians but to also join differing demographics of music lovers under the one banner of humanitarian outreach. Gabe Rosales' 1st solo album entitled Vital Nonsense was the launch pad for this concept and band. The movement includes members Jeff Suburu (guitars), Mike Madariaga (guitars), Todd McCool (guitars), Brian Roberts (keys), Anesha Rose (vocals), Peter Freeman (bass), Jimi Etherington (vocals), Jon Knox (drums), Max Vega (drums and percussion), Jason Toney (drums), Will Lyle (Percussion), Divine Styler (vocals), Calafia Zulu King Lastman (vocals).
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The name "Vital Nonsense" spawned from a chapter in an Eastern philosophy and quantum mechanics book entitled, “The Dancing Wu Li Masters,” by Gary Zukav. -
"The importance of nonsense can hardly be overstated. The more clearly we experience something as 'nonsense', the more clearly we are experiencing the boundaries of of our own self imposed cognitive structures. 'Nonsense' is that which does not fit into the pre-arranged patterns which we have super imposed on reality. There is no such thing as 'nonsense' apart from the judgemental intellect that calls it that."
"True artists and true physicists know that nonsense is only that which, viewed from our present point of view, is unintelligible. Nonsense is nonsense only when we have not found the point of view from which it makes sense. Those scientists who establish the established lines of thought, however, are those who do not fear to venture boldly into nonsense, into that which any fool could have told them it is clearly not so. This is the mark of the creative mind, in fact, this IS the creative process."
Jeff Suburu is a talented musician from Bakersfield, California. He co-founded and wrote the music from popular Bakersfield band, Rewind Yesterday. After moving to the Los Angeles area in 2002, Jeff began writing music for many artists. In 2007 he received his Associates Degree in Performance Guitar from the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. He has played with notable musicians Gabe Rosales, Jimi E. and the Moral Groove, Julian Sakata and the Ruby Fakes, and actively tours with San Francisco based 80's cover band, Tainted Love. Between shows and session work Jeff is currently working on his debut solo album which is expected to be released in 2011.
Peter Freeman, born and raised in the sleepy artist community of Laguna Beach, is a product of the lifestyle and environment which surrounds him. His eclectic musical influences, as well as being Gabe Rosales' first bass student and studying music business at Cal Poly Pomona, have molded him into a well rounded bass player. His use of different techniques and styles has given him the opportunity to play with many different groups over the years. "Gabe's the man; if it weren't for him, I'd still be using a nickle as a pic!" Influences - Tool, Gwar, Victor Wooten, Jaco, Metallica, Richard Marx.....
Raised in the land of sunshine, Californian Jon Knox started drumming at the age of four. Banging on pots and pans, he drove his family nuts! Jon's talent impressed his father enough for him to go out and buy Jon his first drum kit. His early musical exposure was sounds of Motown, Gospel and Jazz oozing from the stereos of Mom and Dad. Soon the rhythmic pulse and grooves of Funk and Rock & Roll pioneers blasting through the walls of his siblings became a great influence on Jon. He began drawing from these multifarious musical influences to help mold and shape his drumming skills. Jon's drumming is compelling, creative and he has received distinction as being an inspiration to players of all musical styles. His musical talents have been nominated for Grammy and Dove awards and he has toured and appeared on numerous television and radio broadcasts that have spanned the globe. During his career Jon has worked with many widely acclaimed artists and members of such groups including Adam Again, Rage against the Machine, White Heart, Blind Melon, DC Talk, The Wooten Brothers, No Doubt, Mandissa Hundley, Audio Adrenaline, Foo Fighters, Crystal Lewis, Steve Cropper, Carman and many others. Working alongside such diverse artists allowed him to expand into a very versatile musician. He further pursued his love for music by teaching himself to play guitar, bass and to compose and produce music. Currently, you can find him involved in remixing, making beats, scoring and producing projects as well as being hired out as a drummer for various projects. He has created an electronica/hip, hop type project called Dos Negros that he produces music for and remixes tracks. Also, he continues to compose and produce music for several music library companies. His compositions are in these genres of music: Rock, Alternative, Hip Hop, Pop, Indie, R&B and Electronica. Credits include: Sirius & XM Radio, Viacom, HBO, Shaw Communications, Deliverance Films, Play Ltd. and Discovery. Jon endorses Pearl Drums, Vic Firth Sticks, SoulTone Cymbals , ToonTrack, Ableton and Phatfoot.
I'm grateful to be doing what I love to do, play music and ease your mind! Hard work and the willingness to learn how to be the best at what I do is how I roll. I have been a singer songwriter in the Orange County area for over 10 years and have collaborated with artist's such as The El Camino's, Corduroy Monkey, & DMP as well as reggae ska bands like The Neighborhood, Nobody Cares, & Dual Eyed Mic. Last year I decided to take my guitar and dust if off so I could play solo acoustic gigs in town. I play a regular weekly gig and change it up a bit to keep it fresh. My influences you can't answer without forgetting the entire musical earth. Lets just say the first time I heard Janis Joplin I knew I wanted to howl @ the moon. Oh yeah singing your thang like Robert Plant isn't a bad thing either.
Jimi Etherington - Vocals
JimiE and the Moral Groove originated from Laguna Beach, CA in 1998. Founding members JimiE and Gabe Rosales envisioned a music landscape where genres were meant to be explored and tampered with, where soul was still a double meaning encompassing the actual depth, and feel of the music, where lyrics were thought out, and expressed through creative, intelligent, linguistic similes and metaphors without over indulging on cliches. Where experimenting, and developing well written songs was there only aspirations. The Moral Groove Mantra was and always will be LISTEN AND THEN BELIEVE....... Through playing every club in Southern California, (that is no exaggeration) JimiE and the Moral Groove have perfected the live show with antics, musicianship, performance and excitement. Their groove and funk is unmistakable. Their rock is rock solid. Their loyalty to the roots of music is unquestionable. From influences Prince, James Brown, Primus, Incubus, Michaell Jackson, Faith No More, Robin Thicke, Sebastian Bach, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Justin Timberlake........There has emerged a consistent band from them "Moral Groove"..LISTEN AND THEN BELIEVE
CREATOR FOR HEALTH AND STRENGTH AND THE TALENT AND SKILL HE BLESSES INI WITH TO BE ABLE TO CREATE AND SPREAD HIS LOVE / WHEN LASTMAN IS NOT TATTOOING OR WORKING ON MUSIC HES PROBABLY DRAWING OR READING / HES ALWAYS ON A CONSTANT QUEST FOR KNOWLEDGE / ALWAYS LOOKING FOR TODAY WHAT WAS MISSING THE DAY BEFORE / EVEREADY / ALWAYS AWARE OF HIS SURROUNDINGS AND READY TO LEARN FROM THEM / ANIMALS / PEOPLE / PLACES / THE ANCESTORS / SPIRITS / THE WEATHER ETC. / SO THE I MAN JUST TRODS THRU CREATION UPFUL YA KNOW AN JUST GIVES THANKS / INI TRY AND TEACH THE YOUTH WITH THIS MUSIC AND THE ARTWORK / POWER / UNITY / STRENGTH / EQUALITY / & OVERSTANDING / BUT MOST OF ALL RESPONSIBILITY / AS STRONG BREDREN AN SISTREN OF THE FAITH IN THIS TIME / FAITH IS A MUST / CHANGE THE WAY YOU LOOK @ THINGS AND THE THINGS YOU LOOK @ WILL CHANGE / FORGET ABOUT YOUR RIGHTS AND THEY WILL GO AWAY!!! C.A. ALLLDAY!!!- BLESSED LOVE ONE AND ALL / HOLY EMMANUEL I HONORABLE MARCUS I KING SELASSIE I JAH RASTAFARI ***
BLESSED LOVE ONE AND ALL. / LASTMAN IS A RASTA WARRIOR FROM ANAHEIM CALIFORNIA. / HE IS A KING IN THE FIFTH ELEMENT UNIVERSAL ZULU NATION & A MEMBER OF THE WORLD FAMOUS CHRONIC AVENGERS & THE INFAMOUS ALMIGHTY NASA CREW. / LASTMAN IS A TATTOO ARTIST BY TRADE. / HES ALSO A MUSICIAN & VOCALIST / A PAINTER / ETC. / HE TATTOOS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IN THE GREATER LOS ANGELES / ORANGE COUNTY AREA / HE ALSO MAKES RECORDS & CD'S / JEWELRY / MEDALLIONS / PINS / PAINTINGS / T-SHIRTS / HATS / SHOES ETC. / A RASTAMAN IS A CRAFTSMAN / A CREATOR / IN REFLECTION OF THE MOST HIGH THE INFINITE CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH / SO THATS LASTMAN / A CRAFTSMAN / HE CREATES THINGS TO SPREAD LOVE AND GIVE THANKS TO THE UNIVERSAL INFINITE He first emerged as part of Ice-T's Rhyme Syndicate. His first LP, Word Power, was hailed by critics and fans, but was not a commercial success. His second album, the wildly experimental Spiral Walls Containing Autumns of Light, also failed to sell well. In 1998, Divine Styler hooked up with the Quannum Records crew, teaming up with his dear friend and fellow Rhyme Syndicate alumni Everlast, Styles of Beyond, and the Beat Junkies. The latter also appeared on his third LP, Wordpower, Vol. 2: Directrix (Featuring Exceed), which trafficked in information-age paranoia. Divine Styler is a convert to Islam; he influenced the decision of Everlast to become a Muslim. Many of the songs on Spiral Walls Containing Autums of Light are songs of praise to Allah, and the 1999 song "Make it Plain" (recorded for the Funky Precedent compilation) details the joy he feels at having finally found a way of life he loves after decades of uncertainty and woes. Aside from those major albums his tracks are scattered among other artists' albums and projects. He has done several tracks with John Tejada but they're scattered on several compilations and albums by Tejada. He appeared (along with Sadat X and Cockni O'Dire) on several tracks on the final House of Pain album Truth Crushed to Earth Shall Rise Again. His most recent work has been with Len, Swollen Members, and DJ Shadow, as well as with guitarist, bassist, and emcee Gabe Rosales.