Rock Monster
Location: Sydney, Sydney
Country: Australia


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Rock Monster are a group of five experienced musicians who live and breathe the rock music of the 60's and 70's and know how it ought to be done; with authenticity, integrity and a huge sense of fun. The members are dynamic, seasoned professionals and take pride in delivering some of the greatest songs from the classic age of Rock. The band is constantly adding new material and putting new sets together, so no two shows are the same. The repertoire is incredibly versatile: Beatles, Rolling Stones, Cream, The Kinks, The Who, Procol Harum, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wright, just to name a few.

Brendon Venner was first let loose on a drumkit in 1975 after bugging his parents for a year. That same year, he joined the Blacktown Brass Band, the bad boys of the Banding world. On tour, the Band was notorious and the law usually got involved at some point. 

He played in a few garage bands throughout high school, but it wasn't until 1980 that he formed his first serious rock band, Rock 7 with John Botica, another Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple freak whom he had known since childhood. The bands they formed thereafter: Warhorse, NRC, Ironheart, Full Moon Radio and Labrats; played hard rock, psychedelia and post-punk, concentrating on original material. Full Moon Radio and Labrats both recorded albums.

After touring the UK with Labrats, Brendon returned to Oz and joined The Sunshine Crowd which included former Widowed Isis violinist and vocalist, Marvin Druid. Botica joined soon after on Bass and later Guitar, this outfit also recorded.

During all this time, Brendon played in clubs, restaurants and function bands, as well as pick up bands for touring acts, making his way as a working musician and teaching music at the Australian Academy of Drums & Percussion at Billy Hyde's Drumcraft. His musical influences are: Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, John Phillip Souza, The Beatles, The Al Roker Death Cult Wind Ensemble, Rush,
Grand Funk, Alice Cooper, King Crimson, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Jethro Tull, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea.

John Botica began life as a musician at the age of fifteen. His first band of note was the mid 1980's Sydney based heavy rock band Ironheart. John spent around three years with Ironheart until eventually leaving in 1986 to form The Labrats with drummer Brendon Venner and bassist Mark O'Connor, John reluctantly taking on the lead vocals, something which he had not done since 1978 whilst playing in his first three piece outfit called Bad News.

After a year and a half of performing their unique brand of blistering heavy rocking punk in venues all over Sydney the Labrats eventually travelled to England where they performed on the London underground circuit up until their disbanding in 1990. A year later John returned to Australia where he and Venner formed yet another three piece called Full Moon Radio. Although FMR had a rather short lifespan it did manage to record a self titled mini album which appeared on the AMO label and was distributed through Mighty Boy Records.

In 1992 following the breakup of Full Moon Radio, John found himself as lead guitarist for His Majesty, a band formed by ex members of AC/DC and the legendary Masters Apprentices. It was with this band that John worked with the late American songster Tiny Tim, appearing live on stage and on his last three recorded studio albums, all of which were produced by Australian artist and iconoclast Martin Sharp.

In 1995 John joined ex Widowed Isis violinist Marvin Druid in the forming of The Sunshine Crowd, another rather short-lived band that recorded an as yet to be released album which was produced by Jim Hilbun of the Angels. Following this John rejoined His Majesty who had since changed their name to Good Time Charlie. In 1997 Good Time Charlie recorded an album titled "Adults Only" and twice toured South East Asia promoting it. In 2000 John left Good Time Charlie part way through the filming of a documentary on the band titiled "The Comeback Kings" going on to form his own band "John Botica's alibi". He recorded his self produced debut album titled "Between the Shadows" which was released in 2003 on the "Laughing Outlaw Records" label.

Sasha Rakov was born in the USSR and discovered music in his early childhood listening to his father's records. In the early 60's while living in Germany he saw the Beatles who remain the strongest musical influence in his life and career.

He started to learn guitar in his early teens and formed his first school band in 1967 He was drafted into the soviet army and joined the band there playing at the local dance.

Sasha was one of the organizers of the very first beat club in his native town of Odessa. Western music wasn't allowed in the Soviet Union and they were constantly harassed by KGB agents.

In 1971 Sasha with his band landed an amazing gig, playing in night clubs on soviet cruise ships sailing all over the world.

In 1978 he and his wife (keyboards and lead singer) emigrated to Australia as political refugees.
Their daughter was born in Sydney in 1979.

He has been playing guitar and bass in function and rock bands all over Sydney ever since.

Musical influences: Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Free, Grand Funk Railroad, Jimi Hendrix, Pretty Things, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Santana, Rolling Stones.

Jerry Loh has enjoyed a thirty year career touring Asia, Europe, England and Australia, teaching, performing and composing music. Jerry's experience consists of writing, arranging and recording music, SFX, songwriting, live performances, Musical Director for two international post production houses, as well as teaching with the Yamaha School of Music and Erindale TAFE College in Canberra.

Over this time he has built a substantial reputation both locally and internationally for providing high-end creative and technical production services to clients in the advertising, television, and multi-media industries

Jerry has worked in television and radio in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Australia.

Awards that Jerry has garnered include a Silver Kancil Award for his work on the World Rally Championship for Toyota and the "Double M" award for "Best Musical Achievement" for a National Geographic project.

Jerry has also worked closely with BBC and many others. He continues to write music for the overseas market, but the advances in music technology have allowed him the luxury of writing for a foreign production house, from the comfort of his home studio in Australia. Since 2007, Jerry has been musical director for the two Sydney based Rock'n Soul Choirs comprising of 100+ voices and also mentors up and coming songwriters, assisting them with recording techniques, vocal and keyboard techniques as well as passing on his knowledge of recording studio operations and how the music business operates in general.

Rusty Lynch was put on this earth to sing. He has sung/ played in numerous Sydney bands over the past 10 years. He is also a highly regarded songwriter and singing educator.

Rusty was runner-up in Semi-Famous Singer Magazine's hunk of the year 2004.

 

 

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