While the brother-sister duo of Misia and Dante Vessio split their music between drums and guitar, respectively, the siblings both started with drum lessons when they were children. They first started learning to play when Dante was 4 years old and Misia was 7 years old. Now, more than a decade later, the musicians are a two-piece band modeled after the White Stripes, called Vessio. Do not think of them as a tribute act though. Instead, these two put their own twist on the formula Jack and Meg White created.
Generally, Dante handles the guitar and vocals in the band, while Misia plays the drums. But both of the siblings can play more than one instrument, bringing their various talents to create a dynamic, powerful sound. Listen to a song like “Ricochet Blues” or “Change The World” and you will be knocked back by punishing percussion, fuzzed-out guitar riffs and passionate vocals. Led Zeppelin, the Beatles and the White Stripes are some of their major influences.
Based in Astoria, Vessio started in 2010, but the siblings have been playing together for many years. As they have grown older, they have advanced from covers to original songs, which have relatable messages and strong structures. Their ultimate goal is to become a major, worldwide benefit band that tackles global issues.
“Our songwriting has evolved from rock-pop to more serious subjects as world hunger, sexual harassment, the blues and the musical compositions have become more complex as we have gotten older and more experienced,” the duo said.
Even though there are only two of them, Vessio has a huge sound. Their relationship allows them the freedom to practice whenever they want.
“We have a music room with three complete drumsets and all other equipment in our home. ‘Disciplined practice’ is a must,” they said. “Our sound is so powerful that people go into shock when they see only the two of us.”
Vessio’s experience in front of a crowd came from gigs at open mics in local bars and venues like Cronin & Phelan and Shillelagh Tavern. These live shows helped the duo develop their talent as performers, while retaining a disciplined, focused attitude in the studio.
“The studio is where we work on our craft and playing live is where we express ourselves musically and physically knowing that we are entertainers trying to please a crowd that usually knows music,” they said.
The band got a chance to please a TV crowd during their appearances on “The Groove Masters Show” and “Next Great Family Band.”
Vessio is putting the finishing touches on their nine-song, self-titled debut album. For this record, they stayed in their home borough, working with Carmine Gonzalez of Loss4 Words Productions in Bayside.
Once it is out, you can expect to see Vessio at a venue near you, as they plan to tour in support of their debut effort. To keep up with the latest news from Misia and Dante Vessio, visit www.vessiomusic.com or www.facebook.com/VessioOfficalBand.
– Joe Marvilli