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Phantom Phunk

The origins of Phantom Phunk date back to 2014 when long time friends and fellow songwriters, Hector Fontanet and Sasha Cheine teamed up to share song ideas. That fall, they began recording their early compositions in Hector’s home studio, dubbed the Harmonic Factory. As their productions advanced, they sought out other musicians to help them play and record their songs. In January 2015 Sasha ran into Nicholas Emiliozzi, a childhood friend whose history of drum playing quickly inducted him into the group. Just a couple months later in March, the three played at an open mic where they saw guitar player Juan Gonzalez also perform. Impressed by his profound appreciation for music and his ear for clever riffs, the three band-mates agreed to make Juan their fourth member.
The Tampa based four piece spent the next year self-producing their debut album, Arboles Ossific (2016).

Since then, Phantom Phunk has undergone profound changes within their line-up. Most notably, was the exit of co-founder and singer, Sasha Cheine. Creative differences impelled the vocalist to explore other musical options, causing them to leave the day before the band began production on their second album. Without a singer, the group struggled on, continuing to record their second LP, Turtle Stand (2017) on their own. While expressing a raw sound with dissonant undertones, Turtle Stand musically and symbolically represents a trying time for the group and the divisions which struck to their core. The fracture left by Sasha’s exit however, created a space for the band to explore new options, and after months of searching for a replacement singer, the group finally found Alexa Toro from the Flow Sisters. With vocal influences ranging from gentle R&B to edgy Rock ‘n Roll, Alexa’s spin on the Phunk’s repertoire puts them in the same vein as the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Paramore and Metric.

Since 2018, Phantom Phunk has transformed into a three-piece core, and now consists of Alexa Toro on vocals, Nick Emiliozzi on drums and Hector Fontanet on guitar. Tracks from their upcoming EP, Struggle With Me (2018), also include features from local hip-hop artist Cloud Master Price. The blend of alt-rock and hip-hop gives the group a progressive sound comparable to the Gorillaz and No Doubt.

Line Up

Hector Alexander: lead guitar, bass, keyboards, backup vocals
Nick Emiliozzi: drums, backup vocals
Alexa Toro: Lead Vocals