often say that The Wassabi Collective “plays into the crowd,” or
“rides the wave.” This
high-energy, progressive world beat group was created to deliver non-stop
grooves to packed dance floors. Emerging
from small beginnings in Penticton, British Columbia, the ensemble has
managed to establish itself in many parts of Canada, playing major
festivals and events with unprecedented success.
The band has opened up for high-level players such as Randy
Bachman, Hot Hot Heat, and Ras Trillos. Audience members and promoters
have often said that this six-piece band is the best high-energy show to
come out of B.C. in many years. The
Wassabi Collective has thrived in the music scene because of positive
attitude, solid musicianship, and creative approach.
feel inspired by the Wassabi atmosphere.
The music is uplifting and soulful, and the crowd is treated as a
part of the show. Lyrics and
themes are designed to empower and enlighten people, and the overall vibe
is simple and pure. The
members of Wassabi embrace interaction with the audience as a fundamental
principal, and will spend a good portion of the show improvising to the
mood of the dance floor. The
musicians in the band are clearly there for the people, not for
themselves. The mood of a
Wassabi show is further enhanced by the poi (fire spinning) and belly
dancing routines carried out by the “Wassabi Dancers.”
musician in The Wassabi Collective has spent years studying a multitude of
every person in the band is a former guitarist, except the current lead
guitarist, who is a former drummer! This
adaptable approach to playing music keeps the sound fresh and creative. At any point in the show, the members may switch instruments,
which adds to the excitement and sheer entertainment of the show.
are very excited about what The Wassabi Collective is doing.
The independently released “Masquerade Sessions,” a full-length
live CD, has sold over 2000 copies in Canada since its release in the
summer of 2002. The last year
has seen a steady climb in popularity for the group, with over 150 shows,
and crowds as large as 8,000. The
Wassabi Collective continues to demonstrate that positive energy, hard
work, and creativity can yield great results in the music industry.
TWC plays for 8,000 New Years, 2003