From Hayward, California, multi-instrumentalist Ian Santillano played tons of Guitar Hero 3. Eventually, Ian started teaching himself how to play a real guitar when he was 12 years old.
A year into trying to learn Cliffs Of Dover, his cousin introduced him to John Mayer’s Continuum and his life was forever changed. D'Angelo’s Voodoo and later Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly along with the musicians involved on those records would play a huge role in shaping Ian’s sound. Ian would also teach himself how to play bass guitar, drum set, and how to sing. He would be self taught until college where he would study and play jazz as well as learn music theory.
At 21, Ian started playing professionally in San Jose, California sitting in with The Illiance at 55 South's jam sesh. He would go on to play for other San Jose acts like the Super Soul Bros, Aisea Taimani, and bass for Riley McShane. Ian would also take up Ableton Live and produce and record for other Bay Area artists like Ezana and Casey Cope.
Now at 23, Ian's biggest current inspirations are Anderson .Paak, The Internet, Daniel Caesar, and Tom Misch. Ian is embracing his own musical creativity starting with the release of his debut EP “1856” - written, arranged, produced, and recorded from the House he grew up in. The whole project was created using a Macbook Pro, Ableton Live, some midi controllers, his guitars and his voice.