About Mr. Bliss
Mr. Bliss is a blues/rock band formed and based in Los Angeles, California. The idea is to make a combination of the good old blues and the new digital sounds of our era. This project talks about situations that humans have to go through in life.
With our debut album “Green”, we present a concept based in life itself, life situations with a hint of a spiritual awakening message. The project has a feel of chill vibes combined with tasteful blues guitar licks along groovy and sticky rhythms. The overall message from this album is trying to spread the word of being free, finding and accepting ourselves despite what other people say. Songs cover topics such as love/relationships based on some of the band members experiences with language that everyone can relate to.
The band members are Rafa Hadad (lead guitar/Vocals), Gabe Conover (Drums), Pedro Asfora (Bass/Backing Vocals) and Bobby Carpenter (rhythm guitar/backing vocals) and Manuel Alvarez (Synth/Keys).
From tracks like “Slow Blues” and “Crawling” that delve into breaking through the noise of thoughts and fear in order for us to pursue our dreams and goals. To the first single “Time Machine” that expresses in a futuristic way the “moving on” process from within the eyes of someone stuck in the past, without being able to go forward because of a significant other. This album brings some bluesy grooves like “Energy” and the upbeat “Don't Mind” that talk about relationship situations.
The biggest influences that drive and shape the sound of the music are Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, and Jack White, among others.
Born in Merida, Mexico in 1990. Started playing the guitar at the age of 12 years old. At the age of 14, his interest in making his own music started. His first recordings were in a very old analog BOSS audio console with 6 channels that his guitar teacher by the time had sold to him. "It was very difficult to use, but at the time it was the only thing that could help me reproduce my ideas" he states. Rafa joined his first official band “Black Gold” at the age of 18 in which he played the lead guitar. After “Black Gold” was over he began writing his own music and he is now the songwriter/co-producer of two studio albums "Green" and "Fat Bones".
Born and raised an hour northwest of Chicago in 1995, Bobby began playing classical guitar at the age of 5 with the Barrington Music Academy and Suzuki School. After 4 years of participating in private lessons, solo performances and ensemble classes, He ventured on to play with Knight Music Academy between the ages of 10 and 14 allowing him to develop and advance his guitar sound and techniques. Bobby became passionate about applying the skills he had learned throughout the years of classical training to the electric guitar in his teens and now early 20’s.
Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Pedro plays professionally since the age of 13. Spent 2 two years doing focused gigging and recording with his band in his hometown, as well as participating in side projects when they presented themselves. He studied under the directions of the best teachers around in order to develop the needed skills for a desired career in freelance music performance. In 2018, finally came the time for him to move to Los Angeles, where he studies at Musicians Institute, plays in 3 bands, and does a bunch of sessions.
Now in an artist-driven mindset, Pedro seeks to develop his identity to it’s full extent, armed with an arsenal of abilities that cover psychedelic rock, jazz, fusion, blues, and Brazilian Popular Music.
Born in Lima, Peru in 1996. Manu, brings a curious amalgam of his passion for performing and songwriting to provide listeners with an authentic and relatable sound.
Manuel started playing at the age of twelve, having been inspired by the works of
instrumentalists such as Joe Satriani and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He knew then that he had to pursue a similar path as his inspiration so that one day, he too could inspire a future generation.
Born in Las Vegas, Nevada. Started playing drums when he was 15 years old. The fact that he's been playing for 6 years now, has allowed him to learn and play various genres of music. He's worked with bands professionally no for 3 years. Gabe has been on/headlined multiple tours, and has recorded 2 albums. He's been in bands such as "Almost Awake", "Eddie Jayy", "Tyra Chantey".
Some of Gabe words about his career: "I have been very blessed to have done what I have in that time span, and I look forward to what the future has in store".