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Edge Of Paradise is about living on the edge, the life that's being portrayed as paradise is really
an unstable existence that can tip you off the edge and out of existence.
The Edge Of Paradise began January 1st 2011 when singer/songwriter/pianist Margarita Monet
and guitarist/ songwriter Dave Bates joined forces to form symphonic hard rock band,
signified with virtuosic musical skill. The sound is a melodic fusion of heavy guitars, exhilarating
keyboards and impeccably grooving rhythms. Considering that the band is very young, some of
the original songs have longer history. Dave Bates was the co founder with Robin McCauley
(MSG, Survivor) of the former band "Bleed". After releasing a CD the band headlined around LA,
but due to Robin’s demanding schedule “Bleed’s” ability to tour was limited which led the band to
its current line up. Margarita Monet singer /songwriter/ pianist, Dave Bates- guitarist/ songwriter,
Kevin Katich-drums/ back vocals, Steven Cook-bass/ back vocals.
The Evolution of the songs led to the band's sharp, modern sound. Some of the acclaimed
musicians that the band records with include drummer, Gregg Bissonnette and bass players;
Tony Franklin and Bjorn Inglen. Edge Of Paradise has expanded its repertoire of original songs
and is concentrating on touring and releasing the best possible songs. The Edge of Paradise
can be identified in the Rock, Progressive Rock and Metal categories, their music has influences
of Modern Rock, Classic Rock, Metal, Pop Rock and Symphonic Metal.
The band may be compared to artists like Muse, Led Zeppelin,Black Sabbath, Evanescence,
30 Seconds To Mars, Metallica, U2, Symphony X and classical influences of legendary
composers.

Lead Vocals/Keyboards: Margarita Monet
Born Margarita Martirosyan on Feb 1990 is a singer/songwriter, actress
and a pianist. Performing since a very early age, touring with theater companies,
she has made her way from Europe to the United States. Margarita is an
accomplished pianist with a vast classical repertoire. She started music lessons
at the age of four and quickly accelerated into a competitive and performance
ready pianist.

She has competed and won awards in numerous piano competitions and gave piano
concerts in the US and overseas. Moving to Houston, she studied piano with Steinway Artist,
Zoya Shuhatovich and attended high School For The Performing and Visual Arts,
for musical theater. After intense training she decided to pursue her career further and moved
to New York after getting accepted into New York University's Tisch School Of The Arts.
At NYU she majored in Theater at the Mesiner studio and minored in Music, she continued to
train in stage combat, martial arts and dance, in every project she's been involved in she has
done her own stunts. While living in New York, she has acted in Off Broadway plays,
independent short and feature films and sang around the city's lounges.
Margarita moved to LA in 2010 after getting interest from various acting agencies in LA.
A week later after arriving in Hollywood she joined a singing and dancing group and recorded
on their album Angels De Amor, after various shows she went solo and started working with
producers Paul Drago, Danny Bracuto and Jeff Dingsor on her solo album.
While working on the songs, she met Dave Bates, who was in search of singer who had the
ability to fill Robin McCauley's place. Soon their music partnership created tremendous
results and solidified the band that took up the new name, The Edge Of Paradise

Guitars: Dave Bates
Dave has played and recorded with veteran recording artists including Robin McAuley,
Gregg Bissonette, Tony Franklin, David Paris, Bob Kullick, Rick Steel, Bjorn Englen,
Brett Chassen and others. Dave was the guitarist for the rock band “Bleed” which featured
vocals by Robin McAuley, drums by Gregg Bissonette, and bass by Tony Franklin.
Bleed regularly performed nationally. Additionally Dave played guitar for the rock band
“30 Round Clip" and wrote a song called "Gunfighter" which was featured in
“Playground of Power Vol.2” DVD. Dave was also a featured artist/ performer on Guitar
Nine Records. Dave also played guitar with KVK.
Dave is a graduate of Musician’s Institute, GIT and was featured on Musician’s
Institute/GIT promotional CD entitled “MI JAMS Vol.2”. He has vast experience as a guitar player
and teacher and has amassed numerous studio and club dates nationally. He has played guitar
clinics for T.C. Electronics and Drum TV. Dave has been featured in a weekly online guitar lesson
for Rock Guitar Online. He is also the featured instructor in 3 Metal Method DVD Guitar Lessons;
Ozzy Style, Metal Style, and SRV Style. Dave played guitar in the house band on the T.V.
set of the Warner Brother’s Show "Zoe", and also played guitar for the house band on the TV set
of the CBS show “The Whitey Ford Show”. Dave is also the staff guitarist on the show Dave is a
graduate of Musician’s Institute, GIT and was featured on Musician’s Institute/GIT promotional CD
entitled “MI JAMS Vol.2”. He has vast experience as a guitar player and teacher and has
amassed numerous studio and club dates nationally. He has played guitar clinics for
T.C. Electronics and Drum TV. Dave has been featured in a weekly online guitar lesson for
Rock Guitar Online. He is also the featured instructor in 3 Metal Method DVD Guitar Lessons;
Ozzy Style, Metal Style, and SRV Style. Dave played guitar in the house band on the T.V.
set of the Warner Brother’s Show "Zoe", and also played guitar for the house band on the TV set
of the CBS show “The Whitey Ford Show”, Drum TV.

Drums/Back Vocals: Kevin Katich
Growing up in LA, Kevin studied the art of percussion under drum legends such as Mark Craney
(Jethro Tull, Dweezil Zappa), Gregg Bissonette (James Taylor, David Lee Roth), Tony Pia
(Edgar Winter, Brian Setzer Orchestra), and John Molo (Bruce Hornsby, Phil Lesh).
Versed in many styles of drumming, ranging from bebop to death metal, he is a student of
ethnopercussion and is familiar with a multitude of instruments, including: congas, taiko drums,
tabla, darbuka, tombek, djembe, and more. In his past he also drummed in many stage musicals,
including: The Rocky Horror Show, Children of Eden, Grease, Bye Bye Birdie, L'Innocent,
and Cabaret. In his professional career, Kevin performed multiple times with musicians such as
Gene Simmons and John Fogerty. He has also shared the stage with legends such as
Stewart Copeland, Solomon Burke, Reba MacIntyre, Gnarls Barkley, Stephen Stills, and
Billy Steinberg among multiple local LA bands

Bass/Back Vocals: Steven Cook

Steven Cook started playing guitar at the age of thirteen. Very soon he began to play in various
bands, gigging all over LA. It was around this time he was introduced to the bass guitar while
playing with a local band.
Steven Cook started playing guitar at the age of thirteen. Very soon he began to play in various
bands, gigging all over LA. It was around this time he was introduced to the bass guitar while
playing with a local band. Gigging regularly, he soon started to record and decided to take his
craft professionally and to the next level. He has studied under L.A. Session guitarist,
Sean Colligan and Session Bassist, Dominic Genova (Family Guy, The Cleveland Show,
American Dad, Home Improvement, etc.). While mostly playing Bass Guitar, Steven also favors
the Fretless Bass and the String Bass as well. Steven also writes, records and performs his own
songs not only on the bass; but on Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, doing his own vocals.
Steve is a very versatile bass player. His styles span from Jazz to Death Metal and everything
in between. He initially started on percussion in his middle school concert band and later
played with Newbury Park High School Jazz Band ('07-'08) and as a pit musician for the
School choir as well. He has played on musicals such as Bat Boy, Rent, Wonderful Town
and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. In addition to that, Steve also played
with the Moorpark College Choir Program and Jazz Program and currently plays with various
bands on the L.A. scene as a session player.

 

Snaki *Band Score 8.5/10*
For BeRock Radio MiniZine (2011)

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