ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kounterfeit Change is comprised of five unique musicians of different musical backgrounds all geared and committed to taking Reggae in California to a higher level. The members are spread out across Santa Clarita, Ventura and Los Angeles areas. Incorporating elements of both rock and reggae, as well as an arsenal of other musical styles, Kounterfeit Change is bringing the party, positive vibes and the good karma nightly. The majority of the band has been close friends, and playing music together for the better part of their lives.
Kameren Chase Neal (KC) lead singer and front man of Kounterfeit Change has been performing in front of audiences since the age of 8. Kameren’s family played a major role in his love and appreciation of music. Kameren wrote his first song, “Time to Listen,” at age 5, and recorded it at 12. He had a love for music, life and culture at an early age.
Kameren first met Michael Carlito, lead guitarist of Kounterfeit Change in junior high school. The two made fast friends, and their first musical project together was BIC (brothers in crime). Carlito has been playing guitar for bands since a very young age. In his early high school years he met drummer Tyler Halloran while performing in a punk garage band, Grimace.
John Vardanian (Johnny V) keyboardist for Kounterfeit Change has been producing hip-hop influenced electronic music since his early teen years, making his own unique brand of Middle Eastern infused dance beats. The music caught the ear of Kameren in high school and the two began collaborating.
Working on a side project involving guitarist Jamie Hoeper, Kameren went out on a limb and asked Jamie (Hoops) to pick up the bass and give it a try. A week later Jamie was on the road as a part of Kounterfeit Change for their San Francisco tour, and the band never looked back.
They recorded their debut self-titled E.P. in Santa Clarita and released it in 2009. The band is currently working on their first full-length album titled On Reserve, set to release mid-summer. Since the drop of the E.P. in ’09, they have been playing and grooving audiences everywhere. Kounterfeit Change has been blessed to share the stage with artists such as Barrington Levy, Iration, SOJA, Dirty Heads, Shwayze feat. Cisqo Adler, Mystic Roots Band, OPM, The B Foundation, The Supervillains, Tribal Seeds and many more.
ABOUT THE HOST
Stephen K. Peeples is a Grammy-nominated record producer (“Monterey International Pop Festival,” 1992), award-winning radio writer-producer (“The Lost Lennon Tapes,” 1988-1990) and veteran record company executive (Capitol, Elektra/Asylum, Rhino). A 22-year resident of Canyon Country, Peeples has written about the SCV music scene for The Signal newspaper since 2004 and has been Online Editor of The Signal since October 2007. In 2009 he was honored for Best Website by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. A jazz and rock drummer since 12, Peeples was a member of the underground West L.A. garage band Peaking Duck from 1977-2008. He now plays with an SCV-based jazz quartet.