Haven Interview w/ Joseph Cumbo and Adam Troy
Haven's Derric Miller interviews Joseph Cumbo and Adam Troy of Sonic X.
to the interview . . . WMA
Sonic X is a Melodic Hard rock band based out of Toronto, Canada. They have
often been described as a combination of classic rock bands such as Led Zeppelin,
Whitesnake and even Metallica at times. The four members of Sonic X are Vocalist
Adam Troy, Guitarist Lawrence Falcomer, Bassist Joseph Cumbo and Drummer Michael
Marquez. The band has been together for quite some time, achieving stability
once Adam Troy joined the band. The foundation of Sonic X was built long ago
when Joseph Cumbo met Drummer Michael Marquez in high school. Joseph watched
Michel perform in a band called Aftermath and though that this hard-hitting
Drummer's style reminded him of John Bonham.
Impressed with his performance, Joseph stuck up a friendship
with Michael and eventually joined Aftermath. Their friendship has stood the
test of time and due to their great chemistry they've created an air tight
rhythm section. Aside from Aftermath the two played in various club bands
together always looking for ways to improve their band and situation. Through
some mutual friends they heard about an extremely talented guitar player that
was playing in a band with some high school friends. That Guitar player was
The bands' fortunes changed when Lawrence decided to jam with
Joseph & Michael. The chemistry between the three was obvious right away
as Lawrence fit in perfectly. The band recruited a friend to sing in the band
as they worked on a variety of cover songs and hit the local bar circuit.
The band took a break when Lawrence Falcomer went to Los Angeles to study
at the world-renowned Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT). Joseph and Michael
kept playing together with other Musicians until Lawrence returned. Once the
three were back together again they formed a Band called L.A.
L.A. played a mix of cover material and original songs as they
became a force on the local scene often playing to sold out venues. The band
toured all of Canada from coast to coast, writing original material as they
made their way across the country. They would introduce their original songs
in their set amidst the cover songs and found that the audience reaction was
Although L.A. achieved local success, including being named
"Best Toronto Club Band" at the prestigious Toronto Music Awards,
they felt that in order to reach the next level they would need a new vocalist
that would take them there.
Through a mutual friend, Gil Moore of the legendary Canadian
Rock band "Triumph" Joseph was introduced to Adam Troy who was singing
with a band called "Rage of Angels" in Orlando, Florida.
Gil raved about this singer and thought that Adam would fit
the band perfectly. Joseph decided to see Adam firsthand while Adam was performing
on the local club scene in Orlando Florida.
Adam did not disappoint; he was everything Gil described, and
more. Joseph thought that Adam would be a perfect fit for L.A. His vocal style
and on-stage charisma were exactly what they was needed to get them to the
Adam flew to Toronto to meet the rest of the band and it was
immediately evident that there was something special about to take place.
Adam agreed to join the band and relocated from warm sunny Florida to frigid
Toronto, Canada. The band took itself off the road and concentrated solely
on writing new material. Once they were ready to emerge and play live shows
armed with their new original material, they decided to change their name
from "L.A." to "Zara White", as they felt that with a
new vocalist, new songs and a new sound the band should re-emerge as a new
Zara White played select club dates that were well received
as they played mostly original material written after Adam had joined. The
band received a lot of attention from major labels and management companies,
but due to unavoidable circumstances, they took a hiatus for a period of time
to concentrate on other projects. With the urging of friends and fans the
band decided to reform and work on some new material, calling themselves Sonic
X. Joseph played a demo of the songs they had worked on for Mladen of the
band Von Groove & Final Frontier, and he was instrumental in getting the
tape to Mark Alger at Z Records. The band was signed to a Worldwide Record
Deal with Z Records on July 8th, 2004, and their much-anticipated self titled
debut CD was released on October 25, 2004.