About Class 6
May sway sometimes but I’m never comin’ down.”
That verse from “Nostalgia” perfectly sums up the camaraderie and unbreakable bond found in the music of one of the East Coast’s rising young bands.
It’s almost one of the oldest clichés in music for a band of guys to say they’re like brothers, but for the six musicians in the New Jersey-based hip hop/rock hybrid Class 6, their brotherhood was formed out of lifelong friendships and their shared struggle to make their unclassifiable brand of music their way.
With six members comprising the band - lead vocalist Chris Bell, Kyle Hall (synthesizer/producer), guitarist James Logan, Tony Le on keyboards, bassist Jon Logan and drummer Dan Benevento – they truly are a musical family with a unique and spontaneous fusion of the best of the worlds of rock, hip hop, funk, and pop.
Formed in Glassboro, New Jersey in 2007, Class 6’s members all attended the same high school, they all live within a mile of each other, and when they’re not practicing or playing shows, they’re nearly always hanging out together. Originally founded as a rap group with other friends from school and then quickly signed to their music teacher’s start-up record label, Class 6 evolved from a very unfocused musical group to become the driven and dedicated band they are today after finalizing their line-up.
In a very short time, Class 6 went from playing nearly empty coffee houses and cafes to winning a Battle of the Bands contest at the famed Trocadero concert hall, beating out 80 other bands to win the top spot. Class 6 has gone on to perform at other notable venues including JC Dobbs and the Starland Ballroom in addition to performing at numerous charitable concerts supporting causes ranging from helping local residents that have fallen on hard times to international causes like stopping the atrocities occurring in Darfur.
That bond and chemistry they share as a band shines through on the five songs on their recently released EP Living Beyond Limits, a mostly autobiographical recording that shows the band’s power and amazingly catchy fusion of hard rock guitar, funky bass, elegant keyboards, super-tight drumming and uplifting hip hop style lyrics.
The guys in the band call their sound and musical style everything from hybrid, relatable, inspirational, and ‘in your face’ to loud, strong, real and ‘an experience.’ As a musical force, Class 6 collectively wants people to be able to listen to their music and feel like the lyrics relate to their lives, and to inspire fans the same way each members’ favorite bands have inspired them musically, mentally and spiritually.
If their unusual blend of rock, pop and hip hop wasn’t enough to set them apart and scare off potential concert venue booking agents (many said their music would “attract the wrong crowd”), the lyrical content within the songs surely make Class 6 stand out from both the typical ‘sex, drugs and rock & roll’ of rock bands as well as the drug dealing, woman-hating, violence drenched lifestyle glamorized in much of rap and hip hop music. Check out the self-empowering, smart lyrics in “Triumph”:
"At 13, I picked up a pen for the first time
I had written my emotions and feelings on every line
It took a toll on me, inside of soul for me
I had to get my mind right, take control of me
Until I made some songs with some guys that I grew up with"
Then my life just moved into a new shift
The ‘new shift’ alluded to in “Triumph” refers to Class 6’s dedication to being a role model and to show fans young and old that they can do something positive with their lives by chasing their dreams and following their hearts. The name of their EP – Living Beyond Limits – stands for many things to the members, but it mainly represents their journey to succeed despite all of the turned heads of people in the industry that doubted their vision. Their mission was to break the music mold, and in breaking that mold, they found unity in difference. They stayed true to themselves while making music that people of all ages, races and backgrounds can rock out to.