The band represents a long, interesting journey for singer Edson Choi. Born in Brazil to Korean parents, Choi had a colorful childhood, “from my experience growing up, Brazilians do everything passionately–from art and dancing to the darker side of things, it was always with a certain abandonment, and that always struck me as truth.” Eventually his father decided move the family to Los Angeles, the abrupt move had a profound affect on the 9 year old. “It took me a while to find my footing because I didn’t quite fit anywhere. I learned to play guitar and started a band, playing terrible grunge covers.” In his teens, Choi was introduced to a Pentacostal gospel church movement by a friend, and found the feverish passion, and faith healings alluring. He joined the church band and began serving in the youth ministry. “Eventually, I started to come to my own personal realizations, and the faith faded, and I left.” Choi joined Dusty Rhodes & the River Band, an eclectic folk Americana group, and began touring relentlessly, honing his skills as a musician. When the group disbanded, the time was right for him to experiment on his own for the first time.
“My upbringing has made me appreciate the power of music to transcend barriers, personal and otherwise,” says Choi. “And that no matter where you come from, you can connect with somebody on a visceral level. Through my different experiences I’ve felt both embraced and alienated, but no matter what the desire to create and connect has always been one of the driving forces that got me off. I think of Warships as more or less a pop band, and a catchy tune is a great way to connect and fuel my muse. Given the opportunity, we’ll keep connecting and evolve into something special that’s bigger than just songs.”