My musical adventures begin with the formation of "Steakhouse" in 1999. The original line-up was composed of merely two guitars, played by Tim Yungwirth and Matt Graboski(me). There are no "official" releases from this outfit, nor are there ones from the full band ensamble, but you may find "bootleg" material here or there.
My first official releaseis called "Drag of the Mask". This album represents the cultivating of myself as an independent song writer as opposed to the collaborator that I had once been in Steakhouse. The musicis rooted in a more cerebral arena than the previous songs from Steakhouse.
The second release falls under the titles "Airaid" and "End of the Beginning". These releases were band (Martini Henry) interpretations of most of the material found on "Drag of the Mask". The first being "Airaid" was released in 2005, and the second was released in 2007 as a remastered version featuring 3 additional tracks pour new bassist.
The current activities of myself are devoted to the creation of this label, and the musical project: El Sledge. The music I am working on continues on where the band left off. Lots of chaos and loads of rock. My other collaboration lies with Tim Yungwirth (Armed Elephant). We are called "Abraxas" and are currently on a small hiatus.
Matt Graboski (El Sledge) 10 Dec. 2008
Name: Dan Long
Bio: Dan's journey into the music world began in 2004. During this time Dan was summoned to be the manager for an early Matt Graboski project, Rocktronics. Dan set out fro a global rock takeover while exploiting his Myspace addiction, and conquered much terrain via WUMD Radio, Fletchers, Sonar, State Theatre, and the DC rock mecca known as the 9:30 Club, among others. Continuing to follow Matt through band and name changes, Dan & Matt forged an unstoppable force. The fall of 2005 saw a few challenging changes as Dan moved to Jersey, and then, later in 2006, the band moved to Cali. Time passed and opportunity called once again as 2008 saw the return of both of Maryland's prodigal sons, and an epic reunion. Inspired by Matt's new solo project, El Sledge, and an eye-opening conversation with Jay Groboski, Dan once again took up arms as the manager. Airaid Promotions was created at the end of the summer to book, promote and manage El Sledge, as well as other local favorites, The Vast Difference, Armed Elephant, and Abraxas. November of 2008 saw the most profound event to date. Stephen Sroka called upon Dan and Matt to form Airaid Records. With the additions of Darren Santos and Jay Graboski, Airaid Records was now complete. Dan now serves as the Impresario of the operation, handling the booking, promoting, and networking of Airaid. Dan loves music of all kinds, and looks forward to speaking to and working with anyone who shares the same passion.
And women love his sideburns.
Title: The Wordsmith
Name: Jay Graboski
Bio: Jay Graboski is a semi-professional recording artist, singer-songwriter and guitarist with record and movie soundtrack credits, international press, a degree in English and over 40 years experience in performing, recording and releasing independent music. "With the step of the years Jay, as the relating man behind the mythical band OHO, has become one of the most outstanding musical personalities in the progressive rock scene of Baltimore." -- Sergio Vilar, Nucleus (Argintina) Graboski has also written a series of occasional articles on his related experiences about his involvement with a number of progressive rock ensambles spanning four decades fro the Progression quarterly magazine. "No one I've encountered in my years of doing Progression exemplifies the indomitable spirit of progressive music any better than Jay Graboski and his band, OHO." -- Jay Collinge, editor(Progression Magazine) "Jay is the reason music will never die, because he'll just keep digging it back up! I love this guy for his sheer determination and extreme creativity." -- Glenn Workman (Crack the Sky, Sheffield Audio-Visual)
Name: Stephen Sroka
Bio: "The only thing I know is that I know nothing at all", "everything comes full circle", "every uphill has a downhill literally and figuratively speaking", "everything always seems to work out", and "listen to those simple cliche phrases most people think mean nothing, for they became cliche for a reason". These are just a few thoughts I constantly try and tell myself. I sometimes want to know more about God. A good portion of my life is in searching. One day I will own a peanut butter and jelly store, and one day I'll be a plausible drummer.