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VINCI are five mates from Dublin, Kurtis Wade (lead singer/acoustic), Noely Musgrave (bass), Andy Lestrange (lead guitar), David Doyle (cello/keys) and Leo Cassandro (drums). Just two years ago, each found themselves broke and giving up on the idea of following in the footsteps of great Irish bands like Kodaline, The Script and U2.
In the midst of individual struggle, writing began. Five shunned friends came together for four days in the studio and left as VINCI; A testament to the power of their music to revive the soul and breathe new life.
Inspired by the renaissance (rebirth), VINCI derives from the Latin “vincere” meaning: to defeat, to beat, to overcome.
Today, they are grateful for the struggles that forged their relentless spirit and it is evident in the power and lyrical emotion of their music.There is an inevitability about them you can’t explain, but is absolutely evident when you see them live.
VINCI are currently in the middle of a packed summer which has already seen them play to 5000 people at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin. Sadly, lead singer Kurtis' father passed away on the day of that gig, news which only reached Kurtis as he walked off stage. The tragedy brought the friends even closer as the following week they boarded a flight to Los Angeles where they played their first US show at The Mint. That one performance has seen them invited to perform at the 14th annual Oscar Wilde Awards in Los Angeles in February and their performance and story being picked up by The Hollywood Reporter and Bllboard, along with with mainstream Irish press such as RTE, TV3 and Hot Press. Another testament to their namesake, that there is nothing that will stop them and nothing they cannot overcome.
This comes off the back of an already growing reputation at home which has generated three critically-acclaimed singles with the same Irish producer behind Kodaline and The Script, the same promoter that launched those bands, the first ever music video at Dublin’s City Hall where U2 once tried to film, an invitation from, and performance for, President Michael D. Higgins at Aras An Uachtarain (The White House), three sold-out single launches (The Grand Social, The Workman’s Club and the infamous Whelan’s), two singles currently at radio around Ireland, the ears of the industry perked to their “anthemic, stadium-ready sound”, rising out of shared struggle and grounded in their working-class ambition.
They have stayed an extra week in Los Angeles to take meetings arising out of their debut show and look forward to a triumphant return to Ireland and press tour.