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Renegade Groove is the ultimate band for your party, wedding, function, pub, acoustic duo or trio for a relaxed get away at your cafe.

With excellence from high calibre musicians, they give a memorable, energy filled performance, adding their own flavour to popular songs.

Renegade Groove formed early 2018, since then they have secured residencies across venues on the coastal area of Queensland.

They cater for a large range of styles ranging from pop, funk to rock with the occasional twist of fusion.

Renegade Groove is the band to make your night out memorable and special event a highlight! Accommodating with the tastes of the crowd giving them a relaxed and chilled vibe, or an energetic full band performance to get the audience on the dance floor!

 

Rick Foenander // Vocals

Rick Foenander has extensive experience singing professionally throughout Queensland for 20+ years.

He has been the voice in a number of bands such as Second Gear, Mr Perkins, with high demand fill ins for many other bands such as Sarenda, Wasabi, Bootleg Flyers, Velvet Kiss and Backroom Vegas just to name a few.

Rick has a love for music, also is musically multi talented, plays guitar, drums and keyboard.

At weddings, functions, parties and pubs Rick is engaging from an acoustic duo to full rock band performance, getting the audience up on the dance floor and singing along.

A few of Rick's favorite highlights would be playing at Indy 2008/2009/2010 and opening up Suncorp stadium match for the Brisbane Broncos in 2017.

 

Leigh Clarke // Drums

INTRODUCTION
Leigh Clarke has been fortunate enough to have had the experience in being able to play in various bands as well as teach for the past 12 years at schools and music
shops, such as Music Cavern, Music Makers, Grunt Machine, Trinity College, St Joseph’s and Emmaus College.

In recent times, Leigh has been teaching at St Teresa’s
Catholic College and Shake It Up Music Nambour.

HIGHLIGHTS
At the age of 13, I was accepted into the “Young Conservatorium” and by the age of 16, was asked to start teaching at Music Cavern.

In 2001 he enjoyed helping judge the Queensland Rock Awards and in 2004 I was endorsed by Premier & Sabian Cymbals.

Leigh has also recorded CD’s for various artist with music styles ranging from Country, Christian, Pop Rock to progressive metal.

In 2015, Leigh played at Suncorp Stadium in front of a crowd of 22,000 as the pregame entertainment for a Broncos home game.

TUITION
My father Kyle Doolan, who played for Rick Price, Greg Doolan and Wickety Wak 07 Reunion Tour zhad an instrumental role in teaching me how to play, as well as
heavily influencing my style and technique.

Leigh then received lessons from Michael Thompson who played for Emmanual Brothers & is one of the top session drummers in Queensland.

Leigh then sought out
lessons from world renowned solo drum artist Grant Collins.

BANDS
Red Paintings
After touring nationally we released a CD and video clip called Rain. This gained national airplay on Triple J as well as a bunch of other radio stations. Our highlight gigs were Livid Festival & Adelaide Fuse Festival.

Kill TV
Kill TV gained national news coverage for its political views which saw our website gain the most hits in a week. The single “War Machine” gained national play on radio stations around Australia. Highlight gigs were “Taste of Kaos” – Brisbane Entertainment Centre & “Life in Logan Campaign” – Logan Entertainment Centre.

Turtle Heads
Turtle Heads was thrown together to enter the “Queensland Rock Awards” 2 weeks prior & made the Top 5 in the year that Butterfly Effect won. It also came 2nd at the “Gold Coast Rock Awards” two years running.

The ZooKeepers
The band solely concentrated on cover gigs & corporate gigs around Brisbane & interstate with 2 to 3 gigs a week.

CDs that Leigh has recorded on in the past few years which can be found on iTunes are listed as follows:
• Bow - Ray Kostiainen.
• Haak Austin - Heathen Heart
• Casey Fogg -Bleeding Hearts (Tracks 4, 5, 6, 7, 12 & 13 only).

AT PRESENT
Leigh Clarke is dividing his time teaching drum lessons through Shake It Up Music and focusing on Renegade Groove.

 

Ray Kostiainen // Guitars + BK Vocals

Ray Kostiainen is a professional musician & teacher with 20 years experience. He has earned credibility as a sort after musician, teacher and session recording musician.

INFLUENCES:
Joe Satriani, Guthrie Govan, John Petrucci, Paul Gilbert, Tony Macalpine, Eric Johnson, Frank Gambale, Alex Hutchings, Ron Jarzombek, Larry Carlton, Brett Garsed, Pat Metheny, Tommy Emmanuel, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Paco Delucia, Wes Montgomery, Shawn Lane, John Scofiel, Lee Ritenour...

Ric Fierabracci, Victor Wooten, Stu Hamm, Billy Sheenan, Les Claypool, Jaco Pastorius, Mark King, Bunny Brunel, Tom Kennedy, John Myung, Tony Levin...

SESSION RECORDINGS:
Rays credits include artists/producers such as:
Dan Weekes (producer/musician), Cornel Florea (producer), PRO-MA SYSTEMS convention sound tracks, Matthew Williamson (artist), Spinning Silver (band), Liberty Christian Church album.

LIVE PERFORMANCE:
Mr Perkins, Backroom Vegas, Haak Austin with The Salt Lick Troubadours, Erica Bronwyn, Midnight Groove, Ray Kostiainen Solo Band Project, Chris Timms, Artisan Kin, Open Arms Project, Spinning Silver, 306 and Youth Alive.

STUDIO:
Since 2010 Ray has run his own music production studio - “ROK-Music”. Ray has produced albums/artists such as:
Open Arms Project (EP album 2011), Dunamis Kids Church Album “Kids Advancing” (Full album 2008), Each Revolving Door (EP album 2004) as well as his own solo instrumental CD's.

SOLO:
- Solo instrumental CD titled "Bow". 2013
- Self titled solo instrumental CD. (Guitar, bass, keyboards, drum programming and compositions). 2001

TEACHING:
Ray has been teaching guitar and bass through various music stores, colleges and private tuition.

Currently teaching from ROK-Music private studio in Bli Bli, Sunshine Coast,
Emmaus (Jimboomba) 2006 to 2015,
Music Cavern (Beenleigh),
Flagstone State Community College,
Westside Christian College (Goodna),
Southside Christian College (Salisbury),
Windaroo Valley State High School,
Hills International College (Jimboomba),
Liberty Ministry College (City Church Logan),
Music Makers 1999 to 2005 (Beenleigh).

 

Yuji Otaki // Bass + BK Vocals

Yuji has been engaged in live music scene for 15+ years, as well as being involved in recording projects and teaching. His main instrument is bass guitar and upright bass, covering musical styles from pop, rock and to jazz, funk and Latin.

As well as bass Yuji has taught guitar and drums in both school and private studio setting.

Yuji was involved in variety of project in both original and covers music. Some of his credits include;

Calibre Cats - Neo-swing jazz band featuring full band and horn section. Have played major venues in SEQLD, weddings, festival events and corporate functions.

Gen - Consists of Koto (traditional harp) and acoustic guitar. Live support bass player in festival events. Recording of the full album "Danpen".

Erica Bronwyn - Brisbane Singer/Songwriter. Live support bass player in festival events.

Ray Kostiainen - Multi-instrumental artist/musician of RENEGADE GROOVE. Recorded bass section of the title track from the solo instrumental album "Bow".

 


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