WAUKESHA - Ian and the Dream are
rockiní and rolliní.
The band was named best Milwaukee band at the Bodogís
Battle of the Bands this year, propelling them to larger
performances at the Metro and House of Blues, respectively, in
Songwriter and guitarist Ian Ash won "top singer"
at the Waukesha County Fair last month and opened for the
Ian and The
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Rockiní and Poppiní on Broadway, 258 W.
Ian and the Dream got the chance to work with Grammy
award-winning record producer Stephen Short at Sonic Ranch
Studios in Texas. Short helped them to hone in on their
musical strengths and best songs to develop a self-titled
extended-play recording; an EP contains more songs than a
single, but less than a full album.
It was those recent experiences that Ian and the Dream hope
will propel them toward the ultimate goal of a record deal.
"We want to play as many cities as possible and get
our music heard by as many people possible," bassist
"We want it all," Ash added.
Waukesha-area music fans will get a chance to hear the band
play at the Rockiní and Poppiní on Broadway stage at
Waukeshaís Freeman Friday Night Live at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Ian and the Dream all but got their start when Ash and
fellow bassist and band member Matt Chivas, better known as
Chivo, grew up in the same neighborhood.
"We played basketball together," Chivo said.
"And eventually we started playing music together."
Ash started playing piano in the second grade and fell in
love with The Beatles in the fourth grade, eventually picking
up the guitar. Ash and Chivo both attended Waukesha West High
School and played a variety of shows and videos at school.
After going their own way for a few years after high
school, the two rejoined and went through a couple of
different band names before becoming Ian and the Dream in
2008. Itís a name that referenced their lifelong dream to
play music and make it their livelihoods.
"It became more of a business and less of a
hobby," Ash said.
Ian and the Dream play a selection of original music, as
well as some cover songs that transverse through time. When
they play live, Ash and Chivo are joined by guitarist Blair
McLaughlin and drummer Brian Farvour.
Much of their music is influenced by the Red Hot Chili
Peppers, as well as The Beatles. Some of their covers include
"Miss You" by the Rolling Stones and "I Get
Around" by the Beach Boys.
"We try to play everything thatís inspired us,"
Ash and Chivo primarily enjoy performing their original
music, written by Ash.
"Iíve always enjoyed Ianís songs," Chivo
said. "He wrote such cool songs, even at a young
Ash focuses on creating melodic and uplifting music. He
ensures that each part of song delivers and consistently
carries a melody.
"Itís not enough about the melody anymore," Ash
said referencing modern music.
Itís usually the melody that comes to Ash first and then
the lyrics, which usually correspond to issues occurring in
his life at that time.
"Itís the song that transforms you," Ash said.
To hear a sample of Ian and the Dreamís music, visit www.ianandthedream.com.