Meet The Band

Juan Casals
Mendoza

I was first introduced to music and performing when I was 6 years old. I would sing and dance for orphans in Russia with my older brothers and sisters as we traveled all over the world with my parents who were missionaries.

For as long as I can remember the guitar was an instrument that we always had at home. My mother used to sing to us with it all the time.When my family moved back to Spain my dad realized that I had an interest in music, evident through my singing all day long, so soon after he bought me an electric guitar that I started learning with.

He took me for lessons with a friend of his called Carlos A. Juste or locally known as lo Beethoven.

Within a year I was singing and playing the guitar quite well.
One evening before going to bed my father told me to sit and watch a documentary with him so I did, and that’s when it happened, I was mesmerized as I watched Paco de Lucia playing ‘Entre dos Aguas’ that image never left my head and hasn’t till this day.

Like most people I’ve always enjoyed listening to music but as a kid I never had the patience to learn an instrument.
Growing up my hobbies were sports, art and reading.

When I was 18 I learned how to play acoustic guitar but it wasn’t until I was 22 and bought my first bass guitar that I discovered my true passion! A year later I did my first recording sessions, laying down 4 tracks for 2 artists.

Since then I’ve done a lot of band work, performing everything from alternative rock to reggae and country music.

Most recently I’ve been performing with Synergy, an acoustic band that plays a lot of Latin and Flamenco music at venues all throughout the Birmingham and Shropshire areas, as well as with Fuego Nights, playing plugged in Latin music as well as a lot of English classics in a variety of genres.

Apart from this I am studying for a degree in music performance at the University of Wolverhampton and give private tuition in bass guitar and music theory in a steadily growing business.

When it comes to bass playing, my major influences are Jaco Pastorius and James Jamerson.

Juan Manzanera

Glenn David
Phillips

I have had many passions come and go but music is something that never left me.
Coming from a very mixed background with an American father and English mother but being raised in Spain gave me a love for world music, specialy Spanish Rumba and the Mediterranean sound.

My passion to discover and learn different styles has lead me to perform all sorts of styles from Flamenco to soul and compose everything from basanovas to Rock and Roll!

My biggest influences are Jason Mraz, Alejandro Sanz, John Mayers, and anyone else who can put poetry to music and make it beautiful but still catchy and fun.