Phoen1x is fronted by talented singer Jake Livgren who began recording in the studio years ago with his uncle, Kerry Livgren of the band Kansas. He sang on several of Kerry Livgren’s solo projects while honing his performing and writing skills. He founded his own bands in that time including Jabberwockie who opened for Kansas. He continued to work with Kerry Livgren on the Kansas album “Somewhere to Elsewhere” and on three Proto-Kaw albums. In the years following Proto-Kaw, Jake’s work has appeared on projects with names like Mike Portnoy, Robert Berry, Kevin Max, Steve Morse, Steve Walsh, John Wetton, Phil Keaggy, David Pack, and many more. In 2019, Jake was recruited to be a live and studio performer on Neal Morse’s Jesus Christ: The Exorcist project, appearing as Peter and Caiaphas. This ambitious rock opera also features performances by members of the Neal Morse Band, Nick D’Virgilio, John Schlitt, Ted Leonard, and Rick Florian.
Seth Trotman is the able bass player for the band Phoen1x. Trotman has been playing bass weekly in his church band for the last fourteen years. He is influenced by the bass work of such artists as Chris Squire, Geddy Lee, John Myung, and Eddie Jackson. His first band was Requiem in which he played with Phoen1x bandmate Michael Adams. He now plays with his band Not featuring his wife and seven children.
Michael Adams is a classically trained percussionist and the drummer for Phoen1x. He has played with bands such as Misfit Toys, Requiem, and Sugar Lime Blue. He is also an original member of the band Vertical Alignment, appearing on “Signposts,” their first album and more recently on “The Trail of Tears Suite”. He records parts in his studio in Acworth GA.
Phoen1x the artist anchors the sound of the band with keyboards, electric and acoustic guitar, Cherokee flute, and other odd instruments. He also sings backing and occasionally lead vocals. He is influenced by many great prog keyboard players like Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson, and Tony Banks. His guitar influences are wide-ranging from Steve Howe and Steven Rothery to Michael Hedges and Tommy Emmanuel. He is the songwriter of the group and cites Joni Mitchell as a main influence. He grew up listening to Romantic era Classical music and later moved on to progressive rock, playing with groups such as Tabernacle and Ground Zero before forming Vertical Alignment and later Phoen1x. Working from his home studio in Atlanta, he sketches out the main instrument and vocal parts, and adds the contributions of the other members and guest artists.
Jake Livgren – Vocals
Seth Trotman – Bass
Michael Adams – Drums
Phoen1x (Peter J) – Guitars, Keyboards, background vocals.
Immaterial Witness (TBA) 2020 – CD & Digital