Today we’d like to introduce you to Florin, Nineta, Samuel, Abigail, Melody, Ethan and Justin Cristea of Liliac Band.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Liliac is a young hard rock/metal band made up of three brothers and two sisters. The band was envisioned by their father Floren Cristea a.k.a. Chriss Floren, an accomplished Music Producer who has written and produced songs placed in many American and European television shows and movies such as MTV’s “True Life, 10 on Top, Morning Hot Mix, Parental Control”, A&E’s “Jackson’s Family Dynasty”, Lifetime’s “Bond of Silence”, as well as many other productions. Chriss Floren recognized that his children had the musical gift at a young age and invested time to coach them to become better musicians and encouraging them to pursue their dreams.
Samuel Cristea, 19 years old, is the lead guitarist; Abigail Cristea, 18 years old, is the drummer, Melody Cristea, 16 years old, is the vocalist and bassist, Ethan Cristea, 11 years old, is the rhythm guitarist, Justin Cristea, 10 years old, is the keyboardist.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not always been a smooth road. In 2008 we moved to California from Oregon, because we had to file for bankruptcy. Our dad started working in his home studio and our mom as a caregiver. We practically started life all over. When our dad was not working, he would coach us and take us to Santa Monica to perform. In the beginning, we had to figure out how to get our performing permits, and our work permits; what kind of equipment we need and it wasn’t always easy as we were learning. We faced some frustrations like when things would break down, for example, our wagon where we carry our equipment or when the batteries ran out of power and we couldn’t play anymore. We have to pack up all of our equipment into our van and then set up everything in place to perform and we do that every weekend. We’ve also have gotten complaints from residence in Santa Monica, the police would come by to tell us to turn it down. Every Friday, we rent a rehearsal studio to rehearse with the whole band for 3 hours and there we write songs and practice new songs. Our father is a music producer and has his own studio where we would record our music. He helps us a lot with our music by recording, mixing and finding the right sound. We’ve gotten a lot stronger going through hard times and we thrive and go on, each time getting better, we take lessons every week and we practice countless hours.
Liliac Band – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We are known for being one of the most popular acts on the Santa Monica Pier, CA watched and enjoyed by thousands of locals and tourists from all around the world. We have a few music videos online, that was directed and filmed by our father and edited by Samuel. Our mom is the one who promotes our music videos. We are currently working on our first original album and a documentary about our band!
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
We feel as if we are getting closer to success every day because we get better and never give up. We have been places where we get recognized by people, telling us they seen us perform at the Santa Monica pier and saying that they enjoyed our show. We also have gotten other gigs besides the pier, for example, we’ve performed at the OC fair, a few birthday party’s, malls, and venues.
- Website: www.liliacband.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/liliacband/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liliacband/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/LILIACBAND
Florin Cristea, Abdoulla Mohamed