Young talent keeps rising in Mesa, this time in the form of the five-piece pop punk band Baseline.
Formed in the summer of 2015, Baseline is made up of: Michael Schuster, 18, lead vocals; Shawn Sass, 18, bass; Michael Cully, 17, guitar/vocals; Gianni Jinks, 19, guitar/vocals; and Gage Heiner, 18, drums. All are Mesa residents except Jinks, who is from Phoenix.
From the very beginning, Baseline produced original material and their first song, “Fragments,” appeared in January of 2016 and quickly turned many skeptical listeners into die-hard fans. Their next single three months later, “Last Year’s Tragedy,” was released and further expanded the local band’s growing fan base. On Oct. 21, 2016, after spending the summer writing and recording, their debut EP, “Not In The World, But Inside My Head” was made available to the public and sold out at a 350-cap venue. They have enjoyed creating their own music videos and recorded “Garden” last year, their most popular song to date.
Now, fans are popping up all over the country as the band began touring in 2017 outside of Mesa and the Phoenix area. Embarking on multiple-city tours across the United States, Baseline continues its success this year and band members have similar reasons for their passion of live music.
“When I was young, I watched bands play live and thought it was so cool and I knew I wanted to do that,” Schuster said.
“Going to shows and being in the crowd made me think I wanted to that, too,” said Sass.
“I like the creative process of making music and we just want to show people you can be super young and still do this seriously,” Cully said.
“My dad was a drummer and watching him play, and him showing me music, is how I started to play,” added Heiner.
“I’ve been a musician since I was 9, so I knew I would do something with it,” Jinks said.
Their parents are very proud of their dedication and success.
“All us parents are super proud of all of them, but that goes without saying,” said Todd Cully. “To see them on stage playing in venues that some big names have stood is amazing.”
– Kelly Mixer is managing editor of MyNewsMesa.com. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.