TotemSoul is an explosive Rock band from Kentucky. They have played with P.O.D,Everclear,Everlast, Fuel,NickelBack,Marvelous3,Eve6,and DynamiteHack. Their fan base consists of thousands through out the SouthEast United States. In the six years they have been together,they have recorded three Independent Cd's.Their third release "compromise" has had a positive response from sales to Radio airplay. TotemSoul is in all Original band with many hit songs. Their sound:"SouthernPunkMetalBluesFunk", A unique blend of emotional lyrics and music to fit any mood.
Based out of Kentucky, TOTEMSOUL started out as friends in Highschool. Their goal
was to make an overall attempt to create something new and original.
TOTEM: is described as the amblem of family or clan and often a reminder of
ancestry.SOUL: is described as the immaterial essence of an individual life or spiritual
moral force.Place these two words together and you will understand what makes this
amazing Band tick. Mac Steven, Brian Harris, David Bedel, and John Vaughn are all
remarkable magicians of musical madness. Since 1997 TOTEMSOUL has been playing
to the musical appetites of their devoted fans.
In 1998 they recorded their debut album Shake the stardust. This album proved to
be a success locally for the band. While still in highschool they couldnt really tour. The
album was produced by Gold selling artist/songwriter Mark Dreyer. Dreyer saw talent in
these four self tought musicians. He also knew that they werent professional enough to
send the cd to record labels. So dreyer signed them to a development deal with his Label
Orbit Records (Nashville, Tn). Dreyer is a graduate of the world famous Berkeley
College. Dreyer a accomplished songwriter/musician had attended workshops with world
famous producers such as Bob Rock and Mutt Lang. He used his experience to teach
TOTEMSOUL how to make a real record.
In 1999 TOTEMSOUL recorded their second effort NEW SOUL. This album was
an experiment. Dreyer used studio musicians to consult the band on their strengths and
weakness. He used veteran drummer Brian Fullen (Peter Frampton) Jim Kirby (Roy
Orbison) and Dow Tumlin (Tanya Tucker). The band spent the next two years crafting
their art Practicing for the most part 4 to 8 hours a day with a metronome and learning
In 2001 TOTEMSOUL recorded their third album Compromise a 16 track master
piece the band produced themselves. The title track Compromise was a local hit at
radio stations and shows. This album was played on stations all across the country. By
using the advice of Dreyer the band started their own publishing company through BMI.
TOTEMSOUL PUBLISHING, which now has a catalog of almost a hundred
TOTEMSOUL songs and a roster of six songwriters. Since the release of Compromise
They have toured the country from Kentucky to California. Their efforts landed them
shows with other accomplished acts such as: P.O.D, EverClear, EverLast, Fuel,
NickelBack, Marvelous 3, Dynamite Hack, Cowboy Mouth, Confederate
RailRoad, And a Secured date with The Marshall Tucker Band in May of 04.
As of Now TOTEMSOUL has been working on their up coming album (not yet
titled). For more info on News, Dates, Merchandise, and The who, what, when, and
where, of TOTEMOUL check them out on the World Wide Web.
TOTEMSOUL is: Mac Steven - Guitar, Lead vocal
Brian Harris- Guitar, Vocal
David Bedel- Bass
John Vaughn- Drums
contact: (270) 542-8359 or email@example.com
We have been playing in bars since we were 16. You know playing every night. Lying about our age. Getting to sleep around 3:00am and having to get up at 6am to go to school. We've playing all over the country. It's the best part of being in a band. Sharing yourself with complete stangers is very liberating plus once your set is over, your not a starnger to them anymore.
That's always a hard question to answer. Our biggest influence is the mood and where it takes us at the time of writting.
Shure Mics, Marshall amp, Dean Markeley amp, Peavy Amp and guitar, Fernendes, Dean, Fender, Pearl, Sabian, Zildajan, and The Power of Music.
The One thing that seperates us from Most bands, we have a style, but it's not flashy. I mean if you see our picture, you can see it all comes together, but We don't dress to match. We're not all in black. We don't take alot of time to think about what we are wearing. If you see what we look like live, what's the point in being anything different in the Picture?