1st Place winners 2018
Formed in late 2009 by close relatives and best friends, they started out as a three piece band, eventually coming to the conclusion that they should find a fourth member to complete their sound. While searching for this member, Robert ended up in a major car accident forcing the band to take a significant break. In the process of Robert’s healing, they slowly started getting back into the groove of things. Down the road they found their fourth member, Nathan Baker, who joined as 2nd guitarist. While continuing their journey they have also witnessed first-hand the hardships of life; from losing jobs to starting families of their own, all while balancing home and family life with the responsibilities of the band. Despite these hardships, they are making music happen by managing their time. Vitruvia had started recording their 6 song EP when they teamed up with Dark Horse Strings. At the beginning of this partnership they were planning to join a tour with Nathan until he tragically ended up in a fatal motorcycle accident in mid-2014. This sudden loss took a major toll on Vitruvia, both as individuals and as a band, possibly forcing them to make the decision to end their dreams. However, after realizing what kind of message they would send others by giving up, they decided they had to stand tall and push even harder. Vitruvia decided to join the tour even through their struggles as a three piece band, sharing their story with the world and touching hearts with their music. When they came home from the tour, they decided to start searching for a new guitarist, not to replace Nate, but to gain a new side to the band, all the while continuing to play their hearts out. They plan to finish their 6 song EP soon and can’t wait to push even harder than they have before.
Vitruvia’s writing process is taken very seriously, with each song, that has its own theme, showing everyone is loved and not alone. Through their music they tell their life stories and struggles to let the world know we can all persevere through tough times. With engaging and poignant lyrics, each song has technical beats and catchy riffs that make on-stage performance one of their biggest striving points. Vitruvia’s charisma brings everyone to their feet and gets them moving to their own beat. They not only want to make powerful and uplifting music, but to lead through example by their own lives and tenacity, to show that only by confronting and persevering through adversity, one can find success and peace.
“Music plays a big part in our lives. If we are going to live by what we listen to, then why not make it positive and uplifting? We do not need negative messages telling us to do things. We need positive messages to uplift us and bring something to everyone’s heart. Who can offer this? We can. We push for a better world” -Vitruvia