Mike Visaggio is the founder of Kinetic Element and has been involved in music since 1962. He began playing the accordion, which was inspired by his uncle and in 1968 was over heard playing Beatle songs on the accordion then asked to join his first band. Mike has played in a number of New York City cover bands and progressive rock groups such as Randori (early ‘70s), Innervision (early ‘80s), and also recorded several albums with noted singer-songwriter Billy Falcon’s “Burning Rose” from 1977-1981. Mike also played with Richmond's legendary band The Strokers in the early 2000s. The veteran keyboardist began his first foray back into the realm of progressive music, after a long hiatus, with spiritually tinged neo-symphonic music and produced a solo CD called STARSHIP UNIVERSE (2006). That sentiment carried over into the project POWERED BY LIGHT (2009) which musically reflects Hammond B3 organ and synthesizer giants like Keith Emerson and Tony Kaye as well as Rick Wakeman and Geoff Downes.
[Q&A with Mike]
Michael's dad is a drummer who started while he was in school and has been playing gigs around the Norfolk area since he was a teenager and is still playing to this day. Michael really got started in 6th grade with the school band. Michael would jump on his dads drums and play them every chance he got, so he's been playing since he was a kid. Michael has played off and on in his spare time since with many bands doing blues, rock, country/southern rock and more. He enjoys blues, jazz, rock, and especially progressive rock. Michael helped Mike Visaggio with three tracks on his solo project "Starship Universe" and joined Mike in September 2006 to form Kinetic Element, and came up with name for the band, KINETIC ELEMENT.
[Q&A with Michael]
Todd is a classically trained musician from the Richmond area. He joined Kinetic Element in November of 2008 and has been working into the music. He is on the recording of Powered by Light that the band has recorded and has transformed KE's sound by his playing. Todd is a big fan of Steve Howe and after playing classical and jazz for many years is in his first progressive rock group.
[Q&A with Todd]
Mark joins Kinetic Element on bass, coming from Richmond classic-rock cover band CRUSH, with whom he still plays. Born in Poland, he went to music school in Gdansk City where he took drum classes but after a few years he started playing lead guitar. Later he switch his instrument again and ever since he loves to play bass.
Mark was in a half hour television special and two music-videos with the band “Brama” from Gdansk. He went on to various recording work and in 1981 he performed at festival the
Piosenki Solidarnosci (Songs of Solidarity) in Gdansk with the 80’s Polish group “Pomorzanie”(two albums from the festival were released by "ECHO Original Country Recording, 1981 USA, E 901-2"). He played many different styles of music from jazz to blues to heavy metal. After relocating to Virginia in 1994, Mark played in a variety of local bands: Silver Pocket, Rukus, Monkey Fist, Zoften Woofey, The Deaves, 3rd Power. Mark has garnered quite a fan-base, along with a reputation for his skill and showmanship. Influences by artists include Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, Geddy Lee, and Chris Squire. Mark comes to KE pursuing his love for original PROG music. He plays on Ampeg SVT and Trace Elliot equipment, and pulls from a bass collection including a Modulus OB-6, Tobias Basic 5, Washburn XB 925 custom and Carvin XB 75 fretless.
In the wilds of the Bronx, NY train yards lived a boy.
By the wits developed running from wild rats and dogs,
all sorts of riff raff ,and later the police, little
Johnny was discovered to have a voice quite like that of
Geddy Lee - After singing for a string of RUSH cover
bands, John studied with Katie Agresta, New York's
premier vocal instructor, to broaden his vocal abilities
to their current range and refine his technique.
Currently also performing with stadium rock tribute
DEJA, he is now happy to be singing with Kinetic
Element. John hates pants.