It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock-n-roll, so it helps to get an early start. Just ask Yayo Sanchez of the band YAYO
At an age when most of his peers were cruising the malls or fondling their X-Boxes, the rising Austin musician had already jammed with the likes of Slash and Paul Stanley(List goes on), and opened for Quiet Riot and L.A. Guns in clubs he was too young to enter.
In 2008, Yayo released a collection of demos featuring one-time KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick on bass and Brent Fitz (who now plays for Slash) on the drums. He also went on his first full U.S tour; earned kudos from Carlos Santana; and juggled endorsement deals and management offers as they came rolling in. So much for wasted youth.
In 2009, Yayo teamed up with legendary Rock Photographer, Robert M Knight. Robert has helped Yayo pave the way up rock n roll mountain. "Robert is a brother to me," says Sanchez, " he believes in what I do and is always there to help push me in the right direction." Yayo feels fortunate to have mentors such as Robert Knight and others to guide him in his budding career.he
Today at age 18, Yayo Sanchez is already an accomplished musician, studio geek and blossoming businessman. Despite a collection of milestones that most rockers could happily take to the grave, Sanchez is still eagerly climbing toward his creative peak and expanding his horizons with youthful vigor and seasoned determination. The fleet fingered Frontman has now teamed up with long time friends, Gavin "T-rex" Zapata, James Pagliuco and Aaron Altounian and the result is, YAYO. The fast emerging, Texas based, axe grinding, hair flying, in your face Rock n' Roll band.
Having exhausted Texas venues in 2011. It was time to start thinking about releasing some music with the new lineup. January 2012, the boys went into the Studio with Producer Brian Virtue (30 seconds to Mars, Jane's Addiction) to record their first professional EP entitled "Who We Are."
The band took a quick break from the studio when they were invited by Fender AR Austin to perform on the Fender Stage at Winter NAMM 2012. "It was such an honor to be apart of Fender NAMM and be able to Rock! Check out the bands new EP, available March 2012! YAYO's songs are full of monster Anthems and hooks that will be blasting out of the roof of your local Arena and cruising convertibles soon enough. With guitars strapped to their backs, Yayo Sanchez, James Pagliuco, Gavin "T-rex" Zapata, and Aaron Altounian are holding nothing back as they prepare to set sail into the world. Be sure to catch them live as they carry the torch of hard rock into the future.