Behind the name ‘The Blank Slates’, lies the concept of an ever changing sound, where each song has space to develop into its own without allowing the band itself to be easily categorized. The Blank Slates came to fruition three years ago when Andrea Iacopini moved to San Francisco, California by way of Bologna, Italy. He was classically trained on violin for over 10 years when he taught himself how to play guitar. While being a member of bands spanning multiple genres, he began writing his own music. Andrea wanted to write music that people could feel. He turned this vision into ‘The Blank Slates’.
In January 2008, Andrea met drummer Cochrane McMillan and bassist Jonathan Kepke at Pyramind Institute in San Francisco. Cochrane was born in Alabama and has been obsessed with music since an early age. He first started playing drums in high school and it became a passion that he followed by attending The Collective in New York. He currently owns the recording studio Coyote Hearing in Oakland, California. With his classical jazz background, Cochrane brings a unique perspective and playing style to the sound of The Blank Slates.
After Cochrane and Andrea started to work together as a duo, Jonathan Kepke joined as bassist. Jonathan is a classically trained pianist, multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer and an accomplished composer for film & stage. Since 1997 he has accrued production, performance and composition credits on over 20 records. Jonathan has a diverse musical background that allows him to contribute interesting compositions that make The Blank Slates style distinctive.
The Blank Slates was finally a full band with each member bringing a distinctive feel to create a sound that is more than just rock. The demo ‘The Next Day’ was released in June 2009.