Santa Monica, CA
With the September 4th release of You Are I Am’s self-titled EP – as well as their upcoming album "human", due next January -- the band demonstrates an unerring ability to create a unique imprint that’s both classic and contemporary. Its five songs -- “Really With You” “What A Pity” “The Ride” Here Comes The Rainbow” and “Gravity” – are driven by singer/songwriter Mark Renk’s passion and a desire to infuse the band’s music with a truly compelling emotional bond. Renk plays both piano and acoustic guitar, while the other members -- drummer Jesper Kristensen, bass player Mik Heimburger, guitarist Thomas Hjorth and guest guitarist iZLER -- add their own creative expression to these riveting arrangements
The music reflects Renk’s earliest influences. “I was always drawn to this essential British Rock sensibility,” he recalls. “I loved bands like the Beatles and Pink Floyd. When I was growing up I learned a lot about classical music but somehow I always gravitated towards my older brother’s Beach Boys and Led Zeppelin albums.
Renk was able to pursue his passion by touring with various bands. He began to acquire an enviable reputation in West Coast music circles for his proficiency as a writer, producer and arranger. Through word of mouth, other artists began seeking his services, a list that came to include rock artists such as Helmet, Chris Daughtry, Gavin Rossdale, Three Days Grace, P.O.D., Augustana, Matchbook Romance, Evanescence and Kara Dioguardi.
Undeterred, Renk put out the call for other musicians with similar musical leanings and before long, You Are I Am was born. "To think that our music will be able to reach so many people is an incredible dream come true,” says Renk.