Magee Secondary has long been seen as an incubator of talent. This season is no exception. 45 Spacer is a new band composed of Grade 11 Jack Di Blasio and his Grade 8 brother Patrick. The Di Blasio's band's single "Naughty Boys" has provided a launching pad for the brothers and was played this holiday on galaxy radio (played in an estimated 75 million homes) and earned them a number 15 spot on the Canadian Indie Chart.
Jack says their success has come as the result of a great deal of hard work.
"We started playing together in Grade 7. I had played the guitar on and off for a couple of years, and my brother, Patrick, had played the drums. We started jamming one day and we played our favourite song "Sway." We had so much fun playing together that we started playing almost everyday," he says. "We performed in our Grade 7 talent show and from then on we've been playing together since."
Since those early talent shows, the band has already made a mark. In addition to the radio play, 45 Spacer performs about once a month during school time and has played at Vancouver venues like Falconetti's, the Slocan and Cottage Bistro. They recently played on the Canadian National television show "The Rush" and last summer they played at Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival.
When they aren't rocking out, they're practicing. Jack says he and his brother jam about 30 - 40 hours a week in the summer and during school they'll put in around 15-20 hours a week. In addition to an intense practice schedule, Jack credits the support of his parents for the band's success.
"My father and step mom are a big part of our success. They continually give us the opportunities we need to succeed as well as the support. They have been a big part of our musical careers," he says.
To listen to Naughty Boys, click here. Or to download more of 45 Spacer's music, click here.