ViliFi is a power rock trio from east central Florida, realized of passion and molded by fate. Singer/guitar, Shain Honkonen leads an expression of music to test the soul. With Jake Hogeland on drums and Chad Berney on bass, the sounds of ViliFi resonates the bones with a style of melodic rock molded to the intensity and melancholy insanity of contemporary rock. The music is a hybrid: Rock/alternative shaded over in funk. With each musician a solo artist in his own right, the concept of a single musical identity derived from the molding of three uniques gave birth to ViliFi.
It could be argued that Shain is first a poet and then a musician, if there is a difference. His words and his music pull at the emotions while cheering and weeping the storyboard of our lives. He identifies with a motley variety of musical influences; from The Beatles, Marley, and Morrison to Dream Theater, Nirvana, and Tosh. His music and his writing is where he places his soul.
Jake was born a drummer. When on stage, his beat set seems indistinct from any other extension of himself and it is clear that he is most at ease when inside the furious rhythms. With influences from John Bonham to Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan (R.I.P.), Jake's unique percussion has evolved to the intensity of an intrusive, passionate expression all at once alarming, empowering, and provocative.
Chad is a true technician of the bass guitar. Accepted to Berklee College of Music he utilizes his grasp of music theory and the construction of musical annotation to precisely and accurately mold with his onstage counterparts. Originally a drummer, his expansion into the bass is heavily influenced by the likes of Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Marcus Miller, and the neo-classical performances of the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Other than that all we can say is he's the CHAD!