By Sharon Lin, Editor-in-Chief
Alfonso Soto, a San Antonio father, decided to create Geeh, an animated band, earlier this year after worrying about the type of music his daughters were listening to. Recently, he launched a competition for Geeh to find children to voice the various characters in the band. According to Soto, there will be seven members of the band:
- Cue is the boss. He is the manager of the band & plays the drums.
- Mid is the bass player and is the shyest of the group except when he is on stage.
- Tune has a vintage style, loves art and sings backup vocals.
- Melody’s favorite color is pink, she loves to write letters and is the lead vocalist.
- Up is the front man of the band and plays lead guitar. He is also dating Melody.
- Groove loves tie-dye t-shirts and jams out on percussion for the band.
- Loop is the class clown and is always getting in trouble, but only when he’s not playing the keyboard.
The band is run by his family, and they have hopes to expand on this concept and create a franchise from Geeh, around the idea that children should have a genre of music catered towards their interests and needs. Amazing Kids! Magazine decided to interview Alfonso Soto and learn more about his project.
AK!: Why did you create Geeh?
Alfonso Soto: I came up with the idea a few years ago when I was listening to my daughters sing lyrics that were not suitable for their age. I decided to create a virtual band that would promote upbeat music, be suitable for kids and have positive lyrics. Having a virtual band meant kids would have pop stars to look up to that would not be exuding questionable behavior.
AK!: What do you hope to accomplish in your career?
AS: There is so much I hope to accomplish in my new career. Previously I was a graphic designer and now I am the creator of an amazing virtual band! Aside from the band creating CD’s, I am working towards creating cartoons and live virtual holographic shows.
AK!: How has music played a role in your life?
AS: Music has strengthened bond between my family and I. Together with my wife, my daughters and our music producer, we develop the music, lyrics and graphics.
AK!: What do you want to be remembered as?
AS: I would like to be remembered as a parent who tried to give something fresh and new to other parents and kids.
AK!: What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment?
AS: Putting my idea into action and creating something that changes the kids music industry. There was a gap of music for kids between the ages of 5 and 12 and instead of letting my kids be subject to adult content so young, I proactively took action and began working on Geeh.
AK!: What is one piece of advice you would give to kids?
AS: Don’t grow up too fast and always follow your dreams. Choose role models that will have a positive impact on your life.
AK!: How do your friends describe you?
AS: Dedicated, ambitious, family-oriented and creative.