ViLiFi is a power rock trio from the east coast of Central Florida. Shain Honkonen, with his shredding guitar and unique vocals styles, lays down the soundtrack for your life. Chris Marshall on drums and Dylan Thomas on bass, and the trio sound of ViLiFi resonates with a style of progressive alternative rock that rocks the body while the lyrics provide the soul. Each musician is a solo artist in their own right and the collaboration of these three musical entities forms ViLiFi into the band it is today. The inception of the band formed in 2008. Early on the band performed exclusively within the Central Florida area gaining a loyal following. They have since played internationally on stages large and small, wining several awards along the way. Over time ViliFi has graced the same stages as The Marshall Tucker Band, Saliva, 12 Stones, Authority Zero, Unwritten Law, Dead Letter Circus, Smile Empty Soul, The Supervillians and Eye Empire. Having performed on stages that include Rocklahoma, The Hard Rock Live, The Whisky, Florida Music Festival, The Legendary Dobbs, as well as, many others, the band has become adept at displaying their talent in front of any audience.
Shain started playing guitar at age 13. By the age of 17 Shain started playing guitar with Classic Albums Live recreating the albums note for note live on stage from artists such as Van Halen, Pink Floyd, Guns and Roses, U2, Queen, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and many more. He works as a full time musician playing acoustic gigs, as a studio guitarist and as the front man of his band ViLiFi. He identifies with a variety of musical influences; from The Beatles, Incubus, TOOL, Dream Theater and Nirvana. All of ViliFi’s music is written primarily by Shain. “I need music like the air I breathe, it’s never been just a choice to me.” he says when asked why he has decided to pursue a career in this field. His music and his writing are where he places his soul.
A bassist of 14 years, Dylan has spent the larger half of his life playing live music, and has no intention of stopping any time soon. Coming from a wide variety of musical backgrounds including blues, jazz fusion, Hard rock, R&B, progressive, blues and more, he is the latest addition to ViLiFi.
“My father was a bassist in a rock band from Watertown NY when he was my age - so naturally, when I was 8 years old he bought me a bass guitar for Christmas to see if I’d pick it up. I noodled with it, but not too seriously. The next year, he bought me a Rush album. I had never really listened to them before. I heard Geddy’s unique bass style, and said to him “That’s a bass isn’t it? THAT is what I want to play. I didn’t know it could be played like that” “I immediately put the cd in the stereo in my bedroom, and sat down and forced myself to learn how to play that instrument, and persisted for the next few years until I felt I could call myself a bassist. –Because I knew for sure that was what I wanted to be.”
Though Rush was his first big influence, Dylan has taken a lot of influence from several jazz and R&B artists as well over the years. However, he makes a point to credit the local and lesser known musicians he has met through his life for inspiration to pursue music as a career, as he claims they were the people who really showed him where to start. He is the newest member of ViliFi, and is excited to be on board. “I’m both excited and fortunate to be able to work with Shain and Jake, they are phenomenal musicians, and it is evident that we all share one common goal and will stop at nothing to get there.”