VanLadyLove hails from Provo Utah, home of bands such as Neon Trees, Imagine Dragons, Joshua James, The Used, and others. Inspired by this hot bed of talent, the band has never had small goals and has grown a national and international fan base using a mixture of YouTube videos, social media and touring. The band prides itself on hard work, sincere songwriting and a captivating live performance.
Recently VanLadyLove won the “#1 Artist on the Verge 2014” award, a national honor given by a team of top A&R scouts, talent buyers, booking agents, media taste-makers and other industry experts at the New Music Seminar in New York City. The bands debut EP of original music “Love Matter” charted on iTunes in its first week and several songs from the EP have had placements on national television
Steele Saldutti was born in Santa Maria, California as the second of five children in a very musical family. His mother sang in jazz and choral groups, his sisters played the piano and his uncle, Lawrence Green, had played in a professional cover band since the 70’s. During his uncle’s gigs at rodeos, fairgrounds, or corporate events, Steel imagined himself playing music one day and knew he wanted to be a musician.
As a ten-year-old, Steele broke his leg sledding during a trip to Utah, and his uncle gave him a bass guitar to help pass the time. He played it constantly. By the time Steele was 11 years old, he and his younger brother were jamming together almost every day. They would learn Rush, Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty, Nirvana, Green Day, and other classic and contemporary rock songs. During this time Steele’s dad learned to play the bass so that he could play with his sons. He would invite his musician friends over to the house and they would have big jam sessions in the living room. Having these veteran musicians around
helped shape Steele into the player he is today.
By 15, Steele was playing in his first band. It was an all girl emo punk band until the drummer was sent off to a boarding school and Steele took her place. They took second place at the Mesa City battle of the bands.
At 16, Steele moved to Utah to live with his grandma and attend public school for the first time. It didn’t take long for him join another band, on drums once again. During this phase of Steele’s musical development he was drawn to bands like My Chemical Romance, Avenged Sevenfold,
The Used, Atreyu, Underoath, As I Lay Dying, and other screamo, hardcore bands. He and his band mates would practice in his grandmother’s basement, where her tolerance of the fast guitars, loud drums, and screaming vocals was no small wonder.
After high school, Steele worked for an industrial printer where he encountered a co-worker who shared his passion for music. When they weren’t tending the
press, they wrote songs and ultimately formed the band, HardDrive to France. After a short run with HardDrive to France, Steele hung out at the local venues and recording studios of Provo and drummed for various projects.
During a jam session, he picked up a bass and began improvising with his buddies to cover for a missing bassist. After the jam they asked Steele if he wanted to fill in and play a show with them the following day. After a panic filled night of learning the material, Steele played his first
show on bass guitar, and continued playing bass for other groups afterward.
Steele had just parted ways with a band called Regal Beast when a friend from another band asked him to fill in for a project. It was an online competition that had started with YouTube videos and was now in the final stages of judging. The prize was an opening slot at the Fourth of July Stadium of Fire concert at Lavelle Edwards Stadium. The headliner that year was the Beach Boys.
While Steele wasn’t particularly interested in the band he’d be playing with, he was very interested in the chance to open for the Beach Boys so he agreed. Steele met the band for the first time at their show rehearsal and was so impressed by the other musicians and the chemistry that they had, that he ended up joining the band as a full time member. That band was VanLadyLove. With VanLadyLove, Steele went on to help write and record and award winning EP, tour the southwest united states, and built a loyal following with the band. Steele has always loved music and it’s ability to communicate with people in such a powerful and unique way. He continually strives to be innovative in how he uses the power of music to help others and be a force for good and change in the world.
B A S S | A B L E TO N
Zodiac Symbol: Libra
Favorite Band: Lights
Favorite Food: Mexican (Chipotle)
Favorite Song: The Thunder Rolls (Garth Brooks)
Favorite Movie: Remember the Titans
Interesting Fact: Born with 12 toes
Travis Van Hoff was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and moved to Sacramento, California when he was very young. After spending most of his childhood in Sacramento, his family moved back to Utah where he attended middle school and high school. He played football and baseball through school and learned to love the outdoors being surrounded by the incredible Utah mountains.
Van Hoff has always loved to sing from the time he was very young. His kindergarten teacher remembers him belting at the top of his lungs from the school restroom. Some of his earliest influences include the Beatles, Boston, Garth Brooks and George Strait. Van Hoff has memories listening to the “Thunder Rolls” by Garth Brooks with his dad on the cassette player in the family station wagon.
Van Hoff’s mom would play the piano when he was young and enrolled him in lessons from a young age. When he was 15, his dad brought home an acoustic guitar which inspired him to start writing. He began making his own music right away and recorded his first album at 18.
Van Hoff spent two years in Chile where he met some of his best friends whom he is still close with to this day. His time in Chile taught him many great lessons but most importantly to love and serve those around him. Travis has a special place in his heart for the people of Chile and the time he spent there.
After living in Chile, Van Hoff moved to Los Angeles, CA and joined a band called the Sequence. The pop punk four piece performed on many notable stages
such as House of Blues, The Roxy, MLS Galaxy Stadium and the infamous Chain Reaction. The band traveled on a full national tour playing many other marked stages and Warped Tour dates. Their songs played on mainstream Los Angeles radio and were featured on MTV.
After two years in the Sequence Van Hoff moved back to Utah and pursued a solo career. He moved in with some fellow musicians and began to jam late into the night with them. The group mostly played cover songs and put a couple on YouTube under the name VanLadyLove. They found themselves opening for Parachute and quickly put the band together and recorded an EP.
VanLadyLove released their EP and received six placements on national television in the first week, charting on iTunes shortly after. Their music video received viral status with millions of streams on multiple platforms.
The band was noticed by the New Music Seminar in NYC and was invited to attend and take part in a competition to be voted the Number One Artist on the Verge and receive a $100,000 prize winning.
A crew of 11 VanLadyLove team members flew to NYC with over 25 bags and instruments. While in the city, VanLadyLove performed four shows for panels of top industry professionals and head A&R reps. The band won the “Top Artist on the Verge Award” less than six months after its CD release. A month later they were awarded the “Best Pop” and “Best Album” of the year at the Utah Music Awards and at the end of 2014 VH1 named their album one of the best albums of the year.
Van Hoff married his long time sweetheart in New York City in 2014, the best decision he ever made. He feels fortunate to have had so many people believe in him and help him along the way. He has amazingly supportive family and friends who inspire him each day to keep chasing his dreams.
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