Fans of guitar-driven, blues-based classic rock will want to keep their ears open for Big Pacific.
Big Pacific wears its influences proudly; listeners will be reminded of a gamut of 70s music, from Cream to Little Feat and even Huey Lewis and the News, all wrapped in the tight professionalism of musicians who have entertained audiences across Canada and around the globe.
Band bios:Roly Sandoval, guitar & vocals: Is a veteran of Western Canada’s professional music scene. Starting off in Calgary in the 80s he went on to work in some of Alberta’s premier rock bands. He’s also done extensive studio work, appeared on radio and TV, and has played great rock and roll from the Arctic Circle to Mexico.
Wayne Veillet, bass & Vocals: Wayne is Big Pacific’s only true Nanaimo connection. After finding the call of the bass guitar, he honed his skills here before branching off to the mainland and Alberta and he’s been rocking ever since. Wayne brings talent, dedication and technical expertise. Having been with a popular local band, for 16 years and establishing his ‘Wayon Sound’ recording studio. Wayne is the real deal and a welcome addition to Big Pacific.Nick Dokter, drums & vocals: Started his music career in South Africa at the tender age of 14, quickly becoming a sought-after session player. He continued his studio work in London at the PYE Studio where he rubbed shoulders with Ronnie Wood, Arthur Brown, and Van Morrison. Nick carried on his session work upon arrival in Canada, working with the Juno-nominated Richard Stepp Band, Oliver and the Elements and Jimmy D lane son of late Muddy Waters guitar man Jimmy Rogers.
John Hannah, keyboards: John Hannah aka Johnny Blitz is a multi-talented musician featured on keyboards, guitar and vocals. John has done extensive studio and TV work. He has performed on a litany of fabulous music shows including (but not limited to) Live Aid, David Letterman, The Princess Diana Trust Concert, Solid Gold, American Bandstand and Tina Turner’s performance on the Juno’s back in the day! Even more impressive is John’s 2.5 years in Heart’s touring band and 8 years touring with Bryan Adams! Needless to say, John is a musician’s musician and Big Pacific is proud and thrilled to have him join the band.