James A. Moreno
25; Taurus; Long Island, NY
James is the songwriter/producer, vocalist, and guitar player for the band Oceanside. Born and raised in Long Island, New York, James spent most of his childhood surrounded by music. As a young kid he was brought into a recording studio by his uncle (Al Lauricella) and tracked his first songs ever at the age of twelve. Later in life James fronted a rap-metal project called DTP which was featured on Long Island TV (Rick's Rising Stars) and had a documentary shot for the making of their record. Soon after the documentary release, James tumbled head first into a full blown drug addiction at the age of seventeen.
With James heavily addicted to drugs, and his band members starting to bring attention to his addiction, he was eventually kicked out of DTP. Despite the record never being released and James' drug addiction causing him to lose his opportunities with music, he continued using and shortly after found himself addicted to both crack cocaine and heroin. Struggling with addiction, James would frequently steal money from his immediate family and eventually started to pawn off music equipment he had accumulated over the years to support his drug habit. After a concerned friend's worry, and James selling his uncle's studio microphones for heroin, he soon made the decision to check himself into rehab for the first time. Luckily for James, his first experience at a treatment facility was Dynamite Youth Center (DYC) in Brooklyn, New York which would soon become the best decision he had ever made in his life.
While at the DYC facility, James was able to rehabilitate himself and gain a sense of recovery while residing at their inpatient facility in upstate, New York. He was eventually given permission by a staff member to have studio equipment sent up to him from his family in order to record music. That staff member at the time was none other than Matthew Rush Rinaldi. It was at DYC that James and Rinaldi would practice together and eventually cut the original demo tapes for Oceanside. They would periodically play shows with other members of the program in support for the fight against drug addiction and one of those members happened to be Alicia Abrams. At the time both James and Rinaldi didn't know this, but later on down the line Alicia would eventually become the missing link to the Oceanside project.
After completing the inpatient part of the program, James left the upstate facility with a list of drum tracks and began working on finishing the rest of the recordings at his private home studio. At the end of the mixing and mastering process, James completed the production of two EPs for Oceanside, "Minor Setback," and "Major Comeback," the project James says he has been waiting for since DTP. Enthusiastic with the feedback for the sound of the recordings, James plans to return again to his home studio for the next album with Oceanside. Continuing to stay connected within the DYC community, James attends events and fundraisers for the program. He also attempts to help spread the message of recovery through his music and is an adamant supporter of Dynamte Youth Center for saving his life.
Alicia E. Abrams
23; Aquarius; Brooklyn, NY
Alicia is known for her work as the bass player and graphic design artist for the band Oceanside. Homegrown from Brooklyn, New York, Alicia always had a passion for creating artwork and playing music. She attended a Jewish private school as a kid but always felt alienated by her peers and can recall never feeling a part of the in-crowd. Years passing by, Alicia found herself battling a serious drug addiction where she would play guitar out on the streets of Brooklyn, New York in order to support her habit. Through multiple attempts to get clean, Alicia gave recovery one last shot and decided to go away to a long term treatment program called Dynamite Youth Center (DYC) in Brooklyn, New York.
Going through the program Alicia was able to reclaim herself and her sobriety while gaining a vast understanding of drug addiction through the impacts it has made on her life. While in DYC, Alicia became friends with another member of the program, James Moreno, and was able to acquaint herself with Matthew Rush Rinaldi, a then staff member at DYC. Alicia would sing and play guitar with other musicians that were attending the program at the time and played a number of shows at numerous venues in support of DYC and Recovery. After transferring to the outpatient part of the program, Alicia stayed friends with James Moreno and created the now used logo for Oceanside. Shortly after designing the graphic work for the band, Alicia was asked to join the project as the bass player and become part of the recovery message that Oceanside was looking to promote.
Being a part of the DYC program, Alicia attended their outpatient facility in Brooklyn, New York and would frequently visit shows within that area. She spent a good portion of time scouting for venue representatives and promotors that book within the tri state region and would exchange contact information with them. Mentioning she is in a recovery band that soon would be looking to pick up shows, Alicia would also keep an eye out for other musical acts that shared the same taste as Oceanside. Once the group was ready to start performing in New York, Alicia had already rounded up a list of bookies and promotors that would be interested in working with Oceanside. This was a huge help to the promotional aspect of the band considering James was busy working on producing the sound of the records for Oceanside and Rush was living in deep upstate, New York far away from the rest of the members in the band.
Today Alicia lives in Brooklyn, New York with her family and has a sweet Yorkie puppy named Blue. She spends time periodically painting and devising plans to pursue work in the tattoo field while taking care of herself by enjoying things she used to do before she became addicted. Alicia is working with Oceanside on preparing for the next album and is currently sketching ideas and artwork for the upcoming record. Pleased with how the design turned out for the Oceanside EPs, Alicia is looking to innovate her artwork by creating a full digital booklet of graphics for the next album. Alicia wants to thank Dynamite Youth Center for bringing recovery into her life and for giving a foundation to the opportunities that followed to take place after her completion of their inpatient housing facility in upstate, New York.
Matthew Rush Rinaldi
Sagittarius; 27; Warwick, NY
Rush is the drummer and one of the original founders of Oceanside. He is a husband, a father to two young children, but most importantly, a person in recovery. He lived in upstate New York all his life and attended Warwick High School while growing up. Rush has always been musically inclined and the first instrument he began playing was guitar at the age of twelve. From there Rush continued to play more instruments like the keyboard and the bass guitar, but he eventually found an affectionate love and passion for beating the crap out of a drum set.
Struggling as a teen, Rush found himself going in and out of drug treatment programs and had been to five or six different rehabs before turning twenty-one. However, the last day Rush ever had to step foot inside another rehab facility was the day he walked into the doors of Dynamite Youth Center (DYC). Rush stayed through the program and was eventually offered a full-time position as a staff member at DYC. As a counselor, Rush was able to gain a relationship James Moreno and Alicia Abrams, two newly entered members of the program, where they became familarized with one another and allowed to play music together throughout their time at DYC. They would frequently practice songs with each other and actively play shows with other members of the program under the name, "The Dynamite Collective." During this time, Rush and James began collaborating on the idea for a recovery based band centered around helping the youth with substance abuse issues.
Before James transferred to the outpatient part of the program, Rush recorded his drumming onto nine songs one night after work. During the tracking session, Rush periodically would check on his wife and warned James that at any moment his wife might go into labor, considering she was nine months pregnant. Luckily for the both of them, Rush made it through the recording session without his wife going into labor and completed the tracking to all nine songs within that single night. Those drum recordings eventually translated into the first two EP releases by Oceanside as "Minor Setback," and "Major Comeback." Rush was able to keep in contact with James after he transferred to DYC's outpatient facility, where they finished tracking the rest of the record at James' home studio in Long Island, New York.
Rush lives in Warwick, New York with his wife and now two children, but you can always find him behind a drum set. He recently has been visiting James' private home studio in Long Island, New York where Oceanside will be tracking their next record and is very excited to see the outcome of his work. With strength and commitment, Rush continues to stay consistent in his recovery all while remaining to be a dependable husband and father to both his wife and children. Rush still attends events for Dynamite Youth Center and is a profound supporter of their treatment facility. Being extremely vocal about the program saving his life, Rush says DYC helped pave the way for Oceanside and was a major influence in the formation of the band. Looking foward to the future, Rush is preparring for the next album with Oceanside and plans to start the tracking process as soon as James gives the green light.