James A. Moreno
Taurus; Long Island, NY; 2018 - Present
James is the songwriter, vocalist, and guitar player for the band Oceanside. Born and raised in Long Island, New York, James spent most of his earlier life surrounded by music. As a young child 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.
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 produce a full length album for Oceanside and establish a presence in the music scene.
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. James gives much of the credit to DYC for setting the groundwork to what would eventually become Oceanside.
Alicia E. Abrams
Aquarius; Brooklyn, NY; 2019 - Present
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 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 different 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 that book within the tri state area and is also accredited to being the driving force of promotion for Oceanside. Due to her persistent activeness in online groups and Reddit subs, Alicia was able to generate a visibility to the band that would not have been possible had she not been in the project. This was a huge help to getting Oceanside off the ground and into peoples music playlists all across America.
Today Alicia lives in Brooklyn, New York and remains in close contact with James. She spends time periodically painting and devising plans to one day be the owner of her family business. Alicia takes care of herself by enjoying things she used to do before she became addicted and is excited to begin working on the first full length album for Oceanside. She is currently sketching ideas and artwork for the upcoming record and is looking to create a full digital booklet for the next release. 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 facility in upstate, New York.
Scorpio; Lindenhurst, NY; 2021 - Present
Pete has the most extraordinary story out of all of the members in Oceanside. Known as a renowned drummer from Long Island, New York, Pete has been playing drums for over 20 years. Gifted as a child, he would sneak down to his brother's set and marvel at, what to him at the time, was a mountain of shells and cymbals. At the age of 9, Pete was presented with his first real drumset (Tama Swingstar) by his older brother that he still currently owns. From that day on, Pete was writing his story of becoming America's most skillfull percussionist of his time.
Turning heads with his incredible talent, touring in active bands, and teaching young prospects how to play the drums, Pete was at the height of his life. He held a successful job as an electrician by day, a drum teacher by noon, and a musician by night. Living for danger and action, Pete was enthused with fast cars, fast motorcycles, and a passion for getting tattooed all over his body. That is until he was faced with a life changing event that would forever alter the course of his story.
Pete was in a horrendous motorcycle accident that put him in a coma and left him bed ridden for months on end. Dealing with memory loss and extreme fatigue, he later contracted an infection while in the hospital that spread to the highest point of his right arm. Losing feeling and control of that arm, it's a tragedy to say the call was eventually made to remove it. Soon after, Pete was released with a slew of prescription pills and the pained memory that still haunts him today. Dealing with a new way of living and a plethora of obstacles, the stage was being set to become the most grueling challenge Pete has ever had to face in his life.
Months after the hospital, Pete was knee deep in opioid addiction and spiraling depression. Heavily addicted to the narcotics he was prescribed, Pete reached for the street equivalent and found himself trapped mercilessly at the hands of heroin. Dealing with crippling depression, Pete was contemplating selling all of his equipment and playing with the idea of whether or not he wanted to continue living. One night on Christmas Eve, a year after the motorcycle accident, Pete awoke to EMT workers after being narcanned from a vicious overdose. This second near death experience was what helped Pete realize his drug addiction needed to stop and allowed him to take control over his life again.
After Pete claimed a lifestyle of recovery, he started getting back onto a drumset and relearning how to maneuver with one arm. He would post videos of himself online attempting to share his story with the world and eventually was scouted out by founder member of Oceanside, James Moreno. James was beyond impressed with his talent and eventually asked if Pete would be willing to take the position as the drummer of Oceanside after the departure of Matthew Rinaldi. Learning about the message Oceanside represented with championing recovery and mental health awareness, Pete agreed to join the band and finally felt alive in a world that was dead to him for years after the accident.
"I'm thankful we found Pete. I truly believe his story is something that matches what we're trying to do with Oceanside. It's the idea to adapt, overcome, and never give up and i think that's pretty ****ing cool."- Jmoreno
Matthew Rush Rinaldi
Previous Member; Sagittarius; Warwick, NY; 2018 - 2020
Rush is the original drummer and one of the founding members 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 being 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.
Rush lives in Warwick, New York with his wife and now two children. He left Oceanside August of 2020 in order to pursue his own aspirations and still champions the message the band was founded on. 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. Being extremely vocal about the program saving his life, Rush says DYC helped pave the way for Oceanside and was a major influence in its formation. Looking foward to the future, Rush is proud to see the progress of the band and wishes nothing but success to all of the current members of Oceanside.