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Detroit Band Making Most Of Contest Win

Of the Oakland Press

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Derek Demara of the Detroit rock band Vairon says he’s “still trying to come down from the high.”

That came from winning Canadian radio station CIMX-FM’s “I’m With the Band” contest, which netted the trio — all of whom hail from Detroit’s western suburbs — a recording session with famed local producer Jim Diamond at his Ghetto Records Studio and next Tuesday’s release of a five-song EP, “Indigo Skylines,” on the national Nettwerk Records label.

“We definitely wanted to win,” says guitarist Demara, 25. “I think anybody that would enter a contest would expect, hopefully, to win. We just thanked our lucky stars we actually did.”

Vairon formed in July of 2006; Demara, singer Steve Kinzer and guitarist Todd Best knew each other from previous bands and found a shared interest in melodic, energetic and electronic-based rock and pop, which the trio create with sequencers and synthesizers, in addition to their guitars.

The contest win and EP release have given the fledgling trio a more significant stature than they ever could have expected at this point, and Demara says Vairon hopes to parlay that into even more good things — including, he hopes, another album that will include some of the 19 or so other songs the band has ready.

“Right now, we want to push the EP along,” Demara says. “We want to start playing a lot more shows, get our name out there and start buttering territory in Michigan and reach out to Ohio and some of the other states. We want to get the most we can out of this opportunity.”

Vairon performs at 9 p.m. Tuesday (August 21st) at the New Dodge Lounge, 8850 Jos. Campau, Hamtramck. Admission is free. Call (313) 874-5963 or visit www.myspace.com/vaironmusic.

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