Sum of Talented Parts
Guitarist and Lead Vocals
Jacob was brought up in the self-taught Toronto music scene where he discovered his love for all types of music. Jacob brings a youthful energy and his mature guitar skills allows him to accurately reproduce Gilmour's tone and effects as well as his music. He is excited to be a part of the live experience that is Floydium.
Guitar & Lapsteel
Leon (aka the “Banker”) joined Floydium in the Spring of 2016 as its rhythm guitarist. His early influences are wide ranging and include Folk to Heavy Rock classics from Cat Stevens and Paul Simon to David Bowie, Led Zeppilin, Floyd and ELP. Leon first picked up an acoustic guitar and performed folk rock in coffee shops at the age of 16 and graduated to his “Strat” in his early 20’s. “Floyd is so much more than audio … it’s so artistic and cerebral. That’s what makes it exciting to play”.
Keiko (rhymes with “Seiko” the watch) plays bass and joined the band in July of 2018. Because she admires many bass players (and hosts a weekly radio show called “Out of the Bassment” to prove it!), it is hard for her to pin down her favourites. However, John Paul Jones, Paul McCartney, Gail Ann Dorsey, James Jamerson, and Marcus Miller do seem to rise to the top of her list. After leaving a successful career in I.T., she is currently studying Music Cognition (Music <==> Brain) at McMaster University and hopes to further her studies in the areas of Audiology and Music.
In Floydium, Joel recreates the unique sonic textures that Rick Wright brought to the Pink Floyd sound, using organ, piano, electric piano, and analog synth. A multi-instrumentalist, he began studying classical piano as a young child. He also plays guitar, bass, and trumpet. Joel has played in a number of Toronto-based indie-rock bands since 2003, and has played keys for Beatles and Doors tribute acts. Also a singer-songwriter, Joel fronts alt-country/folk band The Idaho Stop, playing guitar and trumpet. As a life-long Pink Floyd fan, Joel is thrilled to be a part of this band.
Floydium’s drummer, Evan Ritchie, has been involved in stage productions over the past 20 years including: “Honest Ed: The Bargain Musical” (1998), “The Drowsy Chaperone” (1998 – 2001), "The Alumni Cafe" - Second City (2001-2003 ) and “Joe White and the Seven Divorcees” (2010). He worked with the Toronto Tabla Ensemble throughout the years 2003 – 2011 and has presented seminars on acoustic and digital percussion at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the NAMM Show, KOSA’s International Drum Festival and at UDC (The Ultimate Drum Camp). in addition to his stage work, Evan produced the “Modern Drummer Digital Archive”, a searchable index of Modern Drummer’s magazine dating back to 1977. Since 2001, Evan has worked as a consultant and demo artist for Alternate Mode (ALTERNATEMODE.COM), the creators of malletKAT, drumKAT, trapKAT and jamKAT electronic percussion instruments. Being an avid Pink Floyd fan, Evan is happy to take this opportunity to fill the shoes of Nick Mason.