Sophie Dimitroff

Lead singer Sophie Dimitroff’s hometown is Chicago, Illinois.  She brings her Chicago swag and a soulful underbelly to Idesia.

Colton Toy

Keyboard player Colton Toy hails from Menlo Park, California.   He brings sonic textures and harmonic movement, minor 9 chords and the clownin’ to Idesia.

Brandon Combs

Drummer Brandon Combs grew up in Michigan and Burbank, California.  He is the heartbeat of Idesia, driving the grooves.  We call him “Buff Daddy.”  

Daniel Oldham

Bassist and audio engineer Daniel Oldham is from Encinitas, California.  He is the glue between the harmony and the rhythm, and a techie jack-of-all-trades.



Q & A

How would you describe your sound?

“I got no idesia” (says Brandon).  Soul electronic.  Experimental soundscapes with pop accessibility.  Groovy urban trance.  Critics have described Idesia as neo-soul, jazz, hip hop, fusion and sophisticated, soulful R&B.

Who are some of Idesia’s musical Influences?

J Dilla, Erykah Badu, James Blake, Robert Glasper, Hiatus Kayiote, Sade, Jill Scott, Amy Winehouse.

What is the story behind the name “Idesia”?

We named the band after Idesia polycarpa, a deciduous roundheaded Asiatic tree widely grown in mild climates as an ornamental for its heart-shaped leaves and fragrant yellow-green flowers followed by hanging clusters of fleshy orange-red berries.  Just kidding, “Idesia” is Sophie’s fancy version of the word “idea.”

What do the band members have in common?

We are all Juniors at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music in downtown Los Angeles.  Sophie is a jazz vocal major.  Colton, Brandon and Daniel are all studying popular music but also have strong backgrounds in jazz

More to come!

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