Island of Black and White

  • Genres
  • Blues
  • Reggae
  • Rock
  • Rock 'N' Roll
  • Awards and Nominations
    • SAMMIES 2020 Winner★ Reggae/Jam ★1st Place
    • SAMMIES 2020 Nominee★ Reggae/Jam ★
    • SAMMIES 2019 Winner★ Hall of Fame ★
    • SAMMIES 2019 Winner★ Rock ★
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Rock ★
    • SAMMIES 2018 Winner★ Reggae/Jam ★
    • SAMMIES 2018 Nominee★ Artist of the Year ★
  • Musicians
    • Chris Haislet — accordion, keyboard, lead vocals, melodica, organ, rhythm guitar
    • Nawal Alwareeth — backup vocals, drums
    • Patrick Picchi — percussion
    • Scott Mitchell — bass
    • Timmy Picchi — backup vocals, lead guitar
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Q & A

All-time favorite song?


Too many to name one.

How do you describe your music to people?


Rock, blues, reggae, folk, alternative and more. A little bit of everything. Fun, upbeat, engaging, high energy jams.

Tell us about how the band formed.


Chris started the band in high school with a friend and gave the band its name. Chris also wrote a lot of our original music at that time. Timmy and Chris were friends in high school, but it's not until after that Timmy started playing with IBW regularly. Nawal and Chris met in college, jammed and wrote songs together. Patrick (Timmy's younger brother) was just amazing, we had to have him. Scott is our newest member, but we were looking for him for a long time, and he fit right in. The band has been gigging full time for over a decade, and lovin it!

Tell us about your best gig in Sac.


The Torch Club has got to be our favorite Sac Venue. Every show at the Torch is the best show!

Tell us about your worst gig.


Any show where the isn't a crowd to play to, is always the worst show.

What was the first song you learned to play?


Timmy: "My Own Worst Enemy" by Lit.

Nawal: "You Are Not Alone" by Michael Jackson.

Chris: "Tribute" by Tenacious D.

What's next for the band?


We are headed on a Spring tour in March to Austin and back for SXSW.

What's the story behind the band name?


The celtic version of the yin-yang, represents the balance of life, black and white.

Who first inspired you to play music?


Chris: Jack Black.

Nawal: Michael Jackson and my parents.

Patrick: Dad, Mom, and my older brothers.

Timmy: My parents.

Life and music itself.

Words to live by?


Jam hard, work hard, have fun, smile and be your self.

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