Dave Bates and Margarita (Martirosyan) Monet formed Edge Of Paradise in 2011, while working on another musical collaboration “for hire” with a producer in Los Angeles. Margarita explains, “musically, Dave and I just clicked. During one of the sessions, Dave asked me if I would like to sing on some of his songs, and from that day forward, Edge Of Paradise was born”. Dave has been writing music for some time, collaborating with talented songwriters, Robin Mcauley (MSG, Survivor) and Ryan Jones, which left the two with a vast library of music to pull from. With a little creative magic between Dave and Margarita, the sound of Edge Of Paradise was born. Margarita Monet’s wide ranging vocals, bring a modern edge to their music, and her keyboard playing adds a classical flair and sonic depth to an already heavy guitar riff sound. Dave Bates, weaves intricate melodies and shows an innate ability to create catchy rhythmic hooks within the tasty heavy riffing. Guest appearances by Gregg Bissonette (drums) and Tony Franklin (bass) complete the brutal assault in the rhythm section.
The addition of Kevin Katich on drums and Steven Cook on bass in the later half of 2011 solidified Edge of Paradise’s line up. With a plethora of musical tastes and backgrounds ranging from classical to blues, metal and hardcore, Edge of Paradise shows no limitations with their writing ability and style. September 15th, 2011 marks the release of the bands debut CD “Mask”. With a solid promotional team including Chipster P/R and Skateboard Marketing to handle press and radio, along with a killer video for the band’s title track “Mask”, the band is now looking forward to the future. During one of their past live shows, Music Connection Magazine described the band “as a tight, well oiled machine”. The band is now ready to bring that machine to the people, and will be looking to tour heavy to spread the sound of Edge Of Paradise!
Lead Vocals/ Keyboards
Margarita Monet, born Margarita Martirosyan on Feb 1990 is a singer / songwriter, actress and a pianist.Performing since a very early age, she has made her way from Europe to the United States. Margarita is an accomplished pianist with a vast classical repertoire. She started music lessons at the age of four and quickly accelerated into a competitive and performance ready pianist. She has competed and won awards in numerous piano competitions.
Moving to Houston, she attended high School For The Performing and Visual Arts, for musical theater. After intense training she decided to pursue her career further and moved to New York after getting accepted into New York University’s Tisch School Of The Arts. At NYU she majored in Theater at the Meisner studio and minored in Music. While living in New York, she has acted in Off Broadway plays, independent short and feature films and sang with local bands at the city’s clubs.
Margarita moved to LA in 2010 after getting interest from various acting agencies in LA. A week later after arriving in Hollywood she joined a singing and dancing group and recorded on their album Angels De Amor, after various shows she went solo and started working with producer in LA on her solo album. While working on the songs, she met Dave Bates, who was in search of singer who had the ability to fill Robin McCauley’s shoes. Soon their music partnership created tremendous results and solidified the band that took up the new name, Edge Of Paradise.