With mesmerizing sounds reminiscent of Joplin, Blondie and Led Zeppelin, Platinum Moon, a five-artist band with members from Westchester and Putman counties, evokes memories of a transformative time in music.
Don’t be mistaken, though. Platinum Moon is far more than a cover band. Rather, they are an award-winning group of highly talented, engaging artists who possess a classic rock vibe coupled with their own unique sound that marries rock with jazz for a truly inspiring experience.
The band possesses a mature, polished sound which, given the age of the band members, can come as quite the surprise. Platinum Moon features Anton Klettner, 16, who serves as the lead guitarist and is a junior at John Jay High School. Fifteen-year-old Calvin Strothenke, a sophomore from Katonah, plays both bass and guitar in addition to singing backup vocals. Anton’s brother, Joseph Klettner, 14, plays the keyboard and bass and is a freshman at John Jay High School. Ava Anduze, 18, is the lead singer and a 2019 graduate of Fox Lane High School in Bedford. She now attends Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., and is double majoring in songwriting and computer science. Rounding out the group, Ethan Grosman, 17, is the band’s drummer and backup vocalist. Ethan is a senior at Putnam Valley High School.
These musicians are highly dedicated professionals who have developed a refined sound coupled with a total command of their instruments that defies their age. While performing at music festivals, many audience members have flocked to their music only to be taken aback when they realize that this great sound is coming from a group of teenagers.
This “prodigy element” is most noticeable when watching Platinum Moon perform. At a recent rehearsal, in preparation for a large gig, Platinum Moon works like a fine-tuned machine. The result is a mature, original sound that creates an incredibly enjoyable experience.
Platinum Moon’s story began a year and a half ago, a product of chance meetings thanks in part to YouTube and a local network of musicians. Brothers Anton and Joseph had an established band; however, they were in need of some new band members and they started a search. Calvin, the bass player, was discovered from a video of his performance at his school’s blues concert. Ava was found after an exhaustive YouTube search, which resulted in finding videos of Ava’s performances that led Anton and Joseph to reach out to her through a mutual connection at Fox Lane. Ethan’s path to the band was as a result of a recommendation from his drum teacher.
While only together for a short time, these young musicians have kept themselves very busy. In 2019, not only have they performed at numerous festivals and gigs, they also won the 3rd Annual Connecticut’s Got Talent contest. For the competition, which occurred in April, they performed the songs “Paris” by Grace Potter and “By the Sword” by Slash.
In addition to their performances and big contest win, the band released their first album, completely self-produced, titled “Wild Minds” in October. Recorded at Raw Recording in Patterson, N.Y., the album has nine tracks, including “Iron Heart” and a softer rock tune, “The Way Things Used to Be.” “Wild Minds” can be found on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. Their music composition is a collaborative effort which incorporates not only their individual talents but their collective strengths. For the group, the album was a labor of love that allowed them to fulfill their desire to take their original material and share it with the world.
In the next few months, the band will continue to write and perform, as well as get ready to headline their January 4th show at the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk, in connection with their Connecticut’s Got Talent win. For the band, it is the performance part of their jobs that is the most rewarding; no matter how physically grueling and challenging it can be, they always feel in their element.
As these talented artists go forward with plans for more large concerts and subsequent albums, they credit the support of their families for being where they are today and where they will be in the future.
To listen to the entertaining sounds of Platinum Moon, stream the band on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. If you would like to see them live, they will be performing on Jan. 4 at the Wall Street Theater in Norwalk. For tickets, go to eventbrite.com/e/platinum-moon-tickets-84670731437. For more information about the band, check out facebook.com/PlatinumMoonOfficial.