Alex Peterson was born in Chicago Illinois in 1990. Shortly after, his family moved to Brewster, New York where he grew up. Alex (AP) started playing guitar at the age of 8 when his grandfather and long time musician, gave him his first guitar on Christmas morning of 1998. Alex was immediately set on learning rock and blues licks from the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn, as well as John Mayer and Derek Trucks. Singing was also always a passion of Alex’s which he was able to explore his second year of college at the Hartt School of Music, at the University of Hartford, as a jazz singer. He became the first male jazz vocalist to be apart of the program. He dropped out after his second year to focus on his own music projects and ventures..
Born in Manhattan, New York. Started playing drums at age 9, picked up the guitar at age 12. Graduated Quinnipiac University, class of 2012 with a major in Film, Video and Interactive media and a minor in Music. Major musical influences include The Beatles, Bob Marley, The Doors, SRV, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and the list just goes on in the vein. More modern musical attractions include Alabama Shakes, RX Bandits, The Dear Hunter, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, My Morning Jacket and Alt-J to name a few. Views musical heroes such as Hendrix, Morrison, Marley and Vaughan as gods who lived amongst men. Lover of all things 'SEINFELD' and travel related, hater of all things bullsh*t. Hopes to retire to a hut on a tropical island with a bunch of guitars and a personal fleet of narwhal (he knows they're Arctic animals but let the guy dream) Gear Setup: -American Fender Stratocaster Deluxe Ash w/ Maple Neck -MIM Reissue Fender '70s Jazzmaster w/ Lacquer Finish and Rosewood Fretboard -Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue amp -VOX AC15 amp
The band’s bassist, John Newton, was born and raised in Brewster, New York. Newtown, who also sings backup vocals for Karma Darwin, has been playing guitar, vocals and bass for a variety of bands for more than a decade. The 27-year-old said when he first got a guitar at the age of 11, he knew that music was his ultimate form of expression. It wasn’t until 2009 that John picked up the bass and fell deeply in love with the instrument. Around this time is when John linked up with Alex Peterson to collaborate and write together before meeting with Karma Darwin’s other half, Drew Stubbs-Stroud and Ryan Lowry. From 2012 to 2013, John founded the band and have been playing together as a family ever since. John attended college at Binghamton University and SUNY New Paltz, for a BA Creative Writing and a BS Geology, respectively.
Karma Darwin’s drummer, Ryan Lowry, said he was the loud child always banging on the pots and pans in the early 90s. But it wasn’t until fourth grade that, with a little help from his school music teacher, that Ryan knew he wanted to be a drummer. At 28-years-old, Lowry said since his elementary years, music has been a quintessential part of his life. Growing up, he played in every music program his schools had to offer—including all-county, jazz/marching band and school musicals. Since high school, Ryan was part of the line-up at Warped Tour 2011 and was the drummer for a pop solo-artist that toured around Japan the summer of 2012. Ryan graduated from Penn State University with a business degree in 2010.