about the band
J started playing music at age four and has been recording music since they were thirteen.
Before glass beach, they performed with 8-Bit Odyssey,
Ferris Wheel on Fire,
Lucky Death Princess Squad Go! Go! Go!,
and released several solo albums under the name Casio Dad.
J plays keyboard and guitar and is the lead vocalist and songwriter for glass beach, as well as the producer and mixing/mastering engineer.
Outside of music, J is a multimedia artist who has worked in animation, graphic design, web design, video editing, painting, and game development.
William enthusiastically got a guitar at age 13 and didn't actually start playing it til nearly 3 years later.
They wrote and recorded comedy music under the name Anthony and Those Other Guys until meeting Jonas in College
and actually learning how to write good music for the first time in the band 8 Bit Johnson.
William then started several other musical projects almost exclusively playing guitar and singing in
Dr. Wild-Things Edible Circus and releasing solo music as William White. They picked up drums
in a Jazz combo class Freshman year of College, intending to learn jazz guitar, when no drummers joined the class
and the professor asked the room if anyone wanted to learn how to play drums. In 2016 they moved to LA from Minnesota
with Jonas and joined their new roommate, J, in creating Glass Beach playing drums in a band for the first time
aside from a couple single-show projects in college as, "A Straight Up Centipede" and "Okay, Ok."
Along with drumming in Glass Beach, William currently produces and plays bass and other instruments for the
artists Tanimayto and Marbits. Outside of music William is a Writer/Director/Actor/Filmmaker with
over 10 short films produced under Killer Wingfield. Most recently shooting music videos for
Rozwell Kid and Dre Dupre, while also running a Kids On Bikes Tabletop Livestream called Hijinks & Handlebars.
Jonas gave up on piano lessons at five years old, but by the time they was thirteen music had all but taken over their life.
In their teen years, Jonas put out a handful of solo albums under the name Zed,
and later released an album with they and William's band 8 Bit Johnson.
When they're not playing bass for Glass Beach, Jonas can be found supporting Good Witch at live shows,
working on theater productions, or on Twitch playing some sort of goblin with a sword in a TTRPG.
Layne, die hard anime and video game fan at heart, began his fascination with art from an early age,
eventually leading him to music, and the guitar at age 14. Several metal bands and a pop-punk project later, he had
developed skills as a pianist, bassist, "pseudo-drummer”, and audio engineer (with a shiny degree that sits in his closet).
He joined a post-hardcore band with some friends in LA, Here Lies The Hero,
and recorded an LP that will be released at the end of 2020, the band took a hiatus and Layne eventually joined Glass Beach
due to the gravitational levels of coolness radiated by the other members.
Layne is still a nerd, but now does freelance audio engineering for live events, studio recording/mixing, and post-production,
as well as solo music with plans for the upcoming year