FlecHaus consists of Kenzie Slottow on flute, Nathan Smith on the kit, Dominick Chaillot on bass, Sara Louise on back up vocals, and Megan Flechaus on lead vocals and guitar. The band has congealed a variety of musical backgrounds into one unique sound. Megan’s compositions come to the table with jazz, blues, and folk influences. Dominick, with a history in punk and rock, creates unexpected heavy and technical bass lines for Megan’s genres. Kenzie classical training and extended technique, breathes new life to each song, flowing between beat boxing and soaring melodies. Nathan Smith keeps it all bonded together with his formal training and personal pizazz. Sara Louise shines everything up with her glowing harmonies and powerful vocals.
Megan began writing and playing music when she was 15. Her song, Moon Mansion, off an early EP appeared in the Indie Film, King’s Faith, filmed in her home city of Rochester, NY. She released her first full-length album, New, in October 2014. She also performs around Austin solo and in a 5-piece women’s group called Lady Jams. Megan loves cats and can’t possibly imagine a life without wine or cheese.
Dominick began playing bass at age 13 and has since played in bands of various genres, including, blues, jazz, swamp pop, punk, metal, and folk. The most enigmatic of all the band members, Dominick is an international man of mystery. An enigma wrapped in a riddle stuffed into a tater tot. Equally at home in a dive bar as he is in a hole in the wall. Dominick enjoys whiskey, motorcycles, and difficult women. He is a bassist extraordinaire, award winning puppy cuddler, all around swell fellow.
Sara is a singer songwriter and harmonization expert. She grew up learning music on the streets; only to find out she’s pretty decent at it, so Megan was like “what the hell, why not join my band?” Sara performs solo and is a part of the all female band called Lady Jams. She spends her days teaching for TuneBugz Music Together and her nights making music and art. Sara is always good for a sarcastic comment and awkwardly placed joke during a show.
Kenzie applies her classical training to explorations in folk, rock, blues, Celtic music and nature-inspired minimalism, using percussive techniques and beatboxing to round out her style. Some of her main influences are Ian Anderson and Lindsey Stirling. As a dancer and electro-acoustic performer, she has collaborated with composers to premiere works at composition conferences around the country, and choreographed many of the songs on her 2015 EP “Hold It Up To The Sun” with contemporary breakdancer Yuki Ishiguro. Kenzie is a Ravenclaw die-hard Buffy and Xena fan. She enjoys hiking, farming, and medieval fiction.
Nathan is a well-rounded percussionist and performs regularly with a variety of bands and artists around the Austin area including Those Nights, The Refrains, Brandon Hughes, and Michael McCarthy. He also works in the Cedar Park school district teaching private lessons, hosting weekly master classes, and working with the marching band. Nathan is a published composer having written for solo marimba, big band and everything in between. He is also a fan of cold drinks, hot showers, and long walks on the beach.
The band formed around Megan’s compositions, but they have also begun co-writing ventures as well. FlecHaus has begun releasing new singles. “Outer Loop,” their first release is now available on CD Baby, iTunes, Google Play, and more! “Tell Me Something,” Dominick and Megan’s first co-write will be among the singles to be released. The five recorded six singles, with producer Benjamin Alan Levy, that are releasing once a month from May-October of 2017. Keep an eye out on CD Baby, iTunes, Google Play, etc for their single releases! The band’s newest release, Pitter Patter is out! It has been released in tandem with a music video filmed by Mercury Atlas Productions. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQeO6oskRwY) Sadly and gladly, Nathan will be leaving to join a masters program at Berkley in Spain in August of 2017! The group has begun seeking out a new percussionist!