In Austin, Texas, late 2005, ArcAttack began their journey to develop the Singing Tesla Coil with the help of Steve Ward, a veteran Tesla Coiler from Illinois. The product developed quickly, and after several iterations the instrument reached it's present form. In 2007, Craig Newswanger of Resonant Studios joined in to provide the fledgling performance with another high tech spectacle, a robotic drum kit, contributing to the sound and the spectacle. All the while, friends around the country were helping generate musical content for the new technology to play.
Joe DiPrima is the founding member of ArcAttack. His passion for electronics and music were kindled at a young age, and continue to the present. Early on he designed the vast majority of ArcAttack's gear, but since aquiring a large handful of competent engineers, he mainly complains about doing "management stuff" and avoids answering phone calls as much as possible. He plays guitar on stage, and is a frequent contributor of hair-brained ideas.
Steve Ward is a bass-playing electrical engineer from Chicago, who joined ArcAttack in the summer of 2011. Steve worked at Fermilab, the largest particle physics laboratory in the US, as a pulsed power and high voltage engineer. He got involved with Tesla Coils as a hobby at the age of 13 and continued developing the technology with the help of various internet friends. Eventually it only made sense that he work directly with ArcAttack to build lots of "cool stuff" with the goal of having an increasingly more awesome show.
John DiPrima is a student at Columbia College Chicago working towards a degree in acoustical engineering and live sound reinforcement. He has composed the majority of ArcAttack's music, and plays drums during performances. When necessary, he is also the group's sound man, having worked for such acts as the Rick Reicht Band, One Eyed Doll and Monte Montgomery. John's favorite drink is Diet Twist.
Patrick 'Parsec' Brown, was adopted into the group in Austin. He has a masters degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Texas, as well as a streak of carnival worker and a solid background in public speaking. He is a regional representative for Burners Without Borders as well as a certified volunteer project leader with the United Way and has been leading community projects in the Central Texas region for over two years. Of all of the members of ArcAttack, Parsec has the longest goatee.
Sam Mcfadden is a electronic technician responsible for running safety and technical support at shows. Back at the lab, Sam is heavily involved in the design and construction of most of ArcAttack's gear.
Andrew Mansberger comes most recently from Seattle where he worked in a corner store and read a lot of books. Previous to that, he was the lead man of the incredible band Berwer, and has played guitar for countless other bands. On stage with ArcAttack, he often plays the Moog keyboard or other analog synthesizers, sometimes trading them out for the guitar or bass guitar. Andrew is also responsible for writing and co-writing several of the groups songs.
First and foremost, ArcAttack is all about putting on a show that is not just a concert, but an otherworldly experience. In doing so with the technology that we've created, we hope to inspire minds, the young and the old, to take up an interest in science, the arts, and their applications, to examine where they intersect, where they are going, and to re-examine the works of past researchers and performers such as Nikola Tesla and Delia Derbyshire in light of the ever evolving face of this amazing world. Maybe they'll have as much fun as we have. But either way, we want them all to enjoy the show, and maybe, just maybe, be inspired to help to leave the world a little better than the way they found it.