The only thing cooler than being a Lyft driver who’s in a rock band is being in an entire rock band full of Lyft drivers. We interviewed the lead guitarist, Tanya, to learn more about her all-Lyft band. Composed of four Boston drivers, Flight of Fire is worth a listen.
What do you do when you're out of driver mode?
When I'm out of driver mode, I am rehearsing, performing, writing, recording, and traveling on tour.
All of the members of your band drive with Lyft. Who started driving first?
Appropriately enough, our lead singer, Dorian Maverick, was the first member of the band to start driving with Lyft. She raved about the flexibility and general awesomeness of being a driver, and we grew jealous of how much better it was than our normal jobs.
Did she encourage the rest of the band to become drivers?
She loved the job so much that she quickly became a mentor. With her support, I went home to Detroit and drove my car over to Boston to join Lyft as well. Tia and Shaina, the bassist and drummer, quickly followed suit, and each managed to buy their own cars. By February 2015, all members of Flight of Fire were officially Boston Lyft Drivers!
How do you balance driving with Lyft and being in a band?
Balancing our music and driving with Lyft is quite simple due to the flexibility of the job. It's perfect for us because we don't have to worry about taking time off for shows or tours. Plus, as nocturnal members of society, we have the ability to drive during the late weeknight hours that most drivers sleep through, so we can get other night owls safely home. Since we all love driving with Lyft during the same times, scheduling rehearsals is a breeze.
How did Flight of Fire come to be?
In the fall of 2009, my twin sister Tia and I were accepted to Berklee College of Music. For our whole life, we had a dream to start our own all-girl rock band, and finally we were in the perfect place to make it happen! I was coming home on the T from a friend's birthday party when suddenly I heard this girl, a fellow Berklee student, belting a song at the top of her lungs.
Did you ask her to join your band?
I was super impressed and asked her if she wanted to join. She excitedly replied with a "Yes!" Several drummers, many shows, and two albums later, we came across Shaina, a Berklee drummer, and immediately fell in love. We invited her to play with us on our Florida tour in September of 2013, and she completed our band.