Sparkling songcraft, impressive musicality, and captivating enthusiasm: Rooted is a five-member indie pop-rock band from the Los Angeles suburbs of the San Gabriel Valley whose shining artistry far surpasses the members’ chronological ages.

The Asian-American quintet of middle school students has built a substantial following with performances at carnivals, street fairs, school events, battles of the bands, and in 2022, onstage at the massive Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, California to commemorate AAPI weekend.

Their debut single “Waiting,” a retro-modern track with echoes of Eighties and Nineties pop, pairs Rooted’s onstage exuberance with sophisticated studio polish. Built around an irresistible melodic hook, the song presents a vibrant band, rooted – as their name signifies – in the unwavering support of family, friends, and community.

Vocalist and guitarist Maddox Lim, who wrote “Waiting,” and singer Genevieve Thai, are Rooted co-founders. Joined by bassist Naomi Lo, drummer Aramis Hernandez, and Selina Ye on keyboards and synths, the five evolved as a band while performing covers by Guns ‘N’ Roses, Journey, and Echosmith — what they classify as “older music with more depth and meaning.”

It might be observed that the rise of Rooted signifies the edge of an increasingly multicultural narrative, with inclusion and representation to inspire the new generations of creators. Charismatic, authentic, and exhilarating, Rooted presents fresh music with the power to open doors — a vibrant soundtrack for a welcome future.