Band Member Bios
Guitar / Vocals
Bill founded The Shatners in the 1990s, and has devoted most of his adult life to the band, with the goal of performing fun cover songs for audiences in and around the Baltimore area. Early on, The Shatners were an alternative cover band, performing music by bands like R.E.M., The Cure, Ocean Blue, They Might Be Giants, The Replacements, etc. Over the years, we’ve gone through many changes, both in members and our musical personality.
First and foremost, Bill considers himself a guitarist; he sings, as well, but early on, that was more out of necessity than an actual desire to sing. In order to keep the band afloat after The Shatners’ original singer moved on to other projects, Bill either had to sing, or park The Shatners in cryogenic storage. Refusing to accept the latter as an option, Bill went out and bought a microphone for himself… fast-forward to many years later, Bill has come to enjoy his dual-hatted singer/guitarist role in The Shatners.
Bill’s main goal with music is to play songs an audience will enjoy. Musicians certainly love their music, but ultimately we are performing for an audience who came out to see us, and maybe even paid money to get in. Foremost in Bill’s mind is the thought that the audience is the ultimate decision-maker as to the music we perform. A secondary goal is to provide a little something for everyone. That’s why The Shatners play music of all eras and nearly all genres. Some folks have told us, they never know what we’ll play next; and, that’s a beautiful thing… it’s all for the audience.
Bill’s formative years as a guitarist centered on musically virtuosic bands, like Led Zeppelin, Rush, and Yes. Those bands still figure prominently among his favorites, and some have even made their way into The Shatners’ playlist. Mainly, though, Bill is a fan of pop music; starting with The Beatles, working forward to other bands like Boston, The Cars, R.E.M., with some folk and Americana added for good measure; but, any good band or song is likely to be an influence on some level.
If there’s anything in the band that’s changed more over these many years than the lineup of The Shatners, it’s Bill’s equipment. Long ago, Bill developed a profound appreciation for boutique, hand-crafted equipment, as opposed to mass-produced gear. Building things by hand is a dying art; so, Bill thoroughly enjoys supporting local builders like Bartel Amplifiers, PRS Guitars, and Knaggs Guitars, whose products are stunning, and whose dedication to their craft is unwavering.
John "JJ" Judge
bass Guitar / Vocals
JJ joined The Shatners in 2017, but has held down rhythm sections with Moj for the past 20 years, in a number of Annapolis-area bands. JJ started playing music at age 5, studying classical piano for over 10 years. He continued to immerse himself in music through high school playing bass clarinet in concert band, saxophone in marching band, and bass guitar in the jazz band. In addition to this, JJ ran a popular rock band in the Northern Jersey area throughout his high school years, playing keyboards and bass. He also was active in Pittsburgh music scene during his college days, working with a number of bands and supporting musical theater shows.
After obtaining degrees in engineering and music, JJ built a recording studio that served NYC area artists, collaborating on compositions and performing live at NYC showcase venues in Greenwich Village. He took on jingle and soundtrack projects, as well as writing and providing music direction for Off-Broadway musicals. JJ also was an engineer with Aurosonic Ltd, a first-call mobile recording company based in Queens, NY.
JJ believes that music may in fact be the greatest “life sport,” providing mental stimulation and rich human interaction far into the upper years. He feels he is just entering his prime and is thankful to be devoting more and more time to music these days. JJ’s favorite Shatners goal is performing the complete first side of Rush’s Moving Pictures album, in honor of his greatest influence - Geddy Lee. Look for it in 2019!
JJ’s early album collection included Boston’s first release, Rush 2112, Kansas Leftoverture, Eagles Hotel California, Van Halen II, and a number of Alan Parsons Project records. This eclectic collection was indicative of JJ’s wide-ranging interests that led him to perform, compose, arrange, and produce in nearly every genre of music. As a bass player, his influences have included Geddy Lee, Sting, John Taylor, John Paul Jones, Chuck Rainey, Leland Sklar, Marcus Miller, Abe Laboriel, and Nathan East.
JJ is discerning to a fault when it comes to The Shatners live sound, and that includes his bass gear. He is partial to Fender traditional four strings – American made Jazz and Precision basses; and when a five string is needed, his Spector Euro comes out to deliver the super lows. JJ relies on Markbass and Aguilar amplification, as well as Alembic preamps and dbx compression.
Bill "Moj" Mojica
Drums / Vocals
Bill, or "Moj" as some like to refer to him, is a 3rd-generation drummer. He acquired his first drum set at the age of four. His grandfather helped him discover his love of Latin-infused rhythms. His father Bill Mojica Sr. , taught him everything else. Bill was blessed to attend countless rehearsals and live performances growing up, and learned what it meant to be a professional musician. He played with a number of his father's bands including, Joy, The Bell Systems and The Headliners, to name a few. He studied at the prestigious Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and played in the concert band at school. He was, and continues to be, a student of the percussive world. Bill formed a band while attending Salisbury State College. They developed quite a following. When he left to transfer to Towson University, the remaining members created the highly successful Y-NOT?! band. Moj has been fortunate to work with a variety of talented groups over the years including Rhythm Method, Layers, The Jokers and Connections Band. Over the last three decades, he is frequently contacted as a fill-in drummer, able to cover a multitude of genres. Bill joined The Shatners in 2016, initially as a substitute. Given his love for all-things RUSH, he joined full-time.
Selfishly, Bill lives for the elusive "perfect performance," where everything is seamless, effortless and otherworldly. He takes great pride in connecting with fellow bandmates; playing a "lick" with either Bill or JJ, unrehearsed and in the moment. The other true joy is unbridled laughter on stage. Aside from that, there is nothing like the rush of adrenaline you get from the crowd. That indescribable energy, transferred from the drum set to the crowd, and back to the drum set, is why he loves what he does. Each of us has our own pulse, but to be able to be in harmony with everyone in the room, well, that's just utopia! If the crowd is exhausted at the end of the night from dancing, smiling non-stop, and, just wanting more, then Bill's goal is complete.
First, his father, who to this day, continues to participate in various drum lines, writes music and tours the east coast playing for the love of drums. Bill's musical tastes range from old school R&B, Rock, Jazz Fusion, Prog, Latin, and everything in between. As for drummers, the inimitable Neil Peart of Rush changed his life forever in 1981. The Moving Pictures album is and was a sonic masterpiece. Moj continues to worship at the altar of the Professor. Along the way, other legendary drummers helped to forge his identity including, John Bonham, Steve Smith, Stewart Copeland, Dave Weckl, Steve Gadd, Vinnie Colaiuta and Terry Bozzio.
Bill currently uses a Yamaha Stage Custom set for live shows. He also has a Tama Superstar kit (Cherry Wine finish like the Professor), Pearl silver sparkle kit, Rogers Holiday Blue Onyx, a custom-made 6-piece maple set. He maintains an ever-growing assortment of snare drums, percussion equipment (mostly Latin Percussion) and anything that makes noise. Bill recently switched to using Meinl HCS Cymbals, but still loves his Paiste collection. He uses PDP and Yamaha cymbal hardware and DW 9000 bass drum pedals. Over the last thirty years, Moj continues to use Dave Weckl signature drums sticks. Both batter and resonant drumheads are by Evans. None of this would be possible without the assistance of his trusty drum tech, Sherri.
Wildly Charismatic Front Chick
Born in a hospital in the early 70's (or so I was made to believe)…and raised in Northern California (South Side, San Jose) started singing juuuuust about the time I could utter noises. At 17, I was sneaking into Karaoke bars just to get on the mic. Once a tad older, I got into voice over work before cutting into studio recordings and back up vocals. After a personal tragedy, I was thrust to the East Coast. In early 2ks I was with Southern Comfort band out of Pasadena. From there I did a stint with Blackberry (folk rock band) before moving onto Imposter. Took a wee break to raise kids & do 'normal crap'... then joined Radio Graffiti 2016. In Spring of 2019, I landed in the lap of luxury with a great group of talented and truly amazing guys. Some story goes along with how they 'discovered me'.... on YouTube while having some drinks on the shore... who knows?
My goals? To live in the moment...to entertain and express myself to others through my music, utilizing my extensive experiences which life has hurled at me at sometimes inappropriate speeds. To contain my road rage, lesson the F-bombs and in general, leave an environment cleaner and happier than when I arrived.
Wow... so many questions! Truthfully, I am inspired by life.... artistically, I am all over the map. Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, Gypsy Kings, Keiko Matsui, Metallica, George Straight, Peter Frampton, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, Karen Carpenter, Shindown, Chris Stapleton, Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, Randy Travis, Sara Bareilles, Bad Wolves, Halestorm, Chris LeDoux, Alan Jackson, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Guy, Black Street, Boyz to Men, Anastacia, Journey.... okay, if you're still reading, you get my point.
This makes me just LAUGH... but oooookay…. so I use a Hercules MS401B Tripod Tilt stand. My mic is a Shure Beta 58A (corded). The stand that holds my iPad is a hand me down POS, so I won't bore you with the details.