“We’ve been at home compiling new music,” Beta Play’s Tom Cantillon says, describing a year in the life of the Santa Barbara, California-based band. At this point there are a number of new songs in various states of completeness. And each day the creating continues. “I have a home studio, and I basically run or hike in the morning and then I work until my fingers bleed, trying to get something special.”

     Being home is a new concept for Beta Play, a trio that grew out of a previous band co-founded by Cantillon and his younger brother Michael, a group of road warriors called Tommy & The High Pilots. “We had been on the road six-eight months a year since 2009,” says Tom Cantillon. But the road can wait for now. “At this point it’s all about creating the best possible body of work we can.”

     Beta Play was formed in early 2015 by Tom Cantillon on guitar and lead vocals, Michael Cantillon on keyboards and backing vocals, and Mike Dyer on bass and backing vocals. After three albums and two EPs between 2009 and 2013, Tommy & The High Pilots holed up together in a house for six weeks to create. What they created was something completely new. “We jammed as a band every day ‘Everybody turns up, get on your instrument and let’s see what happens,’” Tom remembers. “We just started bringing in new influences to what we were creating, to what would become the first EP.” Those new influences turned out to be more electronic, poppier, and more keyboard-based. “The older we got the more we got into the electronic devices that were at our fingertips and toying around with that really grew our sound exponentially.”

     And with that, Beta Play was off and running, armed with catchy dance-pop tunes that land them squarely in the conversation with contemporaries like The Chainsmokers, Twenty-One Pilots and Maroon 5. “We got a little more, I guess, “pop funk,” figures Tom Cantillon, trying to describe the turn in direction that birthed Beta Play, “kind of white boy pop-funk, a little quirky, a little snarky.

Beta Play is Tom Cantillon, Mike Dyer, and Michael Cantillon. (Pictured left to right)

Beta Play is Tom Cantillon, Mike Dyer, and Michael Cantillon. (Pictured left to right)

In the Press


RIFF Magazine

“The band played infectious, dance-pop. Songs like “Tug of War” were perfect for dancing along; “Fire to My Feet” had great harmonies between brothers Tom and Michael Cantillon.” - Rachel Goodman, Riff Magazine (Aug 04, 2017)


Music Connection

“Beta Play's danceable, upbeat, radio-friendly sound is an homage to the dramatic flair of early 2000’s music, with a nod to the ‘80s. The band’s experiences performing live are evident in their onstage precision. Their technical ability, spiced with just enough spontaneity, ignites the band’s live performances.” - Malorie McCall, Music Connection (Oct 11, 2016)

LA Music Blog

“When performing live, the band is full of energy, commanding the stage like seasoned pros. They pack a punch with their full and perfectly blended sound, utilizing their time on stage to leave a lasting mark on their audience. I remember watching their performance and being in awe of their mastery and utterly shocked that I hadn’t heard of them before.” - Zein Khleif, LA Music Blog (Feb 02, 2017)