ONOFFON consists of DON LAKE - guitars/vocals/harmonica/keyboards, DAVE GOODE - drums and percussion, VON BABASIN - bass/vocals/keyboards. The current musical legacy of the Babasin family is a part of what makes up the jazz group known as ONOFFON. It is comprised of guitarist Don Lake, drummer Dave Goode and bassist Von Babasin. This site tells of the latter,Von Babasin and his background in music and film, leading up to the eventual union of ONOFFON.
The most influential person in Von's life was his father, jazz bass legend Harry Babasin, but was not the only artistic influence Von was exposed to in childhood. His brother, Pierre Babasin, is a guitarist and also a world-class graphic designer and artist. His grandfather, Russell F. Schoengarth, was an A.C.E. film editor for Universal Studios for over forty years with more than 90 films to his credit. Von's uncle, Jack Schoengarth, also edited films for Universal, and both, grandfather and uncle, were cellists in the Burbank Symphony, performing frequently at the Starlight Bowl in the hills of Burbank. Russell is no longer with us but Jack is still performing throughout the Los Angeles area. These four gentlemen were strong creative influences that helped lay the foundation for Von's expertise in film, video and music. While playing in various bands for many years,Von also pursued his other love, film making, working in many capa-cities for MCA,Universal for eight straight years, and then for many more years for a variety of independent companies, usually working with special effects crews. This background also helped Von gain an understanding of film and video production.