San Francisco-based musician, Rob Garza, holds a legacy that will surely outlast the test of time. As a founder of the international music group, Thievery Corporation, Garza was at the forefront of electronic music movement many years ago, and after decades of accolades, he still remains as a trusted tastemaker as his genre-defying music continues to resonate within listeners around the world. By fusing elements of dub, trip hop, reggae, and bossa nova with an electronic backbone, he’s created his own lane that has inspired other artists to follow in his footsteps without regard to the status quo. Now as he continues on his journey as a solo DJ/producer, Garza explores new sonic frontiers in dance music, while also starting his own label, Magnetic Moon Records, with his debut Palace of Mirrors EP, due out next Tuesday, March 10th.
In celebration of Garza’s new EP, we sat down with him to discuss the release, how music is a type of transportation, why he returns to Burning Man year after year, how the thriving electronic music scene is a double-edged sword, what’s next for his solo career/Thievery, what he likes to drink (of course!), and more. Read the full interview after the jump.
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The Long Beach City Kids, aka LBCK, have been taking their brand of funk and soul-infused electronic music far and wide, gaining the trust of thousands for their consistent flow of jams like their contest-winning remix of Galantis’ “Runaway (U & I).” Today, they’ve given us the premiere of their latest effort, a re-imagination of Montell Jordan’s classic, “This Is How We Do It, that showcases their groove-driven, nostalgic sound that works perfectly in a modern context.
In celebration of the release, LBCK gives us some of their own words about their remix, “This tune is a certified classic — one of those jams you just have to vibe to. We’ve been playing this one since we were kids and have always thought it would be cool to throw some more contemporary funk stuff underneath the vocal. Kept it minimal and selective with the bass following the original progression. This is one to roll slow to.”
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Over the past couple of months, Santa Barbara’s rising indie-electronic group, FMLYBND, has been cultivating their already impressive catalog with songs like their original, “Letting Go,” and a cover of The Pixies’, “Where Is My Mind.” Today, they continue on their run of releases by putting out their latest single, “Air.” FMLYBND lays the foundation of the song with a mood-elevating, synth-laden groove before building out the rest of the track with dynamic textures, romantic lyrics, and vocal accents for yet another standout original. Check it out above and catch the band live at Popscene SF on March 6, followed by a tour with Milky Chance this Spring.
“Air” is available for purchase on iTunes, and stream on Spotify.
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