Monareta has announced Los Angeles and New York City release shows around the upcoming release of their new album, Picotero, out next Tuesday, October 7th. The Colombian electronic duo will play Descarga at The Echo in LA on October 11th and Nacotheque at Fontana's in NYC on October 25th.
In the past couple years, the group has released two Nacional digital albums and placed songs in films like the acclaimed La Mujer De Mi Hermano and Warner Pictures' upcoming Pride & Glory, as well as TV shows like mun2's “Chicas Project.” Picotero is at once intelligent and danceable—a unique fusion of styles refined over several years since composer, producer and vocalist Andres Martinez started mixing break beats and hip hop flows with live keyboard performances by Camilo Sanabria. The duo quickly became popular in clubs and electronic music festivals throughout their hometown of Bogotá.
Taking their name from the brand of BMX bike they rode avidly as kids, Monareta makes music that is influenced by a lot of what was cool to them in those formative years. Martinez explains, "Growing up, even as young as 11, I was really involved in the local freestyle street bike scene. All the street bikers in Colombia were heavily influenced by the break dance and electric boogaloo arriving from the U.S. We heard groups like the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy and they completely changed our lives. And so that's how we got the name for our group: It's a homage to the `80s break dance, hip hop, BMX and the fashion scene that came from abroad to influence us in South America."
Once Monareta had begun to develop their sound, Martinez received a Fulbright scholarship to pursue a Master of Arts in composition and film scoring at New York University. He moved from Bogotá to New York City and immersed himself in the local music scenes. Monareta found an especially receptive crowd in Brooklyn and Martinez integrated what he was learning with his studies into the group's cinematic sound.
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