Straight from the boogie-down Bronx, Nacional Records is proud to introduce its first U.S.-based signing, Pacha Massive. Pacha Massive (from 'Pachamama' meaning "Mother Earth") is the creative collaboration between Dominican-born Nova (keys / guitar/ writer/ producer) and Colombian-born Maya (writer/bass). The result is a funky fusion of traditional Latin rhythms like Colombian cumbia, Dominican palo, reggae, dancehall, dub and electronica sure to get the pachanga fired up.
The duo met in New York while working on a project with Ivan Benavides (Sidestepper, Bloque, Carlos Vives) where a creative collaboration between the two led to the formation of Pacha Massive in 2005. Pacha Massive landed an impressive first gig opening for Colombian rockers Aterciopelados at Madison Square Garden and has since gone on to share the stage with artists like Ozomatli, Sidestepper, and Yerba Buena. After winning the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) Battle Of The Bands contest (previous winners include Kinky and Los Abandoned who have both gone on to launch successful careers), the duo caught the attention of Nacional Records. Pacha Massive's infectious track "Don't Let Go" was featured last year on the Nacional Records soundtrack to the box-office hit "La Mujer de Mi Hermano," and landed airplay on such leading tastemaker stations as Indie 103.1 (Los Angeles), KCRW (Los Angeles), KEXP (Seattle), and KUT (Austin).
Nova's Dominican roots exposed him to a lot of traditional music like palo in addition to music from England and the U.S. played on Dominican radio. His passion for music began early, and as a youth he began building instruments out of whatever he could find using cans for drums, 2 X 4's, rubber bands, etc. Nova recalls "When I came to the U.S. I got my first instrument on my 15th birthday, a drum set, and as the years passed I picked up guitar, bass, keys, percussion and finally the instrument that allowed me to solidify my ideas in a flexible and efficient way....a Mac." Nova describes his musical influences not necessarily as musicians, but rather as people "who have influenced me in the way I make music" citing Bruce Lee, Benjamin Franklin and Leonardo DaVinci as "people who had a bigger perspective and were more holistic in their craft".
Maya was born in Colombia and raised in NYC's Washington Heights. Her love of music also started at an early age with the violin and later became a career choice when she went to Cuba after graduating to study double bass. Her musical influences range from classical, salsa, bolero and traditional Colombian folklore to reggae, house and artists like Manu Chao, Hector Lavoe and Sidestepper.
All Good Things, the group's first album, will be released on February 20th, and is self-produced by Nova with additional mixing in Monterrey, Mexico by Alejandro Rosso of platinum-selling Mexican act Plastilina Mosh. For Nova, a seasoned musician who has played with acts like New York reggae-latin fusion band King Chango and Si*Se, self-producing was a positive experience "because no one knows your material better than yourself and you have the freedom to experiment until you stumble upon what you were looking for."
According to Maya, "our first album has a very personal sound to it. Written by both of us and being produced by Nova, it has a very Pacha sound". Nova adds, "most songs deal with the struggles of everyday life, perseverance and those hardships we all go through to achieve our dreams".