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El Zut

El Zut

El Zut


EL Zut was originally an alternative rock (and later on fusion) band that performed as a quartet and formed in Bogotá, Colombia in 1991. The original line-up consisted of founding members Camilo Martínez (vocals and occasional guitar), Felipe Peña (lead, rhythm guitar and backing vocals), Miguel Gómez (bass and backing vocals), and Mauricio Garcia Marulanda (drums). The band formed at a time when the alternative music scene in Bogotá was experiencing a boom Read more on Last.fm
EL Zut was originally an alternative rock (and later on fusion) band that performed as a quartet and formed in Bogotá, Colombia in 1991. The original line-up consisted of founding members Camilo Martínez (vocals and occasional guitar), Felipe Peña (lead, rhythm guitar and backing vocals), Miguel Gómez (bass and backing vocals), and Mauricio Garcia Marulanda (drums). The band formed at a time when the alternative music scene in Bogotá was experiencing a boom, with bands like Aterciopelados, Marlohábil, La Derecha and music bars like Barbarie, Barbie, Rotten Rats, Vertigo Campo Elías and TVG were favourites of the local underground scene. Before founding EL Zut, Martinez, García and Peña had a different project -more orientated towards hard-rock- called Réquiem. When the alternative scene erupted, Miguel Gómez was recruited, and El Zut was created.

Martínez, García and Gómez all attended the same high school, (Colegio San Carlos) while Felipe Peña went to a different one (Colegio Anglo Colombiano). All founding members were born in Bogotá in 1974. The band's influences included Jane's Addiction, Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Lenny Kravitz, Jimi Hendrix, Soda Stereo, Depeche Mode and David Bowie. They participated in several memorable concerts. After controversially losing a rock contest for a local radio station (Radioactiva) at Teatro Patria against pop band Poligamia, the band further explored its alternative side and edge at the local underground scene, performing in many venues and were especially popular at the Vertigo Campo Elías bar, where they won the band-of-the-year contest in 1992, against other popular acts, -most importantly Xolo Digital and La Derecha.

At the time their performances included alternative music and classic rock covers, as well as several original songs, of which "Mar de Lágrimas" and "El Riesgo" were favourites. Being drafted by the Colombian Army in late 1992, all 4 members of El Zut had to make an obligatory pause for one year. Offers to sign record deals with companies like Sony Music, Fuentes and SonoRodven which were on the verge of occurring, had to be shelved. After returning from the army, the band started rehearsing for a major comeback. From 1993 to 1995 the band went through several important changes and famously performed on the first edition of Rock al Parque, at Parque Simón Bolívar, currently the most important rock festival in Latin America.

Guest keyboardist Carlos Aguera was brought in to add more dynamics to the music, while bassist Miguel Gómez and guitarist Felipe Peña quit after disagreements with the musical direction the band was heading into and which involved a more fusion style type of rock. The band then fired Carlos Aguera, and brought in two new musicians: Santiago Roa (bass) and Sebastián Cruz (guitar). By this point the musical direction had shifted from rock music to a more fusion type project with many influences from caribbean music. In 1997, and afer a long independant recording process which dated from 1995, the band realeased their self titled tape El Zut and shortly after, disbanded. The band members are all still related to music in one way or another: After disbanding El Zut, Camilo Martínez moved to Spain where he was involved in different bands and later on, to Lima - Perú where he founded his independent project Masilva that is heavily influenced by Manu Chao's music. He now lives and tours in his hometown of Bogotá, Colombia with this project. Felipe Peña has performed as a guitarist in London, Berlin, New York City and currently resides and plays in Bogotá. Miguel Gómez had played bass for "Primaria Fascista" before joining EL Zut.

He later performed as bassist with "Sondatomica" and in the first incarnation of "Two Way Analog" (initially called "Elvis Jones"). He then joined Sataray and was working simultaneously as a photographer and lecturer in Bogota. After leaving these bands, he went to record the basic tracks of the Soviética project, and moved to the UK for a number of years. He now lives in New York City where he works as a Fine Art and Fashion photographer. Mauricio Garcia Marulanda has a solo project and is also an active member of reggae band Reggadera, where he performs as vocalist, guitarist and percussionist. Santiago Roa is an in-demand bassist and has worked with many musicians of which the most important are Pepa Fresa and Andrés Cepeda.

He is also still playing with García in the Reggadera project. Sebastián Cruz is an accomplished guitarist who also lives in New York City and plays mostly jazz music. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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