In this sense, even though he never utters a word, El Poeta isa poet...."-San Diego Union Tribune "...his swirling eclectic mixes will make you lose your senses." -Justin Roberts, San Diego CityBeat Magazine "...music at the speed of life." -NOSTIKA Magazine "...as an artist in the blooming border culture, El Poeta is a musical ambassador to the U.S." -Vyuz Magazine "...all he has is sound and all we hear is a wordless ode to poetic meter." -Igloo Magazine === Bio: Updated 1.9.09 Son of a jazz guitarist, El Poeta is a classically trained pianist, self taught multi-instrumentalist, producer, designer, writer and critic. He spent his teen years woodshedding with an acoustic guitar. In the tradition of his native blood he studied percussion under a sacred drummer in order to one day incorporate the secrets of clave in his own music. After a period of DJ and live P.A.
performances in the 90s, El Poeta focused on his own music by exploring the fusion of recording random sounds with instruments, then layering them with computer edited sequences. With no formal outline or approach he retreated to a bedroom studio for several years, patiently cultivating his own distinct sound; a melting pot of jazz-funk, nu-folk with lush avant-garde minimalism and off clave beats adorned with scattered pieces of malfunctioning machines. The fruits of this first journey can be heard in the indie-electronic swirlings and flamenco sketches of El Poeta's debut EP Musically Speaking, released on June 7th 2005 by the indie label imputor?. With guest appearances from Robert Walter (20th Congress), Chris Stillwell (GreyBoy All-Stars) and cousin Cochemea Gastelum (aka Johnny Arrow / Antibalas / Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings) the album incorporated a myriad of acoustic and electronic themes.
Now sold out from Imputor? Records, the album is set to be re-released with original cuts not included in the 1st version. El Poeta moved to Tijuana in the winter of 2005 and immediately joined the ranks of RadioGlobal DJ’s, hosting a weekly show entitled 'Like Leaves on Trees' while showcasing his live laptop 'speeka-burn' sets as an alternative to Tijuana's numerous 80s retro deejays. Soon after he met Orlando, a reclusive genius buried deep Tijuana's avante-folk scene and the two began performing together. (Though no tracks have been formally released for this project, El Poeta and Orlando wrote Orlando's debut album, 'Capullo', to be released on Mexico's Static Discos in Spring 2010. With more and more artists reaching across the international divide, El Poeta and The BrokenBeat Network formed Borders Collapse --- a non-profit organization dedicated to the cross-pollination of musical culture through a series of events at venues in San Diego & Tijuana.
This created a porthole into the US specifically for cutting edge electronic musicians from Mexico to share their music. Working together, they hosted events throughout Baja California and Southern California to promote the Borders Collapse concept with a great response from the community and the local press - even a mention in a Tijuana feature by the Los Angeles Times. Back stateside, El Poeta stepped up his role in the BrokenBeat Network by pushing the BrokenBeat Night to its current success (Voted Best Intelligent Dance Music in San Diego CityBeat 2008) while rocking events at venues throughout the West Coast and Mexico. Together El Poeta, Walker Holland, VJ Shikaku and Tom Burbank performed as the BrokenBeat Sound System.
In 2007, El Poeta teamed up with RE:UP Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Eddie Turbo to form Dub Traffik Control. Using Turbo's tasty selection of flavored breaks and samples, Poeta's debut CD Dub One: A Rekkad Dem Play was featured on London/Tokyo Internet Radio Samurai.fm. Reggae Legend Don Carlos can be heard toasting all over Dub One, waking the town, etc while live sax by Cochemea Gastelum dances in and out of the mix. Planet-Mu's Tom Burbank laid beats and riddims and mastered the entire mix at Face The Music Studios in LA. In 2008 they have had 3 vinyl releases, two via the mysterious Brooklyn based BSTRD BOOTS label and another from San Diego based Gematria Records and have several releases slated for early 2009 like a full-length from Gematria. The Dub Traffik Control Soundsystem is known to bring heat to the dancefloors often resulting in a sweaty mass of dancers and a gyrating sideline of spectators entranced by the spectacle that is DTC.
The Dub Traffik Control Live contingent is a full audio/visual experience consists of of Habitat Sound's Prince Zohar on the Microphone/Bullhorn and the Multi-Talented David Hurley locked in on percussion. DUBVISION projections, photography and video editing by Argentinian Designer VJ SHIKAKU aka Boris Vega. Also look out for GenerEL Poeta's alter-ego, aka "Carlito Headset", who in 2009 will be releasing another BSTRD BOOTS 7" bootleg style. 'Cumbias De La Cucaracha," a mixtape of originals, remixes & re-edits presented in the DTC format can be heard here. El Poeta is currently working on 'The Maximalist', an original mixtape style to be digitally released in Spring 2010.
2010 is also the year in which El Poeta will be releasing, 'Save Changes?,' avante-electronic expedition years in the making a homage to the grueling lessons behind love lost, hard drive crashes and the importance of backing up data. === Press Clips: Los Angeles Times: "A New Direction South of the Border" San Diego Reader: "Inspiration and Danger in Tijuana" San Diego Union Tribune: "Musically Speaking" Review Igloo Magazine: "Musically Speaking" Review Reviewer Mag: "Musically Speaking" Review Nostika Magazine: "Angelo Emile Gastelum - Music at the Speed of Life" === 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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