El Origen is a collaborative project between Chile’s Rodrigo Gallano (Matanza) and Nicola Cruz (ZZK) exploring the folkloric musical traditions of South America. The A side is comprised of original compositions written, played and sung by Rodrigo while Nicola Cruz remixes all the tracks on the B side, giving the sons his signature deep electronic vibe. The EP will be out on a special limited edition 12 with art composed by renown street artist Ju Mu Monster.
Rodrigo Gallardo begins his journey in the melodies from a boy accompanied by the charango and the zampoña, passing through many musical trails he comes to form “Matanza”, in these years he develops a sound in his compositions loaded with influences of the folklore and electronic music, as well as of the new Chilean song of the hand of the message of struggle.In “El Origen” Rodrigo brings to the table the importance of returning to our roots and of respecting and defending our land and our waters from the dark hands of progress, with rhythms and sounds Ancestral as a flag.
Nicola Cruz is an electronic producer, musician and DJ. Born in France to proud South American descent, he currently lives and works in Quito, Ecuador, in the heart of the Andes mountains. Nicola started his career as a percussionist, thanks to which he developed an early interest in electronic music. His work draws from a broad variety of sources, in particular a deep passion for the Andean landscapes, their cultures, rituals and rhythms. Because of this, his music radiates an intimate understanding of nature, from the organic exuberance of his sound to the soft cadence of his songs. In this mix a delicate balance between forces always prevails: his music is deeply rhythmic without losing the melody, and even though it is formed in collaboration with artists from different times and spaces, it remains personal and intimate.
From this musical connection between past and present, traditional and modern, an ongoing South American movement has arisen, exploring local indigenous and afro cosmologies through a carefully crafted analogue sound.
In 2015 ‘Prender el Alma’, Nicola’s first LP, will be released. With it he hopes to consolidate years of sonic exploration, a journey which goes beyond just making music.