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Viva Phx Q&A: Buyepongo

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Buyepongo interview

The story of Buyepongo is similar to that of other musical acts — friends bond over their love of music, decide to jam together and hangout sessions eventually become band practices. The seven-piece group is based out of Los Angeles County and deeply influenced by music of Central and South America. Members have fused elements from numerous genres to make their unique tropical sound. This year, the group teamed with Soul Fiesta for the 7″ vinyl release of “Maestros.” See Buyepongo perform its “buye beat” music live on March 14 at Viva PhxGoldwater Room (21+) at 10 P.M..

Read our interview with Edgar Meshlee Modesto below and purchase Viva Phx tickets here
*For more interviews with Viva Phx 2015 performers, visit here.*

Very first concert you attended and a memory from it.
Very first concert I attended was The Lootpack and Zion I live at the Knitting Factory, I was 16 years old. My friend borrowed (stole) his mom’s car. We drove out to Hollywood and had the time of our lives and we didn’t get caught!

If you could have any musician (dead or alive) as a mentor, who would it be?
Tuff question, I would have to say Sun Ra. Space is the place!

Very first concert you played and a memory from it.
Very first concert I played was my high school’s talent show. I was in a punk band called Propaganda and we wrote a song called “Mr. Z.” Our principal’s name was Mr. Zepeda. Teachers weren’t too happy and disqualified us. The students loved it!

Artist you would most like to collaborate with or have produce your music?
Flying Lotus. He is an amazing producer, visionary and musician.

Personal truth that fans would be surprised to know about you.
I love Slayer‘s “Angel of Death“…when I need to get some where fast, I just press play.

How do you spend a typical day when you’re not touring or busy recording?
I’m up everyday by 630 A.M.. I make breakfast for my daughter every day. I make her lunch every day. I get her ready for school and drop her off every day. Then I either drum, write music, book shows, follow up with folks, etc. Then, keep conspiring to take over the world — one dance floor at a time.

One artist or album you could never get tired of listening to?
Madlib, specifically as his alter ego Quasimoto on the album The Unseen. I never get tired of. I just put it on right now. That album has an acquired taste and I love it.

Earliest music-related memory you have?
Riding in my dad’s VW bus as a kid. He would bump his tapes. Everything from War and James Brown to Los Freddys and Los Bukis. Good times.

Nicest thing a fan has ever said, or given, to you?
We have a fan that met his future wife at one of our shows years ago. They got married and they named their kid after Buyepongo. LOL, jk. That would be a weird name for a kid. They did meet at our show and lived happily ever after.

Interesting fact about your newest release.
It is our first release in four years and our first vinyl press ever.

Xperience you will never forget.
Playing in a parking lot after a show with some legendary musicians. We had Quantic, Frente Cumbiero, Nidia Gongora, Pedro Remaya, Chicano Batman, Quita Penas and us in a circle sharing a bottle of Agua Ardiente from Colombia and about 40 people dancing with us. We played for about two hours. One of the best nights of my life.


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