David and Rene Pacheco are East L.A. underdogs who first stepped onto the scene as Thee Commons – a spitfire trio that shredded surf, cumbia, and punk music into a tangy, tropicali pulp. Six years into Thee Commons the brothers decided to pivot from their established trajectory and created Tropa Magica. They lost their label and management during the change but also obtained the freedom to develop their signature PCP (psychedelic cumbia punk) genre.
I try to be really straight and pure and powerful with it because I feel a lot of power in that simplicity. I think simplicity is taken for granted. Playing slow and quiet really perfectly is really hard to do. Everyone wants to play faster and loud but playing slow and quiet is one of the challenges in music.
The second Session from 2018 is out! Willy Tea lays down the law from his log by the creek. Scope the video for a timeless take at DIO Fest.
The Do-It-Ourselves Fest musical philosophy can pretty much be summed up in three words: book dope shit. Simple philosophy, really, and one that has been faithfully followed sine the festival’s inception in 2013. It’s also kind of a hard thing to do. Festivals nowadays, especially behemoths like Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and Coachella, have the tendency to skew lineups to the broadest and most bankable acts, creating a situation where lineups can quickly become stale and unoriginal.
The red trees were thick as thieves and rose powerfully above the lush, green underbrush of the forest. Behind me was five hours of dreams and thoughts as I traveled from one side of California to the other one April morning. Ahead of me lay a winding track of road that knotted and twisted up through the steep, coastal mountains outside of Santa Cruz.
Friends...here's your first dose of Spotify jams from the initial lineup.
(((more artists dropping JAN 30)))
Shawheen is a whirling dervish of gleeful offerings. With renaissance flair and an eye for all things delicate and delicious, his approach to documentation is pure electricity. Watching him grind is almost more enchanting than the images themselves. Well, almost…
Pat Hull is back with Fall In, a fresh track off his soon-to-be-released album Denmark Sessions. Pat goes electric with this new number, as a sneaky single.
Even with all the words and ways of the world, it’s still impossible to fully sum up our appreciation for everyone who contributed to DIO Fest 2018. In any case, here’s a modest attempt…