Music curated by Ray Ricky Rivera for Golden Glue Mgmt.
A consummate crate digger, Ervin's forte lays in bringing rare grooves, unexpected blends, and a more mature musical palate to listeners; a style he likes to call "grown and sexy". During the last 5 years, Ervin's resume has blossomed to include gigs in London, Moscow, Mexico City, and parties spinning alongside Music Man Miles, Z-Trip, Rich Medina and DJ Sloe Poke. He is also a former member of the Rock Steady Crew, and resident DJ at Root Down, one of LA's most respected and longest running underground parties.
When asked what an ideal night on the tables would be like, Ervin Arana describes the mood with images. Smiling faces, low glowing lights, men whisking women onto a dance floor full of moving bodies.
Maybe it's the keen photographer's eye that has perfected his attention to details, and fine tuned his ability to pick up on the subtle nuances of a crowd's waxing and waning energy. Or perhaps it's his 17 years as a respected B-boy that's nurtured his talent for singling out that obscure song that get's people itching to get on the dance floor. Either way, Ervin's multilayered and evolving artistic life have definitely contributed to his career as a DJ.
His journey into the world of music started off pretty simply. A summer party in the backyard of his Long Beach duplex. Struck by the vibe of the party, Ervin decided then, he wanted to share his own love of music with people. Armed with a handful of records, one turntable, and a stereo, he began practicing his craft by blending his selections with whatever was playing on the radio. But it was his time as a resident DJ for open dance sessions at LB's Homeland Cultural Center where he was exposed to the art of playing for the crowd.
Cumbia Machin is an Electro-Cumbia project based out of San Diego, CA that started in 2010. The band name is a play on words in which "Cumbia" references the popular dance style from Colombia. The word "Machin" sounds like the English word "Machine" and references to the electronic sound style, it is actually a Mexican-American slang word meaning "Mas Chingon" or "The Most Bad Ass". The project uses Cumbia as a base and combines other styles like Reggae, Dub, Electro, Drum 'n Bass, Tribal, Dubstep and more.
Born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, an epicenter of convergent cultures and rich folk art, DeAnza represents a new generation of young Latino artists in the United States.
Armed with a vihuela and a passion for songwriting, DeAnza journeyed west to Los Angeles, on a mission to develop her own musical identity. After several years of perfecting her craft and refining her vision, DeAnza has finally released her debut 6 song EP, Despertar.
Pulling from various ends of the musical spectrum while taking cues from traditional Mariachi sounds and blending layers of modern sonics, DeAnza is a breath of fresh air in a rather smoggy metropolis. Redefining what it is to be Latin Alternative DeAnza creates an eclectic mix of music, crossing all boarders and boundaries resulting in a new take on an old form.
Thee Commons is another bit of evidence of Latino L.A.'s further dominance in the independent music scene. Sure, you can reminisce all you want about the days of Mika Miko and Moving Units (they were definitely fun!), but that was then and this is now. Besides, L.A.'s Latino scene has a couple of GRAMMY winners to boast of if you're into keeping track of that type of hardware. What separates Thee Commons from their local brethren (Quetzal, Las Cafeteras, La Chamba, etc.) is their focus on that old-school rock and roll sound, à la Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. There are flashes of cumbia chicha here and there also, reminiscent of Los Mirlos and Los Orientales De Paramonga. Thee Commons represent the liminal space between 50s and 60s rock music and the quickly emerging Latino subculture of Cumbia with a twist of punk, of course!
ViceVersa is a gutsy and hardworking East Los Angeles rock band. The three members of the band are lead singer/guitarist Zeke Zeledon, bassist Sarah Corza, and drummer Ariel Fredrickson.
ViceVersa's music is thoughtfully visceral, an emotional trigger that communicates across cultures and hits you straight in the gut. You will feel their funky rhythms as they motivate you; rock-infused jazz baselines will nonchalantly ease you into your groove. Their homage to an era of psychedelic inspired guitar work and wayfarer desire to experiment with different styles of music will leave you panging for more. They have a charismatic stage presence that's fine-tuned with a music prowess and voice that simply cannot be ignored.