The first time that Daniel Jiménez Afanador (vocals) y Lorenzo Montero (guitar, vocals) got together in Los Angeles to write songs, they never imagined that it would be the fateful beginning of a band.
Born in Colombia, Jiménez Afanador was already on a trajectory with his music career in Los Angeles, where he had moved several years prior. Montero, native of Canada, had moved to California and was looking for a collaborator to work on developing his passion for writing Latin music. Together they started working on ideas which, eventually, would lead them through a prolific compositional partnership and to a genre little explored within the traditional margins of music in spanish: electro pop.
Nothing about CINCO SANTOS music seems to fit into the more classic genres of pop rock, or rock en español.
“Ours is not the typical story of a group of friends who played and came together in a garage to make music,” the lead singer reflects on their beginnings. “It was actually a process of natural evolution, that was completed and propelled when the other band members joined. That’s when the identity of the group strengthened, the songs began to fully develop, and we realized that we had a mission to pursue. ”
And sure enough, it was the incorporation of Willard Lozano (lead guitar, native of Mexico), Emiliano Almeida (drums, native of Argentina) and Jesse Stern (bass, native of Seattle, USA), already recognized musicians in the LA scene, that defined the musical influences of CINCO SANTOS as a group. And with the subsequent release of their debut album, “Duplicidad” (2014), they developed a reputation for their explosive live presence, touring through the circuit of clubs of Southern California.
Beyond the pop, Latin and electronica genres that shape the sound of CINCO SANTOS, it is the particular fusion of artistic influences and the rich origins of its members which adds to the formula a unique component. “We come from very different places; our origins range from Colombia and Mexico to Canada, the United States and Argentina. That mix enriches the identity of the band “, they say. “Diversity is wonderful. For CINCO SANTOS, it gives us a direct access to different cultures, sounds and identities; something that, at the moment of writing our songs, becomes a very interesting tool”.
That same richness is transferred to the different musical influences that the five members imprint in the sound and fabric of the band. Added to that, some of the influences for CINCO SANTOS that are omnipresent references in their sound oscillate between Daft Punk, Flying Lotus, The XX and Modestep, to Hot Chip, Jamiroquai, the work of Soda Stereo and Gustavo Cerati, and Café Tacuba.
Three years after the debut, their second album, recorded in Los Angeles, in a co-production of Rafa Sardina (13 Grammys, and successes with recognized artists such as Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello & The Roots, Lady Gaga, Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas) and CINCO SANTOS – finds the band with a more “sophisticated” sound, and lyrics with greater depth. “There is more electronica than in the previous record, and the creative process was very different,” they point out. “This time around, we launched into a new form of writing as a whole group, and what emerged were powerful songs from many the long and creative sessions of improvisation.” It was, they agree, “a moment of re-engaging with ourselves.”
The first single from the new album, is scheduled for summer 2017, and has strong infusions of electronic elements, up-tempo groove, and is inspired by a futuristic and industrial aesthetic. The new album will launch soon thereafter…
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