Friday, February 25, 2011

Spam Allstars - Miami's Finest "Electronic Descarga"

If you spend any amount of time in Miami checking out the indie music scene, you will undoubtedly come across Spam Allstars (again and again).

Spam Allstars blend improvisational electronic elements and turntables with latin, funk, hip hop and dub to create what they call an "electronic descarga". It’s not a known genre - they made it up. But it attracts a wide range of fans: people dancing salsa, next to break-dancers and
random hippie festival-goers. They all know something very special, and uniquely Miami, is going on.

Spam Allstars were formed by Andrew Yeomanson, aka DJ Le Spam, who was raised in Toronto, Bogota and London, before landing in Miami in 1993. He got his start by playing guitar in a Haitian band, and recording and touring with Miami based artist Nil Lara. Along his travels, he added to his vinyl collection, and when off the road he would DJ locally. These DJ gigs evolved into collaborations with live musicians, combining his samplers & DJ skills with a live band that soon came to be known as Spam Allstars.

In 2002, Spam Allstars began a weekly residency at the legendary Cuban lounge Hoy Como Ayer in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. In 2003 they started monthly residencies in New York City, Gainesville, Tampa, Atlanta, and New Orleans, and wherever people would host them. Today they perform 200+ shows, and average 56,000 miles of touring each year. They still do the weekly gig in Little Havana, and have various other gigs all over Miami on a regular basis.

Over the years they've racked up five independent releases and have been nominated for a Latin Grammy. We love the group's multicultural, international electro-organic fusion - a sound that could have only been born in Miami!

Here's a super dope animated video for their 2007 release - Electrodomesticos.

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