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Summer’s Kiss (I Still Love You) by Nineteen Crimes

Although it did feel like a summer’s day, by the time the sun had set, the Spring time breeze rolled in. It was at this time that we were ready to shoot the newly formed duo on the Hollywood Hills overlooking Downtown Los Angeles. Nineteen Crimes, composed of Noel Carlone (vocals/guitar) and Ben Coil (guitar), team up to bring together a two-piece acoustic performance of a song whose simple yet engaging lyrics make you believe that love can be interpreted …

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Jamas Pense by Madame Recamier

After the taxi ride, we ended up back at the apartment belonging to Madame Recamier. To our surprise, while on the elevator, the Madame surprised us with an impromptu performance that put us in awe. Along with her stunning live performances, Madame Recamier also  received various nominations for her music throughout the last five years including best solo album and best Pop album. She has even worked with legendary artist Aleks Syntek as a backup vocalist. She continues to write music …

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El Hilo Negro by San Juan Project

Right in the heart of Guadalajara where the Tortas Ahogadas are amazing and the sound of alarms become part of the music you play, San Juan Project proudly call this their home. With a laid back attitude and a spirit that captures their old time style, we knew something special would come about this shoot. The band, consisting of Arturo De La Torre, Arturo Lamadrid, Don Milton, and Carlos Villegas, started in 2008 with only De La Torre and Lamadrid being …

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Te Regalo by Madame Recamier

The taxi has become the staple of Mexico City, making it the biggest fleet of taxis in the world. We figured we’d honor that tradition by doing a live recording while in one; Madame Recamier whole heartedly agreed. With her debut release of “Chocolate” in 2009, Recamier was able to be a part of many festivals in Mexico to showcase her powerful voice. Most noticeable is her use of colorful lyrics that reflect her storytelling and flow of feelings and …

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Zopilote by Mitre

The legend of La Catrina embodies the spirit of the Day of the Dead and is easily connected to the balance of death and beauty. As we arrived to the cemetery, we could not help but feel this presence. Mitre, a triple threat singer, songwriter, and producer, combines the ominous sound of slow paced tango with solemn lyrics that make this setting much more unerring. Accompanied by singer Alih Jey, Gloria Estrada (bass), and the spirit of La Catrina, Encore Sessions …

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Donde Voy by Callate Mark

On a beautiful sunny Los Angeles day, surrounded by the lively atmosphere of Echo Park, Argentinian indie group Callate Mark take to the middle of it. With their playful banter and good-guy vibe radiating throughout the shoot, their presence was a breath of fresh air. Band members Tadeo (vocals), Juli (drums), Florian (guitar), and Laucha (bass), come together to form an acoustic version of a song that feels like a resurgence of spanish indie-rock that promises a new wave of …

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Voy hacia el mar/La mata que da risa/666 by Tropikal Forever

One by one, the remaining two band members joined us on the colorful rooftop of a random house in Mexico city. Although we were surrounded by the vibrant city, the pressure was on. The band had a show just an hour away and it was just in that time that all four member were ready to go. Their bio depicts them as the robin hood of music, stealing the music of the rich but re-introducing it for the poor in …

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Fears Home by The Thick Bones

As we approached the gates of Animalito Records for the second time, the welcoming arms of Dan brought a sense of comfort as we walked up to his grand studio. With Mexico City as their home base, Animalito records was also home to The Thick Bones, who just happened to be the band that greeted us as we settled in the studio. While working on the album in the depths of Animilato, The Thick Bones allowed us to expose a …

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Bruja by De’Anza

Just a few minutes before doors opened at the world famous Amoeba Record store in Hollywood, De’Anza was able to squeeze in one more performance. With a national television debut in 2015 and an immense turnout to her listening party for her album “Despertar”, De’Anza will be sure to pique the interest of many new listeners. With the clock ticking and the doors opening in less than ten mintues, the pressure was on. Encore Sessions presents the second half of …

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Make It Easier by Elliot The Furniture

Before the lightning storm shook the walls that housed Elliot the Furniture, we were received with another song that was noticeably more upbeat.  The sound they aim for with their EP blissfully titled “Wish Me Luck” displays the many variations of lyrics and melody that encompass this disparity between their happy and sad sound. Encore Sessions presents the second half of Elliot the Furniture’s performance with their song “Make it Easier”. Visit Elliot the Furniture @ https://www.facebook.com/elliotthefurniture https://www.reverbnation.com/elliotthefurniture https://www.soundcloud.com/elliot-the-furniture  

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Electrica Asesina by Factor Azul

As we arrived to the world famous Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, we couldn’t help but realize that we were losing sunlight pretty fast. This however added to the atmosphere of the session, setting into place the contrast between the band and the song. Factor Azul, comprised of Nestor (vocals/bass), Pepe (guitar), Dan (cajon), and Eduardo (drums), embrace their argentine-mexican background and bring about a classic Rock en Espanol sound with a modern twist that showcase their unique sound. This song …

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Donde Voy by Callate Mark

On a beautiful sunny Los Angeles day, surrounded by the lively atmosphere of Echo Park, Argentinian indie group Callate Mark take to the middle of it. With their playful banter and good-guy vibe radiating throughout the shoot, their presence was a breath of fresh air. Band members Tadeo (vocals), Juli (drums), Florian (guitar), and Laucha (bass), come together to form an acoustic version of a song that feels like a resurgence of spanish indie-rock that promises a new wave of …

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Shine by Elliot the Furniture

It was the last shoot of our Guadalajara trip and the exhaustion could be felt by all of us. As lightning struck right outside the studio that housed Elliot the Furniture, the somber mood became set. The band, Consisting of Andres (vocals), Rene (guitar), Gabriel (drums), Aldo (bass), and Fito (guitar), have been at it for two years and have established themselves in the indie music scene of Guadalajara Jalisco. They describe themselves as experimenters who individually fear new sounds but as …

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El Hilo Negro by San Juan Project

Right in the heart of Guadalajara where the Tortas Ahogadas are amazing and the sound of alarms become part of the music you play, San Juan Project proudly call this their home. With a laid back attitude and a spirit that captures their old time style, we knew something special would come about this shoot. The band, consisting of Arturo De La Torre, Arturo Lamadrid, Don Milton, and Carlos Villegas, started in 2008 with only De La Torre and Lamadrid being …

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Tequila Death by Troker

From one performance to the next, we dove right into the next session. Troker’s sound is constantly evolving with each album release. Their latest release “Crimen Sonoro”, is a perfect example of their complex mix of sounds that really does feel like a breath of fresh air. With four albums under their belt and an impresive list of festivals from around the world, Troker is taking the jazz scene by storm. Without skipping a beat, we began to shoot once …

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Chapala Blues by Troker

Being the first band to record in our Guadalajara trip, Troker really set the bar high in terms of what not expect. We knew they were a jazz ensemble but to hear them play live and actually experience it was surreal.  Their jazz instrumentals were noticeably well put together and each song felt like a journey was being created in our mind with music. Troker, or as the English pronunciation would be “Trucker”, have a history of overseas popularity, especially …

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El Hilo Negro by San Juan Project

Right in the heart of Guadalajara where the Tortas Ahogadas are amazing and the sound of alarms become part of the music you play, San Juan Project proudly call this their home. With a laid back attitude and a spirit that captures their old time style, we knew something special would come about this shoot. The band, consisting of Arturo De La Torre, Arturo Lamadrid, Don Milton, and Carlos Villegas, started in 2008 with only De La Torre and Lamadrid being …

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Estoy Enamorado by Cuitla Vega

With Cuitla Vega having a tight schedule during his stay in Los Angeles, we decided to challenge ourselves by developing and producing an original song and music video in under 24 hours. It sounded ludicrous in the beginning but with the whole of Encore Sessions and Cuitla’s team behind the project, we knew we could accomplish it. As we started the clock, our first task was writing the song. With the help of experienced composer Celin Cortes, Cuitla was able …

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Bruja by De’Anza

Just a few minutes before doors opened at the world famous Amoeba Record store in Hollywood, De’Anza was able to squeeze in one more performance. With a national television debut in 2015 and an immense turnout to her listening party for her album “Despertar”, De’Anza will be sure to pique the interest of many new listeners. With the clock ticking and the doors opening in less than ten mintues, the pressure was on. Encore Sessions presents the second half of …

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Kumbia Vato by Aldo Caldo

From our very own studio in the back lot of Encore Sessions, Aldo Caldo was preparing to amaze us with what would become the best combination of both comedy and music. With an extensive background of  musical features, Aldo’s personal accomplishments demonstrate that his talents can be taken in a much more serious and professional manner. His beliefs of challenging the status quo through entertainment and a positive attitude are all showcased in this performance that is sure to leave you …

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Vueltas by De’Anza

The smooth process of being able to setup a feat in such a recognizable location made it more so that this performance was meant to be. From the phone call with band manager Ray to the release forms, everything was effortlessly falling into place. Passing through the doors of Amoeba Records in a cloudy Los Angeles morning, we meet up with De’Anza, ready to capture a very rare experience, all while racing to beat the clock before doors open. Born …

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Para Complacerte By Daniela Calvario

As we approached our next artist, we couldn’t help but admire the tranquility that surrounded her as the busy city was close by. Even fans were captivated by her humble and somber attitude when she gladly accepted to sign autographs and take pictures. We set-up the equipment, readied ourselves in the horse drawn carriage, and began to film. Daniela Calvario is currently working on her first studio album and already shows much promise with a sensational YouTube and Facebook following. Although she is fairly …

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Dame lo que hay by Montevideo

Although our intentions were to record at the prestigious UNAM en el Cuidad de Mexico, a minor setback ultimately and serendipitously lead us to a new location. The sun was already set and the bustling of the city life was coming to a close when Montevideo took to the Centro de Coyoacan to perform a very special version of an unreleased song. The band consists of Alex (guitar), Uriel (keys/guitar), Rocko (bass), and Memo (Drums) all of which hail from Mexico …

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Así No Mas by Arevalo

As we wrapped up the first encore for Arevalo, we were lucky enough to keep the location to ourselves. The tranquility of the Queen Mary being offshore also added to the peaceful surrounding, making this second shoot an easy transition. As an Alum from the Musical Institute, Arevalo’s musical teachings have also awarded him with merits from his home country of Colombia. With attributes like that, Arevalo’s future looks very promising. With the perfect timing of the shoot, we readied …

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Caballo Blanco by Montebong

What better it was to finish off this session than with a lively song that really brought all of Montebong’s styles together. From the reggae-esque guitar solo to the rhythmic pattern of the keyboard solo, that even gave a reaction to the singers face, “Caballo Blanco” showcased what Montebong is really about. The band continues to flourish and grow, evolving their sound and lyrics as time goes on.  They are currently working on a fourth record and hope to expand …

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Como la Luna by Montebong

As we wrapped up the first song, we readied ourselves for the next one. The crowd was still forming and the traffic of curiosity was piling up. While having performed with other notable acts including The Skatalites, Gondwana, and Mad professor, Montebong continue to achieve the independent artist ideal, mostly recognized by their fans and critics. With three full albums released to the date, Montebong show no sign of slowing down. Encore Sessions presents the second installment of Montebong’s three-part performance …

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Voy Para el Sur by Montebong

With the whirring of the cars around us and the crowd gathering, curious as to what we were doing, we knew this shoot would be one of the liveliest ones during our stay in Guadalajara. As the band assembled under the Puente Matute Remus, the audience was eager with anticipation. Montebong, comprised of Raul (vocals), Chris (guitar), Javier (bass), Kike (keyboards), Mario (percussion), and David (drums), brought about their reggae stylings with their powerful ska and dub influences. For this …

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Viajando en una nube by C-Kan ft. Cali Treez

As we were ripped down from our seats, treated like criminals, and passed through a giant machine that looked like it came out of a sci-fi book, passing through the Mexican border felt more discouraging than anything. Fortunately, we powered through, regrouped a few hours later at the hotel, and finally setup the shoot for C-Kan that took place in the underground parking garage. C-Kan, born Jose Luis Maldonado, had a similar experience growing up by always dealing with authority. …

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Amiga by Banda La Fantastica

Regional mexican style of music has been a genre of music we have always wanted to tackle. Knowing the tedious process of recording a fifteen plus band however, was an even bigger obstacle that came with it. After successfully using a multi angle camera method in out own sound space, we decided that this method was the best way to with in order to capture the true essence of a band with this much sound and power. In groups of …

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Ay Corazon by Cuitla Vega

With over a hundred thousand subscribers on youtube, millions of views, and just newly signed to the innovative Twiins Music group, Cuitla Vega is sure on his way to become the next big thing. Hailing from Coyuca de Catlan Guerrero, Cuitla embodies the romantic nature of Spanish Ballads while keeping true to his philosophy of singing from the heart and being easily relatable to anyone in the world. His dedication, passion, and hardworking ethic is visible through his music and …

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Cuando El Miedo te Alcance by Juno

The very last band we had the opportunity to film was none other than the band formerly known as Los Empty. By chance, the drummer from the previous night for the Broken Flowers shoot told us about his other band now known as Juno. We arranged the session and squeezed in the final band for the Guadalajara trip, hours before our flight home. Juno is a four-piece rock group consisting of Daniel Aceves (vocals/guitar), Victor Barajas (guitar), Juan Carlos Rosas …

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Shine by Elliot the Furniture

It was the last shoot of our Guadalajara trip and the exhaustion could be felt by all of us. As lightning struck right outside the studio that housed Elliot the Furniture, the somber mood became set. The band, Consisting of Andres (vocals), Rene (guitar), Gabriel (drums), Aldo (bass), and Fito (guitar), have been at it for two years and have established themselves in the indie music scene of Guadalajara Jalisco. They describe themselves as experimenters who individually fear new sounds but as …

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Wey by Rosita Venus & Fundillo

The world famous Caradura venue was our random stop for the night in the heart of El D.F. and Rosita Venus & Fundillo just happened to be playing. With our friend Tania Avilla having mutual relations with the band, this chance meeting turned into a whirlwind chain of events that ultimately led us to El Monumento a la Revolución the very next day, ready and eager to record. With a description as short as their punk riff guitar sounds, Rosita …

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Like You Do by Dirty Black Beans

After waking up from a tequila induced hangover, post a five band film session, meeting up with Dirty Black Beans the following morning was nothing short of a miracle. The band however were in high spirits and had such an infectious stirring vibe that we immediately felt cured. For the most part. The band, consisting of Tania Serrano (vocals), Lalo Melgar (guitar), Ivan Marquez (bass), and Jean Pierre Chaurand (drums), are not your typical run of the mill rockabilly band. …

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Diversion by Rebel Cats

Feeling as lost as the taxi driver himself, it seemed that our arrival to the next destination was never going to happen. Luckily, after a few hours of never-ending streets, we made it to the Parque Valle Tepeyac in Mexico City. Shortly after, the Rebel Cats made an appearance, shaking off the “leftover fun” from their release party the night before, staying true to their namesake. The band, comprised of Vince (drum/vocals), Vincent Van Rock (guitar), Lalobilly (bass), and Chucho …

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Khalis by Gera MXM

With being backed by Joker Brand Mexico and Santa Suerte, Gera MXM was able to tour, produce, and create a detailed story of his journey to become a world renowned rapper. His album No Veo No Siento proves just how much Gera is willing to aspire to by delivering thought provoking lyrics, making his journey that much more promising. As we finished rolling his last song, Gera was ready to give it one more go. Encore Sessions presents the second part of …

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Suelo Soñar, Correr y Tropezarme by Gera MXM

As we stood below the famous Puente Matute Remus, Gera MXM prepares himself to deliver what is to be one of his most influential and hard hitting songs. With a strict regimen of working, writing, and rapping, his discipline for his craft can be traced to a very young age. It was not until he perfected that discipline that lead him to Monterey in which he recorded his first album and demonstrated his rough upbringing through lyric and rhyme. As …

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Viajando en una nube by C-Kan ft. Cali Treez

As we were ripped down from our seats, treated like criminals, and passed through a giant machine that looked like it came out of a sci-fi book, passing through the Mexican border felt more discouraging than anything. Fortunately, we powered through, regrouped a few hours later at the hotel, and finally setup the shoot for C-Kan that took place in the underground parking garage. C-Kan, born Jose Luis Maldonado, had a similar experience growing up by always dealing with authority. …

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