Making Movies makes music that matters now: rhythmically adventurous, lyrically substantive, and melodically sensuous---the progressive Latino sound. On March 5, 2013 the young Kansas City-based band self-releases their second album, titled A La Deriva and produced by Steve Berlin.
Led by Panamanian brothers Enrique and Diego Chi (singer/songwriter/guitarist and bassist respectively) - and made complete by percussionist Juan Carlos Chaurand and drummed Brendan Culp- Making Movies has been hailed as “a rare crossover band…that embraces its heritage without being wholly defined by it” (The Pitch). Early reviews of A La Deriva give praise that “influences on the album go far beyond traditional Latin forms - where “attitudes from early New Wave and classic alternative rock often assert themselves dominantly” and where “plenty of beautiful ugliness in the guitar work [is] also offset by…pretty moments.” (Ink Magazine)
The strong rapport between Berlin (whose studio credits include John Lee Hooker, R.E.M, The Replacements, Paul Simon, and many others) and the members of Making Movies is palpable, and for A La Deriva the collaboration created a sound that is “bigger, roomier and even more raucously joyous” (Ink Magazine) than the band’s first recording. Berlin was first turned on to Making Movies when the guys opened up for Los Lobos at their Kansas City show. “I was struck by the effortless way they moved between musical styles, all the while managing to make each one completely their own,” Berlin explains. “It was fairly instantaneous that I decided I wanted to work with them.”
“We went into the studio thinking Steve would trim down our sound, make us sound more concise,” Enrique recently told the Kansas City Star. “But he did the opposite. He’d have us drag things out, follow our instincts and get weirder and more complex.” As to Berlin’s thoughts on the final result, he says “…it’s rare that [when producing an album] I anticipate a result and it’s a million times better than what I anticipated. This is one of those records.”
As Making Movies up to bring their music across the nation - and world - for the first time, CNN Espanol recently interviewed the guys about what’s ahead for them.
Look for Making Movies to announce spring tour dates soon.