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Formed in the winter of 2008, Diego Paulo was created by brothers Zachary Humenik and Tyler Doherty, along with their friend Sam Nobles. Starting as jazz / funk fusion band, it wasn’t until meeting Brasilian musician Dão that the band’s style began to incorporate other styles of music. This encounter combined with person travel experiences of guitar player, Zachary helped to create the sound and style that would eventually become Diego Paulo. Katie Dill joined the group soon after when the boys needed a female vocalist to cover Stan Getz’s version of “Garota de Impanema”. With this line up, Diego Paulo recorded their first EP “Três Semanas” - a title representing the three weeks they played together prior as well their Brasilian influence.
In the weeks following their first release, drummer Tyler Holloway joined the group playing the congas. Inspired by the new percussive elements in their music, Diego Paulo’s second EP was released only a month after the first. “Panamanian Trading Co.”, their second recording, was a natural progression in sound as the band began to mix various genres together and develop their sound.
After a 4 month traveling hiatus during the summer of 2009, Diego Paulo made one final adjustment moving Tyler from congas to a drum kit. Between the inspiration gained during traveling and the versatility their newly adjusted percussion section, Diego Paulo had all they needed to create their first album : “Café con Leche”. It was with this recording, which included influences from Jamaica, West Africa, Brasil, and the American South that Diego Paulo was able to create their signature sound. Described as “Nova Tropicál” Diego Paulo’s music took cue from the tropicália movement that took place in Brasil During the 1960’s.