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Huerta Culture plays dance music for parties. The band mixes cumbia, ska, reggae, hip-hop, blues, rock, and Balkan influences to create a sound that has been dubbed 'psychocumbia'. Huerta Culture grew up in South Austin where for years a core group of friends got together to jam and to party, sometimes hosting after parties for other local and traveling musicians after their gigs. In 2010, the band made it out of the living room jam setting to back Kiko Villamizar doing mostly Kiko's original Latin compositions. A year later, Huerta Culture developed a new and original repertoire less predominantly Latin though still favoring a lot of cumbia.
Felipe contributes his locally celebrated free-style rap and hype while playing the guacharaca and other hand percussion. Nain adds his unique pertinent and witty trilingual rhymes, singing sometimes in Quechua (an indigenous language of Bolivia) and playing the Andean pan pipes. David blows trumpet and shares his expertise in music theory and his knowledge of Balkan and other exotic musical scales. Owen is known for his work with various African percussion ensembles and brings his discipline into the eclectic blend. Juan drives a mean ska on the trap set and holds down a swinging cumbia. The twin brothers, Quinn and Nick, provide the bass and keys foundation and sing original songs in English and Spanish. With 5 singers in the band sometimes all switching verses throughout a song, Huerta Culture keeps arrangements dynamic and eclectic. The band continues to evolve as new musicians come and go and contribute.
Huerta Culture is not known for having a traditional style or for playing cumbia or ska the way it is supposed to be, but rather for having a unique blend of styles and for exploring and developing the talent and creativity of its diverse members. Discography: In 2014 Huerta Culture released the full length album HOMEGROWN which was recorded mostly in the same studio apartment where the band rehearses. Currently, the band is writing new material for a possible second release in early 2016. Check out HOMEGROWN at http://www.cdbaby.com/m/cd/huertaculture.