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MEXKLAN is a reggae/ska/punk/latin/cumbia/Afrorock band comprised of seven dedicated, talented music-lovers. Their repertoire has matured in the last three years, from a handful of ska, reggae, and punk songs to a full spectrum of solid, multi-layered, intricate creations. Many of their songs contain a multitude of styles as well as elaborate rhythm and tempo changes. Several of its members have performed with notable musicians and acts, including Radio La Chusma, Fixed Idea, and The Mars Volta.
Although the members of MEXKLAN have backgrounds as diverse as their musical styles, they share a unifying, uncompromising goal: the pure and simple love of creating exceptional music and a single-minded desire to leave an indelible mark on the fabric of El Paso’s music scene.
The band was formed in March of 2010, with the majority of its members coming fresh off the heels of a resignation from local band Fixed Idea. A 5-song EP helped solidify their dedication to the goals set forth when they first initiated this project. They’ve persevered through internal setbacks and personal struggles and continue to create and mature as individual musicians and as a band.
MEXKLAN has contributed to worthy causes by performing at benefit concerts that donated proceeds to Toys for Tots, The Lee Moore Children’s Home and The Boys and Girls Club, and The Center Against Family Violence. They also were part of the line up at the Cincinnati district’s Mardi Gras celebration in 2011, as well as for the El Paso Roller Derby Girls. And helping round off this list of accomplishments, MEXKLAN has had the honor of opening up for world-renowned surfer rock/rockabilly giants Igor & Red Elvises and the legendary and esteemed Jamaican rocksteady crooners, The Melodians.
MEXKLAN looks to the future with high hopes and a continuous, fearless progression into ever-evolving and vast music making. Their aspirations include continuing to create and maintain a catalog of rich, unique, and high energy songs, to record and produce more albums, and continuing to play with top-notch bands and musicians.