In the darkest of places, there's always light.
Raised in the fertile oil grounds of the Bible Belt, I embraced the colors of the universe at an early age. Constantly in a daydream or mental exercise, I found solace in absconding myself from the prisms of rural America. My creed was unconventional - I embraced the beauty and love of others, but found dogmatic rhetoric mundane and narrow-sighted. Normally, it was just a bunch of old white people telling me what to say or think. To this day, I rely on my curious and unpredictable imagination to take me anywhere. It's my vehicle to the light. I often think about Salvador Dali trying to explain his art - but then I remember - the beauty of his work was that it always remained a secret. And the greatest secrets of my life are often hidden in my art - teetering like the middle finger and smile you receive from a trespassing punk who just jumped your fence. It is here where I found the identity of a songwriter who built a relationship between melody and instrumentation. My songs are about representing, responding and navigating to identify with myself and my environment. It's complex. Sometimes it comes easy. Sometimes it's a nightmare. Whether through personal vignettes of resistance, power, attraction, sex, love, drugs, anger or mischief, my stories and the world that I built for them are the only light and colors I know.
Hour Of The Time Majesty Twelve (HOTT MT) is an experimental pop group based in Los Angeles. Together they create gritty realms of psychedelic fantasy that reflect the dusty shimmer of east hollywood. Since their formation in 2012, the group has collaborated on recordings with: The Flaming Lips, Ariel Pink, Erykah Badu, and Ke$ha, They have also opened for: The Flaming Lips, Bat For Lashes and Galaxie 500.
The Red Pears
The Red Pears are an indie/alternative band from El Monte, CA. The band consists of Henry Vargas on guitar and vocals, Jose Corona on drums, and their good friend Patrick Juarez that helps on bass. The group started in the summer of 2014, when Jose and Henry got together with talks of forming another band having known each since high school and playing in different groups, separately and together. Things took off from there as they both shared similar influences, similar backgrounds and similar mindsets and visions.
They started as a duo, with their first gig together being an open mic at a church. Juan Aguilar soon joined the band on bass that same year. The duo became a trio and started playing anything from house parties, to bars, to coffee shops, to open mics. Things started moving fast as the release of ‘We Bring Anything to the Table… Except Tables, We Can’t Bring Tables to the Table’, garnered unexpected attention. They continued playing and noticed a growth in their audience throughout the years since.
Juan unfortunately left the band early 2017, and their close friend Patrick kindly agreed to help the now duo out. The band has gone a long way from playing open mics at churches, to playing out of state, selling out venues, and doing more than anyone would’ve thought or expected. With a very loyal and supportive fanbase and audience, the group is currently recording their new record, and are excited for what’s to come.