Blood truly has proven thicker than water with Weapons of Mass Creation, the multifaceted, genre bending band always surprise their listeners when they reveal that of 7 members — 6 are biological siblings, Bassist / Vocalist “Naps,” Pianist / Producer “Crudo,” Drummer / MC “Moe Buddah,” Guitarist / Vocalist “BrothaLuis,” Vocalist / MC / Femme Fatale “Joules,” Saxophonist / Vocalist “Esther” make up the core of the Franco siblings. Their cousin, MC / Philosopher “Solitude” completes their deadly team. Blending Latin styles with thoughtful rap lyrics, they truly encompass a unique style reminiscent of their different yet complementary personalities. Described by fans as a mix of The Roots and Ozomatli. They sprinkle in influences like Nas and Javier Solis — topping it off with some Lauryn Hill and Curtis Mayfield — gracefully weaving in all their experiences through their compositions.
Easily another of the bands noteworthy attributes is their song writers’ intellectual and introspective lyrical content. The band’s long standing exposure to sociopolitical ideologies feeds the fire of their words and they utilize these ideas while nurturing their musicality to create their original works. They embrace all their intersectional identities of being 1st generation, Latinidad, blackness, womanhood, queerness, and putting these in the forefront of their artistry.
To further the scope of talent that these young artist command, WOMC has been working hard in the past few years to establish a precedent of DIY independence. Each member is multidisciplinary, adding something to the already well oiled machine. In other words everything is created in house, from the logo designs to the t-shirt printing. Have it be the lyrics, the melodies, every single note in production and recording, even mixing and mastering, all done independently!
Within these dynamics WOMC finds themselves quoting revolutionaries like Frantz Fanon and Gloria Anzaldua to cracking jokes while sipping 40 oz. This rawness is reflected within the music, one second taking the listener on a self-reflecting journey and the other dancing the night away to home-cooked cumbias. Together Weapons Of Mass Creation has built a truly revolutionary musical form of resistance for the people.
Chrisol is a rising star in the Los Angeles Latinx hotbed of female creatives. Her music coalesces Latin alternative sounds with disco soul. She has worked with a multitude of Latinx performers such as Leo Dan, Chicano Batman, Las Cafeteras, and La Misa Negra. Her artistry has been featured in the Ulta True Beauty national television campaign, Echo Park Rising 2019, and the Remezcla top 10 LA Artists innovating Cumbia in 2020. Recently, Chrisol worked in partnership with Los Angeles Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez to help raise funds and bring awareness to the pro bono legal firm, Al Otra Lado, who works with asylum seekers at the US/Mexican border.Chrisol is currently in preparation for her first EP to be released this coming summer. You can find her current body of work on all digital music outlets.
Born and raised in Cali, Colombia, noloves has been spinning records for a long time, with a truly eclectic taste and an ear for tunes that can move both bodies and souls. Now as a member of different artist collectives in Toronto, noloves amplifies with his sound the city’s dizzying diversity. His vinyl set for this occasion draws heavily on the Salsa sounds of the last century, encompassing a people’s history of the Latinx diaspora that resonates beyond borders and eras.
Victoria Elise is an R&B and bedroom pop artist from East LA. She creates music with local musicians to illustrate silhouettes of heartbreak, empowerment, and femininity based on her experiences as a young Chicana. The smooth, rhythmic music has graced The Wiltern stage in partner with the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation. In addition to performing, a new Victoria Elise EP is currently being tracked and is influenced by echos of 90s R&B.
Tatiana Hazel is redefining what it means to create pop music. Born and raised in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago and a daughter to Mexican-born parents, Tatiana has grown into a standout gem within a growing pool of Midwest born musicians and creatives. Known for her ethereal interpretation of indie pop, Tatiana first began her experimentation with music at the age of 13, where she taught herself guitar by watching Youtube videos and then evidently from there, began her journey as a singer and songwriter. Aside from the guitar, Tatiana has also taught herself how to play the piano, ukulele, bass and drums. After attending Columbia College Chicago for one year to study music business, Tatiana withdrew from school in order to pursue her music career and study the entertainment business independently and on her own terms. Since then, Tatiana has created an impressive and diverse catalogue of music within a shockingly short amount of time—proving herself not just as a singer, but also a musician, bilingual songwriter and producer. Her first self-produced and Spanish language single “Dimelo” landed her a spot and cover feature of Spotify’s Nuevo Noise playlist in 2017 followed by the release of her debut EP TOXIC in July 2018. Alongside music, Tatiana also retains a lifelong passion for fashion and style and designs and makes her own clothing and costumes for editorials, performances and for other artists as well. Past designs of hers have been worn by the likes of Kali Uchis, Kari Faux and Girl Ultra. Tatiana’s lyricism is raw, unfiltered and honest—all aspects that pair perfectly with her dreamily catchy, slightly folkloric, but never shallow, pop compositions. Her perfectionist attitude towards her work and music is what keeps her dedicated and growing fanbase always anxiously awaiting what she’ll do next.
If music was a menu, Def Sound would be the vegan option. As an Afro Latino (parents from Belize & Panama) born and based in South Central LA, Def Sound (mom given name Emmanuel Ashley Ricketts) is a Grammy Award considered contemporary hip-hop artist, producer, published poet, DJ, and community activist. Def’s work as a poet has been included in Saul Williams’ Anthology CHORUS, while his music has been featured in LA WEEKLY, LA Record, The L.A. Times and the Spectrum Television show Music Diaries. Def has curated listening experiences called #LINKOUTSIDETHEBIO that bring together the intersections of live music, poetry, improvisation, and vegan food as a form of community memory making while stimulating the Black-owned femme space Reparations Club. Venturing into apparel design with “No.Body.Is.Illegal” sweatshirts and tees Def donates 10% of all profits to immigrant advocacy. Def is also a contributor to the internet pirate streaming network Locally Grown.tv as a curator of his own channel COLOREDTV. Locally Grown has been called “The new PBS” by Wired Magazine and operates as 24-hour programming for deprogramming. Lastly, Def is a student at UCI studying African American Studies with a focus on Black Critical Theory. Def is using his work to shift the black narrative back to an Afro Presentist humanist perspective with a buffet of healthy experimental raps and poems that feed both the mind and spirit. Def synthesizes Hip Hop and his Afro Latino roots using music as a healing mechanism while weaving together a tapestry of triumph, levity, and ancestry and power.
Sister Mantos was originally a solo project conceived by Oscar M. Santos in 2009. The band transformed from a bedroom ambient lofi project into a bilingual neo-tropical psychedelic punk funk orchestra. When Sister Mantos takes the stage, their psychedelic blend of LATIN BEATS, PUNK ATTITUDE, and FUNK RHYTHMS invigorate the crowd to dance, sing and rejoice. Sister Mantos sings songs in Spanish and English about love, QUEER & POC empowerment, and utopias that are free of war and oppression. Audiences are sent on a spaced out psychedelic road trip and treated to mystical experience of spastic dancing, bumping beats, and POSITIVE ENERGY.
Mando Fresko is a Mexican-American media personality, brand ambassador and entrepreneur born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Aside from his expansive social media following and long-running radio career at Power 106 and Cali 93.9, Mando has been featured on Forbes’ “Get Paid to Be Yourself” for his entrepreneurial work. The feature describes how he founded the entertainment and media company, Hubwav Media. One of his latest projects is the launch of the Fresko Foundation, a non-profit organization. The foundation is focused on mentorship, personal development and creating opportunities for inner city youth.
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Lupita Infante, a first-generation Mexican American is the granddaughter of Pedro Infante (1917-1957), an icon of the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, and daughter of Pedro Infante Jr. (1950-2009), a singer and actor in his own right. Lupita grew up under the shadow cast by the untimely passing of her father and grandfather. Eventually, the family’s losses inspired Lupita to develop her own talents and pursue a career in music. (NEXT LINE) She grew up loving and deeply respecting everything that makes Mexican music special, which is why her commitment to paying tribute to the greats – including her own family – is a central theme throughout her recorded and live performances. However, she believes in the power of progress and bravely questions some long-held traditions: Can a woman wear traje de charro pants on stage? Yes! Can a woman serenade a man? Absolutely! Always, her intention is to connect the genre to contemporary fans. Along the way, she has emerged as an artist with her own identity, capable of honoring the past while celebrating the present and creating the future.