Bio: Nacional Records’ first U.S.-based signing, the Bronx’s Pacha Massive had a remarkable digital start – in its first week of release, ‘All Good Things’ hit #1 on iTunes ... (more)
Bio: Nacional Records’ first U.S.-based signing, the Bronx’s Pacha Massive had a remarkable digital start – in its first week of release, ‘All Good Things’ hit #1 on iTunes’
Alternativo chart, was the #1 overall album on eMusic (outselling Anglo acts like Bloc Party, Of Montreal, and Johnny Cash), and #2 on iTunes Latino’s Top Albums chart (ahead of Shakira, Maná, and Gypsy Kings).
Pacha Massive (from ‘Pachamama’ meaning “Mother Earth”), is the creative collaboration between Dominican-born Nova (keys / guitar/ writer/ producer) and Colombian-born Maya (writer/bass). Pacha Massive’s music is a funky fusion of traditional Latin rhythms like Colombian cumbia, Dominican palo, reggae, dancehall, dub and electronica sure to get the pachanga fired up. The duo met in New York while working on a project with Ivan Benavides (Sidestepper, Bloque, Carlos Vives) where a creative collaboration between the two led to the formation of Pacha Massive in 2005.
Pacha Massive landed an impressive first gig opening for Colombian rockers Aterciopelados at Madison Square Garden and has since gone on to share the stage with artists like Café Tacuba, Ozomatli, Sidestepper, Los Amigos Invisibles and Yerba Buena. After winning the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) Battle of the Bands contest (previous winners include Kinky and Los Abandoned who have both gone on to launch successful careers) the duo caught the attention of Nacional Records. Pacha Massive’s infectious track “Don’t Let Go” was featured last year on the Nacional Records soundtrack to the box-office hit “La Mujer de Mi Hermano,” and landed airplay on such leading tastemaker stations as Indie 103.1 (Los Angeles), KCRW (Los Angeles), KEXP (Seattle), and KUT (Austin). The new album ‘All Good Things’ has been hotly anticipated, with first single “Don’t Let Go” recently selected by NBC to air in an episode of the popular show ‘Las Vegas’.
“All Good Things” the group’s first album, was released on February 20th, 2007 and is self-produced by Nova with additional mixing in Monterrey, Mexico by Alejandro Rosso of platinum-selling Mexican act Plastilina Mosh. For Nova, a seasoned musician who has played with acts like New York reggae-latin fusion band King Chango, self-producing was a positive experience “because no one knows your material better than yourself and you have the freedom to experiment until you stumble upon what you were looking for.” According to Maya, “our first album has a very personal sound to it. Written by both of us and being produced by Nova, it has a very Pacha sound”. Nova adds, “most songs deal with the struggles of everyday life, perseverance and those hardships we all go through to achieve our dreams”.