Pueblo Vivo-Vibrant People
La Otrabanda (the other band) is a project is originally formed by Venezuelans living outside their country to share our Venezuelan-folk inspired music that portrays the idiosyncrasy of our vibrant country in a fresh and optimistic way. Winners of the West coast International songwriting competition in the world music category with the song: 'Salida' and the grand prize and the Lennon award in the well-known John Lennon songwriting competition in the world music category with the song 'Indigenas', La Otrabanda is quickly positioning themselves as one of the artist to watch in the world music scene. Band statement: We grew up in a part of the world where there are two things that keep you from sleeping until late in the mornings: the roosters and the omnipresent melodies usually coming from all directions, even in the early morning hours. It's this music that provides some relief from the tough and unpleasant routine of poverty. Music provides respite: at least everyone has the power to choose the radio station they hear during lunch, even when for some people their plate of food looks the same every day. Music makes up a fundamental part of daily life in Venezuela, and, in our experience, throughout Latin America. When we say 'music', we don't mean just salsa, merengue and local folk music. We mean all the music that the process of globalization and the strong influence of the so-called 'first world' have brought to us: rock, pop, jazz, etc. There is a consequence of globalization and cultural colonization that to us feels somewhat like a sweet revenge. In the same way that huge, transnational companies have taken our local riches and transformed them for their own interests, we took their music, transformed it to also make it our own. This serves as the basis for new, exciting musical experimentation. Instrumentation Alvaro Gonzalez (Low Fi): vocals, guitar, cuatro, percussion. Glenn Fung (Glencho): bass, backing vocals, percussion. Fran Martinez: Drums, percussion, backing vocals. German Gutierrez y Nerio Gutierrez: Sound gurus. Daniel Etura: Graphic design, video, visual guru.