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Interview: Elastic Bond

Tue, Mar 27, 2012




Under the Sun featured the song “More Music” by local Latin electronica band Elastic Bond, in the stories, “Islandia: South Florida’s Own Little Atlantis” and “Childhood Memories and a Hialeah Landmark”. The song is from the band’s latest release, Frecuencia Natural.” I spoke with band member Andres Ponce about what makes their music unique.

Tell me about the members and what instruments they play.

There’s Sofy Encanto on vocals, Buffalo Brown on guitar and vocals, David Burgos on horns and I’m on keys and do samplers.

How did you guys meet?

Sofy and I met in 2004 and soon after, we started writing some songs. We actually formed Elastic Bond in 2006. I met Buffalo that same year –he was playing at Jazid, and Sofy knew David through his roomate.

Who would you say your musical influences are?

Our influences come from all across the musical map, some classic and some more recent: The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Bob Marley, Fania All-Stars, Fela Kuti, Marvin Gaye, A Tribe Called Quest, J-Dilla, Danger Mouse, Radiohead, Sade, Raphael Saadiq, Celia Cruz, Wilfrido Vargas, Chemical Brothers, Rita Indiana, The Black Keys, Los Amigos Invisibles, Little Dragon, Gustavo Cerati and folkloric music of our countries Venezuela, Honduras and Dominican Republic that we grew up listening to.

Do you feel Miami adds a unique quality to your music?

Absolutely. I think the fact that Miami is an urban tropical paradise adds a particular edge and flavor to our sound.

What makes your band more unique than the rest of the Miami bands?

Well, that’s a tough question since every individual and band is somewhat unique and there are many great bands in this city. I think what makes us unique is the ability to mix many different styles and grooves with Sofy’s soulful, bilingual vocals. We are pushing forward musically by mixing retro and modern sounds in ways that we feel have not been done before.

In three words, how would you describe your music?

Latin, soul, electronic

What’s next for Elastic Bond?

Our new album “Real,” which we hope to release this summer, and many shows.

If you want to learn more about Elastic Bond, check out their page here.

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