Vatomico is a project created from the need to create a musical contrast between classic and electronic. Based in Los Angeles, California, Vatomico is an instrumental project that plays ‘Electrojazz;’ a mix of electronic music with funk, mambo, and jazz.
The sound produced by the bass, sequences, sax, and keyboards goes from Avalanche and Kinky to Coltrane and Mingus. Their shows, with songs composed mostly of their own, offer a tremendous display of energy and improvisation, where the keyboards in charge of Danny Andress, and sax, by Nick Gomez, gain the spotlight, supported by a solid rhythm section that doesn’t disappoint anybody.
Taking our attention to the utterly dynamic buoyancy implanted into their latest single “Peace,” we get a healthy offering of the various strengths Vatomico is capable of. Shifting through a musical complexity that is triggered by distorted bass lines, timely percussion, and intricately sculpted keyboard arrangements, we appreciate the finer details that disburse elements of golden sax hues and the compelling voice clip repeating throughout the composition to bring unity to this masterpiece.
There is a definite intensity that surfaces from the depths of the musicality as the prevailing message emitted throughout “Peace,” enforces a world in need of optimistic relief. In a song that is purely instrumental except for the pre-recorded memo frequently occurring, there is much to be unraveled by the listener's own interpretation. You clasp onto the overall spirit that rises from this body of work as you anticipate what will weave its way through the progression next. Electrojazz is the perfect way to outline the undefinable quintessence that Vatomico carries with them throughout each musical piece they construct.
Incorporating contemporary elements that amalgamate with a blend of retro meets futuristic tenors, Vatomico is ahead of their time with the artistry they offer. Continuing to wow us one song at a time, we’re here for the timeless creations they’ll throw our way next.
Welcome to BuzzMusic, Vatomico, and congratulations on the release of “Peace.” Although the theme may be apparent with the title of the song, we’re curious as to what exact moment inspired the abstract creation of this track?
There was not one exact moment but rather a combination of events and moments throughout the creative process. There was an initial desire to create "something" that would show the crucial moments we are going through as a society, and at the same time, to put out the idea of the possibility of hope.
With such an eclectic arrangement of sounds that are near impossible to get off your mind, could you please take us into the creative process that brought this song to life?
This piece really went through a creative-evolving process. Started first with a challenge given by an organization to create something with a group of specific notes they gave that had to be included on the piece. I didn’t get into the competition since I heard about this just a couple of days before the deadline. However, within those couple of days, most of the structure of the song was created, and really wanted to continue with it. Then, I came across Charles Chaplin’s speech and thought of it as the perfect addition to what I was creating at that moment. Also, the addition of keyboards and piano, by Danny Andress, and saxophone, by Nick Gomez, completed what I had envisioned at first.
What are you hoping that your listeners take away from the messaging in this piece?
I really hope they get the point I want to get across. First to recognize we are going through rough times that need to be questioned by society and that we need to confront to bring down barriers that prevent us from growing as a society. Also, to eliminate what’s poisoning us as people. At the same time, to continue with a sense and feeling of hope for the future.
Do you find that the music scene in Los Angeles has any impact on your artistry?
Absolutely, for example, I have been on different types of projects and musical genres throughout my career here in L.A., from Hip Hop to Electronica passing through Rock en Español and Theater musicals. This city’s musical scene is culturally rich and gives the artist an ample palate to get inspiration from.
What's next for you?
Next is to continue recording and releasing music, and, hopefully, to come back soon to play shows. Last year we were invited to the Festival Internacional de Jazz de Querétaro and was an amazing experience. We would love to continue performing everywhere we can, venues, festivals, shows, etc.