M.A.K.U SoundSystem is a New York-based Colombian band playing music that is traditional at its core, but with a futuristic spin that is distinctly M.A.K.U. Basing their rhythmic foundation on Colombian folkloric music, the band diverts from tradition by inflecting their sound with decidedly more modern synthesizers, and musical influences ranging from jazz, psychedelic rock, punk, afro-beat, reggae, and soul. This 8-musician ensemble was born in Queens in 2010 and uses an array of instruments in heavy rotation on stage and in the studio, including drums, Colombian drums, guitar, bass, vocals, horn, clarinet, trombone, traditional Colombian percussion instruments such as maracas and gaitas (large indigenous flutes), and synthesizers – to name but a few. Most of the band members are Colombian immigrants who currently live, work, and play in New York City. Each of the musicians, regardless of origin, adds in his/her own interpretations and experiences to every M.A.K.U. song, both musically and lyrically, contributing to that indefinable quality in their songs that can only be defined as M.A.K.U.
Phat Astronaut is a five piece intergalactic, synthedelic soul machine on a mission to spread universal love and awareness. Sonically, Phat Astronaut is a whirlwind of organic and synthesized soundscapes, combining hip hop, r&b, funk, and afrobeat, using songwriting and improvisation to create our own genre, known as SpaceHop.
Since our birth on Thanksgiving Eve, we have performed multiple successful charity events, recorded a live album, and are currently in the studio, preparing an upcoming ep. Phat Astronaut is ready and willing to travel to your town to free your mind, stimulate your senses, and fulfill all of your funky needs.