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F.Y.I. featuring Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation)

Thievery Corporation @ Lincoln Theatre - On&On
Thievery Corporation @ Lincoln Theatre

We sat down with Rob Garza from Thievery Corporation, asked a few questions, and had a lot of fun with this interview and On&On’s first installment of Free Your Inhibitions….

At what point in your career as a Artists, did you realize that you were “All In”. 

I think while we were pressing the first Thievery CD “Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi” on our own label. Originally, we started Thievery as a hobby, just to shoot the shit, drink, our studio was in the liquor room of the 18th Street Lounge in DC. Me and Eric had to decide whether we wanted to press 500 or 1,000 CD’s. We decided to be brave and press 1,000. I remember a week after we got the CD’s we sold the first 1,000 and a company in Germany ordered another 2,000. I remember thinking maybe I can make a living doing this.

What time of music did you listen to growing up?

@ Red Rocks, Colorado - On&On
@ Red Rocks, Colorado

In my house there was a lot of old soul music played. Latin music and early rock and roll. The first thing that rely grabbed me during my musically formative years was punk.  I loved the whole DIY spirit and felt like people were really speaking to me through music. Then I fell in love with Brazialian music, jazz, dub, hip hop, techno, old soundtracks. I love all different styles of music.

If you could remix one of those artists music, and open for them, who would it be?

For me the one artist would be Antonio Carlos Jobim. The famous Brazilian composer, his compositions are pure magic and have a longing sense of night time ethereal vibes. I’d love to get my hands on the multi tracks.

What is your ideal set length, and what’s the longest set you’ve played?

My ideal set length is between 2- 3 hours, I’ve played 8 hour sets.

Can you describe how your style music sounds?

(For context, it’s 3AM, and your playing a warm open air venue, with an amazing sound system and there’s 1500 people who are huge fans of yours) My set tends to be in that tangental space where Nu-Disco meets Deep and Tech House. Theres a sweet spot in there that I really like. It is has some serious groove but with a nice edge. Rob Garza - On&On

What’s the most memorable set you’ve heard in the last few months?

I saw Gus Gus in Mexico City a few months ago and really enjoyed it. I hadn’t seen them in a while and didn’t know what to expect. I really dug it! Our first live show was with them back in 97 so it was great to see them still doing their thing.

How long do you see yourself Djing for “Professionally”.

I never really look at what I’m doing in a professional context, it comes down to is it fun and do I enjoy doing it. If I stop enjoying it, I’ll stop doing it.

If you could go to space and return, how long would you stay for, who would you bring, and where would you go?

Rob Garza w/ Art Department - On&On
Rob Garza w/ Art Department

I’d go the moon for a night with a few friends and take some psychedelics. That would be just fine for me.
(We’ll be right there with you Rob!) 

What do you think about On&On?

Very nice site! Looks like you guys have some cool events coming up!

Rob is embarking on it’s first release March 10, 2015, on his new record label, Magnetic Moon. His latest EP, “Palace Of Mirrors”.  The EP features collaborations & sounds inspired by his travels to India and Oaxaca. Palace of Mirrors features remixes from Nadastrom, Psychemagik, and vocals by Sutja Gutierrez. You’ll be able to catch him playing some of the tracks at Public Works with Pillowtalk (Live) this Friday, March 6. Discount Pre-sales Here.

A Big Thank You to Garza for taking the time to meet with us for the debut of F.Y.I. We’re giving away a limited edition Rob Garza V-MODA headphones-details to come!

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