Adrian Quesada is music royalty in Austin, Texas. The songwriter is a former member of Grammy Award-winning Latin-funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma, a founding member of Latin-funk band Brownout, and one-half of psychedelic-soul phenomenon Black Pumas.
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A producer and multi-instrumentalist, Adrian is famend for his distinctive mix of soul, psychedelic rock, and conventional Latin music the world over. However his was no in a single day success. Adrian’s been grinding for the higher a part of 20 years now, constantly working to refine his sound and construct real connections within the trade.
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In at this time’s episode, host and L.A.-based DJ, producer, and musician Dan Ubick (aka Constantine “Connie” Value) sits down with Adrian Quesada to debate the musician’s gradual and regular climb to the highest of the music mountain. “Each time I spoke to any person, it could open a brand new door,” says Adrian, reflecting on his early experiences within the music trade.
Born in South Texas and raised on a gentle weight-reduction plan of hip hop, soul, and Mexican tradition, Adrian has collaborated with everybody from Prince and Los Lobos to David Garza and Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA.
“[Prince] believed in us,” says Adrian, referring to his Latin-funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma. “That gave me a number of confidence as a guitar participant; that gave everyone a ton of confidence as a band. That was an enormous turning level for all of our musical developments and careers.
“I study one thing from everyone I work with,” he continues. “I really feel like [collaboration] is absolutely necessary, notably for any person like me, who works alone quite a bit.”
At this time, Adrian owns and operates Electrical Deluxe, a recording studio and artistic house “the place analog meets digital.” Self-produced, recorded, and carried out, the musician’s newest album, Boleros Psicodélicos, is a sprawling tribute to the golden period of Latin American psychedelia. The document is a cool testomony to the dedication and craftsmanship Adrian poured into his work from the very starting.
Above the whole lot, Adrian loves what he does. Passionate and beneficiant, the seasoned professional displays on his journey as a musician, affords knowledge on the thrill and pitfalls of songwriting, and recommends love and appreciation as the final word ice-breakers. Tune into this month’s episode of The Conduit for a captivating dialog about collaboration, craftsmanship, and appreciation.