The Spam Allstars
DJ Le Spam & the Spam Allstars blend improvisational electronic elements and turntables with latin, funk, hip hop and dub to create a sound that is unique – an electronic descarga. It’s not a known genre. It’s hard to describe. It attracts many types of people. But as we look out and see people dancing salsa, next to break-dancers, and festival-goers driving for hours to catch a show — we know something very special is going on. Spam Allstars are road warriors — a touring band. Perhaps one could say they are taking an “old school” approach to sharing their music. For each performance they have, every music lover they meet, every time they bring yet another musician into the fold for a collaboration – Spam Allstars celebrate their opportunity to work as musicians and be creative each day. The band’s upcoming release – electrodomesticos (Spamusica Records, 3/2007) -took roughly 18 months to record. Most of the sessions were done at the City of Progress studio in North Miami, FL, and produced by DJ Le Spam. All of it was recorded while working around a 200+ yearly performance schedule. DJ Le Spam wanted to capture certain moments with musicians that the band had played with over the last three years. The outcome is a refreshing collection of recordings featuring each of the Spam Allstars – Andrew Yeomanson/DJ Le Spam (turntables, samplers, guitar, bass), Adam Zimmon (guitars), Tomas Diaz (timbales, vox), AJ Hill (saxes, vox), Steve Welsh (saxes), Mercedes Abal (flute, vox), Chad Bernstein (trombone, vox), and Lazaro Alfonso (congas). In addition, the band welcome special guest musicians including Pee Wee Ellis (saxes), Page McConnell (keys), Martin Perna (saxes), Sammy Figueroa (percussion), Jim Payne (drums), Albert Menendez (keys), Brendan Buckley (percussion), Jose Elias (tres), Michel Diaz Fragoso (keys), Juan Carlos Valdivia (violin), Spencer Garn (keys), and Carlos Avaroff (saxes). In December 2006, Spam Allstars released their third vinyl – 12” #3. This recording features the two songs that Pee Wee Ellis collaborated on for electrodomesticos. Pee Wee did the horn arrangements, and co-wrote Aranitas & Joe Drives Through. The 12” also includes two electro mixes by DJ Le Spam. Previous releases by Spam Allstars include: Spam Allstars Contra Los Roboticos Mutantes(2004); Fuacata Live!(2002); Pigs in Space(2000); Pork Scratchings(1999), and two vinyl releases – vinyl #1 & vinyl #2. Each of these titles have been released in the US independently on Spamusica Records. In addition Fuacata Live is available in Japan on Amsys Records, and in the UK and France on Spamusica Records and distributed by New Note and Moradisc respectively. Spam Allstars over the years have had the opportunity to work with some amazing talent. In the last two years, the band has had the privilege of performing and recording with the aforementioned legendary saxophonist, Pee Wee Ellis (JB Horns). They performed together in select US cities, and in the UK. Also in 2006, Spam Allstars were invited to appear with superstar Daddy Yankee for his MTV2’s $2 Bill series. In 2004 they were honored to collaborate and tour with Page McConnell’s (Phish) side project – Vida Blue. The two bands recorded and toured together nationally as a 10-piece ensemble. In an effort to introduce their music to new fans, Spam Allstars established residencies in select markets. Originally this got started in their hometown with weekly performances in Little Havana, Miami, and Miami Beach. In 2002, they began a monthly residency at SOB’s in New York City. They went on to have residencies in Atlanta, Tampa, Gainesville, New Orleans and Ft. Lauderdale. In the summer of 2005 the band headed to Europe sharing their version of electronic funk in everything from an underground Moroccan club in London, to the prestigious Roskilde Festival in Denmark. There have been moments with this band in the last couple of years that communicate what makes them special… – Spam Allstars third album Fuacata Live! was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2003. Spam Allstars were surprised and proud of this achievement considering that the album had been recorded live to a CD burner during one of their weekly shows at Hoy Como Ayer in Little Havana. – In the recap of an interview with the BBC’s Charlie Gillet and DJ Le Spam, Charlie says “only now and again does he meet someone that make him proud of his profession (being a DJ) – meeting DJ Le Spam is one of them.” – Daddy Yankee decides he wants his fans to understand where the roots of his music come from, and select the Spam Allstars to present this on his $2 Bill performance for MTV2. – Fernando Gonzalez, Editor/Journalist, decides to feature DJ Le Spam as a writer/producer in Jazz Times. He typically “does not favor the DJ-thing”, but says DJ Le Spam’s approach is that of a musician, a creator…he takes technology and makes it musical. – When collaborating with Pee Wee Ellis his manager looks at [me] and says Pee Wee hasn’t had this kind of musical experience since the 60’s [that was when he played with James Brown & the JB Horns — the legendary creators of funk]. How cool!! Please join us in celebrating Spam Allstars’ newest release, and spreading the word about their music.