We had the good fortune of connecting with Marlon Sinverguenza (vocals) & Adrian Bureu (keyboards) and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marlon & Adrian, where are you from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
Marlon: I was born and raised in Miami, FL. I’m half Cuban, half Venezuelan. My father was a Spanish language talk show host and would push me, from an early age, to be an artist. Around age five, I was presenting him on television and appearing in commercials. As I got older, he had me act on comedy skits on his show, act and be a production assistant in a movie he starred in, and play bongos on his talk show. I actually learned how to play latin percussion from the seasoned Cuban musicians on his show. My love for rapping & producing and my new love for latin rhythms fused thanks to my dad. Thanks to him, I know how to work a crowd and stage fright has never been an issue for me.
Adrian: I was born and raised in Miami, Florida. South Florida is a melting pot of a lot of different cultures. In High School my best friends were Peruvian, Dominican, Cuban, Spanish, and Bolivian. Experiencing different cultures introduced me to new perspectives on life, as well as new genres of music. I remember when I first started High School I felt like I did not have an Identity. Learning to be confident in what I enjoy and not caring what other people think was something I slowly learned throughout my adolescent years. Now I’m always open to new genres and I believe that keeping an open and curious mind is essential if you want to expand your creative potential.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Marlon: We stay open to all potential influences. This includes 90’s video game music, Latin music, and even mainstream hits of today. Personally, I can’t stand when people dismiss an entire genre or when I hear “There’s no good music anymore. Everything being released nowadays is garbage.” We used to spend all of our time playing live (our live show is one of our prides) until we learned of the importance of internet marketing. Connecting with people both in-person and online has helped us tremendously. We’ve learned to accept praise and receive criticism (both constructive and destructive), the amount of practice it takes to put together a great live show, whose opinion matters, and that, at the end of the day, we can only create what we consider to be our best, regardless of anyone else’s opinion. We have shared bills with The Romantics and Dead Prez and we’re often compared to Weird Al Yankovic and Mindless Self Indulgence.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Marlon: I would just bring them to where Adrian and I live and have them party with our roommates. Especially during this pandemic. I live in a house of artists who work hard as Hell all week and still manage to party just as hard. One day, we might burst into spontaneous musical improv and the next, we will all be sitting on the floor, sharing personal stories and crying.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We want to thank our friend group of accomplished artists (Yuan & Hae-Yang Chang, Linda Cheung, Reinier Gamboa, Taylor Dane Myers, Rachel Maley, Steve Reyes, Ricky Perez, Ben Shahoulian, & Shelley Novak) for being supportive and opening us up to wildly diverse life paths and methods of creation. These are people who always explicitly encourage us to keep creating.
David Bley Melody Calmell