Kinky at the Ford

“It started almost 20 years ago as an electronic project,” Kinky singer Gil Cerezo tells me. “People didn’t know if we were DJs or what!” Over the years, the powerhouse group from Mexico evolved from what Cerezo calls a “bedroom electronic sound” to a full five-piece band that composes and plays live. Cerezo describes what the audience will see onstage as “an instrument army.”
 
“Our percussionist has a stand-up drum kit, bongo and cymbals, and lots of…little toys. Then there’s our vaquero bass player from Northern Mexico, and of course lots of guitars and synths.” The electronic beats, which infuse house and techno styles with the rhythms of cumbia, funk, salsa and more are the “invisible thread that pulls it all together.”
 

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This will be Kinky’s first time playing at the Ford Theatres, though they are LA veterans, having played everywhere from intimate venues like the Echo to opening at the Hollywood Bowl. “The Ford is a wider sound,” Cerezo says, excitedly. “More free than an indoor venue - there’s the space for us to develop our personalities onstage!”

This show, with Kinky introduced by Nic Harcourt, is something of a homecoming for the group. “The first time we performed in LA, 17 or 18 years ago, Nic Harcourt introduced us at a venue that no longer even exists,” says Cerezo, “and we’ve shared stages all over Latin America with MIS [Mexico Institute of Sound, who are the opening act].”
 
With six studio records, Kinky is planning to do a mix of new songs and greatest hits. They are also working in studio time in LA around the performance, with five new singles to finish and record and a new album slated for release in 2020 to celebrate 20 years of existence. 
 
When I ask Cerezo where the band wants to go from here, he tells me that they just want to keep traveling and reach more countries. “The energy is circular,” he says, “the more you do, the more energy your body and mind give you. When I have downtime is when I lose my energy!”
 
“It’s exciting,” says Cerezo, “We haven’t performed properly in LA in a few years. It’s always different from the studio version. It’s a party.” He says he wants the audience to leave with memories that make them smile, to make music that is transcendent for them, and to leave them hungry for more.
 
Nic Harcourt presents Kinky with special guest DJ set by Mexican Institute of Sound (MIS) on Sunday, July 28 at 8:00 PM. Tickets and info here.

 

by Brian Sonia-Wallace