By Rayme Samuels
The first step to knowing where you're going in life is to recognize where you come from. Origen, or "origin" in Spanish, is a hot new group that pays homage to their heritage while producing powerful rock en Español beats inspired by the future. They're a cultural mélange made up of Isabel Rueda, aka Mirs, lead vocalist from Ecuador; Hector Velazquez, guitarist from Venezuela; Ruben Martinez, bass player from Mexico; and Tonio Cuto, drummer from Venezuela. "Since each band member comes from different countries, we felt that the word 'origin' represents us. Through our music we always try to reflect back to our origins," explained Mirs.
Ruben, Tonio and Mirs, who have all known each other since high school, decided that it would be fun to form a band. The only problem? No one knew how to play an instrument. This proved to be a temporary hurdle, as the band quickly taught themselves and each other how to make beautiful music. Hector came along a few years later to round out the group on the guitar.
Describing their experience in this city, Mirs said, "Playing for Miami audiences is an electrifying experience that becomes an actual adventure. First of all we are a Miami band, so Miami is our 'casa.' Second, Miami's enriching culture variety makes it an opportunity to reach out to different nationalities. This gives us the chance to learn different rhythms and musical flavors to implement in our sound."
Growing up in eclectic South Florida, they have each been bombarded with different musical styles including Matchbox 20, Bon Jovi, Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Police, The Jam, Beatles, The Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Coldplay, U2 and Soda Stereo. They also find influence in Latin acts such as Gustavo Cerati, Mana, Shakira, Ricardo Arjona, King Chango and Publico.
Their self-titled debut album, which can be found at various outlets online, was borne of a creative process where each band member contributed lyrics and music in a true team effort. For example, "Muñeca Rota," a song that talks about a girl who always felt neglected by people around her because of her looks, was written in one day during a beach get-together with an acoustic guitar.
Next on the horizon for Origen is the release of their soon-to-be-announced second single, as well as a music video to go with it. They're also working on planning a tour that spans the east and west coasts as well as Puerto Rico. All along the way, Origen remains dedicated to giving back to their local and Latin American communities by supporting charities and non-profits organizations. In the spirit of karma, many good things are sure to come their way in the future.
Origen performs at Mansion on Thursday, Oct 30th at 10 p.m. For more info, visit origenweb.com
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