Making Movies

Making Movies

“We like to think we play music that needs to
exist,” says Making Movies singer, songwriter and
guitarist, Enrique Chi. Combining indie rock dy-
namics with African rhythms and some magically
real inspiration from folkloric
Latin America, Making Movies
makes music that matters now:
Rhythmically adventurous, lyri-
cally substantive, and melodi-
cally sensuous---the progressive
Latino sound.

The band’s second album, A La
Deriva, tells a story based on the
struggles of an immigrant family
that tragically falls apart in Amer-
ica, and its impact on the following
generation. Produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos,
the band’s strong lyricism, persistent percussive
waves, and innate sense of straddling two cultures
flowed easily into becoming a bilingual recording.

“Since I was six years old my life has been in both
English and Spanish so I find it natural to make our
music the same way,” explains Chi. “Some poetry res-
onates more in one language or the other and we try to
pick the best language for the purpose of each song.”


If you're a new fan wondering who SoundRabbit is, here's the Reader's Digest 'band bio' for you:

We're four musicians with varied backgrounds and influences, which comes across in the music we create. We enjoy mixing and spanning genres, all the while keeping the "SoundRabbit sound." We're glad to meet you. We've been called a 'rock' band, a 'jam' band, a 'singer/songwriter' band, a 'jazzy' band, an 'indie' band, and every combination thereof. We've been compared to "old school Weezer," Wilco, Bon Iver, Phish, The Thrills, Pink Floyd, and Jack Johnson in the same breath. We know that our band name is a bit silly. We love seeing the country through van windows. Our audiences include hippies, hipsters, college kids, and their parents [seriously]. We have a bumper sticker that reads "RBT," and people ask us if it's short for "Robot," but those in the know take photos holding it in places all over the world, from the Coliseum in Rome to a remote village in Panama. We appreciate each and every fan who is with us here in the early days of our burgeoning little SoundRabbit community. We're fighting the battle for ears at this early stage in the game, and you're our best ally. We're psyched to watch it grow along with you.

If you're a big time label A&R/management/production/booking company person wondering about how we've spent our first 24 months in existence, here's the Readers Digest 'band resume' for you:

We're brand new. But we've been busy.

We recorded our first album, This Room Becomes A Crowd, in a home studio. Released it at the very end of 2007, and got our single "Hazel" played on local radio and college radio nationally through self promotion in 2008. Won "Best Pop/Rock Album By A New Band" from the Mile High Music Store in Denver. Put 12,000 miles on our van and trailer, playing self-booked dates in Arizona, Iowa, Illinois, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Wyoming, New Hampshire, Maine, Nebraska, Kansas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee, and Missouri, along with shows throughout Colorado.

Self-booked college shows included the University of Wyoming, University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Curry College, Babson College, St. Anselm College, Edinboro University, St. Lawrence University, Boston College, Arizona State University, Brandeis University, and others. We played the main stage at the Democratic National Convention "Rock The Vote" concert. We played the main stage at the Tempe Music Festival in Arizona with Fergie (Black Eyed Peas), Matthew Moon, and Cowboy Mouth. We played the Monolith main stage at Red Rocks Amphitheatre with Band of Horses, the Avett Brothers, TV on the Radio, Tokyo Police Club, and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. We played in upstate New York with Keller Williams and 2009 Mtv Video Music Awards house band, Wale. Main stage billings on a pop/rock lineup, an indie lineup, and a jamband lineup in our first year = good times.

We designed, built, and launched our web-based "Backstage Community" program, a new fan & charity business model that is the first of its kind in the music industry. In its first year, we donated thousands of dollars to the American Cancer Society, the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, the National Kidney Foundation, the Make A Wish Foundation, Habitat For Humanity, the March of Dimes, EcoCycle, the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure, the RATNA Prison Initiative, Alternative Spring Break, and others. In February 2010, we planned, booked, promoted, and hosted a benefit concert at the Boston Sheraton Hotel for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Boston; the event sold out and we raised $2,500 for the LLS.

We recorded our second album, Tree Trunk Airplanes, in the same home studio over the winter of 2008/09. Released it in March of 2009 with a show at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, and immediately received local and national press inquiries (see below). The writers of the Boulder Weekly magazine in Boulder, Colorado nominated us as the "Best Band of 2009," and the writers of Denver's biggest entertainment paper - the Westword (Village Voice) - nominated us as the "Best Rock Band of 2009" a month later, alongside bands who have been around two to five times as long as us.

In February 2010, we scraped, saved, and borrowed to get ourselves a booth at the NACA (National Association of Campus Activities) National Convention in Boston, to sell ourselves to 3,000 college talent buyers and book college shows throughout late 2010 and 2011. We knew we'd enjoy meeting the students and laying the groundwork for fall and spring shows - but we were most surprised by the feedback we heard from management companies who had booths at the convention. In the words of one management firm owner who observed us from across the aisle the entire weekend (and we quote) - "How in the hell has no one signed you guys to a management deal yet?"

We're heading to the NACA Northern Plains Regional Conference in April 2010 to do more networking and booking, and recording a new album in May at a studio in Charlottesville, Virginia.

All in our first 36 months. We're just getting started...

War Over Water

Indie band based in Denver, CO.



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