Salvador Santana

Salvador Santana

Music is a burst of choices. Not only what note to play when and with what instrument, but whether to play a note at all. Salvador Santana, the 28-year-old keyboardist, vocalist, composer and songwriter with strong Bay Area roots, knows what it means to navigate the infinite options of music.

His 2008 project with the Salvador Santana Band–simply called SSB–pursued the scope of his ability. But for Santana, it wasn't enough. He has no choice but to push himself further. Collaboration has always been the centerpiece of his creations and this passion manifested his solo debut Keyboard City (released February 2, 2011 via Various Music/Quannum Projects) around the inspirations of a few legends: Bay Area MC/producer Del the Funky Homosapien (who helped hone in Santana's writing skills,) Beastie Boy studio wizard Money Mark and GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan.

GZA (the legendary founder of the Wu-Tang Clan,) rallied support around the album by featuring himself on remix of the title track "Keyboard City" last fall, which was later remixed by none other than Dan Deacon. This spontaneous meeting of the minds demonstrated Sal's magnetic ability to connect every kind of artist on any dynamic level. Money Mark inspired Santana in a beautiful way during the creation process.

"With all the people I've ever collaborated with or just working by myself, I have never produced such a range of ideas in my songs as
I did during the Money Mark sessions. That guy is just a machine," said Santana. "He has mentored me by showing me that it's cool to be all over the place. It's cool to sit there and work on a song, then out of nowhere, interrupt that flow and work on another idea. To just go with it," Santana elaborates. Santana is pushed by a need to step out of his comfort zone in a quest for new ideas. Easy going and humble, Santana exudes the Bay Area vibe.

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