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Colorado based band Chivalry teamed up with prolific producer Tony Ray Jacobo for the release of their new single Cast Away. The three piece band is based out of Pueblo Colorado and it is composed of Dylan Trimble, Elijah Vigil, and Matt Sammon. Their high energy is influenced by an eclectic array of musical genres, but driven by feel good music.
Their new single Cast Away has a playful signature keyboard groove consistent to Tony Ray Jacobo's style. Infused with tasteful lead guitar melodies, solid drum and bass, and sweet vocal melodies. The gentle clave percussion adds a nice compliment that keeps attracting you to the rhythm. Please scroll down to have a listen and make sure to support this project.
Name: Heriberto Xavier Culebro a.k.a. Eddie Zuko
Place of birth: Brawley, CA
Hi. Can you please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about who you are and what you do?
I'm a Chicano musician from the Imperial Valley in Southern California, currently residing in San Diego, CA.
Where did you grow up and what was that like?
I grew up in Imperial, CA. I love my home but sometimes living there can feel like you're trapped. Not a lot of things to do there so it's easy to get into trouble. For the most part I enjoyed my upbringing, so many lifelong memories. Kind of hard to describe what it's really like growing up where I'm from but I think my song "Made" does a good job at articulating just that. No matter what though, The Valley will always be my home.
How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?
It's based in Hip Hop but has elements of reggae, rock, r&b; everything that influenced me. I think my sound reflects where I come from, So Cal.
What are some of your earliest memories with music? And musical background?
I remember always singing at family parties at a very young age. Knowing every word to my favorite Mexican songs. I played the trumpet briefly when I was 10 - 12, then I started rapping at 12 years old.
What did you grow up listening to?
Mexican music, hip hop, rock, reggae, literally everything that sounded good to me. By the time I was in 5th grade I'd say Hip Hop was what I was listening to the most from that point on.
When did you first realize you wanted to start making music? What was that process like?
My cousins and I started a crew, they thought it would be cool to start rapping; so of course I was on board. It first started off as something fun, didn't really care about what we were saying just wanted to sound like the pros did. But as time went on I started taking music more seriously. The process was always something fun, always saw it as the most exciting thing to create something new.
Who are some of your life and musical inspirations?
My dad is definitely my life inspiration. He built himself up from nothing to provide anything and everything he could for his family. There's literally so many artists who inspire me musically but right now my biggest inspirations are Frank Ocean and Anderson Paak. I listen to them probably everyday.
What kind of messages can people find in your tunes? What do you hope people take from listening to your work?
I think they can find relatable topics. I only write about things happening in my life, or observations I have. I know there's people out there who can identify with the things I say. I hope people walk away with a positive experience than before they listened.
Is there a strong music scene where you grew up?
I do think it's strong. So many rappers, bands, creatives. Such a small isolated place but somewhere I definitely think there is an overwhelming amount of talent.
What does music mean to you?
It's my way of expressing how I feel. My creative outlet. Music is my whole life.
If you could collaborate with any artist out there, who would he, she, or they be?
So many legends come to mind, but if I had to pick just one person right now, I'd say Chance the Rapper. He's doing so much to influence and push music forward right now. In my opinion he is the most important Hip Hop figure in the next five years.
The artwork on your social media has a unique vibe to it. Could you please elaborate and give us some insight on the meaning of it?
I wanted my artwork to reflect my upbringing. The EP cover is a picture of a table of a family playing lotería. On the table we included items a typical Mexican family might have while playing. When I was first starting the process of making the EP, I knew early on I wanted the theme to be based on Lotería. I cannot draw at all, so I reached out to a local designer, Richie Moon, and he brought it all to life. I had been following him on social media for a while and loved the way he incorporated Chicano life into his art much like I do with my music. I'm lucky he's helped me with the artwork thus far. We talked one time about how if his art had a sound, it'd be my music and vice versa.
We were at your show recently at Border X Brewing Company in Logan. The place was packed. Were you expecting that turn out?
Absolutely not. I knew a few people were coming but I was not expecting the majority of the people there to know every word.
When is your next show?
July 29 at Queen Bee's in North Park. I'll be performing as part of Rossi's The Pony Show.
Where can people find your music and social media platforms?
My music is everywhere. Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes, amazon, YouTube, etc.
Being from Imperial Valley myself, I'm extremely happy and proud to see you pursuing your love for the arts. I wish you the best and may God Bless the work of your hands. Thanks for your time. Anything else you would like to add?
Thank you for having me I really appreciate the questions. Much love to Todo Tranquilo!
Please Introduce Your Song "Made"
This song "Made" is about everything that contributed to who I am today. Many allusion's and references to things common in a Chicano upbringing. I take you through my life chronologically from early days to now.
Here's another one of our favorite tunes by Eddie Zuko. Have a listen.
Museum Studies takes you through a journey to understand the internal functions of a museum. In this exercise, Antonio played multiple rolls. Museum Director - Who over sees all operations. Curator - Who decides on what particular content to display. Exhibition Designer - Who is in charge of working along with the Curator to design an environment that compliments the art pieces being showcased. Finally, Docent - The extremely informative and insightful guide that walks you along the halls of a museum and sharing all there is to know about the art on the walls.
Here is an intimate acoustic song recorded with an iphone. Little treat for the music lovers.
no me interesa la escena popular
yo solo intento apoyar,
la protesta social
no quiero nada con una falsa amistad
que no se cansa de hablar
ay, que pena me da
en cosas mas importantes
devemos pensar, que en jusgar a los demas
ay, jusgar a los demas
tal vez mi pensar es algo radical
y no lo puedo evitar,
pues este es mi ideal
la fama no trae nada que me pueda ayudar
es artificial, y no la pienso adaptar
no necesito de alago pa' darme valor
yo se bien quien soy, yo se bien quien soy
Todo Tranquilo's brand ambassador Adam Taylor and his musical group Iration release "Reelin", The first song of what will be their new album which is scheduled to be released later this year in July.
"Reelin" is the song we feel best encapsulates the direction of our sound on the new album. Big drums, hard-hitting bass and synth, and rocking guitars. Turn it up in your stereo and let it work. Stoked for you to hear it!"-Micah Pueschel (Iration / Vocals / Guitar)
How was it that you first discovered your love for the ocean and photography?
Growing up I spent a lot of my free time in the ocean learning how to surf, windsurf, and sailing on my father’s boat. I discovered surfing when I was 8 years old and ever since my first wave, I always wanted more and more. Surfing was all I would think about. Today surfing is guiding my life. Photography came later, when I was a teenager. Around the age of 15 I started playing with my dad’s camera, it was a film Tokina camera. Right away I would show up to the beach with the camera in hand to take photos. It was around that time that I started to enjoy taking photos of surfing, even though I wanted to be surfing, I was spending time with my camera. Slowly I learned photography and associated my two passions, surfing and photography.
Tell us about your family, have they been an integral part of your inspiration and development as a photographer? I have three brothers and they all surf, that’s how it all started.
We all fell in love with the feeling of riding waves and always pushed each other, but photography came to me separately. Out of my brothers, I was the only one who took an interest on it. I've been living now for 7 years in Teahupoo Tahiti with my wife and our 3 year old daughter, with who I get to travel with to many places. My surfing and photography lifestyle has allowed me to have a really good quality of life. I'm thankful for all of it.
Teahupoo is such a beautiful wave, what is your favorite thing about shooting there? Did you grow up surfing that wave? Yes, Teahupoo was on my mind since an early age. Some of my cousins were living in Tahiti when I was still a youngster. I used to have posters of Teahupoo on my wall as a kid way before I started photography. Those photos were the most ridiculous photos I’d had ever seen. Slowly I worked my way to Tahiti and it became my office.
Teahupoo is probably one of the most photogenic waves out there. As a photographer, Teahupoo has the best conditions one can wish for. My favorite thing to do is to shoot inside the water with just a pair of fins and my water-housing. I share my photography sessions with the surfers. Shooting surfing in the water takes team work. You need to connect with the surfer, being at the right place at the right second. It takes a lot of skill and time to get the right shot, I personally think this is the most rewarding work. When you come back with the shot you wanted, you feel extremely satisfied.
You cover an array of styles of photography; from underwater, to aerials, to surf and water-sports. Is there one in particular that you favor or enjoy the most over the others? If so, what makes that one style stand out? Yes, shooting immersed in water is what I enjoy the most because you’re feeling the oceans energy, it is alive. You feel every movement and you’re constantly working on your position. Being inside the ocean is where I feel the most comfortable. Even besides waves, I’ve shot quite a lot of underwater photos, I love spending time in the ocean and documenting what happens there.
What goes through your mind when you're shooting sharks, whales, and dolphins? That must be a neat experience and feeling. Yes, that's the best feeling ever! Swimming and shooting with whales is probably the most exciting thing I’ve ever done. Your mind is captivated by the moment, you think of nothing else than what’s going on underwater. Feeling those huge creatures interact with you is fantastic. There is a real sense of communication between whales and humans. They are curious and if the feeling is right, you can spend hours playing with them. I remember one time, I was far out with my boat in the ocean when we met a whale and its baby. We slowly got in the water and allowed them to come to us. I think we spent three hours and a half with them. The baby was very curious and was playing with us. The mom was looking after her baby but would let it play with us. We were not moving at all, just staying at the surface while the baby and its mom were going back and forth from twenty meters deep to the surface. Unbelievable!
Tell us about what photography has taught you as an individual, how do you think it has influenced you as a human being? As a photographer, I’m very orientated to Nature. Some photographers are more inclined to commercial and fashion photography but nature is my main line. I've learned a lot about respecting nature and its environment, Photography has taught me that. Today I don’t see the world the same way, I’m always thinking with a lens in front of my eye.
What is the best advice anyone has ever given you? The best advice was to believe in my work. To always look for work in relation to what you personally want to shoot, no matter what or who it is for, and what you get paid to do it.
Favorite music to listen to while editing images: I listen to a lot of music and different kinds of genres but probably Ben Harper, Jack Johnson or Bob Marley. All of their music has a good vibe for editing.
Do you always shoot with digital cameras or do you use film as well? I learned photography at a school in Paris and we only used film. Now that I look back, that was such a great way to learn photography. I started with film and organically transitioned to digital. On my first trip to Morocco I only used film, then on my first trip to Hawai'i I used digital. Once I used digital I knew my last days with film were upon me and I'm glad everything happened the way it did.
Who are some of your favorite photographers and why?
I would say that there are two kinds of photographers that really inspire me. Chris Burkard's lifestyle and nature work truly takes people on a journey through his images and I admire that.
But also back in the day Scott Aichner who brought innovation to surfing photography with crazy new angles. He opened a whole new way to shoot surfing, being so close to the action and showing some unseen photos before. Now Brent Bielman and Zak Noyle are very inspiring guys as well. Those styles of photography guided me through my photographer’s journey.
Tell us about your current projects, is there anything in particular that you are working on, or looking forward to visiting for shooting? On top of shooting surfing in Tahiti or anywhere the sport/job can bring me, in 2014 I started working with a big television production company for a documentary around the world. We traveled throughout the islands of French Polynesia for a few weeks shooting aerials, underwater, lifestyle, and general cultural stuff. All that would document Polynesia in its best way. 2015 and following years should be filled with new travels. I’m very excited to discover new destinations and shoot different things.
Surfing will always be a big part of my life but I’m also stoked to move forward and shoot some more general stuff.
Anything else you would like to add?
I would really like to thank my sponsors who support me and my work.
AQUATECH who creates the best water housing's in the industry. I’ve been working with them for a long time now and they are my main sponsor. Without them I wouldn't be able to create all those amazing underwater photos. Also Air Tahiti Nui who allows me to travel anywhere in the world. F-Stop for the photo bags. Finally and more recently Smugmug and their amazing team who helped me work on my website to enable me to showcase my photos in the best possible way. Thank you all as well for stopping by.
Humans and plants, each formed of cells, have parallel systems for functions such as circulation. The veins and arteries of humans work in the same way as a plant's stem passages to absorb, break down, and transport vital food and oxygen. The earths soil has crucial metals also found in the human body which are essential for life. Through the consumption of these wise organisms (plants and their individual fruits) our health is kept and restored. Gods great and divine wisdom is palpable. Everything around us is alive and interconnected. Attune yourself to the great spirit that unites us all. Much love to everyone. TODO TRANQUILO!
Ricardo dos Santos 1990 - 2015.
Very sad news today. Ricardo Dos Santos has died in the hospital after being shot three times at his local beach Guarda yesterday. Our thoughts go to the dos Santos family and the surf community.
Ricardo dos Santos was one of Brazil's most liked and admired big wave surfers, even at the young age of 24. His tragic death is a loss.
He wrote a short article a few months ago about a beautiful place (his home Guarda, Brasil) that had seen lots of bad people making wrong lately.
He also said that nobody would make a move because they feared to be shot and ended his article saying "From deep in my heart, I ask everyone to do something to end this situation".
Lets spread his words, just as he wished. (Pukas)
Happy Birthday to Todo Tranquilo's brand ambassador, Steven Rene Jacobo. In his honor there is a 20% discount on all our products throughout the entire weekend of Sept 13- Sept-14. Sale ends Sunday at 11:00pm. Use promo code: Steve
"they brainwashed us to call each other enemies, they send us out to fight, led by the beast. But we don't want, don't want no war" -Steven Rene Jacobo ( Co-Founder and Vocalist of Tribal Seeds)
Todo Tranquilo's founder and creative director recently had the blessing to catch up with brand ambassadors, Eric Rachmany and Adam Taylor. It is truly an honor to have these altruistic gentlemen represent Todo Tranquilo. Click on the image below to see the video.