Band of the Day

2013.06.08

Los Amigos Invisibles

Heating up dance floors with a fiery fusion of funk, lounge, and Latin rhythms
Esas son puras mentiras, esa noche yo no andaba allí. Debes estar confundida o había un tipo igualito a mi.
lyrics from Mentiras

Latin Grammy-winning disco funk stars Los Amigos Invisibles are back this year with a major US tour and a new album 'Repeat After Me', released April 2nd via Nacional Records.

Originally from Venezuela and now based in New York City, Los Amigos Invisibles have established themselves as a global touring machine, notorious for their electrifying live sets at major festival stages like Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza.

Los Amigos Invisibles previous album ‘Not So Commercial’ was nominated for a Grammy in 2012 while the prior record ‘Commercial’ won the Latin Grammy for Best Alternative album.

Since their first album in 1995, Los Amigos Invisibles have developed a sound based in the gozadera, an irresistible fusion of Latin rhythms with fiery funk and lounge music. The band got their first break when David Byrne (Talking Heads) discovered one of their albums by chance in a Manhattan record shop. He immediately called the band up in their native Venezuela and soon after, signed them to his label, Luaka Bop. Byrne opened doors for the band across the globe and Los Amigos Invisibles soon became an international touring machine.

Los Amigos Invisibles moved to New York City from their hometown of Caracas in 2001 and entrenched itself in the local scene. “From a musician’s perspective, being in New York exposes you to every kind of music that you can think of,” Pardo says. “It has been a great place to get inspired and to make our shows tighter. On the other hand, being away from Venezuela makes you realize what you had sometimes taken for granted.”

With their electrifying live show, the group began building a considerable fan-base across the U.S. Collaborating with artists from Louie Vega (Masters At Work) to Dimitri From Paris, Los Amigos were able to establish themselves in the dance music scene and expand their sound. While raking in Grammy nominations year after year and performing on programs like the Jimmy Kimmel Show, the group continued to establish themselves.