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If you add these elements together, you can arrive at only one conclusion:

If you add these elements together, you can arrive at only one conclusion: Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, aka: Along their unique musical journey, they have virtually defined an entire sub-genre of electronic music. We could have spent a year there, soaking up the vibes in the air, and constantly being inspired by the strength and resilience of the people. We have been extremely privileged to work with artists of all cultural, social and political backgrounds, and our fans display even greater diversity and age differences.

Now that is over what are some words that come to mind to describe the year for the music, for all of your music, and really your career? I would say, surprised, in a way that when we started making music I never thought that we would be doing music for 20 years. You know, usually a lot of artists, come and go pretty quickly in the music world. Another word would just be grateful, in the fact that we have traveled the world and be doing all this stuff, you know.

And proud as well I guess. Do you think that you have like a secret to staying together all these years and to be making albums and to be inspired year after year to create songs? Do you think you have a secret, the magic for all of that? There is definitely some chemistry, and how that works is a mystery to myself and Eric. But there is also a certain amount of respect, I think, that we have for each other as friends and artists, that is important.

I think that we look at this, Eric likes to call this the bonus round. Do you think that your dynamics with Eric have changed over the years and how do you think that they have grown? As you get older, you know you have a lot of other things going on in your life. Eric has a bunch of different businesses, as do I, has a family. And so, that makes it more difficult to actually find the time to create and tour as much as needed sometimes, but, you know I think we look at it more, just as challenges, more than anything.

But not something negative. Yeah, it is pretty wild. People who like our music appreciate the whole catalog, which is a very fulfilling feeling. Did you approach making this album any differently than you have in the past? Well, with this record instead of bouncing around to a lot of different genres we wanted to keep it heavily focused on the Jamaican style and reggae influence that is throughout a lot of what we have found. So we really wanted to go down there, to that environment and make a record that really focused on our love for Jamaican music.

I think we were there for two weeks, just about in all. And we were, it was great. The studio is beautiful, it overlooks the beach there in Port Antonio. We were hanging out on the beach in the mornings and then just lock ourselves in the studios from midday til past midnight.

Just drinking Jamaican rum and coming up with these tracks and the environment was very inspiring. How did you go about finding, Raquel Jones is the female Jamaican singer right? That is heavily featured on this album? How did you find her and how did that all come together? We were like, we have to put her on the record. And we tried her out on a song, we left because we were actually getting our instrumentals down there, so we sent her kind of something that was close to being finished.

She may be touring with us in the future, so we are really excited about this. What do you think about that movement, this growth of this genre of music? Who do you think out there is doing really, something innovative with their music and who do you really respect and admire out there right now?

The person whose music I really enjoy is a buddy of mine who lives here in San Francisco, Tycho. I really enjoy what he is doing and the sound. So I am not really following artists the same way but I am hearing a lot of different random music that it sounds really good, so. At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music or what do hope that fans continue to take away from listening to your songs? I mean we live in a very volatile country, the US especially right now, and I think that people are turning to music now, in my opinion more than ever for fun and to really escape reality, what do kind of hope that people take away from your songs?

Well, you know that I think, that people like to think that we live in this global technologically connected world and stuff but in a way, I think that music in America is very insular, very homogenous and very mainstream, and very corporate in some regards.

I like to think that we are doing really touches on a lot of different musical genres coming from a lot of different cultures and countries and languages. So in that sense it is very connected globally.

I think in some ways in keeping your ears open you can also keep your mind open and your heart open. And my final question is, I often find when I listen to your music, I always wonder, what were they thinking about when they put that song together?

What was the inspiration behind that sound and that energy coming out of that? Each song has a different kind of vibes and stories and you know, depending on the track.

Will you be touring a lot with this record soon? Yes, we are going to be in Europe starting in February for about a month. Then we will be doing some summer stuff here in the states, then eventually probably doing venues during fall and winter here in the states.

You can also listen to the interview here on Soundcloud: About the Author Leah Brungardt recently married joined All Access Music Group in August and has been enjoying getting to know a new side of the music industry ever since. Having worked to promote radio stations in the past, seeing what makes a successful radio hit has been a thrill.

As a lover of all genres of music, working at All Access Music Group is a perfect fit for Leah, and she loves learning about up and coming musicians as well. Most of her friends have come to rely on her for new music. She roots for the Wildcats every chance she gets. Leah has been able to work at a variety of music-related jobs including several internships at small independent labels, ClearChannel Radio and Journal Broadcasting Group.

She also spent time working retail at a store that specializes in vinyl, which was a lot of fun for her. Her favorite movie is Empire Records, so that makes perfect sense.

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