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Making Movies with Jyemo Club

Jul 30, 2017

Making Movies is a band based out of Kansas City, MO and founded by brothers Enrique and Diego Chi, born in Santiago, Panama. Their debut album, A La Deriva, captures the experience of being an immigrant in the present-day United States. Produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, the record offers a glimpse into the struggles of a family in an immigrant neighborhood that tragically falls apart in America.

“When you move away from where you were born, it creates a distance from your traditions, sometimes even a rejection of them in order to assimilate,” says singer/guitarist Enrique Chi. “As time passes, you then absorb the new influences and return to your traditions with a heightened sense of romance for them. Making Movies was born out of that journey.”

Raised on both psychedelic rock and the deep afro roots of their heritage, the band’s sound also explores the current musical landscape. Syncopated rhythms are molded by brothers Juan-Carlos and Andres Chaurand as they create space for the band’s dance-fueled live shows—shows which capture a similar energy as the global sounds of Gogol Bordello, with whom they’ve recently shared the stage. Watching a crowd ignite as they break into an afro-cumbia rhythm, there is a strong sense that Making Movies is manifesting the beautiful reality of the new America.

The band has also shared the stage with Arcade Fire, Cold War Kids, Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Tennis, Sergio Mendoza of Calexico, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.