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THIEVERY CORPORATION

Electronic / Dub / Acid-Jazz

Twenty-five years into their genre-defying electronic musiccareer, Thievery Corporation’s founding principles of D.I.Y. and inclusion havebecome key themes in mainstream social conversation. After a dozen highlyacclaimed full-length albums, remix LPs, concert recordings, and over twodecades of incendiary live performances that have thrilled audiences worldwide,Thievery Corporation’s music and message is more relevant and important nowthan ever.

 

That lack of filter enabled Garza and Hilton to mine theirmusical inspirations and create one of the most unique bodies of work inelectronic music, respectfully incorporating tastes of international culturalstyles, without ever falling into the trap of cultural appropriation. “We alwayswondered: with so much incredible music in the world, why would anyone limitthemselves to one genre? Well, we found out – it’s far easier to stay in onelane than to genre hop!” laughs Hilton. Garza elaborates: “When we started, wewere influenced by music from all over the world, flipping through bins insecond hand record stores for LP’s from Brazil, India, Iran, Jamaica, jazzrecords…..we wanted to make music where you didn’t know whether it was recordedtoday or a decade ago.” Thievery Corporation’s music has always looked towardthe future while paying homage to the past, starting with their groundbreakingdebut LP, 1996’s “Sounds From The Thievery Hi-Fi,” which both introduced theworld to Garza and Hilton as producers and set their course as pioneers ofsong-based electronic music with wildly diverse vocalists.

 

The band’s legendary D.C. headquarters, the EighteenthStreet Lounge, became an epicenter for a diverse group of people and staff fromall over the world, which in turn had a profound influence on their musicaloutput. “D.C. was very cosmopolitan, lots of places to see international livemusic and jazz,” says Garza. “We’d run into people from all over the world andinvite them to play with us – so Thievery became an extension of that, both onour records and in our live performances.” Indeed, Hilton and Garza’s“Outernational” approach created a world reflected by the artist’s ideals ofdiversity and acceptance. “25 years after we started, it seems like the worldis catching up,” Garza opines. “Social consciousness is more mainstream,awareness of the importance of inclusivity…it’s so encouraging to see so manypeople working towards these goals in America.” Hilton agrees. “Thievery is areflection of who we are, it evolved from our musical tastes. Artists who werefor the people, like The Clash, Fela Kuti, Manu Chao were so important to us,and engaging in social ideas have always been a part of what we’ve tried todo.” People don’t refer to Thievery Corporation as “World Music,” but it’s safeto say that their music and ethos is global in its scope and ahead of its timeat every turn.

 

In a live setting, Thievery Corporation avoids anyelectronic dance music tropes. Yes, you’ll dance, sweat and put your hands inthe air….but their concerts are true performances, with a killer band ofplayers and an array of vocalists from diverse global cultures. No two showsfeel the same. “Our shows are VERY live, lots of energy, the combination ofmultiple instruments and singers that take you on a musical journey,” saysGarza. “We have a sitar player, songs are in different languages – it’s amulticultural experience, people connect to the band and to each other, it’sbeautiful.” With a world cautiously beginning to emerge from isolation andtowards communal events, Garza is eager to return Thievery Corporation to liveperformance. “I feel like people have been waiting to celebrate together afterbeing forced apart for too long. We’re all craving that.”

 

Eric Hilton’s presence at Thievery gigs, however, has becomean increasingly rare event. “I never really embraced touring; some of the worldtours were interesting, seeing new places and cultures,” he says. “For me,touring was tourism. The creative process of making music is more my thing.”And Thievery Corporation have brought the sounds of the world to listenersthroughout each of their albums. “There are so many highlights for me. 2014’sSaudade is my favorite record that we’ve done, a real creative stretch for us.Quiet music is hard to make! Symphonik also. To hear our music done with anorchestra was incredible.” Hilton concedes that over time live performanceinfluenced the studio records. “After Cosmic Game (2011), we orchestrated jamsessions and built the records from those. For Temple of I and I (2014), wewent to Jamaica to jam and record, which gave that record a different feel andauthenticity.”

 

Looking back over their career, Rob Garza and Eric Hiltonacknowledge that what drives each of them may be different, but the mashup ofpersonalities, sounds, cultures and experiences birthed something whollyunique. “We love all kinds of music, which is why Thievery Corporation soundsthe way it does,” the founding partners agree. “We couldn’t possiblyincorporate all our tastes into the music, but we do it more than most.” By notfollowing trends or the whims of major labels, and embracing the culturaldiversities that make the world such a wondrous place, Thievery Corporation hascreated a legacy that runs deep and continues to expand.

 

“Over 25 years, we’ve left nothing undone. We far exceededwhat we thought we would do,” Hilton and Garza agree. And ThieveryCorporation’s music will continue on to reverberate and influence the nextgeneration of listeners with an ear toward a global musical experience. 


DESSA

Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations—her résumé as a musician includes performances at Lollapalooza and Glastonbury, co-compositions for 100-voice choir, performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, and top-200 entries on the Billboard charts. She contributed to the #1 album The Hamilton Mixtape: her track, “Congratulations,” has notched over 16 million streams. As a writer, she’s been published by The New York Times and National Geographic Traveler, broadcast by Minnesota Public Radio, and published a memoir-in-essays (My Own Devices, 2018) in addition to two literary collections. As a speaker, Dessa has delivered keynote speeches and presentations on art, science, and entrepreneurship; guest lectures at universities and colleges across the US; and a TED Talk about her science experiment on how to fall out of love.  She’s also the host of Deeply Human, a podcast created by the BBC and American Public Media. Dessa has been covered by PitchforkForbes, and The Wall Street Journal amongst others. The LA Times says she “sounds like no one else.” The Utne Reader calls her a “one-woman powerhouse.” On the stage and on the page, Dessa’s style is defined by ferocity, wit, tenderness, and candor.Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations—her résumé as a musician includes performances at Lollapalooza and Glastonbury, co-compositions for 100-voice choir, performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, and top-200 entries on the Billboard charts. She contributed to the #1 album The Hamilton Mixtape: her track, “Congratulations,” has notched over 16 million streams. As a writer, she’s been published by The New York Times and National Geographic Traveler, broadcast by Minnesota Public Radio, and published a memoir-in-essays (My Own Devices, 2018) in addition to two literary collections. As a speaker, Dessa has delivered keynote speeches and presentations on art, science, and entrepreneurship; guest lectures at universities and colleges across the US; and a TED Talk about her science experiment on how to fall out of love.  She’s also the host of Deeply Human, a podcast created by the BBC and American Public Media. Dessa has been covered by PitchforkForbes, and The Wall Street Journal amongst others. The LA Times says she “sounds like no one else.” The Utne Reader calls her a “one-woman powerhouse.” On the stage and on the page, Dessa’s style is defined by ferocity, wit, tenderness, and candor.

Incredible gravitas and presence and humanity. There’s just so much intelligence to everything she does. – NPR, All Songs Considered

One of the most anomalous artists in music today. – NPR, World Cafe

Sound the Bells launches Dessa to the top of a vaunted class that features the likes of The Who, Sting, and Peter Gabriel. – Salon

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