Rob Garza: Conquering Champion
The ugly truth is that not everyone can be a good DJ. The secret truth is that most people who are technically proficient as DJs couldn’t string together any sequence of music into something intriguing or visionary because one cannot learn good taste like you can a pair of decks.
But the good truth is that for every hundred DJ Douches out there and their throngs of sweaty South Beach styled I-bankers, there is at least one Rob Garza.
As the raucous half of DC based Thievery Corporation, Garza has been on the beat side of world lounge since it wasn’t cool. He’s steadily built his talent, his reach and his disciples. He’s crafted beats around most conceivable ethnic music forms. He’s helped orchestrate massive live displays of mixed acoustic and electronic musicianship. He’s weathered a politically pointed IRS audit. He has spat the truth.
Moreover, he has been able to change. Now a resident of San Francisco, Garza is at the forefront of another evolution in Lounge. The deep house phenomena is still a bit nebulous and undefined, which I imagine suits Garza just fine. 2012 found him dropping mix after mix of the real good stuff—the sweet, sweet syrup of deep house and groove electronica.
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