B*Side Players

May 23, 2012

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With over 2,700 people who have listened to their songs on Reverbnation, Over 3,000 fans on Facebook and more than 48,000 views on YouTube this California band has quite the following. Their unique sound blends music from the Caribbean, Latin America, Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica and Brazil, proving that this band creates music with no boundaries. They even add some rock, jazz, and hip-hop to some of their songs! It’s like nothing you’ve ever heard before and is feel good music, just in time for summer! So sit back, relax and listen to the island infused vibes of B*Side.


NAME: Karlos Paez
Karlos Paez – lead vocals, guitar, trumpet
Omar Lopez – bass, guitar, cuatro, vocals
Emmanuel Alarcon – guitar, cuatro, vocals
Luis Cuenca – drums, timbales, vocals, percussion
Victor Tapia – congas, percussion
Russ Gonzales – saxophone
Mike Benge – trombone
Reagan Branch – saxophone
Fabio Rojas – piano

TYPE OF MUSIC: World Music
LOCATION: Chula Vista, CA
AGE: 39

Q: How old were you when you got started in the music industry?
A: I was 15 years old when I started my first band and we would perform in Tijuana, Mexico for free alcohol and $150 cash.

Q: What got you started making music?
A: Making music is in my blood. My father is one of Mexico’s top composers and writes arrangements for the best Bandas in the world.
His name is Ezequiel Paez.

Q: Who are some of the artists and musicians that you like to listen to?
A: I grew up listening to my parents’ music. Classic boleros and 70’s Mexican groups like Los Moonlights, Los Bukis, & Rigo Tovar. Later in my youth I was exposed to Bob Marley and Carlos Santana! Now I listen to Manu Chao, Sargento Garcia, and Cultura Profetica.

Q: What are some hobbies of yours that you do in your spare time?
A: In my spare time I raise my family and collect/trade/sell vintage clothing.

Q: How do you come up with new music? What is your inspiration?
A: New music is inspired by struggle, oppression and injustice. Also, just everyday life and everyday people. I like to inspire people with a conscious message behind the music.

Q: Which song that you have written is your favorite? And why? What is the meaning behind it?
A: One of my favorite B*Side songs is Movement from the Movement record. It explains the 5TH element: Nahui Ollin. I also love Nuestras Demandas off the Fire in The Youth record because it is an anthem for human rights.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is looking to get started in the music industry?
A: The music industry is the corrupt government that exploits the art of music. Use the industry as it uses you and be aware at all times.

Q: Were your family and friends supportive of your music and your choices to get into the music industry?
A: My family has always supported my music. There was no question about my destiny after I made a choice to pursue my dreams. Support comes from my grandparents, parents, and children. I feel very blessed for this.

Q: Where do you see yourself in the next few years?
A: I see myself touring the world in the next few years. People are becoming more open to diversity and are respecting multicultural music. B*Side Players have been touring for 18 years and continue to unite people through music, culture, & love.

Q: What is the overall goal or dream that you want to achieve with your music?
A: The overall goal is to inspire minds, bodies, and souls through dance and music. I feel 100% satisfied and blessed with a humbled life of serving the people!