Kansas City based Making Movies are hitting the road with their unique blend of psychedlic Afro-Latino rhythms and we’re giving away a pair of free tickets to one lucky Thrillcall winner for each show. Even better, they’ll be opening for the great Hurray For The Riff Raff for select dates! Read our interview with the band below, and be sure to download the app in order to enter.
Thrillcall: Making Movies is a proud part of the local Kansas City music scene, which isn’t usually the first place people think of regarding hubs of art and creativity. What do you love most about your hometown?
Making Movies: I think that what I love most about Kansas City is that the creative community is willing to collaborate together. Since the city is a bit insular and disconnected from major media outlets, there is this attitude of everyone helping each other do things on their own terms. There’s this feeling like we only have each other, so let’s make cool stuff. This expands into not just musicians but video folks, visual artists and community organizers.
TC: Lead singer Enrique Chi has said that Making Movies’ music reflects an interconnectivity among people. How do you feel you’ve been able to achieve this throughout your career?
MM: We started to realize that the deeper we delved into the ancestral african rhythms, Yoruba rhythms, the more universal that our show became. In other words, we started diving into really complex poly-rhythms, abstract and unfamiliar musical moments, yet the audience was more connected to us regardless of their ethnic background. These rhythms are ancient and humans seem to all carry them in our DNA. It’s in those moments that I feel the tangible evidence of the interconnectivity between us.
TC: Your music tends to be accompanied by strong visual elements, such as in the form of narrative short films for your A La Deriva LP, or striking teasers for your upcoming, I Am Another You. What draws you to share your message visually as well as sonically?
MM: I’m not sure where this goal was born, but at some point I began feeling really inspired by the way filmmakers looked at their art form and starting thinking about recordings in that way. Our producer, Steve Berlin, definitely thinks of recordings in this way. For example he thinks of instruments and sounds as characters entering the drama of a scene. I think those kinds of brainstorms led into wanting to continue the themes in the visuals for the band.
This is also where the collaborative spirit in Kansas City, that I mentioned above, helps. A lot of our friends chipped in to help make these ideas happen, for example, our new video for “Spinning Out” was shot by our old friend Scott Jolley, a Kansas City videographer, and directed by he and my girlfriend, Aisa Palomares. We try our best to keep that work in the family.
TC: The title of your new album is a Mayan colloquialism, and comes at a precarious time for Latinx-Americans. In light of our country’s ever-worsening political climate, has the message of the album changed at all?
MM: At first, the album’s goal was to express the stories of my friends and family. When I was writing songs like Locura Colectiva, I was picturing my cousin’s experience in leaving Venezuela due to the political turmoil and instability in his home. He moved to Panamá because the leadership in his country was making life unsafe and nearly impossible. That administration (Chavez) came into power by garnering the support of the disenfranchised and then overpromising wide sweeping change. In the end, the years would pass, yet the country only digressed.
That song was written three years ago, I couldn’t have foreseen what would happen politically here. All of a sudden, our experience here with the Trump victory, seemed to echo some of these frightening patterns. I also realized that any kind of ideological stance is also a political one. The conversation was transitioned from a spiritual idea into a political outcry.
I mean, the album was completed almost a year and half ago and as we watched what unfolded in nation, the message seemed weirdly pre-ordained.
TC: Your new album comes out at the end of the month, but you’re on tour as we speak. How have fans been receiving the new material?
MM: The new songs seem has more ‘teeth’ to it which makes the live experience more dynamic. Even though the audiences haven’t heard the music yet, songs like Locura Colectiva, seem to instantly capture their imagination. It feels good, it feels like affirmation that we are on the right path.
5/19: Chicago, IL @ Martyr’s
5/20: New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub
5/26: Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
6/2: Dallas, TX @ Trees *
6/3: San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
6/4: Austin, TX @ Mohawk *
6/6: Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf *
6/7: Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom *
6/9: Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom *
6/10: Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre *
6/11: San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore *
6/13: Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall *
6/15: Vancouver, CA @ Imperial *
6/16: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *
6/18: Boise, ID @ The Olympic Venue *
6/19: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
6/21: Denver, CO @ The Bluebird *