Todo Mundo's 'Conexion' to be Released, 10/15
Not many bands start their lives in Argentina then pick up again in San Diego. But few bands have the drive of Todo Mundo or the vision of its leader, singer and rhythm guitarist Santiago Orozco. The group's tight focus and energy bursts out of its second album, Conexion (release: October 15, 2013).
"Reggae, samba and rhumba influence us a lot," Orozco explains. They draw from all that, taking in sounds from across the Caribbean and Latin America, "but we have this style that's organic."
It's a sound that uniquely Todo Mundo, what they call "world fusion," whether on the catchy Latin pop of "Male Male," the Jamaican influence that surrounds "Flying In The Air" or the warm breeze blowing through "La Calle." They distil the music into a delicious groove that's made for dancing, but even more, the lyrics, both in Spanish and English, are very positive and uplifting. It's a Todo Mundo trademark.
"I like to write things with meaning," Orozco says, "profound things. I like to talk about life. The writing is important, it's the mission of the band. We want to share that we're all the same. When we die we're all going to the same place."
But there's a whole life to be lived first, and Todo Mundo approach it with passion. The group first came together in 2009, formed by Colombian native Orozco in Argentina.
"I wanted the guys to come to the US but they couldn't get visas," he recalls. Undaunted, he moved to California, settling in San Diego, determined to keep the band's flame burning bright. "When I came I didn't know anyone. I didn't have an album, I couldn't get gigs. So I played the farmer's market here and on the street. People jammed with me and we made connections. We started off as a trio but I always wanted a big band."
And for the recording of Conexion that's exactly what they became, a very big band, drawing on guests from a number of San Diego bands to create the playful, high-energy sound. This was Orozco's vision come to life.