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Meet Andrew Valdez, Giovanni Padilla, and Fernando Gonzalez of People Flavor

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrew Valdez, Giovanni Padilla, and Fernando Gonzalez.

People Flavor started in late 2015. Fernando, Byron, and Gio were in a band before but needed a new drummer. They recruited high school chum, Andrew, to complete the quartet. Shortly thereafter People Flavor released two singles with Dangerbird Records. They are currently working on their debut album.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
We’re all busy individuals with different schedules, so it’s been difficult sometimes to find the time to get together to rehearse and calculate our next moves. There have also been times when our schedules conflict with show dates, especially if a gig is offered to us a few days before the show. We have to organize our time in advance.

People Flavor – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
People Flavor is a band, which its members use as a means to express their dissatisfaction with uh, life. Whether it be something personal, or the social expectations placed upon us by society, our music has been a creative outlet for our frustrations. We use our instruments to construct music based on how we feel, and lately, our music has been sounding a bit angrier. We incorporate jazz chords in our progressions, with distinctive baselines, and some kicking drums that breaks the mold. (Whatever the fuck that means).

Our music has been described as a Hispanic Duran Duran, with a tinge of Radiohead and The Wake. We adore these bands, but we definitely shape our sound according to 80s postpunk, and slinky guitars from 80s Spanish rock.

I believe we are most proud of releasing singles through a major indie label (Dangerbird Records) and getting a band manager. It also makes us very proud when we get new fans at shows, and having our longtime fans tell us how our music affects them.

What makes our sound so distinct is that fact that we all get along really well with each other. Our chemistry together makes for harmonious music. We enjoy being around each other and putting on a good show and it thinks you can hear that in the music.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
In this world, making a living as an artist would be a success. However, being happy with our lives, and ourselves is the ultimate form of success.

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Aaron Moctezuma, James Torres, Joseph Nevarez

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