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Meet Brian to Earth, Chris Trimmer, DeAndre Grover, Dominick and Donovan Cruz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brian to Earth, Chris Trimmer, DeAndre Grover, Dominick, and Donovan Cruz.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Some of us are family, some of us met through school and some of us met online. We formed in the summer of 2015 and have been going strong since. We’ve been fortunate enough to play weekly at places like the Gypsy Den and 4th Street Market for The Coollab Project, both located in Downtown Santa Ana. Which has undoubtedly helped us organically grow our following because of how intimate these settings are.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road has been pretty smooth all things considered. We’ve been consistently booked since Apollo Bebop’s inception and continue to be in high demand. All five original members have remained and our chemistry and playing have never been tighter. The only struggle we face is being young to the industry and lacking the connections to put us in front of a bigger audience. The path we’ve been on has been a relatively long and slow one, but we are very happy and blessed to have what have, but know we are capable of going the distance.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Apollo Bebop – what should we know?
Apollo Bebop is a hip hop/jazz quintet hailing from Santa Ana, CA. The five players are:
Brian to Earth – Emcee
DeAndre Gover – Tenor Saxophone / Keys
Christopher Trimmer – Guitar / Bass
Dominick Cruz – Guitar / Bass
Donovan Cruz – Drums

Our live shows are what we are most proud of, being that performing is the main reason why we’ve garnered the following we have. We’ve had plenty of self-proclaimed “non-hip hop fans” come up to us after a show and say they don’t like or care for hip hop, but that they are fans of our style and performance. This is due to the amount of inspiration we take from several artists in different genres. So yes, we are a hip hop/jazz band, but we’re more of a stylistic gumbo that makes it hard to slap a label or two on us.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
The quality we feel is most important is the genuine interaction we have with our audience on and off the stage. We realize we would not be here without the love and support from the listeners. It’s also not lost on us that we are loved because have been our authentic selves. So as long as we can maintain that relationship, we will continue to grow both as people and artists.

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Image Credit:
Brian to Earth – @bgomz, Yuichi Yoshida – @yuichi_yoshida, Isaac R. Larios – @boom_of_doom, Edgar Garibay – @garibayphoto, Ethan Talby – @firm.palm.tree

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