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Meet Edgar Alminar of DJ GarGar in San Diego

Today we’d like to introduce you to Edgar Alminar.

Edgar, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started off fascinated with the b-boy culture in middle school, then became obsessed with DJing. I watched every clip of DJ Q-Bert and the Invisibl Skratch Piklz that I could find, all while being a marching band nerd in high school. From there, I joined a group called OutHouse/Mykrewani in 1997-1998, and we needed beats, so I saved up some money to buy an Akai MPC2000XL and started hibernating, learning to make beats. I was in a few groups from there: Concept-D (turntables, MPC), irradio (keyboard, percussion, backup vocals), and The Lindsey Yung band (keyboards), but it wasn’t until I joined The KneeHighs (turntables, production, alto saxophone) in early 2005 that I hit my stride.

I really started learning how to make albums and spent countless hours and years working to get better and producing and recording engineering. I produced and recorded a few award-winning albums for that group and still love those guys like brothers to this day. From there, I produced The Beautiful State (with Talls), an EDM/hip hop duo called Jumbotron (with DayDay), and am now putting the finishing touches on an album with one of my favorite MCs, Parker Edison, called “E Motion Pictures”, under the moniker, The Elephants In The Room. I am super excited and very proud of that project. Coming soon! My musical journey has been extremely gratifying, eye-opening, and amazing.

Has it been a smooth road?
Anyone who has been in bands/groups knows that there are definitely bumps in the road: fistfights, yelling, disagreements, blood, sweat and tears. But it is all worth it. Every single moment. If anything, the struggles made relationships stronger.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
The Elephants In The Room is what I am starting to promote right now; I am the DJ and producer of that duo (with Parker Edison), and I specialize in making very mediocre beats. I am most proud of the album we are close to completing. Nothing sets us apart; we just sound like everybody else… or maybe a mix of Justin Bieber, Bjork, and Miles Davis?

Contact Info:

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  • Instagram: @djgargar
  • Twitter: @djgargar

Image Credit:
The Elephants In The Room: Kimberly Miller; Jumbotron: Ed Marcelino; The Beautiful State: Lindsey Yung; The KneeHighs: Bill Schildge

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