Locos Por Juana instantly inspires us to get up dance thanks to their fusion of reggae, cumbia, and rock beats. While in New York for the annual LAMC, the Miami-based band, comprised of musicians: Itagui Correa (vocalist), Mark Kondrat (guitarist), Javier "Lakambra" Delgado (drummer), Jose "Sapo" Gonzalez (horns), and Lasim Richards (horns), also hit up Sirius XM studios for an acoustic live performance dedicated to the fans.
We had 5 questions for their band member Mark about their new album, Somos de la Calle, how they got their unique name, and more! Check it out below:
How did the band first get started?
"We found each other in high school and started out as a garage band. Our dream was always to play music. One thing led to another, and here we are releasing our fifth album! It has been a great ride so far."
How would you describe your sound?
"We are all into different things and I think that has always reflected in our music. Latin jazz, hip-hop, rock, punk, reggae, and cumbia are all stuff we listen to so that’s where our Miami sound came from. It’s a hybrid of all of that. It’s our culture and our tradition as a band. We went back to our Colombian and Caribbean roots."
How did you come up with the band name?
"To us Juana is a mystical character everyone is crazy about. To be honest, it is just meant to be funny. It’s a perfect name because we always praise mother earth and women. People take it in many different ways."
Tell us about your latest album, Somos de la Calle. How have you grown creatively since your previous album, Evolucion?
"Evolucion was a big step for us musically. We were nominated for three Grammys for that album and were part of a bigger label by that time. We left the label since because we have been able to do more creatively and independently as a bad. We went through an evolution as a band. With this new album, we took it a step further and started experimenting with more electronic and Colombian sounds like chande, which is mainly heard of in the coast of the country."
How do you envision the band growing creatively in the future?
"We always hope to keep doing music and building our fan base. Culturally we want to keep spreading the voice of immigrant Latinos. We just want to keep growing and performing live worldwide."