Music has always intrigued me. Being Puerto Rican, my rhythmical sense developed very naturally. Plenty of percussion-based music surrounds us. Obviously, Caribbean and Latin American music are very influential to me. I see poly-rhythms as a conversation among instruments: the way they interact with each other, and I try to represent it when making music. My first real connection with music was as a child when every kid wanted to be a human beat-box. That got me interested about drumming and making music. Although I’ve never been fond with hip-hop it is certainly influential too, especially when it comes to down-beat and back-beat. My main instrument is the drum set. As a teenager played a little mallet percussion (which I no longer do – shame…) and learned some hand drumming technique too. I’m a percussionist with basic (if not poor) music theory notions about harmonies and try to put that little knowledge into practice when it comes to create. Spent my whole high school and college years playing in concert bands. A very classic and organic context. Eventually started gigging, both as drummer and percussionist. Mainly in rock bands, but also in some other projects which got my feet wet on unexplored waters yet so far. I recently became very interested about sampling, looping and synthesizing sounds and how to incorporate that into my drumming. I like working with “pads” and noisy sounds both organic and synthetic, like such found on some ethnic and industrial styles. My approach to electronics is to make loop-based assembles of rhythmic melodies. Develop an idea, explore with it and see where it takes me. My longest song (yet) is one of those experiments. It started as a rhythmic track on a drum machine. Then I said “lets MIDI that to a keyboard and see what happens”. It just blew me because I never expected to hear a melody out of a rhythm. Tweaked a bit some raw edges and it became a very interesting piece… at least to me (lol)!!!