Machin' has gained a steady following here in the desert since their start in 2012. They were selected to perform at the 2014 Coachella Music Festival and have graced the stages of numerous venues across Southern California! Machin's band members eclectic musical backgrounds contribute to their distinct and groovy latin sound. Their music will have you jumping, jiving, singing and swinging in no time! Check out some of Machin's amazing music by clicking here, and don't forget to join us this Thursday 4/23 to see them perform live at our Local 622 music showcase at Birba from 7-930! It's going to be epic! Read on below to find out how Machin' got their start, and what inspires their front man David Macias!
Your Name – David Macias
Band Name – Machin’
Band Member Names – David Macias (guitar, VOX), Bri Cherry (violin), Andy Gorrill (bass), Mitchell Arganda (drums), Aaron Mercado (saxophone), Scott Kissinger (trombone)
Genre – Spanglish Jive
Where are you based out of? We are based out of Yucca Valley, Ca.
How did you get started? Well, Machin’ was formed in 2012. After completing an 8 year enlistment in the military in 2009, I enrolled into the music program at College of The Desert. Soon after, I began to write the material that would later be played in Machin’. During this time I was also playing music with Giselle Woo & The Night Owls, The California Celts, and I would spend a lot of time jamming with everyone I could. This is how I met Bri Cherry, on an open jam night in Palm Springs after a school recital. Once all the elements were in place, Machin’ manifested itself into what we are today.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your music? Inspiration can come from anywhere, it can be as simple as an idea that you stumbled upon by accident, or, it can come from the desire to make a statement about a particular subject. As an artist, I believe that inspiration should come from within and from the desire to ascend and gain a better understanding of our craft. From there, everything is perspective and any emotion, event, or person can be its own unique form of inspiration.
Do you have any loves other than music? I have love for many things in life, but I’m not passionate about anything as I am about music.
What do you think about when you’re performing? I think about what song we should play next. I don’t believe in set list, as a mater of fact, I’m against them. Every show is always different and you never know what to expect, therefore, you never know what’s the best song for that particular time. I like to assess the dance floor and use it to our musical advantage. By having the ability to select the next songs on command, we are able to stay connected to our audience and it keeps us away from routine.
What else can we expect from you in the future? Music, music, and more music. Anything from playing solo to playing with the 8 piece Machin’ crew. The future can always change, but music will always be a constant factor in our lives.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? “Don’t tug on Superman’s cape”
Who are you currently listening to? Currently I’m not really listening to anything, if I do, it’s the material from one of the other bands I play with: Pedestrians, Giselle Woo and The Night Owls, California Celts, TJ Nasty, and Warsaw. Contrary to popular belief, sometimes I do get tired of listening to music and you have to give your ears a rest. I go through phases, sometime when I discover something new I can’t stop listening to it for days. Sometimes I get bored of music with lyrics and I only listen to instrumental music. And sometimes well I just like to drive and enjoy the sound of silence.
What is your secret food craving? If I tell you, then it won’t be a secret anymore now would it?
Do you have any hidden talents? I can make tiny furniture out of wooden clothespins.
Is there anything else you’d want us or readers to know?! We are grateful for all the support we have received from the community, we wouldn’t be here without it! I hope that Machin’ continues to bring happiness and joy to our present, new, and future fans. We are getting ready to engage on our summer tour this July through Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon, and end back in California. We will be in San Francisco the second weekend of May. This weekend April 25th we host our monthly Latin Night at The Red Barn in Palm Desert.