Cumbia Machin
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Cumbia Machin

San Diego, California, United States

San Diego, California, United States
Solo Latin EDM

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Aug
30
Cumbia Machin @ Casa Del Tunnel

Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Aug
23
Cumbia Machin @ Belly Up Tavern

Solana Beach, California, United States

Solana Beach, California, United States

Aug
08
Cumbia Machin @ Tecate

tecate, Baja California, Mexico

tecate, Baja California, Mexico

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"Cumbia Machin Concert / The Advocate"

Cumbia Machin is a fusion of electronic dub & traditional latin rhythms. With members from Agua Dulce and B Side Players. - The Advocate


"Cumbia Machin Concert / Remezcla, New York"

San Diego’s Cumbia Machin – an Electro-Cumbia band that combines the use of live electronics and live percussion on stage – is bringing their live cumbia dub act to the Shrine. Come to see a Zendrum in action, stay to dance yer face off.
- Remezcla


"Cumbia Machin CD release / Remezcla, Los Angeles"

San Diego’s Cumbia Machin returns with its latest album, Esuper Cumbia. - Remezcla


"Cumbia Machin / Sexy Saturday Cumbia"

This last track is from a duo called Cumbia Machin that I had just very recently wrote a feature on – on Nu Cumbia Experience dot com. There I go into a lot more detail and also share their whole album “Esuper Cumbia” that this song is on. - Generation Bass


"Cumbia Machin / Nu Cumbia Expierience"

Cumbia Machin came to my attention by following me on Soundcloud. I get a lot of new followers every day, which I believe has much more to do with my blogging than them being fans of my music, but still it is a good way to reach me, though not as good as Facebook.

I must admit that I don’t get around to checking out all of my new follower’s music because there is just too much going on and after one or two days they become buried in the depths of past notifications where their only chance to resurface is if they stop following me and follow me again.

Today however I decided to take more time than I usually do to take a look and listen to some of my recent followers from the past two or three days. And one duo, Cumbia Machin, was among those I listened to. Fortunately I did – maybe take a moment to understand a lesson here, be persistent with me if you want to get my attention. I am over-loaded with work and have files upon files stored away with music for projects I am currently working on or will be working on soon. Due to this heavy work-load one must be persistent. It doesn’t bother me, if it does no one will notice, I’m good at keeping my composure and thus my frustration hidden from my tone. Persist not only to get my attention but also to keep it. I forget easily… So persist – because Cumbia Machin released an album I didn’t know about and it is quite good.

Cumbia Machin is a duo featuring Joaquin Hernandez on Zendrum and Sequencers and Paul Lopez on Percussion. Joaquin Hernandez was diagnosed with a genetic nerve disorder called Focal Dystonia. Focal Dystonia inhibits Joaquin’s right hand from properly being able to play the drums. After many years of playing a drum set this disorder set in causing Joaquin to change how he performs music at which point the Zendrum enters.

I have seen similar instruments to the Zendrum. It reminds me of what Future Man plays in Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Future Man plays something he invented called a “Drumitar”. The Zendrum is somewhat similar, at least it is to me.

The live percussionist member of Cumbia Machin is percussionist Paul Lopez, a student of the master Cuban drummer Jose Luis “Changuito” Quintana.

Cumbia Machin’s sound is practically a 50/50 mix of live percussion and digital synthesis providing brilliant original digital cumbia.
-El Guero Unico - 2012 Nu Cumbia Expirience


"Cumbia Machin / Pop Vulture Magazine"

Cumbia Machin is an Electro-Cumbia band that combines the use of live electronics and live percussion to create their own original Dub-Style Cumbia. The project began in the spring of 2010 and feature former members of The B*Side Players and Agua Dulce Joaquin Hernandez on Zendrum and Sequencers and Paul Lopez on Percussion. This duo combine the styles of Electro, Cumbia, Drum n' Bass, Dubstep, Rock, Reggae and more. The Zendrum is not a typical instrument and it is used by Joaquin Hernandez to continue playing music due to the disabling effects of Focal Dystonia in the right hand. Focal Dystonia is a genetic nervous disorder that surfaced after 18 years of playing the drums with bands such as Castle Park HS Drumline, Chicken Farm, B*Side Players, Sol Power, Agua Dulce, and now Cumbia Machin. There is no known cure for Focal Dystonia at this moment so a doctor told Jack do something or try and figure out another way to play. That reinvention and new inspiration led to the heavy programming of sequencers and with midi machines to create music. This is not a one man band though, in order to give it that extra missing something live percussion is always added to the performances. Holding it down is Paul Lopez for the current upcoming tours and Luis Cuenca of The B*Side Players joins in when not touring as well. Pete Ortega has also added horn arrangements to many Cumbia Machin tracks.

"Last year was really great for us, we self released our first CD titled "Esuper Cumbia" which is available at www.cdbaby.com, Ameoba-Hollywood, Ameoba-San Francisco, and Tower Records-Tokyo. We also did a couple tours to Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis, El Paso, Tucson, Mexicali, Tijuana, and Ensenada."

popVLTR: You've been making moves in San Diego, how'd you get into music? Joaquin Hernandez: I started playing music at age 10 and have been active here in San Diego since about age 15. I started in the Punk Rock scene here in San Diego then did some Latin and Reggae projects, some of which are still active like The B*Side Players and Agua Dulce. Paul Lopez is the other member of Cumbia Machin and has been in many of the same projects as well.

popVLTR: Congrats on the recent success, who are some of your influences? JH: My main instrument has been the drum set for many years, so there are many drummers from Punk Rock to Afro Cuban that I really respect and look up to. Cumbia Machin however is mainly influenced by my medical condition which forced me to go in this Electro direction... I have a genetic disorder called Focal Dystonia that surfaced after 18 years of playing the drum set and now I'm unable to use my right wrist. So I found a Zendrum which works for me as a Midi Controller to play drums and create music again. Everything is crazy now with lots of wires to connect haha! ...Nortec Collective, ZZK Records, Bomba Estereo, Mexican Institute of Sound, Hijo de La Cumbia are some artist that come to mind.

popVLTR: What are some of your proudest moments in music so far? JH: Last year was really great for us, we self released our first CD titled "Esuper Cumbia" which is available at www.cdbaby.com, Ameoba-Hollywood, Ameoba-San Francisco, and Tower Records-Tokyo. We also did a couple tours to Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis, El Paso, Tucson, Mexicali, Tijuana, and Ensenada. Also we had the honor of being the opening act for Bomba Estereo, Mexican Institute of Sound, Mexican Dubwiser, El G ZZK Records, La Santa Cecillia, Very be Careful, and Botellita de Jerez. Another accomplishment was being nominated for a San Diego Music Award in the category of Best World Music.

popVLTR: What cool stuff is on the horizon for Cumbia Machin? JH: Our next show will be at the Congress Theater in Chicago opening for Lila Downs on March 30 and some Summer tours are also in the works. We also are in the studio right now working on our second CD. We would really love to do some international touring and just continue to network with more DJ and Bands. All of this is a blessing and we want to thank everyone who has supported us!! Thanks again - Joaquin Hernandez
- Pop Vulture Magazine


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Still working on that hot first release.

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Cumbia Machin is an Electro-Cumbia solo act that incorporates the use of the Zendrum to create an original Dub-Style Cumbia. The project began in the spring of 2010 and features Joaquin Hernandez on Zendrum, Sequencers and Samplers. This project combines the styles of Electro, Cumbia, Drum n' Bass, Dubstep, Rock, Reggae and more. Joaquin's original instrument is the drumset, which he started playing in 1985 with groups such as Chicken Farm *punkrock, B-Side Players *latinfunk, Sol Power *reggaesoul, Agua Dulce *salsasoul. And now Cumbia Machin is the latest, however Joaquin is not on the drumset for the first time........and not by choice either.

The Zendrum is not a typical instrument and it is used by Joaquin to continue playing music due to the disabling effects of Focal Dystonia in the right hand. Focal Dystonia is a genetic nervous disorder that surfaced after many years of playing the drumset. There is no cure for Focal Dystonia at this moment so a doctor told Joaquin to try and figure out another way to play. That idea of reinvention and new inspiration led to the heavy programming of sequencers and samplers to create the original music of Cumbia Machin. In a few short years a very good buzz has been created with the release of the 2012 CD "Esuper Cumbia". The latest album is soon to be released.

Cumbia Machin was Special Guests of:
Bomba Estereo * Lila Downs * Botellita De Jerez * Mexican Institute Of Sound * El G (ZZK Records) * Mexican Dubwisser * La Santa Cecillia * Very Be Careful *

Past Tour stops include:
San Francisco CA, New York NY, Oakland CA, Los Angeles CA, Chicago ILL, St. Louis MO, El Paso TX, Tucson AZ, Yuma AZ, Tijuana MX, Ensenada MX, Tecate MX, Mexicali MX,

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