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Alice, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2020 | SELF

Alice, Texas, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2020
Duo Pop Trip-hop




"Striking A 50/50 Deal With The Universe, Voodoo Boogaloo Works To Meet Fate Halfway"

Some plane rides seem like they will never end. Especially if the plane ride simultaneously marks the end of one life chapter and the uncertain start of another. On his long plane ride from Las Vegas back to Texas in 2014, Logan Woodyard spent the entirety of his flight trying to figure out what he was going to do, musically, for the next year of his life. Armed with a vague idea of what he wanted, the first thing Logan did ­­once his plane landed was find Stephanie Cardona – his decision seemed like something the male lead of a romantic comedy would do. Logan recalled thinking “Stephanie ­- that very talented, kind, beautiful person, I wonder what I can cook up with her once this plane hits the ground.”

The two grew up in the same hometown of Alice, Texas, and had been friends for about a year before Logan proposed the idea of collaborating. The conversation they had on that day was the start of Voodoo Boogaloo, and their relationship. Stephanie remembered, “I was floored immediately… and I remember blushing because he was so handsome, and I was so excited to get started on whatever was coming our way.”

Since becoming a trip-hop duo in 2014, their psychedelic vibe and unrivaled chemistry on stage have set them apart from other acts. The San Antonio Express-News even coined the duo as the “Sonny and Cher” of trip-hop. So far they have released two albums, traveled on three tours, and become central Texas electro-pop darlings. 2017 was their busiest year yet with the release of their sophomore album Get in There, and their first international tour across Central/Eastern Europe which consisted of ten shows in five countries.

Stephanie Cardona: So we played a Halloween show in San Antonio, at Limelight. That must have been 2016 and Logan was mingling with some people and met a cool Slovenian couple. They fell in love with us and invited us on a journey, a tour that they would put together for us and they did. They absolutely came through. They just Googled “fun things to do in San Antonio” that night and we popped up.

Logan Woodyard: Stephanie and I have very intentional lives, both living our independent life together but when it comes together we are always working on a manifestation list. This is how we want our tour to go or this, we just moved a month ago (a different spot in Canyon Lake), is what we want our new neighbors to be like. And come to find out, anyone who is listening; be intentional about what you want. The universe will meet you halfway. It's kind of like a 50/50 deal... We listed what kind of tour, where we wanted to go, and then six weeks later here [it happened]. How often have you heard of one Slovenian being in San Antonio? When is the last time you met a Slovenian in San Antonio? … We went [on tour] and it was four weeks, five countries, and 10 shows. The biggest stage we have ever played on was over there. It was also the biggest audience and our first and second camping festival. The third festival was right when we got back home and did UTOPiAfest. And time for vacationing too, we went to Venice.

Stephanie Cardona: Wore all the masks, ate all the food, and drank all the wine!

Logan Woodyard: Yup, and picked up smoking, I guess. Now we are getting ready for our next tour. At the end of October [2018], we are leaving on our West Coast tour. We are going all the way up and down!

Stephanie Cardona: Start in Marfa and go all the way up to Vancouver, and bring it all the way back down.

Danielle Trevino: What about the West Coast, in particular, drew you to want to have a tour in that part of the country?

Stephanie Cardona: We did a Colorado/New Mexico tour about 2 1/2 years ago, and the response we got in New Mexico was wild. They really liked us and we knew we had to make it back out there… We constantly hear things that our music would do so well in Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, and Seattle. There's a call to action. They are hungry for us out there, from what we hear, so we are ready to go and serve it up!

In regards to their third album, fans will have to wait until they arrive back from their much anticipated West Coast Tour. Although they have plans to produce and release a third album, the duo is not sure what it will sound like compared to their two previous albums. When describing their musical progression, Logan noted “the first album is like ‘let's figure this out,’ the second album is ‘WOW we are really figuring this out,’ and the third album is like ‘I think we almost got this figured out.’” - Texas Public Radio

"Voodoo Boogaloo is Trip-Hop’s Sonny & Cher"

Straight outta Alice?

Trip-hop boyfriend-girlfriend act Voodoo Boogaloo own it. Their Coastal Bend hometown is not the only thing that sets Logan Woodyard and Stephanie Cardona apart from the pack.

For one, Woodyard looks like one of the original bearded models for Smith Bros. Cough Drops. Then, there’s Cardona’s breathy, Lana Del Ray-like voice on the electronic duo’s original songs. And there’s the matter of their Woodstock acid-trip dancing during “So I Rob ’Em.”

But what’s really appealing is a natural, slightly goofy, friendly sense of humor that finds the couple finishing each other’s sighs and rivaling the onstage appeal of Sonny and Cher. They’ll totally take that comparison.

“Sonny and Cher is perfect, yeah,” Woodyard and Cardona said almost in unison and giggling.

“We are on the Sonny and Cher jam. It does help make us unique, being in a relationship onstage. Also, being from Texas,” added Woodyard, 29. “We take that Sonny and Cher, 'we’re from South Texas’ vibe to a place like New York and we just knock it out of the park.”

Voodoo Boogaloo perform Saturday at 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks. Folk rapper Chris Conde is also on the bill, as well as Athens’ New Madrid.

The duo’s (he’s a former rapper; she’s a former garage rocker) fun appearance at the third annual Maverick Music Festival at La Villita confirmed it.

“We had senior citizens, kids, people our age,” said Woodyard, 29.

“Voodoo Boogaloo is an extension of our regular life. We don’t put on our 'Oh, we’re playing a show now.’ We just walk out the door and keep the party going. We really want to be a proper entertainment act. We don’t want to be just the band. We want to be as entertaining as we know how, and that’s just to be ourselves.”

They grew up in Alice but recently moved to Canyon Lake after a DIY 10-week East Coast tour which took them to New Orleans, Athens, Georgia; Washington, D.C., Boston and New York. The tour reassured the couple that “we actually have something that people like.”

“It all started in Alice,” said Cardona, 24. “We did, like, house parties. But before we knew it, we had this cool Corpus fan base.”

Woodyard chuckled listening to Cardona explain the duo’s origins on speaker phone. “Nah, Voodoo Boogaloo was not happening in Alice. This is not an Alice thing,” Woodyard added. “We were sort of just locked in the tower in our house in Alice, trying to think of the kind of music we wanted to make.”

The hip-hop and stoner neo-soul music, which can be found at voodooboogaloo.bandcamp.com, is trippy and often syrupy slow, creating dramatic tension. Because it’s made with a laptop computer with sound effects, strange vocal pitches, minimal keyboard fills and beats (and because audiences are often standing right in their faces), Woodyard and Cardona get a close-up view of the reaction.

“There’s a lot of, just like, intense watching,” Cardona said.

“The way we design our set is to really create an experience,” Woodyard said. “I think people are looking at us like a Rubik’s Cube. Some new cat will look at us with his friends and go, 'What is this? I like this. I don’t know why I like it just yet, but I’m going to give it the time.’ People are really looking hard.”

“When me and Stefanie are cracking up and making jokes, talking to the audience, I see a lot of smiles. I hear a lot of laughter. And if we had to qualify a successful Voodoo Boogaloo gig, personally I’ve got to see those smiles. I’ve got to hear that laughter,” Woodyard said.

“That way I know we accomplished our big goal: We entertained those people. They had a good time. Everywhere we go, we get the same response. Whether it’s a biker bar, a book store, a house party, everybody loves to have fun.”

hsaldana@express-news.net - San Antonio Express- News (Texas)

"It Takes Two: Texas’ Voodoo Boogaloo is the answer to all your problems"

Upon a first listen to Voodoo Boogaloo, there are certain comparisons you are bound to make. Personally, thus far, I’m thinking of acts like the super-rad/super-weird Portishead, the catchy/sexy Peaches and the poetry/shoegaze-meets-sick-ass-beats of Advisory Committee-era Mirah, but if I’m trying to just slap a simple genre on ’em, it might be more apt to label it “trip-hop” and call it a day. That’d be a disservice to the product created by young lovers Logan Woodyard and Stephanie Cardona, though, because there is so much more going on under the hood, and frankly, the term “trip-hop” summons pictures of some seriously obnoxious shit in my brain. But I digress.

“We’re very method,” Woodyard says via phone from his home in Canyon Lake, Texas, conveniently located somewhere between Austin and San Antonio. “We both eat vegan, don’t drink, meditate, we love to adventure .… Everything we’re doing is so we can live healthy, and then I download—which I mean more spiritually—that energy and lifestyle into the writing.”

Woodyard sounds a little more new-agey than one might expect from a duo that creates hip-hop infused and extremely dancey post-rock-meets-hip-hop. His mother runs a foster home, though, so maybe that positivity and becoming attuned to nature and your fellow man runs in his blood. As for the music, it fucking bumps. There’s no mind-numbing repetition like we find in so many other similar electronic music styles (though everything is created using Abelton software; everything is very hip; everything makes your damn head bounce) because while you’re busy blasting the album and having your mind blown, Woodyard is tied up while field-recording the sounds of his convertible going up and down at the beach for use on his next beat.

Cardona is, for lack of a better term, the star of the show. Her voice is drop-dead gorgeous and, Woodyard says, she lives in that spotlight, son. But it doesn’t bother him any; he’s really more of a beat-smith and sonic curator, even if he does rap from time to time like he did in the old days, back before the pair joined forces and he’d spit rhymes on the streets of Las Vegas (not New Mexico) as performance art.

That was a lifetime ago, though, and Woodyard lives in the now. “The shows are very cinematic to me because I think of it like designing an atmosphere,” he says. “One of my favorite things to do on this earth is to mix sounds and arrange sounds; sounds have such an impact on our system, and if I can organize them in such a way that reaches out to someone in an audience …,” he trails off. But hell, he’s got a lot on his mind. This is a guy who grew up on a horse ranch and who came by hip-hop completely organically. Cardona, he says, played in garage punk bands and came from a more musically rich background before he “stole her for this project.”

And it’s a good thing he did. No more garage for her, no more street beats for him. And we’re reaping all the benefits. - Santa Fe Reporter (New Mexico)

"Voodoo Boogaloo"

Voodoo Boogaloo synthesizes chilly electro-pop and moody trip-hop into a psychedelic meditation. The Canyon Lake duo stars Stephanie Cardona, whose vocals levitate atop the lamb-or-lion compositions of bearded beatmaker Logan Woodyard, who looks like Rasputin on a MIDI keyboard. - Kevin Curtin, The Austin Chronicle (Texas)

"Texas-based trip-hop duo Voodoo Boogaloo to play at Tortuga"

In four years, Stephanie Cardona and Logan Woodyard have made some music.

They’ve also toured the country, and most recently, they made the leap into being full-time musicians.

“It’s all been a work in progress,” Woodyard says in a recent phone interview. “We’re excited about being able to pursue this dream of ours full time. It’s the next step in our career.”

Cardona and Woodyard make up the trip-hop duo Voodoo Boogaloo.

The outfit is known for its psychedelic vibe and chemistry on stage.

Voodoo Boogaloo has released two albums and has become well-known in central Texas.

“Get in There” is the duo’s sophomore release.

Cardona and Woodyard met while living in Alice, Texas.

“A mutual friend was putting on a show, and Stephanie was playing with her band,” Woodyard says. “We met hearing each other playing in our bands. I walked up to her and won her over.”

“He told me, ‘I love your voice and your projection,’ ” Cardona says.

“That was me planting the seed,” Woodyard says.

Fast-forward to today, and Cardona and Woodyard are traveling through the country on tour.


The duo will make a stop in Albuquerque on Thursday, Nov. 15, at Tortuga.

Being part of the duo is great for Woodyard, because the music is original.

“Our music is unique, and I have a partner where we can pull from experiences together,” he says. “Just a month ago, we committed to being full-time musicians, and that will surely make it into a song. Our other big deal is that we work with electronic music and we get great joy in doing field recording. Then we use that as a base to create instrumentals. You add up all the experiences, and what comes out is a representation of us.”

Cardona says that since forming the band, the pair have become better communicators.

“We’ve got a professional and personal relationship,” she says. “We do put effort into keeping the two separate. We have boundaries and always have to listen to each other about when we are checking out of one.” - Albuquerque Journal

"Voodoo Boogaloo Taking Stage at TPML"

Whether you're young, or just young at heart, there's a free performance scheduled for 6pm on Aug. 28 at Tye Preston Memorial Library that you won't want to miss.

Voodoo Boogaloo will be in the house and TPML may never be the same.

Described as "Trip Hop/New Soul", the duo is made of Stephanie Cardona and Logan Woodyard. Both provide vocals while Woodyard makes the electronic instrumental magic happen.

For those who aren't aware, "trip hop" is a term for a genre of electronic music that first originated in the United Kingdom in the early 1990s. "Neo Soul" began in the late 1980s in the UK and the US as part of a soul-revival movement and moved into mainstream in the late 1990s.

Cardona and Woodyard, originally from Alice, met in 2013 while both performing at the same music festival. Soon they teamed up on stage to create Voodoo Boogaloo.

"The love fro writing and performing music together quickly engulfed us both and gave way to romantic love," Woodyard says. "Life has been about supporting one another and the music ever since."

After performing at the 2015 Maverick Music Festival held at La Villita in San Antonio last April, The San Antonio Express- News dubbed the couple "Trip Hop's Sonny and Cher."

While new to Canyon Lake, the couple have been touring near and far the past few years, including an extensive East Coast tour in 2014, spreading their unique sound and more.

"If Voodoo Boogaloo is trying to have any kind of effect on their audience, it's to help them to fell our presence and love for performance," Woodyard says. "This takes shape as a dynamic collection of sounds and movement. Voodoo Boogaloo's compositions hold sounds you've never heard before- guaranteed."

The audience can not only expect a high-energy performance next Friday but also a message.

"The Voodoo Boogaloo experience is totally refreshing and unique," Woodyard says. "You can place our vocal presence somewhere between your favorite 50's pop song and the cheer of your best dance anthem. However these sounds are only the casing for the jewel. The keystone of Voodoo Boogaloo's presentation is the message. Praise, celebration, and encouragement are the pillars of the Voodoo Boogaloo experience. It's nothing short of the funnest motivational speech you've ever witnessed."

The couple is excited to perform at TPML and meet the audience.

"It's a for all ages event," Woodyard says. "Grandparents, parents, and children will all find something in the performance just for them." - New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Texas)

"Pure Magic: An Interview with Voodoo Boogaloo"

Double, double toil and trip-hop? Hill Country duo Voodoo Boogaloo is a spiritual experience comprised of lovers/conjurers Stephanie Cardona and Logan Woodyard.

Voodoo Boogaloo casts a spell as they explore sultry, incense-burning chants and instrumental breakdowns straight out of a nightmarish acid rainstorm.

Voodoo Boogaloo and I discussed chemistry, magic and music.

What's the process of writing songs like for the both of you?

It all begins with meditation. We sit, shoulder to shoulder, give the theme of our song our attention, and let whatever comes out be from the best parts of us. There was a lot of celebration going on at that time. We had just met and let our excitement for our new relationship come through in the lyrics and accompaniments. The songs really took shape when the mediation involved the use of tarot cards. Intention, plus theme, plus tarot card gave us songs like "Strength," "Empress," and "High Priestess." All in all, the songs want to point to celebration for life lived. That is the Voodoo Boogaloo way.

Do you think that being partners in crime, both professionally and personally, is what gives your music and performances a supernatural dynamic?

We were both deep into the supernatural before we met two years ago. It was one of the qualifiers for us getting the VB thing going. But yes, you're absolutely right, now that we're together, our presentation is greater than the sum of its parts. The fact that life is enjoyed and appreciated off stage helps us to enjoy life on stage. And it doesn't stop with the two of us. There is the Trinity. Stephanie, plus Logan, plus Source gives us everything we need to accomplish exactly what we want to on and off stage

Speaking of chemistry, have you thought about channeling that magic into a music video?

Absolutely! We're currently working on a new album and deciding which single will become our first music video. We're very particular about who we work with. Vibe is oh so important. We're biding our time until the perfect team or individual wants to connect and make something magical. To help us, they'd have to know us.

Can you give me a little more insight into your new album if it's not completely top secret?

No secrets! More Voodoo. More Boogaloo. It took us these two years to really figure out our sound. It took a 10 week East Coast tour, and a move to the Austin/San Antonio area, but we figured out what we're best at and we're going hard in that direction. No hesitation. No fear. You'll recognize this presence in our new album "Get in There". It materializes as true expression. It gives way to more creativity and originality. We're giving ourselves permission to be who we want to be, both as individuals, and as a couple. And it's not just the song writing process, it's also the quality of living. That's conscious living on all levels, especially diet. - San Antonio Current (Texas)

"Voodoo Boogaloo Invites Fans to a Party"

Leave it to Voodoo Boogaloo — trip-hop musicians Stephanie Cardona and Logan Woodyard — to plan a CD release party with the flavor of a Chuck E. Cheese kiddie party for EDM hippies.
The duo, and real-life New Age couple, are celebrating the release of their latest album, “Get In There,” Saturday at Brick in the Blue Star Arts Complex.
They’re calling it “Get In There: A Voodoo Boogaloo Experience.” And it’s going to be fun.
What Cardona and Woodyard have in store: a rented moon bounce, tarot card readings, vegan treats and massage therapy. And, of course, the will be showcasing their new electro-pop music, which can go from playfully sexy and chill to downright silly in an instant.
With this “Experience” party, Voodoo Boogaloo is giving Buttercup, which celebrates the release of its own CD, “Battle of Flowers,” Friday at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, a run in the kookiness sweepstakes.
The music is intriguing.
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At a glance

What: “Get In There: A Voodoo Boogaloo Experience,” a CD release party

When: 7 p.m. Saturday; doors open at 6 p.m.; music runs from 7 p.m.-midnight

Where: Brick, 108 Blue Star

Tickets: $20; $15 advance

Web: Facebook: Voodoo Boogaloo

New tracks such as “Push” and “Together” come across like little love notes to each other. Elsewhere, little giggles and inside jokes let the listener know not to take things too seriously.
“I do feel like they’re little motivational love-letter messages to each other,” Cardona said this week, “as well as little insightful pieces for our fans to get a good idea of what’s going on behind the curtain.”
Cardona, who is shy and quiet, brings the sexy to the mix with her seductive, mellow Lana Del Ray vocals; Woodyard is outgoing, up and wily. Cardona calls the musical act “the truest form of Logan and Stephanie.”
Saturday’s event reflects the couple’s tastes and positive personal outlook — Woodyard is a life coach; Cardona works at a thrift store — as well as their ambition. Proceeds from the party, if there’s something left over, will go to funding the duo’s upcoming Eastern European tour in June. Shows in Austria, Slovenia and Croatia are booked.
The friendly, talented duo always has been a testament to good vibes.
“That’s a No. 1 priority for us. If we don’t have that, then that’s what the music becomes,” Woodyard said.
The gig this weekend includes performances by Verisimilitude, Wayne E. Holtz, Darian Thomas of Saturn Skies and Femina-X and Mr. Pidge. Frank Hot Dogs, a liquid light show and coloring book stations also will be part of the fun.
“We’re making (the release party) really special, a page out of our book. It’s a call to action to get all these loving people in one place,” Woodyard said.
“We really are trying to bring something new to the table, one of a kind. It’s a message out into the universe, ‘Hey, universe. In case you didn’t know about Voodoo Boogaloo, these are the people we hang out with. This is how we like to treat our friends.’”
Cardona simply calls it “tapping into our childhood.”
Originally from Alice, Voodoo Boogaloo set up shop in Canyon Lake in 2015. The musical act serves as a spiritual workbench for the couple. But casual fans don’t have to be invested in their personal mystique to just enjoy the music.
Cardona is fine with fans simply grooving to the chill vibe, apart from the lyrics.
“It’s like a psychedelic experience. There’s absolutely something there if you’re just vibing out with us,” she said. “We do love it loud enough to where you feel it in your feet, feel it grumbling in your throat.”
Artistic differences do come up; and tours are stressful, both said. It’s a lot of togetherness.
“The strength of our music stems from our relationship,” Woodyard said. “There are advantages and disadvantages to working with your lover. We’ve had the conversation that if Voodoo Boogaloo is affecting the relationship negatively, we’ll pull the plug. Because the music isn’t going to be any good if the health of the relationship is going south.”
But just one listen and that possibility seems remote for this South Texas trip-hop version of Sonny & Cher. The beat goes on.
hsaldana@express-news.net - San Antonio Express News

"A Rundown Of This Year's Maverick Music Festival"

"It will all be perfect for the night," sings Stephanie Cardona. She's quite right. Designed around the simple-as-sophisticated guitar, the duo from Alice is just mysterious enough to soundtrack an adventurous evening. Though the aesthetic works for a date night, Voodoo Boogaloo's R&B loops and eight-bit riffs would sound comfortable in SNES-era Zelda. - San Antonio Current

"Voodoo Boogaloo Want You To "Get In There""

Voodoo Boogaloo are a weird couple.

Currently residing in Canyon Lake, Stephanie Cardona and Logan Woodyard have been washing South Texas audiences in their weirdo trip hop waves since the release of their first record which they debuted back in March of 2014. The release was followed by a 10 week east coast tour that they say helped bring an uninhibited approach to their songwriting process — which is interesting, considering how free-form and experimental their sound already was.

A slot at Maverick Music Festival later, plus a healthy show schedule performing between Austin and San Antonio, the duo is back with a new album entitled Get In There, which, while it contains echoes of their first record, represents a one further into the cosmic, incense smoke-filled space the group explores with each performance. The hippie vibe feels familiar, but the sound is definitely new, from Woodyard’s trap-like musical arrangements and cartoon monster-sounding raps to Cardona’s breathy, lounge singer vocals.

On Saturday, April 15, the group throws a record release party that will include tarot card readings, coloring book stations and performances by Wayne Holtz, Verisimilitude, Saturn Skies and Mr. Pidge. For more information, visit the band’s Facebook page.

Saturday, April 15, 7pm, $15-$20, Brick At Blue Star Art's Complex, 108 Blue Star - San Antonio Current

"The Critical Asshole Listening to..."

Voodoo Boogaloo is a two-piece Trip Hop/Neo Soul outfit from Alice, TX featuring Stephanie Cardona (of Phanzala) on vocals and Logan Woodyard on vocals and instruments.

Their independently recorded album combines elements of indietronica and dream pop to form, as they describe, “change the world” music. The album is a lush aggregate of sweeping sonic melodies, interviewed and found-sound vocal drops, lyric flows, as well as rising and falling bass pads all recalling the darker and sometimes more sinister moments of Portishead’s Dummy.

Begins with the dark and moody “For the Night” showing off Woodyard’s incredible sense of rhythmic placing along the stereo spectrum and effect with both vocals and percussion sounds. Woodyard seems to “speak” through these rhythmic elements and this talent is expressed throughout the record (“Before the Storm,” “So I Rob Em,” and “Molcajeta” in particular). Cardona’s singing serves as a strong foundation for both the rhythmic and leading melodic progression making a listener “feel” Cardona’s singing and Woodyard’s beats interwoven like the satisfying “click” of a lock and key (“High Priestess” and “Empress” are good examples of this rhythm/melody relationship).

Cardona’s rich singing lends an air of dreamy and magical mystery in much the same way as the better cuts from Lana Del Ray while Woodyard’s wild and animated vocal flow drive the record in tasteful proportions climaxing in the extraordinary “New Lovers.” It is this track that serves as a good backdrop for the sincerity and intimacy of the recording (Cardona and Woodyard are a couple) and explains how and why a listener may be uniquely moved by this pair. It is important to note that the sophisticated sonic quality of the album is home-brewed. Not another hand touched this besides Cardona and Woodyard and this is what makes this record a good introduction to the pair. This is a courtship with a new audience—but at the same time the album is a love letter—a wonderful and seductive invitation from the coolest and most fun kids on the playground—to friends they have yet to meet.

This wonderful and sweet energy is accentuated through the use of dropped audio of children merely expressing themselves in the most funny and heartbreaking way that only kids can. ”VS the Worm” features a young person describing the love and death of a cat named “Gracey;” it is heartbreaking in a strange and indelible way. Like a lot of what children will say when you put them on the spot, sometimes it’s hard to find an exact narrative. This is true about a lot of honest and “raw” forms of expression: objective meaning may be hard to decipher—so we as a listener imprint our own story. This is a good analogy for the album and the singular voice of Voodoo Boogaloo. This is “from the heart” music—and it is at times strange, wild, wonderful and excessive. We as listeners, and our subjective cups, runneth over.

Voodoo Boogaloo is currently planning an east coast tour. For booking information or words of encouragement and inspiration, e-mail Logan.

Voodoo Boogaloo will be appearing at the Limelight in San Antonio, TX this Friday, May 30th, 2014. Get your joy on. - The Critical Asshole (Texas)


Who or what is Voodoo Boogaloo? Light some candles, and grab your sage stick, I’ll tell you. Voodoo Boogaloo is more than just a duo comprised of Stephanie Cardona and Logan Woodyard, it’s a spiritual experience, and it’s a way of life. It’s rap and hypnotizing dreamy vocals. The universe works in mysterious ways. So what a coincidence that I first found out about them while in a twitter conversation about Space with the producer of Machine.fm, Nicholas Young. Nicholas had recently had Voodoo Boogaloo on the show Dispatch as guests, do check it out! A link, a listen, and what luck – they were playing a show in Chicago! This band may only be a year old, but you need to put them on your radar to keep watching. I caught up with Stephanie and Logan at the tail end of their 10 week tour, where we chatted about music, magic, and time travel.

Let’s get the obvious first question out of the way. Where did the name come from?

Logan: When we first got together we found out that we had similar interests, and one of them that really boiled down was magic. What a cool thing that exists on planet Earth, magic. So we thought wouldn’t it be incredible if we made music that sounds like magic. Like does magic have a sound? I don’t know but lets try and make that sound. One person told us that he sees music in colors. He said out music is sparkling. It’s a fun way to manifest your life. Every full moon we do a magic spell, where we put a circle in the ground, and we put everything we want for that month inside the circle. So the full moon is all about reflection so it’s like we’re putting what we want out there, and we want it reflected back to us in the world. The number one thing is intention. We want to make magic music that people can dance to, Voodoo Boogaloo.

How did you two meet?

Logan: I had just moved back to Texas from Portland, Oregon, and a mutual friend was putting together a show. Stephanie got on the bill with the band she was in before this, and I was doing my rap act. We met and I was like, dang, Stephanie can sing! I liked her band so much that I recorded their album for them, I just played producer. Things were slowing down with her band, so I told her I had nothing going on, and why don’t we write some songs together. It went really well. It was really well received in our area, so we thought, let’s go on tour. We’ve played every kind of spot, sometimes for two people, sometimes for thirty people. They all went really good.

Stephanie: Yeah, even like playing for two homeless people, in freezing weather. They were a very interactive audience.

How different is the music that you are making now with Voodoo Boogaloo, than the music you were making before?

Stephanie: Super different. It was garage rock, like a four-piece band, and we played a lot of covers. I’ve experimented a lot vocally, that I never would have done in my other band. Even the instrumentation set up is different in this band. Our messages are way more positive and enthusiastic. It’s been the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my musical career.

You are really natural on stage, and interact with the audience. Was that an intentional decision you made?

Logan: It was a huge thought for me, you’ve got to rope in these people. I’ve seen so many bands that finish a song, and are just like onto the next song. Which is totally cool, but it’s like you just brought your songs with you. Where our intention is that we are trying to put on a show. We are trying to laugh with people, make friends, tell a joke. We were playing a show in Corpus (Christi) and someone said, “Your show is so cool, you should host our poetry open mic.” So we did that for 6 months. We got to really level up our talking on stage to the audience.

Stephanie: And even just talking to each other. It was really great.

Logan: It was all unscripted, and you figure out what you’re going to say on the spot. We made some of the best friends I’ve had with that.

Was there ever an audience that wasn’t as engaging as you’d hope?

Stephanie: It definitely varied. We constantly put out all in our show, that I think helps get the audience engaged right away. There was one show in New York that started with one slow, sarcastic sounding clap. Then this group of ladies cam in and loved what we were doing. They ran on stage…

Logan: Like half way through our set.

Stephanie: We took a picture with them, and then the audience really got into it. We play like we’re playing for a thousand people at a festival.

Logan: That’s the cool thing about our music, everyone likes it. My parents, grandparents..even kids like it.

Why are your songs so short? Was that a conscious decision?

Logan: I think I was thinking about that. The main idea was that less is more. I’d rather finish the song sooner than later. I’d rather finish the song with the audience wanting more. I was also thinking about this generation having a really short attention span, and maybe they weren’t going to listen to a six minuet song on Bandcamp. But maybe they’ll listen to three, two minute songs. I also want to make some longer songs on our next album.

Do you ever write songs separately?

Stephanie: He definitely makes up instrumentals by himself. I usually write all my lyrics right next to him.

Logan: I had a stay at home job, so I had a lot of time to make music. One of the ways we write lyrics is that we’ll do this meditation. We’ll have a beer, sit on the couch, and we have a tarot deck in front of us. I have this magic book that had this really basic guideline to do a quick meditation. So once we’re in that meditative space, we write some lyrics. Well then it’s like, what do we aim it at? Oh, we’ll flip over a tarot card, and there it is looking right back at us. The whole time we’re not talking. We are just looking at the card, then we write. It’s really special.

Stephanie: He had me scrape the concrete with my boots once time, to get the noise.

Logan: We call it “sample hunting” it’s one of my favorite parts about writing an album. I have a condenser mic that goes on the end of my microphone, and just go around walking up the attic stairs and use that creek. We’ve also used a butane torch.

Did you set out to make an album when you first started out together?

Logan: It was let’s make a song.

Stephanie: I think we had so much doing the first song, and the second, and the third song…

Logan: We were just fucking around.

Stephanie: We were having the best time! So we had to perform it, and make an album.

Logan: We went through two or three phases where we revamped songs. So then the slow songs got really slow, and empty. The almost hype songs got way more hyped. Everything went in the direction that it needed to be.

Do you have any ideas of the direction you want to go in with your new album?

Stephanie: Definitely a positive message. I want to go really dive in and spread the love and positivity. I also really want to get more groovy and dance in there.

Logan: Me too. The best compliment anyone has ever told us, ad we get it often is, “This is different. I’ve never heard anything like this before.” I want to do a slightly even better version of that. People often dance to our music, but I think a lot of people want to, but they aren’t quite sure what to make of it. So I want to lubricate that more, add more percussion, and write more songs.

What are some of the lessons that you’ve learned playing your first tour?

Logan: One right away is that we put a lot of work planning, prepping and scheduling the tour. It would’ve been great to have even more people there, so promotions. I would’ve liked to have promoted it more. It’s been pretty smooth. We’ve stayed within budget, and our shows have gone good. Another lesson is that it’s a lot of work.

If you could travel back in time on Earth for one day where would you go? What about if you could go anywhere in the Universe?

Logan: I want to go back in time and visit myself when I’m like six or seven years old. I want to spend 24 hours of hanging out with my little kid self. I’d love to go hang out with my little self and just be super cool for him. I want to be his friend, listen to him, and drop some radical ideas on him. I was a jock in high school, so I want to tell him that it’s okay to start music early. I also want to meet a live alien, like the group that is 3,000 ahead of Earth. I want to have a way to communicate and just ask him questions.

Stephanie: I’ve always been fascinated with the 1970’s, especially in New York City. There was so much in music going on with the dawning on Glam Rock, and David Bowie, Gary Glitter and T-Rex. I loved the androgyny, and the sexual revolution that was going on. Punk and disco were huge in that area; CBGJ, Patti Smith, The Ramones. Such an wonderful scene. It wasn’t about fitting in for them anymore, it was so much more. There was glamour, dancing, and late night partying. I really like Neptune, I like cooler weather, and it’s a lovely shade of blue. I think it’s a beautiful planet, so I’d go to Neptune, and make my own 1970’s decade there. - mezzic.com (Chicago)

"Voodoo Boogaloo and Axons at The Trash Bar"

As you know, the last few months have been extremely busy and difficult as I’ve been balancing a life that’s frequently comprised of the competing demands for my time and attention that can only come from having two very different jobs. But early last night, i was at The Trash Bar in Williamsburg to catch the Texan electro pop duo of Voodoo Boogaloo and the Chicago-based solo act of Adele Nichols, best known as Axons (who as you may know I interviewed here a few months ago). And although both acts play synth-based electro pop, their approaches are very different. Axons sound owes a great debt to rock, and at times bears an uncanny resemblance to early 80s New Wave — i.e., New Order but more introspective, while Voodoo Boogaloo’s sound owes a debt to R&B and hip hop, with a playful, goofy swagger. - The Joy of Violent Movement (NYC)

"'Liquid Sunshine Experience' Will Turn Blue Star Into an Acid Trip On Saturday"

You may be thinking, what the hell is the Liquid Sunshine Experience?

Well, the trippy concept is exactly what it sounds like: A type of psychedelic experience dreamed up in the '60s without the use of actual acid. The LSD effect is put into motion by a participating audience's art on projectors, artistically known as "Liquid Light Stations," to live music. The visuals on the projectors are created by mixing colors and oils, the end result being a cross between a colorful kaleidoscope and bacteria under a microscope.

The Liquid Sunshine Experience: An Interactive Liquid Light Concert will go down at Brick Saturday to the music of the Diamond Center, Voodoo Boogaloo, Heavenlyjunkie and Ion. Brik will also showcase psychedelic and experimental artwork from over 15 artists. Tickets for the all ages event can be found here for $8.

Like a hippie counterculture movement that morphed into a band (think drugs, feminism, freedom of sexuality, more drugs), The Diamond Center entrances with slow-burning chants and a psyched-out guitar jangle. Canyon Lake's Voodoo Boogaloo leans on intense instrumental breakdowns. And even with reverb and icy beats, Heavenlyjunkie updates psychedelic pop to a robo-hippie hybrid that fits right in with this week's protest against the warped politics of Donald Trump.

Officially labeled as an "indie psychedelic band," there's a hint of power pop in Ion with their female singer's powerful, wailing voice that makes their songs stand out. - San Antonio Current

"10 Music Shows at Which to Rock In the New Year"

This year Limelight, the bastion of hipsterdom next to Hardbodies, a long-beloved live music spot, opened its doors after a short but effective renovation. Now under the management team that made 502 Bar cool, Limelight has wasted no time in making good live music its specialty. To celebrate, the bar is throwing a righteous New Year’s Eve bash, replete with an honest-to-goodness balloon drop and a bonkers bill of music, from the zany, dreamcore soul of Voodoo Boogaloo to the leftfield hip-hop of Chief and the Doomsday Device and the synth soup of trip-hop act Peach Fish. Free, 10pm, Limelight, 2718 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 735-7775 -James Courtney - San Antonio Current

"New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop"

This year Limelight, the bastion of hipsterdom next to Hardbodies, a long-beloved live music spot, opened its doors after a short but effective renovation. Now under the management team that made 502 Bar cool, Limelight has wasted no time in making good live music its specialty. To celebrate, the bar is throwing a righteous New Year’s Eve bash, replete with an honest-to-goodness balloon drop and a bonkers bill of music, from the zany, dreamcore soul of Voodoo Boogaloo to the leftfield hip-hop of Chief and the Doomsday Device and the synth soup of trip-hop act Peach Fish. - San Antonio Current

"Voodoo Boogaloo"

This imaginative electronica band entertains with their flavorful and intentional compositions. It’s "change the world" music. - San Antonio Current

"11 Shows to See This Weekend"

The perfect trio of feel-yourself dance groups help you bounce the week's worries away. Free, 10pm, Bottom Bracket Social Club, 1603 N. Colorado St., (210) 267-9160 - San Antonio Current

"Capyac, Pink Leche, Voodoo Boogaloo"

The perfect trio of feel-yourself dance groups help you bounce the week's worries away. - San Antonio Current

"Mr. Pidge, Voodoo Boogaloo, Saturn Skies"

The alias of Dominic Treviño, Mr. Pidge falls under the category of vaporwave, I think. Basically, ’90s pop music chopped and screwed – slowed down and drowned. Think DJ Screw meets Amy Grant. Interestingly, Mr. Pidge uses sources as far-flung from Magic 105.3’s airwaves as Duke Ellington’s “In a Sentimental Mood,” which gives the old standard a smoky, bluesy vibe not present in the original versions. Voodoo Boogaloo slink down the same trash-strewn alleyway as fellow nighttime sonic savants Portishead, when they’re not rapping over strobe-light beats – the perfect soundtrack to laser tag on molly. With Saturn Skies. - San Antonio Current


album to be released Spring 2020



The two met doing what they love most. They first crossed paths performing in different bands at the same hometown festival. After a firm handshake, deep eye contact, and a little flirting, it wasn’t long before the two wrote their first song together. After two full albums and four tours (national and international), they quit their day jobs and opted for isolation to write and record the third album.

Today yawny yelly glowy floaty is living on a South Texas horse ranch- it has everything they need… which isn’t much. It’s an old saddle room refashioned into a recording studio, space to grow food, and zero distractions.

When they break away from their lives at the ranch and bring it to the stage, they’re exciting and vulnerable. It’s the shared human experience on display. It’s the soundtrack for introspection and remembering what’s good.

Backstory & Influences:

From humble beginnings have come great things. Born into an impoverished household, Stephanie’s family wealth was in the form of a deep love of music and an enthusiasm for sharing it. It fueled a passion for performance and Stephanie realized her talent for singing at an early age. Hailing from Selena land, and born during the height of the singer’s career, she found a role model and inspiration to make it a profession. Later, as a teenager, she found punk and her hometown’s first (and only) venue to see it in person. Moving forward she found herself somewhere in between the DIY, aggressive, anti-establishment world of punk, and the spotlight and grandeur of the diva. After six years of writing, recording, performing, and touring with yawny yelly glowy floaty, she’s polished a philosophy, sound, and voice that’s uniquely her own. Interests include plant-based cooking, gardening, and astrology.

Logan grew up obsessed with organization. He tells a story about being in Kindergarten and drawing a full-page remote control every day in art class. All the knobs, buttons, and do-dads perfectly organized and ready to drive an imagined car around the classroom. Now that technology has caught up, he’s found the perfect outlet for organization and imagination in writing, producing, and mixing for yawny yelly glowy floaty. Along the way, he discovered the artist’s journey to be a spiritual one- one that encouraged and benefited from connection, focus, and intention. This philosophy opened exciting and sometimes wild opportunities for Logan. From studying psychoacoustics in the jungles of the Philippines, to chanting in Buddhist temples of Asia, to street performance in Las Vegas, to his South Texas writing retreat where he and Stephanie currently reside. It’s been a front-end heavy investment in his musicianship- and it’s paying off. Interests include meditation, youth advocacy, yoga, plant identification, athletics.

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