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“Zigmat's music is edgy, rockin’, melodic and dreamy. It's a wonderful fusion that's makes for great energy in their recordings and on stage.” - Raul Campos, KCRW


"Light of the Moon" is a bad-ass (and slightly sadistic) tune- about medicating your {mangled?} heart and then making love by the light of the moon. Bewitching indeed."

-- Faith-Ann Young - RDRD LBL


The buzz behind their new EP, “Sounds of Machines” is building quickly. Members, Monica Rodriguez (Puerto Rico), Alon Leventon (Israel) and Stephen Yonkin (Germany/USA) mesh their brand of electronic / rock to create three singles, “Light of the Moon”, “Between Bullets” and “Machine”.

Imagine running through a dark street of never ending industrial factories in the pouring rain, with the sound of wet footsteps and heavy machinery roaring away. A bit of a Blade Runner-like imagery comes to mind when listening to Brooklyn’s electro rock band Zigmat’s new album “Sounds Of Machines”. Originally known for their neon light shows and upbeat dance songs, Zigmat’s new creative direction has the lights turned down low, and the darker parts of the soul is explored. - Skope Magazine


Bilingual Electro-Alternative
Brooklyn's Zigmat blends cultures and prepares to go international

By Ernest Barteldes

One of the greatest surprises of last year's Latin Alternative Music Conference (an international showcase of Latin music that does not include salsa) was Brooklyn's Zigmat, which stole the show with sets at The Mercury Lounge and at SOBs—not an easy task with so many new bands vying for the spotlight.

“It was really empowering to be around people that have similar goals in terms of exposure and objectives,” says vocalist Monica Rodriguez. “I think it's a great thing to have a convention that is not just indie like [music festival] South by Southwest, but for upcoming Latin artists to establish a community to field from each other and share ideas.”

Formed in 2006 by Monica Rodriguez and Stephen Yonkin (both graduates of Berklee College), Zigmat categorizes itself as an electro-indie-rock band—it is highly influenced by techno but prefers to play music in a more organic manner.

Rodriguez writes the duo's lyrics, with some input from Yonkin. “Lyrically I mostly work alone, but musically we've always collaborated in different situations with different songs,” Rodriguez explains. “For example, on ‘Between Bullets,’ first we worked on chord changes and ideas for sort of a beat, and then we played through different arrangements and we recorded a demo, and then we worked with [producer] Alon Leventon, who fleshes them out, adds electronics and then we try it at rehearsals and shows until we reach a final version.”

One characteristic of the group’s songwriting is the fact that Rodriguez often peppers the lyrics with Spanish words. “I guess that's because I am bilingual and I've always been around both languages, it's very natural for me to come in and out of Spanish and English—it's just a part of me that comes out in the music.”
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“As an observer of her process, sometimes when we're writing or fleshing out something at a rehearsal, she usually starts with a melody and you can hear coming from English, Spanish or something that doesn't make any sense at all,” says Yonkin. “It's like finding the shape of the words to the melody that she's hearing or feeling— you can see her searching for the best word to fit the melody that she's creating.”

More recently, Zigmat has been signed to Brazilian label Ultra (the band is still unsigned in the U.S.), and is preparing for a tour to promote its debut record there. “We met label's owner when we were playing a residency at Nublu—he was opening up an opportunity to sign a band in New York, so he really liked our sound and we just kept in communication, so eventually we signed with them and are releasing an album in Brazil in the coming months.” - NY Press


Zigmat-ing at Brooklyn's Southpaw

On an unearthly cold New York night we journeyed to the music haven Southpaw in Brooklyn's Park Slope to see one of the most interesting musical collaborations of the past several years, Zigmat. Fronted by the lovely Monica Rodriguez and Stephen Yonkin, the electronic sounds they make forged with her out-of-this-world vocals and tantalizing effects, make Zigmat one extremely arresting and sensual musical concoction.

Their Sounds Of Machines EP will be available next month, but Southpaw was pretty full, even on this cold, cold night. They obviously have already cemented quite a following. Visually, the delivered the goods as well. Their music would be terrific on the TV tube or in movies; music supervisors: take note! Their show is one you can feel as well as see. We're going to go out on the limb here, and say Zigmat was outstanding.

(The Improper is an arts, entertainment and lifestyle Web magazine based in New York City.) - The Improper (posted Feb. 15, 2009)


Discography

Sounds of Machines - LP (Ultra Records, Brazil) 2008
Sounds of Machines - EP (self-release) 2008
Sounds of Machines - LP (self-release) TO COME, APRIL 18, 2009

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ZIGMAT / BIOGRAPHY

Above all else, new music does survive. There’s an audience, a longing and sophisticated grouping usually, that constantly demands the next new thing…and that is, without question the Brooklyn-born aggregation of ZIGMAT and their debut domestic CD SOUNDS OF MACHINES (Ultra Records).

Visually soaring and sonically engaging, the band (which officially launched in 2006), fronted by MONICA RODRIGUEZ and STEPHEN YONKIN, are at first glance a throwback to a certain type of theatricality missing from today’s music scene. Amid the crystalline music and surging rocking definitions are Rodriguez’s majestic vocals which ease into the music in an especially compelling way.

The two met after college, which they coincidentally had both attended together, and immediately a musical interest was sparked. Monica had a band already in the works and was looking for a bass player. Enter Stephen. Quickly, a revolutionary sound was born, incorporating references from Lemonheads; Massive Attack; and the revered Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Brazilian Girls, Air, and Goldfrapp. References indeed, but through it all a new sound and mission were born.

Local shows at Mercury Lounge, Joe’s Pub, the Canal Room and Nublu quickly were booked and played and the results grew and grew.

Rodriguez and Yonkin performed at this year’s SXSW in March along with guitarist SANTIAGO MUNOZ and drummer DAN DUGGINS, where the crowd’s reaction was incredible. KCRW’s Raul Campos said of the band, “Zigmat’s music is edgy, rockin’, melodic and dreamy. It’s a wonderful fusion that makes for great energy in their recordings and on stage.” Time Out New York, said “Brooklyn’s Zigmat plays punky songs spiked with electronics; occasionally singer Monica Rodriguez switches to Spanish. The international flavor is part Yeah Yeah Yeahs, part Brazilian Girls.”

Online site The Improper said, "Fronted by the lovely Monica Rodriguez and Stephen Yonkin, the electronic sounds they make forged with her out-of-the-world vocals and tantalizing effects, make Zigmat one extremely arresting and sensual musical concoction.”

Real music indeed … ZIGMAT!