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Sean LaMarr & Jonathan Reyes Gameros
Synth-fuelled hip hop beats from California. Signed to Waaga Records. Releases to date include Neon Noir (2014).
“Ethereal seems to be a popular adjective,” reflects Sean LaMarr when asked to define the DLRN sound. “But I don’t feel like the music is delicate per se. There is a nice balance between what Jon [Reyes] creates and where my stories or writing begins. We like to stretch the ideas of where hip hop and electronic music live. It’s definitely evocative of both.”
“Musically it's all over the spectrum,” explains his partner in creativity Jonathan Reyes. Doubling as a DJ forces me to be exposed to new music all the time. But I think we're rooted in acts like The Roots, Foreign Exchange, Little Dragon.”
Sean goes on to expand on these influences: “Musically I pull inspiration from everything. If I like a way a song or album makes me feel then I catalog it, and try to analyze why. I’d say spending time, in my teens, going to indie, punk and hip hop shows in Sacramento made me grow to take an immense pride in what was being created at home. I try to bring that energy to my performance. Outkast, The Roots, Aesop Rock, Little Brother etc. have always been my favorites in hip hop.”
Incorporating these influences into their own style has certainly been a journey. “DLRN started as two guys sending music to each other across the country,” Sean says. “Now it’s two guys sending music back and forth right down the interstate from each other. It’s grown a lot though. The artistry and maturation is a product of us trying to make the best record we can every studio session. We perform as a band more often than not now as well, with live drums, keys, and singer/songwriter Stevie Nader.”
Jon also reflects on this. “I think the biggest indicator of our evolution is how much patience we have putting music together. It's definitely a process going back and reworking things to get the sound just right. At the same time it's a little unconventional because we're trying to create music that lasts in a genre and period where music can be so disposable. Trends move too fast for the music we're trying to create so I think we gravitate toward other artists who are creating their own lane.”