Eric Escanes, Jason Matthews, Armando Lopez, & Rodrigo Zambrano.
Electric Kif has caught the attention of countless music lovers by capturing the energy of execution in the fusion of Cosmic Funk, Rock, Soul, and Jazz. Their powerful live show brings an unparalleled energy and sound to the stage and displays a new experience every night.
Originally formed in 2008, “The KIF” started as a power trio in Miami made up of three eclectic musicians – Rodrigo “Digo” Zambrano on bass, Eric Escanes on guitar, and Ale Fernandez on drums. The group started with three jam sessions that produced an album’s worth of music. Each coming from international backgrounds (Mexico, France, & Costa Rica), they combined their unique sounds to create their debut studio album “Sessions” in 2010. With tracks like “Landing”, and “Electric Spliffs” “The KIF” immediately displayed their distinctive identity and energy.
As the sound continued to develop, new members Armando Lopez on drums and Jason Matthews on Rhodes joined the group. Together the quartet has traveled to Costa Rica several times for the RainFest Music Festival and have played other festivals such as Frankestock and Carnaval on the Mile; one of Miami’s better known music festivals. They just released the first EP, Take Your Time, released April 27th 2015. The EP features the extraordinaire Oz Noy sitting in on guitar in one track. They just started working on their next EP set to be released by the fall of this year. This one will feature some of Miami’s best musicians, who have shown love for the band and have helped create a community of music creators in the budding Miami music scene. This scene has inspired the band to play many different styles with all of the talented musicians around the city, and these styles have melded into “The KIF” sound.
“Funk cruises through the Caribbean picking up Afro sounds from Cuba and Puerto Rico. Reggae meets rock in a head-on collision. Jazz and electro hook up for a sidewalk makeout session. Hip-hop seems to hum from the very pavement, and R&B drifts in on the night wind. Suenalo reaches to far-flung corners and retrieves all these, takes them and mashing them together, marrying them—disparate players melded into a somehow harmonious blend. It defies logic that such diverse influences can find balance at the deft hands of one band. And yet they do.
It’s the result of a 10-year process of compromise and of growth between some of South Florida’s most talented musicians, who come together and share an ideal: that music should move their audience. Suenalo’s roster is stacked, with nine fulltime members boasting chops to rival anyone anywhere. Their lineup is a who’s who of brilliant musicians who have not only made their immovable imprint on Miami’s local music scene, but well beyond.”