Mr. Pauer's New Album Is an Epic Collaboration That Could Happen Only in Miami
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"I wanted to pay homage to my city, Miami," Toto Gonzalez says. That was his goal on Orange, the second album he's released as Mr. Pauer. "Everyone who was part of the album lived in Miami at the time it was recorded. Twelve nationalities are represented, and we have songs in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Kreyol."
Gonzalez has lived in our fair city for 22 years now. He was born in Venezuela, where he started his musical training by banging on his mom's pots and pans. He taught himself how to play drums, guitar, and keyboards – which he still plays by ear. "I don't know a single note. The only musical training I have
But the limited schooling didn't slow him down.
Gonzalez brands his genre of music as
At this past summer's Latin Alternative Music Conference, he was named a top-five act, which earned him the notice of producers of Morning Becomes Eclectic, a radio show on the Los
Six singers are making the cross-country trek with him for his half-hour set, which will also feature an interview with the show's hosts.
But after his jaunt to L.A., he'll be back in the city that inspired Orange to help celebrate the one-year anniversary of Miami's Arts and Entertainment District.
He is taking a different approach to his live shows these days, no longer performing DJ sets. "Now I have a hybrid band.
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