Olmeca is a bilingual Hip-Hop and Latin alternative vocalist and producer. His work has been featured on Democracy Now, CNN Latino, ABC, Fox, NPR, URB Magazine, television series, “Sons of Anarchy,” and a variety of documentaries, including "Ovarian Psycos" on PBS. He has collaborated with Grammy winners including Taboo of Black Eyed Peas, Ozomatli, and shared the stage with KRS-One, Jenni Rivera, Dilated Peoples, Julieta Venegas, among others. He is one of very few artists that can coexist in various genres without compromising artistry or conviction.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 15 - 60 minutes
Languages: English, Spanish
What to Expect
1. Easy set up (2 vocals and dj)
2. Energetic performance with the ability to adjust when reading crowd.
3. Experienced vocalist that engages the crowd.
4. Unique music that blends hip-hop, bass, soul and latin rhythms.
5. Bilingual lyrics.
Olmeca's work has been featured on TV series “Sons of Anarchy” and currently working on the spin-off show, "The Mayans" created by Kurt Sutter. Early in his career, he performed and wrote for Paramount Picture movie, "Dickie Roberts." His music has been featured on CNN Latino, Democracy Now, ABC,FOX, NPR, and URB Magazine. As a writer as producer, Olmeca's has also been featured on a number of documentaries such as "Two Americans" and PBS Independent Lens documentary, "Ovarian Psycos."
He has collaborated with Grammy winners including Taboo of Black Eyed Peas, Ozomatli, and Universal Records' La Santa Cecilia. He has shared the stage with KRS-One, Jenni Rivera, The late Joe Strummer (The Clash), Hip-hop legend Pete Rock, amongst others.
With migrant parents, Olmeca grew up in L.A. and Mexico, a reality that brewed his music mix of genres and cultural sensitivity. He coexists between hip-hop and latin alternative audiences. Olmeca has toured Canada, Latin America and Europe building a network of supporters as an independent artist. He is credited for supporting a new phase in Latin alternative music in the United
States that mixes hip-hop with Latin American sounds. His unique experiences and work outside of the stage have been an example for motivation and reflection.
Olmeca graduated from CSULA with a degree in Philosophy (Ethics and Politics).
He has worked with migrants, indigenous communities and urban youth. He has been a keynote speaker in universities and conferences throughout the U.S. Canada and London and has presented alongside Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine, civil rights dignitary Dolores Huerta, as well as, author Naomi Klein.
“…(Olmeca) is providing an example of how musicians and artists effectively use their gifts … to be a voice for their communities. Post-Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” Olmeca is one of just a small few in this generation … that choose to be involved and take a stand… -Urb Magazine
“…The hard-working MC/Producer just dropped a new video on us.“Por El Suelo” further champions Brown Is Beautiful (also the title of his most recent album) with a dance routine by Bolivian dance troupe Tinkus Wapurys Tiatoco, while Olmeca raps about Latin American unity” -Remezcla
“Olmeca breaks barriers with good music and a good message. While music enthusiasts and hip-hop lovers alike value the production quality, beats and flawless bilingual lyrical delivery!” –Kesta Happening DC
“When he takes the mic, he carries a baton handed off in the proudest tradition of Woodie Guthrie, Gil Scott Heron and John Coltrane, and he answers Paolo Freire’s call for praxis: ‘reflection and action upon the world in order to transform it.’” -National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON)
Additional Booking Notes
1. Screen and projector
2. One SMALL table to set laptop and midi controller
3. One main vocal
4. One back up vocal
5. Set of turntables (preferably Technics 1200s) with Serato
6. Stereo D.I. Box for laptop
7. One small table on right stage (to set laptop and midi controller)
8. (3) monitors across the stage + (1) next to dj.
Por El Suelo
Make it Right (unreleased)
Browning of America
Learn to Leap
Influences & Inspiration
Run the Jewels
Tigres del Norte
Tower of Power
Technics 1200's Serato and table
2 Vocal mics
Stereo D.I. Box for laptop
Small table for laptop and midi controller