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The Chillaquiles features an original Brazilian sound, with a psychedelic musical twist, orbiting around funk, disco, rock, reggae, jazz, amazon rhythms, latin, and afro influences. The band is a collaboration among players from other infamous bands, like Afrolicious, Mondo Loko.
Izzy Wise (bass) first started some sessions at his studio to cut a few samples that would be the backbone of their debut show at Mighty for SF Carnaval After Party. They cut samples from music they liked to improvise in their shows. They called Fabio Reis (drums) to play over those beats, Scott Thompson (bass) to hold the foundation, and Guilherme Fraga was making charming apperances behind a tenor sax. They quickly cautch some attention and started to share the bill with major acts. A few years later it became a 9 piece band, with lots of horns. John P. Douglas and Kate Pittard (sax), Danny Cao (Trumpet), Mara Fox (trombone), Trent Berry (guitar), and Kevin Wong (keys).
The band's name makes reference to the neighborhood in which it was conceived, The Mission, where they all met and came to know the profusion of Latin culture through music and food. “There are no two things that bring people together more than food, and music,” says Antonio, “And that's what made us choose this delicious name. It relates to the air we breathe, and the sounds we play.”