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Sol D' Menta

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Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 1994 1 0 0
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Boricua hard rock fusion. Sol D' Menta was the first Puerto Rican rock band to sign with a multinational record label.


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Una mezcla seductora llena de energía y sonidos define a Sol D' Menta; una banda que ha levantado el estándar del rock desde sus comienzos en 1994. Los ritmos originales sobresalientes de la banda son referidos aptamente como "funkadelicpsychomenta" - una fusión poderosa de funk, ska, hip-hop, psicodélica, salsa, y música trova, que pinta un panorama perfecto en el contenido social de sus líricas.

Los Soles como cariñosamente le llaman su fanaticada, esta compuesto por Erick "Jey" Seda en el bajo, Miguel "Tito" Rodríguez en la guitarra, Ernesto José "Che" Rodríguez en la batería, y el dinámico vocalista Omar Hernández formando una alianza poderosa de integridad y creatividad musical.

Sol D' Menta es el primer grupo de rock puertorriqueño en firmar con una disquera multinacional (Polygram). La banda se dio a conocer en la escena local con su anticipado primer álbum, "Sol D' Menta," que fue lanzado en 1996, lo cual ocasionó su posterior relación con Polygram Latino. El álbum vendió más de 35,000 copias en Puerto Rico y los Estados Unidos, y produjo sencillos que toparon posiciones importantes como “El Inconforme” y "Cachetera."

Su segundo álbum, "El Concepto," fue producido en NRG Studios en Los Ángeles, CA; hogar de producciones exitosas como Korn, No Doubt, 311, White Zombie y The Fugees, entre otros. En este proyecto, "Los Soles" trabajaron conjuntamente con John Ewing, Jr., quien ha trabajado para 311 y Sugar Ray, y John Ávila, miembro fundador y productor de la banda legendaria Oingo Boingo. El álbum llegó a ser un éxito instantáneo resaltando el sencillo "No Voy en Tren," una versión fabulosa de la canción clásica de Charly García.

En 1999, Sol D' Menta grabó un álbum independiente en vivo en el Hard Rock Café de San Juan, Puerto Rico. “Tocando Madera” es un intoxicante desempeño acústico de sus más grande éxitos. Fueron galardonados en el 2000 con dos nominaciones por Grupo Rock y Álbum del Año en "Premios Tu Música."

Luego lanzaron "Insomnio," una producción vertiginosa grabada en Brandon's Paradise en Los Ángeles, CA. Su primer sencillo, "Calle Luna, Calle Sol," una nueva versión del clásico de salsa realizado por Willie Colón y Héctor Lavoe, llegó a ser instantáneamente una de las piezas mas reconocidas de Sol D' Menta.

"Vivos", su quinto álbum, grabado en vivo durante su concierto en el 2002 en el Anfiteatro Tito Puente en San Juan, PR. Aparte de su contenido de música original este proyecto incluye la colaboración poderosa de artistas reconocidos como; Circo, Cultura Profética, Fiel a la Vega, Los Goyos, Millo Torres y Vivanativa.

En 2003, Sol D' Menta recibió un premio por Mejor Banda Independiente de la prestigiosa Sociedad Americana de Compositores, Autores y Publicadores (ASCAP). Entre grabaciones y deberes familiares, Sol D' Menta ha puesto extraordinarias presentaciones a través de los Estados Unidos, Puerto Rico y México, que han generado ambos respeto y aclamación internacional. Ellos han compartido en tarima con estrellas como Miguel Mateos, Café Tacvba, Fabulosos Cadillacs, Fobia, Maldita Vecindad, Fito Páez, Aterciopelados, Scorpions, Incubus, y otros, marcando un lugar prominente entre el élite de la industria músical.

En 2004, Sol D' Menta comenzó a trabajar en su sexta colaboración, cementando su lugar como un grupo maduro que siempre mantiene las ideas frescas y emocionantes. El 2006 vé nacer "CICLOS", un álbum lleno de energía positiva que combina los conceptos originales de la banda con los nuevos ritmos altern-rock. “De Vuelta En Ocean Park” es el primer sencillo para el mercado latino; mientras que la rendición rock de “Could You Be Loved” del legendario Bob Marley se ha editado para el mercado anglosajón, convirtiéndolo en el track mas añadido en online radio del verano 2006.

Llámele Rock, Rock Latino, o "funkadelicpsychomenta," la musica de Sol D' Menta mantiene la suave revelación y imprevisibles ritmos que les han traído elogio y admiración internacional.


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A seductive yet boisterous blend of energy and sounds defines Sol D' Menta, a band that has raised the standard of rock since their emergence in 1994. The band's outstanding original rhythms — aptly referred to as "funkadelicpsychomenta" — is a powerful fusion of funk, ska, hip-hop, psychedelic, salsa, and trova music, which paints a perfect backdrop for the commanding social content of their lyrics.

Los Soles, as their fans affectionately call them, is composed of Erick “Jey” Seda on bass, Miguel “Tito” Rodríguez on guitar, Ernesto José “Che” Rodríguez on drums, and dynamic vocalist Omar Hernández — a mighty alliance of musical integrity and creativity reminiscent of older performers.

Sol D' Menta was the first Puerto Rican rock band to sign with a multinational record label (Polygram). The band catapulted into the music scene with their highly-anticipated first album, “Sol d' Menta,” which came to life in 1996 and gave rise to the band's relationship with Polygram Latino. The album sold more than 35,000 copies in Puerto Rico and the U.S. , and produced the chart-topping singles "El Inconforme" and "Cachetera."

Their vigorous sophomore album, “El Concepto,” was produced in Los Angeles' NRG Studios, home of successful productions from the likes of Korn, No Doubt, 311, White Zombie and Fugees, among others. In this project, "Los Soles" worked alongside John Ewing Jr., who worked for 311 and Sugar Ray, and John Avila, former band member and producer of the legendary Oingo Boingo. The album became an instant success, turning out the smash hit "No Voy en Tren," a terrific version of Charlie Garcia's classic song.

In 1999, Sol D' Menta recorded an independent live album at The Hard Rock Café in San Juan . "Tocando Madera" is an intoxicating acoustic performance of their greatest hits and three additional songs. They were rewarded in 2000 with two nominations for Rock Group and Album of the Year in "Premios Tu Música."

Then came “Insomnio,” a heady production recorded at Bandon's Paradise in Los Angeles . Its first single, "Calle Luna, Calle Sol," a remake of the salsa classic performed by Willie Colón and Héctor Lavoe, instantly became one of the Sol d' Menta's most recognizable and beloved pieces.

“Vivos” was their fifth album, recorded live during the band's 2002 concert at the Tito Puente Amphitheater in San Juan . Along with some of Sol D' Menta's best original work, the project included powerful collaborative performances with Circo, Cultura Profética, Fiel a la Vega, Los Goyos, Millo Torres, Vialterna, and Vivanativa.

In 2003, Sol D' Menta received an award for Best Independent Band from the prestigious American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). And between recordings and familial duties, Sol D' Menta has put on extraordinary performances throughout the United States , Puerto Rico and Mexico , which have garnered them both respect and international acclaim. They have shared the stage with stars such as Miguel Mateos, Café Tacvba, Fabulosos Cadillacs, Fobia, Maldita Vecindad, Fito Páez, Aterciopelados, Scorpions, Incubus and others, edging their way into a prominent spot among the music industry's elite.

In 2005, Sol D' Menta began work on their sixth collaboration, cementing their place as a mature ensemble who always keep fresh and exciting ideas up their sleeves.

"Could you be loved" an all-time classic from reggae mastermind Bob Marley is the first single of the new album CICLOS released on August 29, 2006 worldwide. CYBL has entered in a very high positions in online and viral radio programming. The Buzz 104.3 FM from St. Thomas, USVI was the first radio station worldwide to play the song and added to their extensive playlist of new rock music; while it was becoming the most added track on Online Radio this summer.

"De Vuelta en Ocean Park" is slowly climbing as a favorite in Latin radio stations. Call it Rock, Latin Rock, or "funkadelicpsychomenta," Sol D' Menta's music maintains the smooth revelation and unpredictable beats that have brought them international praise and admiration.