The Muzik Genesis
project, spearheaded by Pablo Orozco-Castro, is a spiritual journey through
human existence combining various forms of “genres”. Muzik Genesis is
both a Hip-Hop/, Experimental rock music producer and an Electronic Dance Music
DJ. The ideology behind Muzik Genesis as an independent artist is not being
limited to the label of a specific musical genre and instead tries to
demonstrate that music is an active evolutionary force that is part
of our culture, as it is always changing.
The mask behind the Muzik Genesis project, Pablo Orozco-Castro, first started out in 2008 when he took a High School course in music production at the age of 17, while enrolled in a Jazz ensemble at New Roads High School in Santa Monica, CA. He then graduated from New Roads in 2009. While in High School he was influenced by Hip-Hop artists such as Nas, Brother Ali Blue Scholars, Nujabes, Shing02, and bands like System of a Down, Tool, Rage Against The Machine and Flobots. Simultaneously while growing up, he became facinated by the anime “otaku” culture, as well as personally influenced and inspired by video games, video game story lines and video game music. Listening to music by Utada Hikaru, Dennis Martin, Takao Miratsu, Nobuo Uematsu, Kaoru Wada and Yoko Shimomura, Pablo became deeply intrigued by the sweet melodies that encompassed the experiences of playing video games.
Many of the emerging themes from his music contain psychological and sociopolitical influences which came from his studies in High School and I college. In High School, he became “Mezmerize(d)” and “Hypnotize(d)” by the albums that were released by System of a Down with the same titles and cites these two albums as some of his biggest influences.
Later in his life, Pablo attended UC Santa Cruz in 2009, studying Psychology and Politics. He became inspired by concepts such as social justice, community empowerment and the resilience of the individual and community. Many of these are concepts and themes that have inspired him lyrically. In addition to his studies in High School and in college, Pablo became deeply inspired lyrically by Serj Tankian, Daron Malakian, Zack De La Rocha, Shing02, Tom Morello, Sabzi and George Quibuyen to name a few.
Some of Muzik Genesis’s recent projects and interests in projects include DJing Happy Hardcore, J-Core (Japanese Hardcore Techno), J-Trance, and producing and infusing elements of Heavy Metal, Punk, Downtempo, Jazz, Electronic and Hip-Hop.
Muzik Genesis has released a debut album titled Retrospection which was released September, 2015.
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(Santa Cruz, California, U.S.A) April 10th, 2019 – “The ground on which we stand is sacred ground. It is the blood of our ancestors.”– Quote byPlenty Coups, Crow Chief
Sequoia, in the form of lo-fi beats, hip-hop, trap, ambient and is a call-to-action for listeners to develop grounded-awareness of each individual’s relationship to the environment. Muzik Genesis cites influences from the late Nujabes to DJ Okawari and Blazo in developing the soundscapes and vibes for Sequoia.The nineteen-tracked album was produced by Muzik Genesis and features politically-charged emcee Khan of Santa Cruz, Colorado-based artist C. Waters, Santa Cruz based artist Margot Lou and Amir F., one of Muzik Genesis’s childhood friends from the San Francisco Bay Area. He also collaborated with @Lsiete7 (IG) for the album artwork depicting humanity’s apathy and inverted concern with the environment.
In a statement regarding the inspiration of Sequoia, Muzik Genesis stated:
“I’ve always expressed myself through music ever since I was really little. I’ve always also had an affinity for the natural world. Sequoia is that precise connection between ourselves as human beings and the natural world – we are one with nature.”
With the artist’s first debut album Retrospection, a combination of rock infused with hip-hop and other experimental-esque tracks, blurring the lines between genres. With mainly a United States fan base, the California-based artist received world-wide attention with the debut album Retrospection, reaching listeners in Europe and Latin America. Muzik Genesis’s first music video, also titled Retrospection, received national attention throughout the United States and was aired on cable television in cities across the country. Muzik Genesis has taken a different turn in the direction in the debut of Sequoia.
Listeners can download 6 tracks off of the Pre-Order before the album’s official release on Oct 8th on Band Camp: https://muzikgenesis.bandcamp.com/album/sequoia
Sequoia will be available on all major platforms including Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, October 8th, 2018 Indigenous People’s Day