Underway Project consists of musician & guitarist Sebastian González (Columbia) and music producer Ignacio Lecumberri Argentina). ‘Feel’ is their debut song released as a duo, and features the charming vocals of MiaHush. Before forming the Underway Project, Sebastian was a band member of the renowned Colombian band Mauricio and Palo de Agua, and also played with a few other local bands independently. In 2017 Sebastian would relocate to the United States, and form part of numerous bands including Outernational, The Ritualists, Axel Music Box, and Abracadabra Field Trip. He would meet music producer and audio engineer Ignacio in the process.
We find out more about the multi-talented duo in this exclusive.
Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?
I clearly remember listening to The Dark Side of the Moon when I was 13, and that was it. Immediately fell in love with Classic Rock. Alongside that, I was listening to classical music, different sorts of Latin American music (because I grew up in Colombia).
What inspired you to start making the electronic music that you are now?
During my career, I have been always fascinated with the electronic sounds of music. Listening to bands like Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, and afterward Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, Groove Armada, and so on, I started making my own beats. I’m more than anything a guitar player, and my goal was to create something that had the two elements well combined.
What key pieces of gear/software are you using to define your sound?
I’m using Logic Pro X as my DAW. I use fender guitars with different kinds of processing, Moog synthesizers doubling acoustic bass, and a wide selection of music software and plugins. All the recordings were homemade, finalized, and mixed in Premier Studio in New York City.
Has your arsenal of equipment changed much since you first started?
Definitely. I started as a guitar player, so my gear was limited to guitars and pedals, that’s it. Since I developed my taste for production, I got synths, a lot of different music software and processors, plug-ins, and everything related to music production.
Which three albums or artists would you say have influenced your sound in a big way?
Pink Floyd-The Dark Side Of the Moon
Peter Gabriel- So
Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?
What inspires you outside of music?
Outside of music, I’m into film making. I’m very passionate about cinema in general. From classic to modern, from art to commercial.
What do you want to accomplish with your music?
I obviously want my music to be heard, in a very organic and honest way. Built-in my career and, since I moved to NYC a couple of years ago, performing, writing, and producing music here would be my immediate goal.
What, in your opinion would be the perfect genre fusion?
One of my favorite artists in the world is Peter Gabriel. I truly love his understanding of the world music, and how can he blend those sounds with electronic and more heavy sounds. I think world music is gonna be the next big step in music.
What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or releases in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
I’m currently working night and day with Underway Project. More singles are soon to come, both in English and Spanish, with interesting instrumental and vocal feats.
Famous last words?
Follow Underway Project: