ailing from San Diego, California, The Routine is a five-piece rock collective that defies categorization in today’s genre-driven media cloud. A sonic melting pot of electric blues, soul and world styling, they are not simply a band—and they are anything but “routine”. Russell Ramo, guitar player, explains, “Each of us contributes a unique flavor, while still respecting the unified sound of empowering and uplifting music.”
In July of 2013, just two months after forming, The Routine recorded an exploratory demo. Since then, they have enjoyed rapid ascension into the esteemed ranks of the California indie music scene. The demo attracted thousands of new fans to their Bandcamp page, earning them live slots in the state’s most notorious venues: The Boom Boom Room (San Francisco), The Roxy (Los Angeles) and The Casbah (San Diego). On April 5, 2014, The Routine inspired crowds on the main stage of the V Elements Festival in San Diego, in support of their inaugural EP, Welcome, which promises to greet the band with success in the touring mainstream.
While The Routine officially formed in May of 2013, their musical brotherhood reaches back nearly a decade. Its formation is rooted in the childhood friendship of guitarist Ramo and front man, Bryan Barbarin, an accomplished stage actor in the storied Lamb’s Players Theater circuit of San Diego. After several years of writing, performing and recording together in between plays, Barbarin and Ramo decided it was time to form a five-piece ensemble of their own. Says Barbarin, “I felt like I didn’t quite fit into the theater world. Music is more of an expression of myself, rather than the expression of somebody else that comes with acting.”
The Moves Collective, magine funk-grass, gypsy soaked and happily drenched in groove. An irresistibly dance-heavy pace, stampeding through genre-blending journeys that resolve into timeless melodies. This is why The Moves Collective is turning heads in the USA with their performances. This band has become a live staple in the Golden State, dropping a myriad of musical worlds on-stage, dedicated to keeping you Movin’ & Groovin’!
A vision that has humbly been funded through crowd-sourced backers, The Moves' music weaves tales of love, endurance and growth, merging them with manifested vision; crafting a beautifully conscious piece of living art told through original compositions and improvised jams.
San Diego Music Awards '17 Best Americana Band