Founding member and one half of production duo Thievery Corporation, Rob Garza is a man with infinite appreciation for life. Growing up in Walkersville, Maryland, a small town 40 miles from D.C., Garza listened fervently to his parents’ record collection, which included Sam Cooke, Johnny Cash, The Drifters and The Beatles. At 16, he moved to urban Connecticut and started making beats in an electronic music class before returning to Maryland and enrolling in art school. While working for an anti-terrorist firm in the nation’s capital, Garza discovered the jazz and bossa nova records that would inspire him to start his own musical career.
In 1995 he and Eric Hilton bonded over a mutual love for Brazilian composers Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto and decided to put their heads together to create Thievery Corporation. The duo made waves with the languid dub grooves on “2001: A Spliff Odyssey,” the first single off Eighteenth Street Lounge (ESL), their newly founded imprint and in 1996 Sounds from the Thievery Hi Fi, their debut album. Currently based out of San Francisco, Garza continues to enjoy success in releasing new original material and playing shows with Hilton, while also maintaining a solo career, mixing nu-disco and deep house at shows across the globe. He thrives off these often intimate performances, drawing inspiration from the varied cultures and styles of music he witnesses in local cultures.
In addition to his musical pursuits, Garza also dabbles in business; he manages multiple clubs and restaurants in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and even owns Papa Diablo, a hand-crafted, top-shelf Mezcal made in Oaxaca. 2015 is an exciting year for Garza, as he just dropped his debut solo album, Palace of Mirrors, in March.
Garza is joined on Saturday night by mix genius Justin V for a one-of-a-kind blowout brought to us by the good folks at MeanRed and GBH.