The band Auronova returned to the Rio Grande Valley after spending time in Los Angeles honing their sound and making connections.
The Rio Grande Valley is one of the most culturally diverse areas in the United States. If our nation considers itself a melting pot, then the Valley has some of the most delicious flavors. Artists, writers and musicians have long recognized the importance of this area.
One such group of musicians is Auranova. Described by co-founder Damaso Cantu as its own musical melting pot with a repertoire that includes indie, alternative and rock with some pop stylings. They are, however, distinct in producing this mix of genres in both Spanish and English.
While the group has featured several different members, this iteration of the band is made up of Damaso A. Cantu, Simon Hernandez, Joey Heartland, Alex Yuppeyscum, Amado Angel Caballero and co-founder and producer Christopher Coen. Presently they live scattered around the Rio Grande Valley, but oddly enough decided to create the band in New Orleans in 2009. Right after the formation, they all elected to move to Los Angeles to fully develop their own sound as they learned the ropes of the mainstream music industry. After gaining connections there, the band returned home, as they had planned.
When one sees the progress the band has made, it is clear that their plan worked. In the recent past, they have toured and performed with some big names in the Latin music industry, including Daddy Yankee, Banda El Recordo, REIK and the Spazmatics. Currently, they are co-producing an English album with Boys Like Girls.
Cantu states one of the main things he learned in Los Angeles was the importance of becoming a member of both the Latin Grammys and the Latin Recording Academy. Cantu also stated that the band has had the distinct honor of competing in the International Songwriters of the Year for 2015. They gained an honorable mention in the highly contested award. Their third album will be self-titled for a very special reason. Cantu stated that this is the album where the band felt it had reached what they originally envisioned for the band. Cantu also stresses that while they do love playing and earning a living from the band tours and music, it has never been about making money; they only want to be able to create music with a positive message to humanity.
By Mary Ann Escamilla