POCKiT at Tiki Tumbao Records on April 11, 2023 (Vinyl EP)
90 seconds BTS video reel of our recording session at Tiki Tumbao records in Miami, FL. Big S/O to Travis Acker for showin' us mad love and keeping us cozy to record our newest material. Stay tuned on a double trouble groovin' song masterpiece vinyl.
Bolsillo [bol'sijo] - to have somebody in one's pocket.
'Bolsillo' was born in the midst of the pandemic, during a political divided society in the U.S. The inevitable break motivated us to search new melodies and allowed us to explore rhythms that mirrored the magical bond that we have grown over the years.
This track features our dear friends, Rob Smiley on the tenor saxophone and Andrew Amengor on the trumpet. The song was recorded at The Bull Pro Studio on July, 2021 by Drew Gonzalez, and it was mixed and mastered by Bobby Macuen.
After accomplishing our first international tour in the Summer of 2022, POCKiT - Live in Mexico, the complete documentary is now available on Vimeo.
The 12-minute film, directed & produced by Moi Linares of 4Beat Media and captured by Abraham "Lobo" Linares blends footage of POCKiT’s tour in Mexico including rehearsal sessions, live performances, road landscapes, and conversations with each member recapping their experience on their first tour outside the U.S.
The audience will get to see the human side of the band, learn more about who they are as artists, and the significant support received from friends and family that helped take the tour to another level.
2017 - 2023
POCKiT hails from South Florida, combining powerful sound elements of NOLA Funk-Gospel inspired grooves, Jazz-Fusion-Blues improvisations, and Electro-Experimental landscapes using loops and samples to create a diverse and eclectic sound. The band consists of four members - Moises "Moi" Linares, Charles "Chip" Gardner, Joshua Walton and Jason Spencer, - who each bring vital cultural and sonic perspectives to the group. They blend their musical backgrounds and personal perspectives into their sound, creating something that is wholly their own.
No stranger to collaboration, POCKiT has released two singles with Electric Kif’s bassist/guitarist, Rodrigo Zambrano. Their first was titled “Driving Out,” a “space bass romp,” with improvisational flare and meticulous drum work, said Music Fest News after their debut performance at OBJ Music Festival in Brooksville, FL, 2019. Their next release, “Broken Funk,” saw the same determined groove styling, this time with syncopated blues guitar riffs and a hard-swinging funk groove.
In 2019, POCKiT release the third single, “Hialeah Traffic,” which was born from Gardner’s experience driving in the heavy traffic of the titular Miami suburb. Drummer Moises Linares of 4Beat Media created a video accompaniment to the track, conveying the flashy, stormy energy echoed by the song itself. The following year 2020, the band continued to collaborate with artists, including Grammy award winner visual artist Claudio Roncoli from Buenos Aires, Argentina on his song “Chicle 2.0,” a remix track version which featured the Demarco Project alongside them. The band's willingness to collaborate with other musicians demonstrates their openness to new ideas and sounds, further adding to their already exciting music.
In 2022, they announced two of their latest compositions, "Versa" and "Bolsillo" which were recorded during the pandemic. These tracks feature infectious D&B grooves, cinematic synthesizer sounds, powerful pianos improvisations and meticulous horn arrangements, making a new direction for POCKiT's sound. The band also completed its first trip outside the U.S. (POCKiT - Live in Mexico) which was documented in a 12-min documentary film.
Currently, POCKiT is working on finishing its first full length album along with up-and-coming talent and experienced award winning artists in the South Florida music scene.
Make sure to check out POCKiT's 2023 show calendar here!
Download: One Sheet // Press Photos // Logo // Stage Plot
Moises "Moi" Linares: Drums & Glitchy Beats
Charles "Chip" Gardner: Piano, Synths & B3 Organ
Jason Spencer: Bass & Vocals
Joshua Walton: Bass & Loops
Sebastian Pareja (Keystone) - Guitar
Itawe Correa (Locos Por Juana) - Vocals
Luigi Arredondo (South Origin) - Tenor Saxophone
Andrew Amengor (Burgundee) - Trumpet
Nacho Londono - Guitar & Vocals
Rodrigo "Digo" Zambrano (Electric Kif) - Guitar
Robert Smiley (Fusik) - Tenor & Alto Saxophone
Eric "EzE" Escanes (Electric Kif) - Guitar
Jesse Ricca (The Ricca Project) - Guitar
Mike Garulli (The Heavy Pets) - Guitar
Aaron Lebos (Anemoia) - Guitar
Alvaro "Ephniko" Cuello - Vocals
Mauricio "Keta" Gomez - Congas & Percussion
Claudens Louis (The Ciel Experience) - Tenor Saxophone