Asdru Sierra and Balthazar Getty of Abstrakto (Drew Molleur)
Electro-Latin group Abstrakto took over the Blind Dragon on Sunset Strip and gave show-goers a live performance of tracks from their self-titled album on Thursday, June 11. The listening party made for a fun night full of music and complementary cocktails and appetizers.
Abstrakto is the brainchild of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Asdru Sierra from the multi-Grammy- winning group Ozomatli and acclaimed actor/music producer Balthazar Getty. They teamed up for the project that combines their love of Latin music – and music in general – creating the cinematic and alternative blend which is Abstrakto.
Having recorded the album at Rick Rubin’s legendary “The Mansion” studio in Lauren Canyon, the duo released the 10-track album late last year.
While most are familiar with Getty from his work on the hit action drama “Alias” and the drama “Brothers & Sisters,” he has actually been involved in the music scene since the age of 15. By the age of 16, he says he was DJ’ing some of the biggest clubs in Hollywood.
Growing up in the melting pot that is Los Angeles, Getty says the album listening party was a way to get in touch with the community and spread the word.
“Growing up in L.A., I grew up in that culture – from lowriders to oldies,” Getty says. “Music has always been the language.”
Getty says that as an actor, he was able to position his place where he could start his own label. Purplehaus Music is the result of his passion to have a medium where he would produce records.
The label is currently made up of Getty and a staff of about four others. Acting as producer and director of content, he says music is everything they do.
Over the last 25 years, Getty has produced the highly acclaimed Ringside project as well as producing other various hip-hop and electronic albums. A few years ago, he released his nine-track solo LP, Solardrive, under his label. Likewise, Balt vs Beats, The Wow, Ringside and of course, Abstrakto have all been produced/released by the label.
“Everything I approach is music,” he says.
Abstrakto’s self-titled album is available for purchase on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. Music videos for the song “Marcando Paso,” an Abstrakto EPK and a performance in Pasadena, Calif. can all be found on Purplehaus’ official YouTube account. The duo hopes to set out on tour some time in late July or August.
Getty’s advice for those interested in creating music is to “just be original.”
“Take a trend, and do your take on it,” he says. “That’s what we have, we are uniquely ourselves, and no one can take that away from us.”
For more information, visit abstraktomusic.com.