Viniloversus Ready for LAMC Showcases

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Viniloversus, an alternative rock band out of Venezuela, has two LAMC showcases this week.

Viniloversus, an alternative rock band out of Venezuela, has two LAMC showcases this week.

The Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) starts today and runs through Saturday, July 13 in New York City, and Viniloversus is scheduled to be a part of it.

Alternative rock band Viniloversus, composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Rodrigo Gonsalves, Adrián Salas, Juan V. Belisario, and Orlando Martínez, has had a successful career ever since its evolution in 2004. The band, literally, started off as an acoustic project.

Nearly 10 years later, Viniloversus is now a proud winner of a 2012 Latin Grammy in the category of Best Recording Package, which is presented for the visual look of an album.

Gonsalves doesn’t hesitate to recall the group’s experience at last year’s Latin Grammy’s in Las Vegas.

“It was quite fun and a learning experience for us,” said Gonsalves. “We didn’t win for Best Rock Album, but we did win for Best Recording Package. It was a bit ironic for us as a Venezuelan rock band to win the way we did. It was rather historic because we, in essence, won for the design of our album. But we received the award with arms wide open, especially due to the fact that we placed a great deal in making the album and deciding upon what artwork to utilize.”

He went on to mention that he and his bandmates were and continue to be happy about the unique award. “I do want to tell you, however, that it wasn’t what we expected,” he said with a chuckle before adding that Viniloversus was totally surprised to have won the award for Best Recording Package.

Despite their recognition and awards, Gonsalves said that Viniloversus plans to continue the same musical composition that’s brought them to prominence nowadays.

The Venezuela-based music act is slated to showcase many of their songs Wednesday, July 10 (Mercury Lounge) and Thursday, July 11 (SOBs) at this year’s LAMC before concluding their NY stay Saturday, July 13 with a special performance at DROM.

“We have a grand desire to go perform there, and we’re also very emotional about it,” said Gonsalves. “We’ll be delivering our shows with great energy.”

Viniloversus’ musical catalogue includes El Día es Hoy (2008), Si No Nos Mata (2010) and Cambié de Nombre (2012).

Cambié de Nombre, the work that received a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album, is currently sporting a new single and video, “Soñaré Hasta Que Llegue.”

“In the video, we wanted to install a format of the album’s artwork,” said Gonsalves when asked about the video’s concept. “It’s an idea that we began developing in Los Angeles. We finished it here in Caracas…It was a fresh idea, and it worked well.”

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