What began as a solo studio project in 1996 for main man Richard Blair soon developed into a production and writing duo with colombian songwriter Ivan Benavides, and has since become a full live band. Sidestepper's shows have become legendary, the guarantee of a great party that starts on stage and results in a collective and euphoric experience, genuinely contagious.
Today the sidestepper sound had expanded far beyond its original fusion of classic salsa and club beats to take in everything from deep Colombian folk influences to hip hop via cumbia, dancehall reggae, dub and afrobeat, layering infectious melodies and crisp harmonies on top of rock solid beats.
In the process , Sidestepper has helped transform the Colombian music scene, inspiring a new generation of young beat scientists to marry latin music with cutting edge beats. The originator that kick started the new wave of electro acoustic colombian music.
A lot of great talents have passed through the group, many of whom have gone on to great success with their own bands, like Goyo from ChocQuibTown, Pernett, and Sergio Arias from Malalma. Now Sidestepper is back with a new 7 piece band, and are currently in the studio making a new record for release in the spring of 2010.
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