Balam Garcia is a Los Angeles based guitarist and composer who combines groove based styles such as Blues, Funk and Soul music with his Jazz and Classical music training and influences. Born in the state of Veracruz, Mexico and raised in Los Angeles, California, it is no wonder that this culturally mixed musician manages to incorporate such an eclectic variety of sounds into his playing and compositions. His sounds are reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Fender Strat-fueled blues guitar playing, combined with Herbie Hancock’s harmonically and rhythmically driven styles of improvisation, all the while, paying homage to the west coast Hip-Hop sounds of his hometown of Los Angeles and the many world music styles he grew up listening to at home, including music from West Africa, India, Brazil, Cuba and his native country of Mexico. Balam Garcia aims to bring peace to his community and the rest of the world by spreading positive vibrations through conscious music.
Balam Garcia on Radio Venice
Rich began his career as a composer, scoring some of television’s most popular sitcoms, including WILL AND GRACE, ACCORDING TO JIM, and KING OF QUEENS. He has also scored many features, commercials, and video games for FOX Interactive, EA, and Vivendi-Universal, including the ALIENS VS PREDATOR series.
Rich transitioned into directing in the mid-2000s. Recently, he directed the feature film GHOST HOUSE, which opened theatrically all over the world, and topped the weekend box office in a number of countries in SE Asia. After its limited theatrical run in the US, GHOST HOUSE is now available on home video and was acquired for streaming by Netflix.
Rich has also directed dozens of music videos for artists like Sean Lennon, Les Claypool, 311, Theory of a Deadman, Chevelle, and Avicii with Lenny Kravitz. Rich also created the original pitch pilot for AMC’s reality title FREAKSHOW (for which he also wrote the theme song), and just wrapped production on new feature THE COVEN, which will see a 2020 release.
Rich Ragsdale on Radio Venice
Radio Venice S12.E08 – November 10, 2019