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Salinas, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Salinas, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Latin Rock




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Still working on that hot first release.



Qiensave? began as the brainchild of multi-disciplinary artist Carlos “Qien” Leyva Cortez as he sought to create a collaborative musical project. He began by fusing the sounds of several cross-genre musicians from throughout Los Angeles County. The name of the band itself is a testament to these humble beginnings. While hinting at the uncertainty of gathering so many artists to collaborate, the name Qiensave? also evokes the exciting prospect of reality’s infinite possibilities.

Eventually, thanks to mobile studios, Qiensave? was able to record and produce their first mix tape, headed by Qien and Jason Rosenburg from Ancestry of Sound. The result was a patchwork of various musicians’ organic and synthetic beats, ranging from lyric-heavy coffee shop melodies to psychedelic soundscapes. The mix tape and title-track, “Bella ciudad,” circulated and captured the attention of many listeners, including director Eric Stoltz, who used it as background music on the NBC show, Quarterlife.

Immediately following the release of their mix tape, Qiensave? began preparation for their first full-length collaborative album. This new project included Fishbone frontman Angelo Moore, who, after two sessions, decided to sign Qiensave? to his label, MooreMap Records, and begin recording.

Production was put on hold, however, and after two years of setbacks, Qiensave? was reduced to one remaining member, Qien. He migrated to Salinas, where, along with drummer Javier Tamayo from Dubwise, and  William Cortez from Los Tiliches, he began to rebuild Qiensave?. In 2011, Alejandro Gomez, lead singer and guitarist for Dread I Knights joined the band. With the help of various guest producers, Qiensave? was finally able to finish recording their first full-length album. Cómo verte? is a conceptual piece that captures the journey and struggle of People Moving through and from The City, and is set to be released April 2015.

Thanks to the group’s eclectic blend of cross-genre sounds, Qiensave? has been blessed with many opportunities to share the stage with several well-respected musical acts including La Santa Cecilia, the B-Side Players, Wasted Noise, Los Tiliches, Angelo Moore of Fishbone, and more.

Band Members