Luis’s first true emotional tug from music came from playing a kazoo at 10 years old. Soon afterwards he saw a fellow student walking with a customized, electric, psychedelic mandolin. That did it, he became great friends with Joe Schutmaat ..swearing their lives to the Rock Gods, as they listened to the “Immigrant” song.
It has been a life filled to the brim with music of all kinds. His aspiration was to invent a new music, completely original. In 1979 he and his friend Joe formed the first Venezuelan punk band..Janz Kappela. That ended in mayhem and death.
After Janz Kappela ended in Venezuela, Luis founded ‘Modern Method”.. a ska infused punk band in Miami. After fairly traumatic tribulations, Luis reunited with Joe to to play all the NY clubs in the early 80s with The Janz Kappella and Naked King which was a fantastic psychedelic, absurdist prog band. Many stories to tell there it was a historic time in the city.
From NYC to Buffalo, NY…Luis started an American band “MansLaughter”, they won many accolades, best band of the year, etc, but what can you do in Buffalo if you don’t tour? Luis continued to create original music back and forth between Buffalo and NYC.
Other projects include making an album in NYC with John Siket..that was pretty far out there. Collaborating with Michael Grey in the band Petty Merchants, simply beautiful, positive and great sounding. Speaking of original music, Screwy Louie; his “Screwy louie comes to America” is his most experimental album ever. Really funny, danceable and ultra screwy!
Back in NYC will Luis now calls home, he formed Cracked latin which was a psychedelic latin band sung in English, they had a great run for three years and three albums, played all over NYC. Big orchestra! Crazy. The Flux Machine is his baby now…Its a hard hitting, super tight, ultra professional pop rock band currently playing in NYC. Luis was bit by the music bug, and it has infected him for his entire life.