BOGOTA BLUES WITH ITS OWN PERSONALITY
"fatsO … plenty of soul and deeply anchored in the Blues" Uli Lemke, Jazzthing & blue rhythm, Germany
Blues made in Colombia is limited to very few names. One of them is fatsO, the band headed by the singer and doublebass player from Bogota, Daniel Restrepo.
Before founding fatsO, Restrepo had different experiences in Bogota’s lively musical scene. As bassist of Asdrúbal, a very experimental band from Bogota, he explored the free jazz and the traditional music of both colombian coasts. He played experimental percussions with the Tekeyé band, also from Bogota and finally he was involved as producer and cultural manager and created his own label Reef Records and distribution company ¡Bulla!. But, he also was the bassist of the rock band Seis Peatones.
It was only in 2007 that things changed, when Restrepo brought a broken double bass in La Habana, Cuba for only 100 dollars. He shut himself up at home to study and repair his new instrument, and set about writing and arranging a preliminar repertoire for an acustic trio. He says “we were the fatso and me”. ‘fatso’ is the way he calls his contrabass. This process took six months until he went into the studio to record it.
Most of Restrepo’s compositions are in English language due that he spent part of his childhood and teenage in the US. He says “what matters is to generate music of high quality and to have a fierce ability to transmit it and connect with the audience”.
After playing across clubs and taverns as a trio, fatsO, became a sextet. The premiere of fatsO as sextet was in 2013 at Jazz in The Park Festival in Bogota but also the debut of his first self titled album. In this recording, was clear Restrepo’s predilection for a raw sound with a very soul-jazz, folk, blues and rock sound on the style of Willy Dixon, Ottis Redding, Marc Ribot, Gregory Porter, Leonard Cohen, Joe Cocker and Tom Waits.
fatsO approaches to the old dirty sound of the territory bands of the 1930’s as well as the Afroamerican blues performed in the cabarets in the 50’s. Add to all this, the songs that Restrepo has composed to describe his own way of seeing today’s facts.
fatsO’s first time in Europe was in April 2015 at the Music Conference & Festival Jazz Ahead, in Bremen Germany, where the audience celebrated them with standing ovations.
The release of their premiere international album “On Tape” with the German Label Jazzhaus Records, which was recorded in block in Germany, was in March, 2016.
In spring 2016 fatsO took Europe by storm, with their raw energy emerging from the midst of Bogota with more than 8 million people, it was no a problem at all.