Well, I am back in New York City after an interesting two-week trip to Texas. Believe it or not, I was actually hesitant to leave the place. So much so, that I extended my stay by a day! At some point last week, I realized just how much Texas is a part of me. And there is no coincidence that in that moment, Diego Chavez was playing in the background.
Chavez is a music producer based in San Antonio, TX, who primarily works under the alias Aether. He also records under the monikers Otic Angst and A.M. Architect, and he produces tracks for hip hop group Lotus Tribe and rock band The Panic Division. When Chavez is not in the music studio, which I must say seems like a rare occurrence, he doubles as a graphic designer.
As the son of a studio artist, Chavez developed a fascination with all things creative at an early age. He skipped many a high school class to host jam sessions in his garage, and before he knew it, his makeshift sounds took on lives of their own. Unlike any other producer, Chavez combines grit with vibrance to compose assured flows of conscious tranquility. His definitive beats are cloaked with a youthful essence that leaves almost any listener in a near-meditative state.
Artifacts, Chavez’s first full length solo album, is a great introduction to his distinctive style. As his label so eloquently puts it, it is “a lovingly sculpted expression of beauty, love, tragedy, hope, and everything that makes us human.” It is by far my favorite track on the album – make sure you take a listen.