About the Spam Allstars
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DJ Le Spam & Spam Allstars blend improvisational electronic elements and turntables with latin, funk, hip hop and dub to create what they call an electronic descarga. It’s not a known genre. It’s hard to describe. It attracts many types of people. But as they look out and see people dancing salsa, next to break-dancers, and festival-goers driving for hours to catch a show -- they know something very special is going on.
Spam Allstars were formed by Andrew Yeomanson, a/k/a DJ Le Spam, who was raised in Toronto, Bogota and London, and has called Miami home since 1993. He got his start by playing guitar in Haitian band Lavalas, and recording and touring with Miami based artist Nil Lara. Along the way he added to his vinyl collection, and when off the road he would DJ locally. These DJ gigs evolved into collaborations with live musicians, performing on an internet radio show, recording in his home studio, and the first of many residencies combining his samplers & DJ skills with a live band.
In 2002, Spam Allstars began a weekly residency at Hoy Como Ayer in Little Havana, which continues today. In 2003 they started monthly residencies in New York City, Gainesville, Tampa, Atlanta, and New Orleans, and playing nationally wherever people would host them. Today they perform 200+ shows, and average 56,000 miles each year. They still do the weekly in Little Havana, and have monthlies in Miami and Miami Beach.
Spam Allstars are proud to have five independent releases - Electrodomesticos/2007; Contra Los Roboticos Mutantes/2004; Latin Grammy nominated Fuacata Live!/2002; Pigs in Space/2000; and Pork Scratchings/1999; and three vinyl releases - vinyl #1, vinyl #2, and vinyl #3- on their own Spamusica Records label. Their most recent release was a compilation for World Music Network (owners of the Rough Guide) - Introducing Spam Allstars/2008.
Spam Allstars are Andrew Yeomanson/DJ Le Spam (turntables, samplers, guitar, bass), Tomas Diaz (timbales, vox), AJ Hill (saxes, vox), Mercedes Abal (flute, vox), Chad Bernstein (trombone, vox), Jose Elias (guitars/tres), Ted Zimmerman (trumpet), Lazaro Alfonso (congas), Adam Zimmon (guitars), & Steve Welsh (saxes).
Other releases featuring Spam Allstars:
The Rough Guide to Latin Funk
The Rough Guide to Latino Nuevo
The Rough Guide to Salsa Clandestina
Fania Live (curated by DJ Le Spam)
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SPAM ALLSTARS EPK
SPAM ALLSTARS ON MY SPACE
SPAM ALLSTARS AT ELEVEN:11
SPAM ALLSTARS FILM/TV PLACEMENTS & COMPILATIONS
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DJ Le Spam, also known as Andrew Yeomanson, was born in Montreal to an English father and Venezuelan mother. In his youth he moved with his family – London, Tampa, Bogota, Toronto and finally to Miami which he has called home for the last 12 years. The international homes certainly have contributed to his musical career. Beneath it all is a talented musician who has a great love and commitment to exploring all types of music and bringing them together in new ways. He has experienced diverse musical offerings, studied them, and shared with anyone who was interested their history. This passion about music has lead to the evolution of DJ Le Spam.
Andrew began his musical career in 1991 playing with a Haitian political roots group – Lavalas Band – for whom he recorded one album. In 1993 he formed the Spam Allstars and began recording and gigging. In 1995 he had the opportunity to play guitar with Capitol recording artist Nil Lara, and recorded and toured with Nil for 3 years.
Upon his return in 1998, Andrew began working with a pirate radio station who broadcast "beach radio" shows. These pirate radio programs included ½ hour improvised sets by the Spam Allstars using samples and live instruments in the studio. These performances segued nicely to the release of Spam Allstars first CD Pork Scratchings in 1999.
The momentum had started and with a grant from Miami Light Project, Spam Allstars participated in the "here and now" festival. There were residencies at Snowhite's hip hop open mike night "faatland", Brandt's Break , and weekly webcasts on Eyeqradio.com.
By 2000, it was time to release the Spam Allstars follow up CD, Pigs in Space. Simultaneously, DJ Le Spam & the Spam Allstars began a residency at Lola bar. DJ Le Spam also had a residency as a DJ at Pop Life. The audience was growing. They received a second grant from the Miami Light Project for the 2000 "here and now" festival. DJ Le Spam worked with Brazilian choreographer Giovanni Luquini on soundtrack for "flagrante delicto" performed at the Colony Theater. It was also time to start thinking about expanding to other cities, and the Spam Allstars did a summer residency at Galapagos in Brooklyn, NY.
In 2001, some local promoters approached DJ Le Spam to start a club night in Little Havana. They launched the party as “Fuacata” at Hoy Como Ayer on Calle Ocho (8th Street) in the heart of Little Havana. The night became one of the most talked about club nights in Miami, as it attracted a diverse crowd of latins, anglos, hip hop kids, artists, young and old. All were brought together by the music and dancing that moved them.
Spam Allstars have appeared on Good Morning America, Mun2's The Roof, CBS This Morning, NPR's All Things Considered, CBS-4's Making of the Latin Grammy;s, NBC 6's Trendtrackers, and a a variety of regional and interantional radio programs.
Other accomplishments for Spam Allstars include developing music for the MIAMI HEAT; Spam Allstars selection as an ASCAP “emerging artist”; Spam Allstars’ Ochimini was featured on MTV's Advance Warning Compilation: Volume 5 Miami Edition; Spam Allstars being featured in the NALAC/Galan Productions series Visiones: Latino Art & Culture on PBS; DJ Le Spam was featured in Adidas' Bedroom Rockers book, and DJ Le Spam composed music for Giovani Luquini's Performance Troupe's A Poem: the battle between fear and desire .
Over the years the band have welcomed several guests to their stage including inspirational moments with percussionist Sammy Figueroa, Larry Harlow of Fania Allstars, John Medeski of Medeski Martin and Wood, Clarence Reed a.k.a Blowfly, Page McConnell of Phish, the late Wildman Steve, various members of AntiBalas, Pee Wee Ellis of the JB Horns, Daddy Yankee, Jose Conde, Brimstone 127, Mr. Haka, Cabas and many more talented musicians.