Band of the Month: Pancho Miranda Banda

Chilean band Pancho Miranda Banda brings together elements of folk, rock and Chilean and Latin American rhythms into a spirited and dynamic mix. The group of classically trained musicians are consistently one of Bandplanet’s most popular South American bands, and singer Francisco Miranda is one of our most successful Premium Club members. We spoke to them recently about the advantages and disadvantages of being an indie band these days, what’s great about the Bandplanet Premium Club, and why they chose folk and rock over classical music.

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T-shirt competition – Best Of playlist

Remember our amazingly generous T-shirt competition, the one where you told us the name of your favorite track on Bandplanet, and we sent you a free T-shirt? Well, we’ve received loads of great entries, and we’ve collated the most popular tracks into one mighty, 100% Bandplanet playlist. 

What made the list? Well, Bandplaneters chose some fierce Chilean rock from Chocloneta, acoustic rock from Switzerland’s Baum, grunge rock from Agents, experimental vocals from La Monine, Chilean rap-hop from Patricio Pizarro, a neo-classical piece from Swiss composer Immanuel Witschi, Colombian folk from La Perla de Once, some heavy folk rock from Pancho Miranda Banda, booty-shaking soul-jazz-funksters The FunKey, plus more. Phew, what a globetrotting, genre-crossing experience! Bandplaneters have great taste, we know that for sure now.

Hear all the tracks here:

Haven’t entered the T-shirt comp yet? No worries, it ain’t finished yet! Get your entries in quick, though, our T-shirt reserves won’t last forever – we absolve ourselves from all responsibility if you ask for an XL Men’s T-shirt but receive a XS diamante-studded Women’s T-shirt…although we’d personally love to see the pics of that :)

You must be a registered Bandplanet member to be eligible for the T-shirt competition – that’s only fair :) And, no cheeky business, Bandplaneters – please don’t enter the name of your own track. Someone else loves your music just as much as you, and will let us know how awesome it is.  Finally, everything in moderation – one T-shirt per user, please.

Competition closes 15 June 2012. 

Meet the Team: Ricardo Cruz

Here at Bandplanet HQ we have a small but dedicated team beavering away 24-7 to give you the best Bandplanet experience possible. In the first of our Meet the Team interviews, we took the opportunity to get to know our Product Manager extraordinaire Ricardo a little better – read here for his superhero back story.

Name: Ricardo Cruz

Age: 23

I was born in: San Salvador, El Salvador

I currently reside in: Zurich

What I do at Bandplanet: Product Management stuff

Favorite track on Bandplanet: Jamás – Pancho Miranda

Favorite food: Sushi

Favorite birthday cake: Vanilla with a thick chocolate filling in the middle. Get it only once a year for my birthday.

Happiest when: I play football and guitar – not at the same time.

In a previous life I was: Albert Einstein. No, not really. More like a peaceful herbivore Dinosaur. They are the coolest. Never worried about finding something to eat.

Most embarrassing teenage musical obsession: Savage Garden. Thought I was gonna take that one to the grave.

Dream gig or festival line-up: The Killers, Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, Queen, Ricardo Arjona, Mana, Enanitos Verdes etc. Most probably this will never happen. I think.

Favorite way to chill out: Watching a movie.

Song to be played at your funeral: ‘Don’t stop me now’ – Queen

Currently listening to: Gotye, Train, Foster the People