It was the summer of 1995 when Thievery Corporation was formed at Washington D.C.’s Eighteenth Street Lounge. With a shared passion for club life, dub, bossa nova and jazz, Rob Garza and Eric Hilton deciding to mix all these attributes together and form their Eighteenth Street Lounge Music record label. The duo started to create a following with their first two offerings called, “Shaolin Satellite” and “2001: a Spliff Odyssey” and with their 1997 debut LP, Sounds from Thievery Hi-Fi. In 2000, Thievery released, The Mirror Conspiracy, featuring vocals from Emiliana Torrini, Pam Bricker and Loulou. Shortly after their 2000 release they quickly came back with more music to share with the word and released the famous, The Richest Man in Babylon, on their ESL Label in 2002. As time went by their popularity soared and they became a high demand music performance in every corner of the world. Their stellar performance would bring them to fame with their musical talent and and amazing song compositions. In 2005 they released The Cosmic Game, which was darker and more psychedelic than their previous releases. Transforming their music and altering their genre’s to a widespread variety only lead to more fans and fame. The group has many world music influences as they have lyrics in English, Spanish, French, Persian, Portuguese, Romanian and Hindi. They also use instruments from all over the world to utilize every note in eastern and western music, eastern music uses quarter tones which means they have more notes than western music which uses half tones. The group released their fifth studio album, Radio Retaliation, in 2008 which was nominated for the best recording package Grammy. After this release they managed to start out their tour with 5 consecutive sold out shows at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. In June 2011, Thievery released their newest album, Culture of Fear, which has a total of 13 songs and features some of their supporting artists, Mr. Lif, Lou Lou, Sleepy Wonder, Shana Halligan, Ras Puma and Kota. If you ever have a chance to see this awesome group, it is imperative that you make it out to see them. Their onstage performances are brilliant in many different ways, they explode into peaks with high energy while feeding off the crowds energy making it the perfect storm of euphoric energy.
Rob Garza has been at the forefront of the music scene and has been traveling around the world performing, remixing, djing, recording and composing. He is one half of the music pioneers of Thievery Corporation.
Eric Hilton, the other half of Thievery Corporation, met Garza in the summer of 1995 at the now-infamous Eighteenth Street Lounge. They bonded over strong drinks, dub, bossa nova and jazz records. There was no looking back since!
Lebanese Blonde Live at the 9:30 Club in 2011. This is just a taste of their cultural diversity and amazing song composition that all of their songs entail! You can also see how much energy they push out onto the crowd as each individual grooves while playing, freaking awesome… Enjoy!