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Machin’ mixes elements of various world and Latin music into what the band’s members call “Spanglish Jive.” Bri Cherry’s violin combines with David Macias’ vocals and guitar, and Andy Gorrill’s upright bass, to set a great mood at the Purple Room Palm Springs (1900 E. Palm Canyon Drive) each Thursday night. For more on Machin’, head to www.machinmilitiamusic.com; for more on the Purple Room, visit purpleroompalmsprings.com. Here are Bri’s answers to The Lucky 13.

What was the first concert you attended?

Other than the concerts I performed in orchestra or symphony through school, Weezer was my first official concert when they played at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.

What was the first album you owned?

A Spice Girls album.

What bands are you listening to right now?

I listen to a wide variety depending on how my day is going: a lot of Beats Antique, Grammatik, Gogol Bordello, Hazmat Modine, Rhapsodija Trio, Django Reinhardt, Mumford and Sons, Jack Johnson, Buena Vista Social Club, Weezer, Beatles and Bob Marley. I usually will just let Pandora surprise me with a similar band or two—and, of course, I will listen to Machin’ to enjoy what we’ve created, as well as to listen and see where I can improve.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

The Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus stuff.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Beats Antique or Gogol Bordello. Pretty much any of those I listen to would be fantastic!

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Jamming in the living room with Blue Moon or champagne, and with carne asada tacos.

What’s your favorite music venue?

There are so many good ones. Schmidy’s Tavern is an up-and-coming venue that is really growing on me; their sound system is great, and there’s plenty of room. Also, the Purple Room in Palm Springs is pretty happening and also has a fantastic sound system, good food, good drinks, good times, etc. As of right now, I would have to say these are a tie for me, depending on the act.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

Our song, “iEsta Vez No!” mainly because of rehearsals, ha ha!

What band or artist changed your life? How?

I don’t mean to revisit Machin’ because I am in it, but because this group has had the biggest impact on me—not only as a musician, but also in my personal life, helping me practice discipline, and other good morals. David (Macias) has saved me with his music, in a way. I wasn’t going down the greatest path when we met; these days, I can say I’ve been getting my feet back on the ground. That is a powerful thing to do, especially with how stubborn I am.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

I want to ask The Beatles, any and all of them, if they were all still alive: “How did you do it? How did you get the whole world to know about your music in a short amount of time?”

What song would you like played at your funeral?

I would want people to bring their acoustic instruments and find a chord progression or two, and simply jam. The jam can turn into a lick from a jazz standard or a riff, a bit from Bach, etc. I would simply want healing to take place through music. There isn’t any specific song.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

The Beatles, Abbey Road.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“Start Wearing Purple” by Gogol Bordello; “iEsta Vez No!” by Machin’; and “Gente Decente” by Machin’. (Scroll down to hear the Machin’ songs.)

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Machin’ has only been around for about a year—but in that short amount of time, the band has already gained a fair deal of respect in Coachella Valley and the high desert. The “Spanglish Jive” band is playing several gigs in September—including one at Palm Desert’s Hood Bar and Pizza, on Friday, Sept. 27.

The three-piece band from the high desert is fronted by David Macias (vocals, guitar), and includes Briana Cherry (violin) and Andy Gorrill (bass/accordion). The band’s name, Machin’ (Ma-Cheen), is Spanglish slang for “supremely excellent.” The band formed after David Macias completed eight years in the U.S. Navy; he served as a corpsman during two deployments to Iraq.

Machin’ takes pride in mixing various Latin-music sounds together with rock.

“When I was in high school, I played trumpet in mariachi; I played guitar in jazz band and in a salsa band,” Macias said during a recent interview. “I grew up listening to rock music—The Beatles, The Doors, and Jimi Hendrix. At the same time, I also grew up listening to Mexican music. I was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, so I have a deep appreciation for Latin music.”

Since the band formed, Macias said, the band has faced a welcome challenge—keeping up with all of their gigs. They’ve played the Joshua Tree Music Festival, the Hue Festival, AM/FM Fest, and even the Kraft Nabisco LPGA golf tournament, where they were the backing band for Robby Krieger of The Doors. They also opened for Ozomatli’s 2013 appearance at the Date Shed in Indio. 

“I grew up listening to Ozomatli, so opening up for them was a dream come true,” said Macias. “More like, ‘Oh wow, I’m on the right track. This is cool!’

“We became the backing band for Robby Krieger, and we played a couple of Doors songs—‘Back Door Man’ and ‘Break on Through.’ The Doors are one of my inspirations. Playing with Robby was amazing. He just walked up to me and was like, ‘Hi, I’m Robby,’ and I was like, ‘Man, you don’t have to tell me that.’”

Machin’ is currently in the process of recording a demo—and Macias is a big believer in the DIY ethic.

“We don’t have the privilege and the money to pay people to do all the work for us,” Macias said. “We’re focusing on the mission ahead, which is creating a fan base. Pushing material to labels and all of that is a waste of time rather than doing the ground work, going and playing the streets, playing the music, and having a one-on-one interaction with people.

“Creating a fan base is the idea of the music militia. You start creating a fan base, (and) you start creating an army. Take over little sections where people will recognize you and know who you are, and once you have that section, you move on to another place to create a fan base. I think everything will come from that. It doesn’t matter what record label you’re on. If people don’t come to see you, what does it fucking matter?”

Macias said the band currently has 12 original songs and is working on more, including instrumental pieces and other songs that have developed through jam sessions. While Machin’ has been a six-piece bands at times in the past, Macias said he’s focusing on the three-piece element for right now.

The band has played outside of the desert at times—in Los Angeles, Northern California, Oregon, and Washington.

“Most people’s reactions are, ‘What is this?’ at first. We haven’t had any bad comments so far, and people have been reacting positively,” Macias said.

Macias said he and his fellow members of Machin’ believe that music brings people together and creates a positive impact.

“We have a saying of ‘revolution through music.’ There’s no separation. … There’s no discrimination in music. As an artist has a canvas with different colors and can make different colors, we can do the same with sound waves.”

Machin’ plays at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27, at The Hood Bar and Pizza, 74360 Highway 111 in Palm Desert. Tickets are $10; the bill will also include Metalachi, Los Mysteriosos and Giselle Woo. For more show info, find the event listing on Facebook. For more on Machin, visit www.facebook.com/Machinmilitia, or www.reverbnation.com/machin.

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