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The Legacy of Groove Inc.
Like many of their fans, I discovered Groove Inc. through social media. I’ve known Chaz and Ralph, the men that make up this funky DJ duo, since high school. Since their teen years, they had an affinity for the arts and a way of exuding swag that was way ahead of their time. Even though the Catholic school we went to required us to wear uniforms, Chaz and Ralph had this sophisticated style about them that made them stand out from everyone else.
Chaz and Ralph look super different- Chaz is a white Mexican dude with small hazel eyes and tattoos that cover his arms. Ralph is tall and dark with a pair of the biggest brown eyes you have ever seen. Yet their personalities and sense of humor are so in sync that it makes sense how they just gel when it comes to spinning sets together.
Ralph and Chaz went on to study at San Francisco State University. I went to Long Beach State. After college, the three of us had moved back to Los Angeles to pick up the pieces and figure out what we were going to do next.
We officially reconnected this past March when they played a show at La Cueva, a dive bar in El Monte. Chaz and Ralph took turns spinning while the rest of us played pool and threw back some drinks.
Their setlist was impressive. But they did so much more than simply put on record after record. The music they played invoked nostalgia in all of us, not just from our memories in high school, but from our childhood.
The best thing about Groove Inc. is they play all their records on vinyl. They don’t show up with a set list. They let their intuition guide them, and the audience responds well. I’ve seen them spin a handful of times now and there was never a dissatisfied person in the crowd.
Their selection of tunes is unique. They play everything from slow harmonic grooves to upbeat ephemeral funk that just makes you want to dance.
Their commitment to authenticity and their respect for the nostalgic cultures they represent is imminent in the way they dress and carry themselves.
Groove Inc. is about an experience that allows us Los Angelinos to slow down and enjoy the upbeat intricacies of life. The transitions from song to song are organic and truly resonant- inspiring us all to just let go and go with the flow.
They’re super approachable. You can pretty much ask them anything and they’ll help. I have a feeling that when they make it big, they’re still going to have that sense of humility and approachability that makes Groove Inc. so damn loveable.
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- Groove Inc. | Mixcloud
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If you're interested in booking Groove Inc. to play at your venue or be a part of your festival, contact Chaz at 415-987-7341.