Orgone is an 8-piece soul machine driven by Dan Hastie and Sergio Rios, once two kids from the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles united by a hunger for raw soul recordings. While the musicians began by covering Booker T. & the MGs, The Meters, and other giants of soul, they eventually carved out a sound all their own. Drawing on their love of Funkadelic, Santana, Muscle Shoals, and all things Stax, the duo sought to create the band that, if they were to hear for the first time, would be their instant favorite. After living and working as session musicians for many years, they were still unable to find a studio that adequately captured their warm, gritty sound, so they decided to make one. KillionSound Studios was hand-crafted as Orgone’s hub and home studio where they continue to create (including playing on a handful of Grammy-winning songs), rehearse, and record with Rios at the helm as chief engineer and Hastie as co-producer.
By teaming up with fiery soul singer Adryon de León, the band discovered the secret weapon that would take their sound to new heights. With de León, Hastie on keys, Rios on guitar, and drummer Sam Halterman as the backbone, a deeply-rooted family of LA musicians makes up the rest of Orgone— Dale Jennings, bass, Will Phillips, percussion, Darren Cardoza, trombone, and JJ Kirkpatrick, trumpet. Due to the breadth of their community, some instruments rotate and there are frequent featured guests. As a group, Orgone has a natural, spontaneous synergy that comes from playing together for 20-some years and a live show honed from years on the road.
The band’s never-ending lust for music - with Hastie, also a DJ, as head crate-digger - keeps them passionate about bringing new (and vintage) inspiration into the studio to produce the analog California Soul realness that Orgone stands for.
In their latest album release “Beyond the Sun,” Orgone brings the New Orleans swamp sludge in “No Pain” (produced by Dan Ubick of reggae group The Lions), playful garage gospel in “Don’t Push Your Luck” and “Down, Down, Down,” dance floor lamentation in “Losin’ You,” deep disco glitter in “Take You Higher,” late-night introspection in “Picture on My Wall” and “People Beyond the Sun,” raw, heavy stomp in “Meat Machine,” and heart-pounding Afro-disco in their cover of “Sabi.” Having loved his work with Jamie Lidell, the group called on producer Mocky for “Don’t Push Your Luck,” “Take You Higher,” and “People Beyond the Sun” to add a distinct disco sheen to the tracks.
Orgone’s live show is fueled by appreciation for their ferocious, loyal fans and any and everyone who wants to get fired up, turned on, and sweat until they surrender. The true voice of Orgone is raw soul and deep funk delivered honestly, always non-GMO and preservative-free.