All this week, KUTX profiles the Ones To Watch—seven must-see artists at SXSW 2023. Hosted by Jody Denberg and produced by Art Levy.
Austin’s Caramelo Haze was born in the summer of 2020. After months of isolation, Grupo Fantasma’s Grammy-winning Beto Martinez and John Spiece began jamming with Alex Chavez (of Chicago-based experimental quintet Dos Santos) and Victor “El Guámbito” Cruz (of the Columbian rock trio Nemegata). They’d all collaborated together on each other’s projects, but Caramelo Haze is their first official band together. Each is an accomplished producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist in their own right, and their 2022 debut NOESTASAQUÍ (“you are not here”) is even greater than the sum of its members.
Caramelo Haze grooves between Afro-Columbian folk, South Texas soul, psychedelic Americana, and the sounds of Central Mexico – and onstage they take their musical blend to places not even explored on their album.
Catch Caramelo Haze on Friday, March 17 live on KUTX at 8 a.m., performing from Scholz Garten.