San Francisco, CA, based artist Razteria (aka Renee Asteria) can be described as a fusion of No Doubt and Bomba Estereo. Her multicultural background (USA/Bolivia/Netherlands) has had a profound influence on her musical journey. Performing in multiple languages, her music has been described as ‘musically adventurous’ and ‘one of a kind, breaking all rules,’ uniting Reggae, passionate Latin grooves, Rock, powerful messages and some real musical genius. Razteria is known for her simple yet intricate songs, her signature ethereal harmonies and fat bass-lines. Over the past ten years, Razteria, performing under both Razteria and Renee Asteria, has planted musical seeds throughout the Americas and Europe.
This year, 2016 has been filled with success, notably, with the release of Razteria’s fifth album Aventurera (March 18, 2016) which has great reviews nationally and internationally. Aventurera has been charting on CMJ New World Music Top 40 as of Feburary 2016. And a cut from Once Again, which Razteria wrote together with rapper Rahman Jamaal, has won Grand Prize (World Category) in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest 2016.
Currently 2016, Razteria is on a 6-month long international production tour bringing musicians, producers and engineers from 3 continents together on material for 2 stylistically distinct albums to be completed beginning 2017. In addition to working on her own music, she is helping produce and arrange songs by Edy Flores, an up and coming young Bolivian hip hop artist she discovered while volunteering at the NGO EnsenArte.
Razteria’s fourth album, titled Maz Raz (2013), was recorded and mixed at Live Oak Studio, Berkeley CA, (Destiny’s Child; Tony Toni Tone; Too Short). The album features an eclectic mixture of genres, both originals and covers, including The Pixies’ “Where is my mind”, Los Kjarkas’ “Chorando se Foi” (Lambada) and The Abyssinians’ “There is no End”. Maz Raz began to chart on the CMJ New World Chart in August 2015.
Since 2013 Razteria has been a part of Empress Unification, a collective of Bay Area female artists highlighting the works and messages of female artists who perform Reggae and World music in five different languages (English, Farsi, French, Portuguese and Spanish). Empress Unification was featured on San Francisco’s Undercover Presents “Exodus” by Bob Marley (2015) for which Razteria arranged the lead and harmony vocals.
Razteria has opened for and performed with Grammy award winning Reggae artist Michael Rose, popular UK/JA lover’s rock Lloyd Brown, The Garifuna Collective from Belize and others. Noteworthy performances include Reggae on the River, World One Festival, World Fest Los Angeles, Northwest World Reggae Festival and the Montreal Jazz festival, to name a few.
In early 2015, Razteria founded Truffula Oak Studio in El Sobrante, California, a 100% solar powered recording studio, barter-based / low-cost space for aspiring artists.
2016 AVENTURERA (album), Asteria Records https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/aventurera/id1089674688
2016 Aventurera (single), Asteria Records
2016 Change (single), Asteria Records
2015 Little Sister (single), Asteria Records
2015 Exodus (single), Undercover presents
2015 Sun is shining (single, Mujeres que cantan a Bob Marley (album), Spiritual Reggae Band (Argentina)
2013 MAZ RAZ (album), Asteria Records http://cdbaby.com/cd/razteria3
2012 Addicted/There is no End (vinyl single/mp3), Asteria Records
2010 RAZTERIA (album), Asteria Records http://cdbaby.com/cd/reneeasteria
2007 CARAS DE AGENTE DOBLE E / Faces of Agent Double E (album), Asteria Records http://cdbaby.com/asteria2
2005 Renee Asteria (debut album), Asteria Records, 2005
Band Members & Musician collaborators
Since 2009 she has been working with the Fyah Squad Band, with Waddell Bell on bass and Lou Neuburger on drums, recording her last 2 albums with these masters of rhythm and bass who have backed many artists including: Wayne Wonder , Rocker T, Junior Toots, Empress Meditations, Messenjah Selah and more.
Razteria is honored to have had the opportunity to work with musicians from all over the world!
Musicians who have recorded or performed with Razteria
Vocalists: Godelive, Raw-G, Madeline Tasquin, Ariel Gravely, Anna Molter, Veronica McWoodson, Lisa Krepela, Fabiana Fiorilo, Ricardo Cox
Drums: Lou Neuburger (Fyah Squad), John Flaherty, Laurence Qualls (Judah Tribe), Jayme Arredondo (Don Carlos), Eddie Arnold (7th street band), Pablo Prosello (Univerzoo)
Percussion: Dave Eagle, Paulo Presotto, Maxi Sotelo
Bass: Waddell Bell (Fyah Squad), Danny McCaffrey, Julian Paul, Gonzalo Goitia (Univerzoo), Gonzalo Estevez, Pedro Olecese, Pedro Irusta, Jeff Drudge, Mykhal Compton, Mathieu Lefevre
Guitar: Luke Thomas (Eenik), Paris King, Max Delaney, Josh Petersen, Adley Penner (Antioquia, Bicicletas), Dan Tino, Federico Mocchegiani (Univerzoo), Matias Brunel, Diego Frederico Solé, Lucas Detone, Jesse Engel, Nick Santana, Vince Black, Jamel Boutria
Keys: Raleigh Neil (Michael Franti & Spearhead), Isaac Ho, Darren Batara, Joe Bressler (Riddimbank), Matias Martyn (Univerzoo), German Alvarez, Carolyn Smith, Eric Toussaint (Judah Tribe)
Brass section: Trombone: Jeannie Geiger, Rob Ewing, Trumpet: Alejo Hernandez, Rahman Jamaal McCreadie, Mike Olmos, Saxophone: Tony Peebles, Anthony Dellavalle
Flute: Adolfo Schmidt, Eddie Jara
Co-producers: Ebb Deezy, Matias Martyn (Univerzoo), Waddell Bell (Fyah Squad)
Engineers/Studios: James Ward (Live Oak Studio, recording (R), mixing (M)), Josh Petersen (R), Matias Martyn (Univerzoo, R/M), DeBonete Studio (R), Julirecords (R), Carlos Lucena (R), Shine on Studio (technical support), King Hopeton (M), TrakWorx (mastering)
(1) Chuck Foster, Reggae Update, KPFK 90.7 FM Los-Angeles, CA