La Vida Bohème, the Venezuelan band changing the history of rock en español, continues to defy stereotypes and create milestones for Latin rock with the release of each album.
NPR named the band one of the best musical discoveries from SXSW 2012 - “All Songs Considered” and “Tiny Desk” creator Bob Boilen said, “When I saw this band at SXSW, I flashed to seeing The Clash in 1979. It was the fierceness, the original sound, the hodgepodge of styles - it was the clash of cultures and sound.”
Their albums have appeared on multiple U.S. end-of-year “best of” lists including NPR and Rolling Stone.
Born in Caracas, the band is comprised of Henry D’Arthenay (vocals), Sebastián Ayala (drums), Daniel De Sousa (guitar), and Daniel “Mono” Briceño (bass) and has released 3 albums in 8 years - Nuestra, Será, and La Lucha.
In 2006, then with Rafael “Boli” Pérez Medina on bass, La Vida Bohème recorded their first album, Nuestra, with the help of producer Rudy Pagliuca. The album was released independently (in a free, digital format) in 2010 in Venezuela, which led to them being signed one year later to the American label, Nacional Records. Nuestra garnered them 1 GRAMMY nomination for Best Latin Pop, Rock, or Urban Album and 2 Latin GRAMMY nominations for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song.
2011 continued being a great year for La Vida Bohème - they were nominated for Best New Band in the World by MTV Iggy (they performed live at the awards ceremony at the Best Buy Amphitheater in Times Square), were chosen as a “Revelation Artist” by iTunes, and their track “El Buen Salvaje” appeared on EA’s FIFA (which won them Best Song in a Video Game at the MTV Game Awards, beating out competition from fellow nominees Skrillex, Korn, and The Deftones).
Their second album, Será, released in 2013, added 2 more nominations and the award for Best Rock Album at the Latin GRAMMYs to La Vida Bohème’s growing list of accolades. The band also appeared in the ALMA award-winning (Best TV Campaign) commercial for McDonalds with their song, “Danz!” The next year, their video for “Flamingo” won them their second Latin GRAMMY. The music video was presented in more than 30 international film festivals including the Montreal International Film Festival, the Miami Film Festival, and the Havana Film Festival.
La Vida Bohème has received multiple reviews and features in U.S. media outlets such as The New York Times, Spin, Esquire Magazine, and Billboard, and their songs form part of the soundtracks for classic video games like Grand Theft Auto. The band has performed around the world at festivals such as Austin City Limits, LAMC’s Central Park SummerStage, Vive Latino, Supersonico, Hermoso Ruido, FIIS, Estéreo Picnic, and Fiestas de La Mercé, and they even performed at the Los Angeles Dodgers event “Viva Los Dodgers.”
The band made the move to Mexico in 2014 in the hopes of beginning a new journey, expanding their Latin-American audience, and, of course, winning the hearts of one of the most demanding and loyal music audiences in the world. It was during this time, and during the release of La Lucha, that Daniel “Mono” Briceño joined La Vida Bohème at Boli’s departure. La Lucha rounded out their album trilogy whose titles combined to create the sentence “Nuestra será la lucha” (Ours will be the struggle). La Lucha was produced by Eduardo Cabra (Visitante from Calle 13) and was inspired by the band’s travels across Latin America, the US, and Europe. The album also features an introduction by beloved Uruguay ex-President, Jose Antonio “Pepe” Mujica.
The release of La Lucha saw La Vida Bohème grace the April 2017 cover of the famous music magazine, Spin, making them the first Latin band ever to be featured on its cover. Additionally, the album was nominated for Best Latin Album by the A2IM Libera Awards in 2018, and 3 songs are at #1 for Colombian radio station, Radiónica. With this album, La Vida Bohème has toured across the US, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, and Spain.
Since their beginning in 2006, La Vida Bohème has counted on the support of thousands of loyal fans, who call themselves “La résistance.” These fans are lovers of their sociopolitically-minded lyrics accompanied by an ever-changing and eclectic sound.
The band’s presence is felt on social media and all digital platforms - with more than 200k followers on Twitter, more than 100k on Facebook, and more than 58k on Instagram plus a cumulative 5 million plays on all YouTube videos, La Vida Bohème loves interacting with their fans all the while feeding them content directly and constantly.
2018 also saw La Vida Bohème join U.S. talent agency Paradigm’s amazing client roster, and the band continues to work on what is to be their next studio album.