Juan Ledesma of Krisp discusses Sonic Monarch

Krisp is an indie rock, chill wave dance band out of Miami, formed in 2011 and signed to Gummdrops. Band members Juan Ledesma, Charlie Woods, Alex Lopez, and Robert Villar combine electro dance elements, chill wave, and indie rock to produce a unique blend of carefree groove, and ’80s inspired synth lines.
The group has shared the stage with Nancy Wang (LCD Soundsystem), Miami Horror, Junior Boys, Blood Orange, and Holy Ghost, to name a few. The band’s first official EP, Mamani Vice was released in 2012. Now they’re thrilled to share Sonic Monarch with the world on January 15.
Ghettoblaster recently caught up with Ledesma to discuss the record. This is what he told us.
When did you begin writing the material for Sonic Monarch?  
Some of the songs in the album we had been playing for a year or two but we really started putting everything together last year and the process carried on to early this year.
Which of the songs on the LP is most different from your original concept for the song?
We changed “Outnumbered” quite a bit in the studio. It ended up becoming a spoken word type thriller.
“Franz” is such a rad song. That beat is immediately infectious. What’s the story behind the lyrics? Who will you be there for?
Without giving to much away I think “Franz” is about questioning our ability to collectively understand complex situations, and its named after a dog I used to have.
Is it difficult being an indie band in Miami? Touring, alone, seems like it would be rough.
I think being and indie band anywhere is difficult. The limitations of Miami are something that all bands down here have to consider. The internet helps a bit but also creates a lot of noise along the way.
Do you have any plans to tour outside of the Miami area this winter?
We are currently planning everything but have no dates set yet. We are very excited for the singles coming out and the album being released in January.
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