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‘A different way’

Rob Garza is touring in support of his latest EP, “Where the Moon Hides.” (Courtesy of Andrzej Liguz)

It’s a rare day for Rob Garza to actually get some rest.

With his hand in so many projects, Garza appreciates the time he gets to go at a slower pace.

But it’s not for too long, as the musician is gearing up to head out on tour in support of his new EP, “Where the Moon Hides.” The group will stop on Monday, Feb. 10, at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe.

“I started the EP a year ago,” he says. “I was working on a bunch of different music, and I was in Los Angeles working with these younger producers. I started to collaborate with them as well as younger singers who have this drive to create music in a different way.”

Garza is at the helm of the musical project – aptly named Garza. He’s taking a break from Thievery Corporation for this project.

He says the project is a collaborative musical experience in which he works with artists, musicians, producers, visual artists and videographers.

On the EP, Garza worked with singers Seann Bowe, Emeline and Shenova.

“For this one, it’s a totally different vibe in terms of the spirit about it,” Garza says. “The project is more youthful than Thievery. I’ve been with Thievery for a long time. So this felt like I was getting out of the hot tub where I was comfortable and jumping into the cold water. Of course, I’ll want to get back to the hot tub.”

Garza isn’t stepping away from Thievery Corporation; the group will put out an orchestral and rarities record before coming together to create new material.

He says Garza gives him a break from his routine process.

“This is a more open process for me,” he says. “Usually it’s me and Eric (Hilton) working together. Garza has opened myself to finding new singers.”

Case in point: When Garza was working on the single “Where the Moon Hides,” Emeline dropped by the studio to try her hand at the track.

“She nailed the song in the first two takes,” he says. “She’s incredibly talented and just has an amazing voice.”

With another EP on the way in the spring, Garza says, it’s helping him keep up with the way music is consumed today.

“Before, we’d put out a CD and people would still listen to the whole CD,” he says. “Today, people are listening to just songs, and releasing pieces of music in smaller increments makes sense.”

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