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Under the name Pachyman, Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Pachy García crafts rugged, old-school dub, dancehall, and roots reggae in the tradition of pioneers like Scientist and Lee "Scratch" Perry. Based in Los Angeles, Pachyman issued a pair of independent records in 2019 and 2020 before signing with ATO Records, which released The Return of Pachyman the following year.
Growing up in Puerto Rico, García’s early musical interests revolved around hardcore punk but as his tastes evolved he became fascinated with the experimental sounds of dub and roots reggae innovators like Scientist, Augustus Pablo, and King Tubby. After relocating to Los Angeles, he became heavily involved in the city’s Dub Club scene and began building an arsenal of vintage instruments and equipment. While serving as the drummer and singer for L.A. synth-punk outfit Prettiest Eyes, García also began recording his own dub experiments, writing songs that reflected his mashup of retro tastes and playing all the instruments himself.
His first collection as Pachyman, In Dub, appeared in 2019 via indie imprint Permanent Records. A second album, recorded in a similar fashion, arrived a year later, this time on the small vinyl label Mock Records. Titled At 333 House, a reference to the name of his home studio, it saw Pachyman venturing further into roots reggae territory. With his audience growing, ATO Records offered García a contract and released his third Pachyman album, The Return of Pachyman, in 2021. ~ Timothy Monger