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A Miami Drummer Packs Her Kit For L.A.

A Miami Drummer Packs Her Kit For L.A.

What is the state of the State Of, exactly? Miami’s beloved live duo, vocalist/key/synth extraordinaire Steph Taylor and her partner in musical crime, dexterously dangerous drummer and harmony machine Nabedi Osorio are splitting up. But, luckily, the breakup is not permanent, as Osorio plans her journey to the West Coast, in search of the next steps in her career, following a most impressive 13 –year run in Miami.

What is the state of the State Of, exactly? Miami’s beloved live duo, vocalist/key/synth extraordinaire Steph Taylor and her partner in musical crime, dexterously dangerous drummer and harmony machine Nabedi Osorio are splitting up. But, luckily, the breakup is not permanent, as Osorio plans her journey to the West Coast, in search of the next steps in her career, following a most impressive 13-year run in Miami.

“For years, I have been playing with the idea of moving out of Miami, because I’ve been here my whole life,” Osorio explains. “On our last tour, we spent a lot of time on the West Coast, and for some reason, I felt my Indian spirits connecting me to my dad who is buried out there.” Osorio heard her calling buck-naked, soaking in a hot spring with only the light of the stars in the sky. “I felt something calling me in that direction.” So, she took some trips, planted some seeds and plans to arrive at her destination in Los Angeles mid-June.

Along with her pristine beatmaking skills, Osorio will take with her to L.A. plenty of pearls of musical and cultural wisdom she’s stored throughout her time in Miami, a melting pot she will forever praise. “I’ve always been open-minded to music, and people have been so accepting to everything. I’ve tried to learn as much as I could, and I’ve always been open to any possibility.” She says that L.A. could just be a jumping off point, or even her forever. “I don’t really know what the future holds, but wherever I end up, my roots will always be in Miami,” she assures.

But how is the other half of the State Of taking the news? Surprisingly, quite well. “When Nabedi approached me about her decision to move to L.A., she asked if I would consider moving too,” shares Taylor. “I have definitely considered it, and it remains in the back of my mind as a possibility for the future.” Taylor goes on to explain that her time isn’t up in Miami just yet. She feels there is still much more she needs to do here before relocating cross-country. “I like the idea of spending the next year holding down the fort here, while Nabedi makes connections in L.A. for herself, and for the band.”

Miami fans seem to be fifty-fifty on the upcoming division. “Some people just really don’t like the West Coast,” Osorio says. “They think L.A. is pretentious, and flaky, but I think you get that everywhere.” As for the other half, Osorio is grateful for their support, mainly because they’ve been backing her from the day she tapped her first set of drumsticks. 

South Florida fans should also prepare for a long hiatus before the State Of hits the stage together. In fact, the pair has a new album in the works, and once it’s released, there’ll be a tour to support it. “We will either start the tour in L.A. or Miami, whichever works out best at the time,” Taylor confirms. During their break, the artists will each work remotely on their writing process, one that has always come together organically, according to Taylor, who is prepared to embrace every byte of technology and every inch of bandwidth of the web to perfect their new disc. “We both spend a lot of time listening before we even get together to play, and it seems to work for us,” she says confidently.

Locally, fans of the State Of can expect some exciting growth out of Taylor, who plans to immerse herself in the development of her solo project, which takes her full-circle to the years before she and Osorio became a team. She’ll embrace the fusion of electronic elements head-on, adding two synthesizers, a loop station and a vocal effects processor into her setup. Taylor is also learning how to polish up on her electronica song writing skills on a collaboration with pHaxas. And with that, she certainly won’t be locked in a dark room, pining and whining or writing songs about her drummer who skipped town. “I have a full and fulfilling plate,” she says.

Miami fans have one more chance to celebrate the music of the State Of, along with several of Osorio’s other acts through time (she’s estimates being a part of more than 30 bands total). With a Sunday sendoff appropriately named Nabedipalooza, the fierce Miami beat lover will be sitting in with every band performing, along with showcasing two of her student drummer success stories. But after this weekend’s hurrah, it’s time to hit the road. “I feel like I’m extremely ready to take over the world. And, my mom agrees too,” she affirms with a nostalgic giggle. “Nabedi is ready.”

Nabedipalooza is set to take over The Stage in Miami on Sunday, June 3 from noon to 7 p.m.

Photos by Pamela Wasabi and courtesy of the State Of

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June 1st, 2012

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