Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: World

Location: London


Animanz is a safari through London’s dense urban jungle
into a myotropic world of groove and exhilaration…

Founded by guitarist Max Rodriguez with childhood friends; Joshua Brandler (bass), Marc Goymour (keys) in 2013. Animanz was formed with the sole intention of driving dance floors wild. Signing to Tru Thoughts Records, they released their debut album ‘Exotic Other’ with Congolese/Argentinian vocalist Juanita Euka on 28th September 2018.

A motley crew of funk, Animanz started gigging in London in 2013. Renowned for their raw energy and excitement on stage, they developed into a genre-smashing collective which welcomed guest performers from all over the world. Hugely inspired by the individuals they’ve played with over the years, who’ve hailed from countries including Croatia (Mak Murtic), Argentina (Juanita Euka), France (Marc Goymour), Italy (Andrea Gugel & Edoardo Sola, Sicily (Marco Christaudo), Spain (Maximillion Chica-Rodriguez, Jamaica (Joshua Brandler), Venezuela (Baldomero Verdú), Australia (David Bryceland) and the UK (Tom Houghton). Animanz have a varied and global approach to rhythm which incorporates flavours of rhumba, cumbia and merengue. Prominent guest members include Baldo Verdú (congas) who runs the music collective Tonto Malembe, Mak Murtić (sax) who runs Mimika Orchestra, David Bryceland (timbales) and Tom Houghton (drums) who both play in Vibrations Of Sound.

The band first met collaborator Juanita Euka in 2013 when they were billed to support her London-based Afro-Latin, hip-hop and reggae group. Mesmerised by her performance, the band felt they had found the voice and attitude they were looking for. She joined the line-up that year. The niece of legendary Congolese guitarist Franco Luambo, Juanita Euka sings in English, Spanish and French and is part of the London Afrobeat Collective. Bringing her own eclectic set of influences to the punk-spirit and electro-energy of Animanz.

‘EXOTIC OTHER’, their collaborative release, has so far received radio support from Tina Edwards (Worldwide FM), Don Letts (BBC 6Music), Lopa Kothari (BBC Radio 3), Tony Minvielle (Jazz FM) and Andrew Jervis, who interviewed Marc and Juanita on Bandcamp Weekly. Alongside this, the album has received reviews from Songlines and Soul Bag.

2018 and 2019 saw Animanz touring ‘Exotic Other’ through the UK and Europe. Highlights include supporting Craig Charles, Lee Scratch Perry and Duh Duh Band at the legendary Jazz Cafe. Festival slots at Fusion Festival (Germany) and the Tru Thoughts takeover at Boomtown (UK). Along with sell out shows in Italy.
Since 2020 the band have been refining their DIY sound up to shimmering levels. The next release promises to be a more studio based record where they will be exploring soundscapes as much as capturing raw energy. And they will of course be joined by Miss Juanita Euka.
Animanz applied for assistance in the completion of a high recording standard EP (to follow up our debut album). A polished product of exceptional production quality, with wider audience appeal that will serve to propel our career onto a greater plateau, gain a greater fanbase and capitalise on synchronisation opportunities.