Released on January 19th one would expect Adios Vaya Con Dios, the award-winning independent film, an official selection at the Bel-Air Film Festival, that spectacles the truthful brutal world of Latino gangs in Chicago to be exaggerated with rap and hip hop music. Wrong! The film uses absolutely no rap and solely transmits a soundtrack filled with psychedelic rock from the United Kingdom and Mexico.
Bel-Air Film Festival nominated actor and nominated screenplay writer Zachary Laoutides handpicked the soundtrack with executive producer and founder of Ave Fenix Pictures, Mónica Esmeralda León. Laoutides described his encouragement for the musical selections, “The lead character I played Rory King was a mix of Mexican and Irish. He’s influenced by two cultures and when I wrote the script the Mexican band Zoé seemed like it would be high up on Rory’s music collection. I was going to seek out musicians with similar inspirations.” Likewise, León agreed that collaborating a Euro Rock vibe into the urban film would be a unique expression, “It’s never been done, the journey of a Latino gang member with the soundtrack of British and Mexican rock musicians influencing the scenes. Rory King’s character had different motivations. I don’t believe people understood Zachary Laoutides’ performance until they watched the film and the music. Then they were like, ‘oh wow, now we get it.”
Most notably the Spanish rock songs Adios and Tears by Mexican rock star Gaston Sanchez Jauregui, who last year joined the famous television show “La Voz Mexico,” singing side by side with star Laura Pausini. Add-on United Kingdom Manchester artists Liam Williams and Joel Goldberg, both dominating the soundtrack, offering diverse psychedelic and folksong beats. The memorable moments include Joel Goldberg plucking his electric chords (Calm before the Storm) as the evil Olmec gang leader Tiger De’Leon played by European actor Marius Iliescu perversely violates young recruits, to the song rematerializing fitting the Italian second-generation boss Gio Angeli played by Joseph Mennella, who gives Rory King his one bullet ultimatum to leave town.
Equally, Liam Williams offers us musical commentary of Rory King’s consciousness with the song Control, as we watch the cool-cat Zachary Laoutides portraying Rory King, cruising his car through the mean streets with limited options of escape on this mind. Co-director Timothy J. Aguado does a brilliant job at turning the soundtrack into a defining musical masterpiece, virtually utilizing every song into a musical montage while skillfully knowing what music fits each character accurately; a fine balance we see between the Legend Alex Villareal classical Norteño refinements to Andres Camorlinga Monje alternative rock with 80’s inspiration.
Adios Vaya Con Dios is certainly a defining soundtrack that is just as popular as the movie itself, but it is equally defying in the traditional genre of film, shattering what is customary in Hollywood moviemaking. Laoutides recognizes the artistic revolution on the cusp, “Everything about this film is different, from how we made it, from how we envisioned it, from the music we used… We created something exceedingly rare and I couldn’t be happier about the reception of the music. The musicians were the backbone of this film.” Lets not fail to mention that Adios Vaya Con Dios had its own profoundly moving original theme composition scored exclusively by Laoutides and Mexican dexterous musician Mickey Synteklas, “Zachary had a distinct vision for the movie. He wrote it, acted in it, scored it. It’s been a special journey for all of us collaborating under the Ave Fenix banner and definitely musically satisfying working with the best musicians internationally.”
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