What are some of the names and people to know in Hialeah’s underground music scene?

“What are the main highlights or features of the underground music scene in Hialeah?”

That’s the question a majority of you wanted answered for the latest installment of our Hialeah-focused series. So we’re answering it for you today.

The question came to us from reader Kiele Cabrera. Just like the city itself, Hialeah is truly unique, with a mix of homegrown and adopted talent that spans just about every genre.

There’s the country sounds of Ricky Valido and the Hialeah Hillbillies or the jam-band stylings of Ketchy Shuby. Members of the Latin funk/fusion band Electric Piquete have also called Hialeah home.

Andrew Yeomanson, a.k.a. DJ Le Spam of the Spam All-Stars, mostly operates in North Miami, but he’s seen all kinds of genres and bands and producers make their way through Hialeah.

“Any band will have, like, one guy from Hialeah and there’s a whole scene for the Cuban musicians out there, too,” he said.

Andrew mentioned Omar Garcia, a producer who runs Browner Sound and is part of a local act called The Brand, as an example of the pride in Hialeah’s music scene. 

“He’s always like ‘I was born in Hialeah, and I’ll die in Hialeah,’” Le Spam said.

Many underground and well-known acts in Hialeah’s music scene have spent time in a mix of studios and spaces where they’ve created music and perfected their sound. Spaces like The Shack North Studio have been providing rehearsal space to locals for decades. 

Jota Dazza, who played in the band Radioboxer, credits that space — and Ferny Coipel, the studio’s owner — with giving him and other musicians a great space to play and appreciate Hialeah.

“We were from Kendall and other suburbs within Miami, and [Ferny] let us practice in his studio,” Jota said.

That eventually led to Radioboxer playing Hialeah Fest, an annual showcase that returned this year at Churchill’s Pub. And Jota said the city has been a great place for local acts to shine.

“It has its own identity, it’s not Miami, it’s almost not the United States,” Jota said. “I can’t think of one band I’ve seen that hasn’t spent time in Hialeah.”