A quick look at some of the pictures and articles hanging on the wall of The Blackout Beat’s studio paint a picture of a history rich in culture and a love for music that is rooted in the Garibay brother’s childhood.  Marcos and Armando grew up as star dancers in their mother’s (Ramona Garibay) dance company, Ballet Colores Latinos. The group performed regional Mexican Folklorico, Aztec, Salsa, Merengue, Zoot Suit, Tango, Hip Hop, and Flamenco. The entire family was nearly destroyed when, the dance company came to a tragic end in 1998 when three group members died (marcos and armando’s mother included) in an one car accident on the way home from an out of state performance in Kansas.

Several long and hard years later the brothers began to rediscover music in their own ways.  Armando began dancing again in local folklorico groups while Marcos began  DJing and selling mix CD’s  while dominating the dance floor of local high school dances.  Eventually the brother’s love for music intersected thanks to cable TV.  Armando and Marcos fell in love with the sounds of Timbaland and The Neptunes.  While following their careers the brothers ultimately decided that what they wanted to do in life was to pursue a career in music production.  Now, nearly a decade later the brothers continue this mission while drawing inspiration from the latin, 80’s and 90’s pop music they grew up with as well as the producers who inspired them in the first place. 

Armando and Marcos would spend the next 6 years forming what is now The Blackout Beat.  The brothers set up a home recording studio that was paid for with hard earned lawn mowing money as well as funds from ebay sales where Marcos & Armando’s father, Guillermo donated pro race bikes to help his sons with their start up.  During these years the brothers began earning their stripes as producers and song writers as they worked with many local artists.  It did not take long for The Blackout Beat to gain local recognition for their music and events such as their weekly Salsa night.

After reaching the ceiling in pueblo, The Garibay brothers packed up and moved their business to the city of Denver.  In the next four years the brothers experienced some of their greatest victories as well as their hardest roadblocks to success.  During this timeThe Blackout Beat found and established their studio, released Armando’s TBA album, released Emmett Collins R&B EP - Mysterious, released the first circus house album in addition to --launching The Beat Shop, performing live regularly and appearing in several magazines and news papers.

The Blackout Beat has entered a new chapter of creativity.  Marcos and Armando continue to make artistic growth and expression a number one priority. The Circus House, Emmett Collins‘ new project and The Past is Prologue dominate the creative energy of the Blackout Beat.

  Civic duty and activism has also become a necessity to The Blackout Beat.  In the last 4 years The Blackout Beat has been involved with various non profits and social change organizations such as the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking, Denver’s comic book classroom, One Colorado, Project Voyce, Metro Organizations for People, Denver Public Schools, Slow Cook Foods as well as many others.  But most near and dear to the Blackout Beat is their growing involvement with the fight for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality.  

The Blackout Beat will pave the road to the future with the same hard work ethic and ability to dream that got them where they are today.  Expect a new evolution of Blackout Beat music from: Armando and the Circus House,Emmett Collins, Marcos Garibay and several new and local artists.  As Marcos’ A is for Authentic project is finally released more art/music collaboration projects will be announced as well as a new and innovative business model for purchasing original Blackout Beat music and beats that involves social justice.