Linked by fate and brought together by laser focus on storytelling through music, UNA is a ménage à trois of head, heart, and soul. With a barebones roster of Jennifer Cook on vocals, Richard Larsen on keys and production and Eddie Barajas on turntables, UNA imparts a larger-than-life sound on listeners, telling intricate tales in a direct, sensual and cinematic style. Inspired by the present, the past and things as simple as a feeling, UNA is a spirited bossanova track inspired by an insufferable crime of passion; an opulent lullaby based on a grand Biblical tale; an anguished, orchestral trip-hop ballad about an unstable affair.
Richard is a refugee from the eclectic Chicago scene and came to Los Angeles to work as a producer at Quango Records. Later, working with Kevin Lincoln as co-producer for his show The Blueprint at KCRW, Richard was careful to first release his tracks under the name The Mighty One, and, once the tracks got "legs", Richard revealed himself as originator. Delphine Simonis of LA's KPFK calls The Mighty One (Richard's Inspiration), "a cross between Mark Farina, Amon Tobin, J.S. Bach and Anouar Brahem, all in one".
Jennifer Nice is from Bakersfield, California, and studied film and drama from an early age, wrangling all her neighbors to star in her self written, edited, produced and scored film shorts. Inspired by her Colombian mother's accordion playing and flamenco dancing, Jennifer (as keyboardist) co-founded Elephonic, a trip hop band, in LA, with Anne Montone as lead vocalist, and DJ Eddie Barajas on turntables. During their first appearance on stage, they were discovered by Kevin Lincoln from KCRW and brought to The Mighty One Studio, where Richard Larsen and Kevin produced Elephonic's first EP. Later, as the band moved in different directions, Richard and Jennifer got together to record a song called Hate. UNA was born.
While being part of a band may have come as a surprise to someone who doesn't play a traditional instrument, being an integral part of UNA seems natural for an artistic soul so dedicated to the art of DJ-ing and music, and so passionate about getting things right. As UNA's turntablist, Eddie adds in the aural layers that help make UNA's sound fresh and elusive. When he's not collaborating in the studio or performing with the band, he's DJ-ing in major cities throughout the U.S. and working on 4/4 productions that have already garnered attention from household names in dance.