Bayonics grew out of Mala Fama, after rehearsals for the salsa band, when the rest of the band was cleaning up, me and Jairo would fall into some funk grooves. We started a trio called Natoma, after the street rehearsed on, then it became Bayonics, Pete joined on drums, and we did pretty well locally.
I was playing bass, because (my reasoning was) I was playing bass in Mala Fama and I wanted to practice it. I learned a lot about the bass from these guys, in terms of finding simple, funky bass lines.
We played hip-hop, funk, and timba. We hit hard. I got to experience locking in with a drummer on bass. Also the guitar player Chris Carter taught me what it means to really craft a part to a song. I'm still working on that one. The only thing I wasn't totally on board with was the lyrical content, and eventually I felt like I needed to move on and write and sing my own songs.
Bayonics was the first band that I got good gigs with, that included original material, even if I wasn't writing lyrics.