Paul Hinojos

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Pablo Hinojos (Paul Hinojos)
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Background information
Birth name Pablo J. Hinojos-Gonzalez
Born (1975-07-17) July 17, 1975 (age 39)
Origin Los Angeles
Genres Post-hardcore, progressive rock, experimental rock, alternative rock, psychedelic rock, art rock
Occupation(s) Musician, bassist, guitarist
Instruments Bass, guitar, composer
Years active 1997–present
Associated acts At the Drive-In
The Mars Volta
Notable instruments
Fender Precision Bass
Ernie Ball MusicMan Stingray
Gibson SG
Ibanez Jetking II Custom
Line 6

Pablo J. Hinojos-Gonzalez (born on July 17, 1975) is a Grammy award winning musician, and former member of The Mars Volta, Sparta and At The Drive In. Sometimes credited under the name Paul Hinojos, he was the bass guitarist of at the Drive-In.

Hinojos was born in Los Angeles. He met future bandmate Omar Rodríguez-López at the age of 13 and apparently introduced Omar to another close friend and collaborator Cedric Bixler-Zavala.[1] Rodriguez-Lopez and Bixler-Zavala would later ask him to join at the Drive-In after some significant member changes, making him a part of the band's most successful line up. After at the Drive-In took an indefinite hiatus in 2001, Hinojos, along with fellow ATDI members Jim Ward and Tony Hajjar, formed the band Sparta.

Hinojos left Sparta in 2005, quoted as saying, "My time with Sparta has run its course, and simply wasn't fun anymore." A few days later, it was announced that he had joined The Mars Volta, where he took up the role of 2nd guitar in addition to 'sound manipulator' (previously occupied by Jim Ward's cousin Jeremy). In February 2009 at the 51st annual Grammy Awards, Hinojos, along with fellow Mars Volta bandmates was awarded the Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for the song "Wax Simulacra", from the album "The Bedlam in Goliath". Hinojos left The Mars Volta later in 2009 after being asked by Rodriguez-Lopez, in order to strip the band's sound down for their album "Octahedron".

In addition his solo project Hour of the Monarchy, he has worked with producer Gabriel Gonzalez and plans on releasing their first EP Negativa.[2] Hinojos also co-produced the film The Sentimental Engine Slayer with his fellow former The Mars Volta bandmates Omar Rodríguez-López and Juan Alderete.[3]

Recently, Hinojos has been working on a new project with Daniel Anderson (of Idiot Pilot), Mark Gajadhar and Cody Votolato (of The Blood Brothers), and rapper Hyro Da Hero.[4][5] He is also in Dios Kilos along with other familiar collaborators Eric Salas, Ralph Jasso, and Gabriel Gonzalez.[6]

Collaborates with Cody Votolato (of The Blood Brothers) in Jaguar Love (Seattle, WA) as well as a new yet unnamed project in the works for 2013

In January 2012, Hinojos reunited with his bandmates of at the Drive-In and played at Red7 in Austin,Tx, their first show in 11 years.


With at the Drive-In[edit]

With Sparta[edit]

With The Mars Volta[edit]

With Look Daggers[edit]

With Hour of the Monarchy[edit]

  • Negativa – EP (2008)

With Dios Kilos[edit]

  • ' – EP (2009)

With Hyro Da Hero[edit]