Cristian Machado has formally announced his departure from Ill Niño, as well as plans to release his debut solo album. Hollywood Y Sycamore and is slated for release this fall on Chesky Records sub-label Coconut Bay.
“I’m announcing my official departure from ILL NIÑO,” said Machado in a statement (reported by Blabbermouth).
“We’ve reached a fair settlement and I want to wish the band luck on their new journey. The music I wrote for the band will always exist in my heart and hopefully in yours.”
Hollywood Y Sycamore will be a departure from his work with Ill Niño, focusing more on his Latin roots and bilingual songwriting. The new album will feature new compositions, reworkings of Ill Niño songs and covers of songs by Pink Floyd, Life Of Agony and Post Malone.
“In other news, my acoustic album is done and definitely shines a very bright light on the future. The first single, ‘Die Alone’, will be out late summer, it may be one of the best ones I’ve ever written. The album ‘Hollywood Y Sycamore’ will be out late fall 2020 on Chesky Records, known for their work with Macy Gray, McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter, and more.”
News of the release comes days after a settlement was announced between Ill Niño drummer Dave Chavarri and bassist Laz Pina and now former members Machado, Ahrue “Luster” Ilustre and Diego Verduzco. Following a heated lawsuit between the parties that stemmed from Chavarri and Pina releasing new music under the name without Machado, Ilustre and Verduzco, who at the time had not officially left the band, the drummer and bassist got the rights to perform under the band name. That ruling essentially forced the other members to move on to new projects. A joint statement between all original members said, “No party has admitted fault and there has been no court judgment on the merits. The parties entered into a confidential settlement agreement.”
“I want to thank those who through this ordeal have offered me guidance and given me faith,” his statement concludes. “Thank you familia for having me be your comandante for over 20 years. It’s now time for this little plane to fly.”