The music of Introvert is an experience in passion and harmony. The combinations of sound that make up the group’s debut CD “Human” resemble layers of moods rather than the original instruments used to create them. Instead of songs, ideas thread together a theme that binds this full-length CD: simply “What does it mean to be human?”
Introvert was first formed in the fall of 2000 by Lead Vocalist Mike Boudet and Rhythm Guitarist Orlando Jimenez. Boudet, a computer programmer for a failed Miami-based Internet start-up, had released two solo efforts under the pseudonym “Lounge Act.” He wrote, recorded and produced a five-song EP “Enjoy the Cancer” in 1995 and the full-length CD “Introvert” in 1998, from which Boudet’s current project got its name.
Boudet met Jimenez while auditioning musicians for the live show to support Lounge Act’s first release in 1995. Jimenez, who had been searching for a musical home for some time, was becoming frustrated with a dwindling Miami music scene when a friend showed him a Lounge Act interview in a local arts paper. He joined Boudet a few days later.
Lounge Act’s live effort also included Introvert Drummer Oscar Guardado, but it was complex and tedious. After only a handful of shows, the band split up, and Boudet sold his share of Tapeworm, the North Miami-based recording studio he helped found. He was out of music for two years until the summer of 2000, when Boudet & Jimenez ran into each other at a concert. They discussed working together on new material, and immediately it all clicked.
Originally intended to be the third Lounge Act release, “Human” took on a life of its own — to the extent that a new name seemed most appropriate. To the duo, Introvert best represented the band’s new direction, darker theme and ominous character.
To bring their music to the world, Boudet and Jimenez first called on Bassist Jesus Rodriguez, a veteran of the local music scene who had shed his long hair for an office job with the Miami office of a large public relations firm. Close friends since their mid-teens, Rodriguez and Boudet had been in each other’s very first band, and it was Boudet who first persuaded Rodriguez to learn the bass in 1989. Instantly impressed with the music of Introvert, Rodriguez brought in Lead Guitarist Charles Hill, an “introverted” virtuoso with whom he had worked on a previous project. Together, the four musicians breathed life into the vision of Boudet and Jimenez.
Introvert added Guardado in December 2001, and the band’s first live performance came on January 26, 2002. Today, the group continues to amaze with a sound that speaks to the hearts of its audience.