Cachi was born in New York City, and has been playing percussion for over 30 years. He was taught the art by a great percussionist, his father, Phil "Pipo" Velez. Cachi's father Phil Pipo Velez played with Ismael Miranda (Cachi’s godfather), Conjunto Saoco, Tony Rojas, and The TNT Band.
Cachi started in the music industry by singing back-up
vocals and dancing/ choreography for Lagosa Records. Cachi then decided to make music his life and obtain a Degree in Audio Engineering / Sound Recording from Mercy College / CMA. Since then, Cachi has produced two Albums: Sonido Bestial featuring DJ Dynamite (recorded in P.R.) and Rude Boyz NY, which was recorded at his own studio, Mucha Madness Recording Studio Inc., located in the Bronx.
As a percussionist, Cachi has been fortunate enough to have participated in many recordings and performances with various artists such as FANIA ALL STARS Legends, Willie Colon and Yomo Toro. Multi Grammy Winning Percussionist Pablo Chino Nunez, Grammy Winner Marlow Rosado y la Riquena, Grammy Nominated Percussionist Sammy Figueroa, Kevin Ceballo, Edgar Joel, Angel Lopez of Son by Four, Frankie Negron, Alfredo De La Fe, Julio Voltio and Grupo Latin Vibe just to name a few.
Since relocating to the South Florida area, Cachi has joined the group Araka, a collaboration of Latin Fusion with soul, and was the Percussionist for Telemundo’s “Yo Me LLamo”.
After years of playing with so many diverse bands and artists, Cachi has started his own band Cachi y Saoco Nuevo. When Cachi decided to form his band, he decided to incorporate the name Saoco, with the blessing of William Milan of Conjunto Saoco, as a tribute to his father, and the talented musicians of Conjunto Saoco.
Since forming Cachi y Saoco Nuevo, the band has recorded
and released two singles "Plazos Traicioneros" and "La Fiera".
Cachi and the band are hoping to create the next generation of Salsa Dura with the music he produces.
Cachi uses REMO Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals and Vater Sticks