Cachi was born in New York City, and has been
playing percussions for most of his life. He was
taught the art by a great percussionist, his father,
Phil "Pipo" Velez. Pipo played with Ismael Miranda
(Cachi’s godfather), Saoco, 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. Playing congas, bongos and timbales, Cachi has been fortunate enough to have participated in many recordings and performances with various artists like the FANIA ALL STARS Legends, Willie Colon and Yomo Toro. Multi Grammy Winning Percussionist 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" and a Latin Jazz band called “Cachi and his Salsa Jazz Ensemble”, a Latin Jazz Band with a Salsa twist. Cachi hopes to create his own brand of Salsa Dura and Latin Jazz in hopes of entertaining the masses in the months and years to come.
Cachi uses REMO Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals and Vater Sticks