Fahrenheit (Chilean band)

Fahrenheit (stylized °Fahrenheit) was a hard rock band from Santiago, Chile, deeply influenced by 1980s and '70s rock artists such as Aerosmith, Mötley Crüe and Skid Row. °Fahrenheit were well known in the Latin-American rock scene for their intense on-stage performance, energetic sound and guitar solos.

Cumbre del Rock 2007.
Cumbre del Rock 2007.
Background information
OriginSantiago, Chile
GenresHard rock, heavy metal, rock music
Years activesince 2001
LabelsPerris Records, Sello Oveja Negra
MembersFelipe Mira
Carlos Otto
Carlos Cid
Ignacio Torres
Andrés Torres
Past membersDiego Bombardiere
Javier Bassino
Chaz Thomson
Juan Pablo Lewin

Throughout twelve years of career, °Fahrenheit received positive reviews from the media, along with worldwide exposure through MTV and Much Music, breaking new ground in the yet unexplored Spanish rock market.

The band played massive shows in Chile and Mexico, including opening for Evanescence, Mötley Crüe and the "Vive Latino" festival.

After releasing their debut album "Chain Reaction" through Perris Records, the band decided to develop their music in its native language and started working in their first Spanish album, "Nuevos Tiempos", with multi-platinum producer David Prater, known for his work with Dream Theater, Firehouse and the Dirty Dancing movie OST.



The band was formed in 2001, when guitarist Carlos Otto and bassist Juan Pablo Lewin started composing tunes deeply influenced in 80's glam rock legends such as Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe and Journey. Slowly the band began to make its way in a difficult underground scene in Santiago, ruled at the time by a strong "aggro metal" trend. In 2004 they record their first LP album, "Chain Reaction",[1] which got the attention of independent US label Perris Records, distributing the album in the US, Japan and Europe.

Even though their debut album received positive reviews from the specialized media and fans of the genre, the band felt the need to evolve in their sound and concept, which at the time was being tagged as a "glam-rock revival".[2] For the recording of their second album they managed to get in touch with producer David Prater,[3] best known for his multi-platinum work with Dream Theater ("Images & Words" and "A change of seasons"),[4] Firehouse ("Firehouse" and "Hold your fire") and 2 hit singles from the "Dirty Dancing" movie original soundtrack, "Hungry eyes" and "Time of my life".[5]

Against all odds, based on the precariousness of the Chilean musical rock scene, the band pulled their efforts together and found the way to hire Prater to produce their second album. Because there were no precedents of this kind of music in the Latin scene, the band decided to record in their native language, Spanish, and developed a power and modern sound, creating "Nuevos Tiempos".[6][7]

By the end of 2006, Chilean label "Oveja Negra" signed the band and the name °Fahrenheit began to appear in massive media with their first single "Vuelvo a vivir" being aired on the most popular radio stations in Chile and MTV.[8]

In January 2007 the band was invited to the biggest Chilean rock festival ever made, "La Cumbre del Rock",[9] playing in front of more than 45,000 people in "Estadio Nacional" of Santiago. Soon after, they release "Inimaginable" which again was airplayed on MTV and played part in the soundtrack of a very popular soap opera at the time, "Vivir con 10".

The same year the band was invited by Amy Lee's manager, Andrew Lurie, to open for Evanescence at their show in Santiago, after listening to the band's songs in their Myspace. This generated interest in the media, which grew bigger because two days later they were playing another historic festival, "Vive Latino" in Chile, with bands such as Los tres, Keane, Catupecu Machu and others.

By the end of the year, they released third single "Nuevos Tiempos", whose videoclip reached the "10+ Pedidos" ranking of MTV and showed a very different concept for Latin rock. From that point on, the band got a media attention not usual for their musical genre: interviews and reviews in the main radios and TV stations, magazines, webzines, etc. By touring and playing everywhere they could, the band kept on recruiting fans throughout the country.

In 2008 and after a few changes in their line-up, the band releases their fourth and last single, "Euforia", closing the "Nuevos Tiempos" chapter and beginning the creation of their third album, soon to be released during late 2009.

In 2008 the band resided in Mexico,[10] country were fellow Chilean bands like "La Ley" and "Los Bunkers" have been very successful, hoping to broaden horizons for their music and career.

Artwork for the band's album covers has been created by artist Claudio Bergamin[11]

By the end of 2009 the band finishes the recording of its third album, "Caída Libre" (Free fall), released in three separated EP's for free download on the band's official site. Each section or EP (Extended play) had the name of the three Newton's laws of motion.



The band had strong influences from other bands like AC/DC, Mötley Crüe, Skid Row, Guns N' Roses, Van Halen, Dream Theater, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Aerosmith, Europe, Journey, Queen, Def Leppard or Bon Jovi.

Band members

  • Chaz Thomson - vocals
  • Javier Bassino - guitar
  • Carlos Otto - guitar
  • Juan Pablo Lewin - bass guitar
  • Diego Bombardiere - drums
  • Chaz Thomson - vocals
  • Javier Bassino - guitar
  • Carlos Otto - guitar
  • Carlos Cid - bass guitar
  • Diego Bombardiere - drums
  • Felipe Mira - vocals
  • Javier Bassino - guitar
  • Carlos Otto - guitar
  • Carlos Cid - bass guitar
  • Diego Bombardiere - drums
  • Felipe Mira - vocals
  • Ignacio Torres - guitar
  • Carlos Otto - guitar
  • Carlos Cid - bass guitar
  • Andrés Torres - drums


  • Chain Reaction (2004).[12]
  • Nuevos Tiempos (2007).
  • Caída Libre (2009).
  • 3rd World Party (2013).


  • King of the night (2004)
  • Vuelvo a Vivir (2006)
  • Inimaginable (2007)
  • Nuevos Tiempos (2007)
  • Euforia (2008)
  • Sentir (2010)
  • Tren a mil (2010)
  • Voodoo Negra (2012)
  • Malavita (2013)

See also



  1. ^ "Review to Chain Reaction" (in Spanish). Sleazeroxx. Archived from the original on 2009-02-17. Retrieved 4 September 2009.
  2. ^ "FAHRENHEIT Chain Reaction". RockReport. Retrieved 4 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Ex Productor de Mick Jagger "Obligo" a cantar en espanol a la banda de rock Chilena". Diario La Nacion (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 September 2009.
  4. ^ "Dream Theater". Metal Storm. Retrieved 10 September 2009.
  5. ^ "David Prater". Song Wars. Archived from the original on 2009-04-30. Retrieved 10 September 2009.
  6. ^ "Apuesta a los Nuevos Tiempos" (in Spanish). Canal 13. Archived from the original on 2007-12-18. Retrieved 4 September 2009.
  7. ^ "Review to Nuevos Tiempos" (in Spanish). rockaxis. Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 10 September 2009.
  8. ^ "Album Nuevos Tiempos" (in Spanish). Oveja Negra Records. Archived from the original on 2011-10-08. Retrieved 10 September 2009.
  9. ^ "Cumbre del Rock" (in Spanish). Emol News. Retrieved 10 September 2009.
  10. ^ "Verdaderos Nuevos Tiempos en FancyMusic" (in Spanish). Fancy Music. Archived from the original on 2011-10-08. Retrieved 4 September 2009.
  11. ^ "Claudio Bergamin Website". Claudio Bergamin. Archived from the original on 2010-03-29. Retrieved 28 March 2010.
  12. ^ "FAHRENHEIT Chain Reaction" (in Spanish). Rock Total. Archived from the original on 2008-02-08. Retrieved 4 September 2009.