How would you describe your sound to people who have never heard it?
I think I’m more known for not having one particular sound than for having a certain distinct sound. I like to go into a lot of different genres and sound textures and BPMs and rhythmic patterns and I don’t like being constrained at all. Lately I feel like I’ve been trying to develop a sound that’s sort of a mixture of kuduro and bubbling and dembow and tuki bass and other sped-up, techno and club-infused latin percussion-based genres. I departed from that for a bit while working on my Drone Warfare E.P. (coming out soon on #FEELINGS) because that E.P. is dark, rave techno and industrial inspired music with a little cunty undertones lurking around.
How has the internet influenced your art and music?
The Internet is why I know about music. It’s also why I know about visual art techniques. If I depended only on what I learned in Dallas and my travels, it wouldn’t be much. I would also not have met and befriended people who I now consider close friends, people I share ideas and tracks with that motivate me to be better.
How has Latin American and Texan culture shaped your sound?
I suppose being Peruvian and growing up around a lot of Mexicans and Colombians, Venezuelans, etc. steers me toward wanting to use certain sounds. As far as Texan culture, rap is another enormous contributor to my music background. There is also a scene of techno producers and DJs in Dallas that I came up with that helped shape my first decade of music digging, DJing, buying records, etc. I’ve spent the better part of my career as a producer being an all hardware live P.A.artist, and only within the last 2 years have I switched to software production, so I can pretty much say the techno/house/electro culture I was a part of in Dallas has influenced me more than anything else.
What album or artist had the biggest impact on your decision to create music?
I saw a video in about 2005 of Legowelt, Orgue Electronique and Sendex live in The Hague tinkering around with a giant table full of drum machines, sequencers and synthesizers, making totally live dance music. I realized that’s what I wanted to do at that point, and even though my goal and the methodology has changed, I can say that’s what sparked it.
What song do you hate hearing at the club?
Any one song is probably ok, but it’s how it fits into the mix that bothers me. I can’t really be mad at one song I hear a DJ play until it gets put into the context of the one before and after and so on.
Why should people come out to your 956 debut?
Because as a DJ, I’m not necessarily focused on being “heady” or on “rinsing exclusives” even though they’re fucking boring as fuck, or on staying on one genre all night because that’s “what you’re supposed to do”. I’m more concerned with my sets being the highest-energy, hardest-hitting and pimp as fuck, dance-party-igniting ones possible, and even though I’ve never been to McAllen, everyone I know that’s from there or been there leads me to believe people there will really appreciate and understand what I’m doing y q se va a poner conmadre