In 2006, Felipe Calderon deployed thousands of troops to combat the most powerful drug cartels in Mexico. Tijuana, like most tourist-laden cities in the north of the country, transformed into a war-zone. With body counts escalating into the hundreds, the town’s nightlife soon dwindled. As panic-stricken party-goers abandoned the scene, its once booming rave culture became all but extinct.
Los Macuanos, a trio comprised of Moises López, Moises Horta and Reuben Torres, belong to a generation of producers that came of age in this rapidly-changing climate. Like their contemporaries, their productions echo a once hedonistic lifestyle, taking cues from the rave styles of the era, yet displaying a decidedly more introspective approach. The precarious state of the country at the time has no doubt informed the brooding tone of their music, which has lead publications like NPR to describe their sound as “dark” and “almost apocalyptic.”
The group carries disparate influences, which range from minimal techno and dubstep, to more experimental styles like glitch, noise and no wave, while adhering to a strict discourse on traditional Mexican sounds. Nonetheless, their distinct sound, as well as their unparalleled live performances, prove them to be a wholly original incarnation of the new vanguard in Mexican electronic music.
Cumbia Machin is an Electro-Cumbia project that combines the use of live electronics and sequencers to create an original Dub-Style Cumbia. The project began in the spring of 2010 and features Joaquin Hernandez on Zendrum and Sequencers, these are used combine the styles of Electro, Cumbia, Drum n’ Bass, Dubstep, Rock, Reggae and more live on stage.
The Zendrum is not a typical instrument and it is used by Joaquin Hernandez to continue playing music due to the disabling effects of Focal Dystonia in the right hand. Focal Dystonia is a genetic nervous disorder that surfaced after many years of playing the drumset. There is no cure for Focal Dystonia at this moment so a doctor told Joaquin to try and figure out another way to play. That idea of reinvention and new inspiration led to the heavy programming of sequencers and samplers to create the original music of Cumbia Machin.
With DJ’s ItziNallah, IAmNemisisNine, and VJ’s Nacho + Calixta