México City Part I – The shows
We departed from Tijuana to México City (D.F.) on December 12, 2012 on a redeye flight via Volaris. We arrived about midnight (D.F. time) and waited about 10 minutes outside the airport before being picked up by our host, Juan Pablo Villegas (JP) and his good friend/collaborator Alfredo Martinez. These guys are rad, both are awesome New Media artists/designers and super sweet people.
While driving to the studio we passed a part of town called El Bennion de los Baños or “Little Columbia” holy fuck! I have never seen anything like this, we turned a corner and all of a sudden- massive bass sounds coming out of a few small streets, cumbia music blasting, stacked speakers and about 30 people dancing in the streets! A few blocks later we arrived at Lalo’s studio, to pick up a few things for an exhibition that Alfredo was having that that week. Lalo’s studio serves as a shared artists’ work space which is part of a collective called Artlab MX. This place is fully equipped with various wood cutting tools, drills, paints, and laser cutters. We were shown a few examples of how the laser cutters work- the designs are uploaded via a computer program of some kind which uses a vector system then it’s sent over to the machine which makes flawless cuts into the desired material.
Next we reached the house of JP, which is very close to Parque Hundido. Our friend Alex (also known by his stage name, TRON) had arrived a few days earlier from Mexicali and was in the kitchen preparing a very delicous pasta for us. We had a few drinks, got to know everyone a bit and started talking about art and life etc. JP is currently programming specific software and adapting electronics in a sound jacket, designed by MACHINA, which is a wearable technology company that advocates free software, DIY ethics and (h)ac(k)tivism. The sound jacket peaked my personal intrest since I am currently working on an interactive sound-suit in collaboration with Randy Chiurazzi and Bobby Bray. For those of you who might be unfamiliar with the idea of such a garment, it’s a loose idea of intertwining technology (for example: LilyPad Arduinos) and textiles in perfect harmony for a particular desired effect. Some photos of JP modeling his ideas…
The first show happened at Museo Británico Americano en México or the British American Museum in México, which is a totally insane venue! It’s actually a late nineteenth century, english-gothic church which is currently in the process of being restored. We got there a bit early, since all of the musicians had to do sound checks etc. While waiting for things to get started I took some time to walk around the grounds of this incredible space. Shorty after I met Danette who is part of a musical project called Sonido Lasser Drakar. She helped out to organize the event and was there early.
With a cooler of Mezcal and beer time went quickly and not before long the place filled up. This night was hosted by VOLTA (a collective of artists who organize experimental music, art and sound events), in collaboration with Vale Vergas Discos (a record label based out of D.F.), Patronato de Arte Contemporaneo, Ediciones Conquista and Monogatari
Performances for this night include: MONOGATARI, DS RE, TRON, BOBBY BRAY, ROGELIO SOSA and ORMO + Brontis
Photo set courtesey Melisa San Vicente and Antonio Barrientos / VOLTA
This show was located closer to downtown at a little bar that sells Mezcal and beer, located en frente al Teatro Blanquita. It was hosted by Vale Vergas Discos and Monogatari / Flier made by GURO.
This is the show that I would also be playing some vinyl at. We arrived in time and the musicians began sound checks. After all my levels were set for the turntables I began to feel more relaxed and comfortable. I started my set with one of my favorite records, 1968 Delay by CAN. Alfredo and I now began to play back to back which was super rad. In line with the likes of my style his set included: Psychic TV , Neu, Braindead Sound Machine, Borguesia and This Heat to name a few. I played mostly between the bands after this, my set included: Tarantula Hawk, Nation of Ulysses
Throbbing Gristle, Submission Hold…
Line up: ORMO + Brontis, BOBBY BRAY, TRON and MONOGATARI with two other Dj’s following the bands when they were finished, who were Diego y Pichis and both played more techey-house sets.
Later that night, after the show had finished we headed over to a little place called Bahia Bar. Super fun crowd, I totally liked the vibe there. Right by the entrance to the bar there was a table stacked full of zines!
It was here I met Don Charles and discovered Corona Boreal
, a new contemporary art and fashion magazine of which Don Charles is an editor. He is also the creator of a fanzine called Otherness
. Both are super cool and we ended up buying the holiday pack which came with limited edition prints/posters and some awesome stickers!
What a fucking crazy 48 hours! Only two days in Mexico City thus far and so much had already happened! An insane amount of awesome people and so much love!