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Monday, October 13, 2008

Primero Sonidero



Pic: Thanks to lap0la's Flickr

We've been a big fan of Mexico's Toy Selectah! ever since he produced Celso Pina's massive cross-over nueva cumbia anthem, Cumbia Sobre El Rio.

And seeings as he's recently been dropping bomb after cumbia mash up bomb on the world, we thought it was time for an interview>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Hi Toy Selectah. How's it going ?

HOLA COMPADRES!!! What up? I'm here chillin like a mexican villian....

..At the estudio13 in Monterrey Mexico, I just got back from weekend gigs around Mexico. Thanx for reaching out. I always like to share things with colleagues and music lovers all over.

You're from Monterrey which I've heard is a pretty important city in Mexico for the sonidero soundsystem djs. Is that right?

Yes i'm from Monterrey Mexico, a Northeast city pretty close (225 km) to the US Texas Border. Monterrey is a very important city for music, entertainment and show bizz. Almost every international artist that does a worldwide tour stops in Monterrey, and Mexico City from MGMT to DAFT PUNK to GORAN BREGOVIC.

And going more into your question, I think there are 5 or 6 key cities which are really important for the Sonidero and all Cumbia (New Skool and Old Skool). Monterrey, Mexico City, Puebla, Rio Grande Area, Houston and Queens NY.

Mexico City is home to 25 million people, think about that...

Monterrey has around 4 to 5 million, pretty much Texas style but south of the border, an industrial and financial state capital.



What happened here is that original CUMBIA COLOMBIANA sound been adopted since the 60's in a region that goes from here and even a little more southern province called SAN LUIS POTOSI and the other Northeast border states TAMAULIPAS and COAHUILA to Texas RIO GRANDE VALLEY AREA, SAN ANTONIO, DALLAS and HOUSTON.

But at the same time Mexico City got a long time taking CUMBIA and the other common Tropical styles and Riddims like SALSA and MAMBO ( Remember Mambo went MASSIVE going out from Mexico City ) to the next level.

But what happened here is that Monterrey was the place that took the rural, rootsy, hard core style of CUMBIA SABANERA - Corraleros del Majagual, Andres Landero (THE ONE THAT
JOE STRUMMER MENTIONS IN HIS LAST DOCUMENTARY), Aniceto Molina, Policarpo Calle and Lisandro Meza style, made it the URBAN GHETTO SOUND of this town.

So, Sonideros have been a key element to the expansion and trans-culturization of this sound, because all this happened in records and soundsystems over the BARRIOS. By the late 70s CUMBIA started to be emulated by local musicians and bands. By the mid 80s some of them went TOP RANKIN Pop artists.

The same happened in Texas, the same in Mexico City and other regions, even different styles and genres arrived when the cumbia riddim (just the rhythmic core and other elements) were mixed with other regional mexican sounds.


You recently did some shows here in the London with the Lucha Libre wrestlers. How was that? What kind of beats are the wrestlers into?

Yes and it was not just for the LUCHA LIBRE, a month after Roundhouse shows, I went back there and did like 2 weeks of gigs that includes BIG CHILL FESTIVAL, NOTTING HILL ARTS CLUB - FutureWorldFunk Night, gigs at other venues and pubs... an appearance on London's KISS FM Live MIX on Sinden's Show.

But about the wrestlers music, the soundtrack aim was to create a combination of sounds that reflects what music gets mexican wrestlers excited, at the same time connecting with the LONDON Massive.

So, some Old Skool Cumbia, Sonidero Nacional Remixes of big latin hits, UK tracks with a Mexican Twist and stuff like that...

At the LUCHA LIBRE LONDON I was a kind of a curator first, aside of the DJ performance, and I really enjoyed it...I think this December we are going back to make it happen. As well as some other regular UK DJ gigs before the end of the year.


Your A Milli cumbia remix (below) is big right now. Any more more cumbia refixes in the pipeline ?

I've been working and consulting on some compilations, also I've been focused on a 12" release I'm doing with MAD DECENT in late November, that will be completed as an EP for March 2009. Also working on some new sound that i've been calling RAVERTON: A combination of Rave, Baltimore, New Skool, electro, Cumbia, Reggaeton and other Caribbean upbeat riddims. So I'm sure you will digg that a lot.

I think we will too. Thanks Toy.

Li'l Wayne - A Milli (Toy Selctah! Remix)






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