Fussible's Latest Creation
COLORES: Cutting edge electronica from Latin America
Pepe Mogt, a 34 year old Electronica musician from Tijuana takes cutting edge music to the extreme, with Fussible?s newest compilation COLORES. This is a series of three volumes bringing artists from different parts of Latin America, such as Chile, Argentina, and Mexico to expose the next phase of the Electronica movement.
Published on LatinoLA: January 16, 2004
During a recent interview with LatinoLA, Mogt shared his insight on the Electronica collective from border cities and Latin America.
Q. Tell us about the history of the Nortec and the Electronica movement. When was it started, and what set it off in Tijuana?
A. It started in 1999, when I had the opportunity to grab some old recordings of folk music from the northwest of Mexico (Norte?as) and I started jamming with them, cutting and pasting, then I passed a copy of that to my closest friends and musicians.
Then the first tracks appeared from Bostich, Panoptica and Fussible, we started playing all over the city. With a fusion, however, most of the people in the electronic scene in Mexico considered it very inconceivable, odd, and degradable. Despite this we attracted an audience. At the beginning there were people involved in arts, painting, poetry, photography, and graphic designers. Some of them later became part of the collective.
Q. Tell us if the Electronica movement from border cities has any political message?
A. We present our reality. Tijuana is unique place, so in our music and visuals, we show the Tijuana we live in, unlike most people who see it based on the Hollywood version or bad political press. I do not deny that Tijuana [like most cities] has prostitution, drugs, violence, but it has another side, [in our music] we show both sides. I grew up in Tijuana; for me it?s a town I love very much with all it has [the good and the bad].
Q. How did Fussible come together, and how long has it been?
A. Fussible started in 1997, when ARTEFAKTO the band that I was formerly in split up. We wanted to explore other areas of music, so we started as a side project that later became a full length one.
Q. Tell us about your new album COLORES.
A. I am a fan of electronic music from all over the world, and in our region it is very difficult to print a record, not to mention the difficulty of doing a recording. So in the case of COLORES, what I really wanted to accomplish was to show the work that we are doing in electronic music here in Latin America with our own hands, not our music being put out by foreign labels. We wanted to create something truly made here.
Q. Do musician from other Latin American countries like, Chile, Argentina, etc. utilize regional sounds from their own countries?
A. Some of them do, some don?t. From about 150 songs, I selected the tracks, and then I compiled the first volume of COLORES. I selected what sounded good to me.
Q. How has the collaborative experience been?
A. It?s been a very nice vibe. From the beginning a lot of people, mainly the artists involved in the first volume, were very supportive of the COLORES project to being realized. They helped me in so many ways, from graphic designers to people in Tijuana doing a documentary on our work (bulbotv). I never expected that much, I am really happy with the results.
Q. What have you as an individual gained from this project?
A. Satisfaction! For me as a fan of electronic music for so many years, to create a record like COLORES is a dream come true!
Q. How has electronic music, the industry, the movement, and the fans gained from the collaborative project of COLORES?
A. COLORES is a project I will continue, despite the interest of the industry. What I want is to have a registry that something like this exists; a true record of electronic music from Latin American bands.
Being in the Nortec collective helped me a lot, because it was the vehicle that give me the opportunity to travel around the world, and in traveling I met a lot of people. I was very surprised how Latino American electronic music was so unknown outside our borders. Some people still think we are doing music with rocks, flutes, mariachi or tribal dancing, really. So, finally I have a record to give next time I hear someone say, 'I didn?t know electronic music existed in Latin America'.
Q. Did you have to compromise your music in doing this project with artists from different parts of the world?
A. No not at all, the experience was great, and I really liked the final product.
Q. Please tell me how you see this genre of music evolving in the short and long run?
A. Well, to me electronic music has been with us for 127 years, ever since the world became more and more controlled by electricity. We?ve been listening to electronic music for so many years from now. I see myself doing this all my life.
Q. What is experimental for you?
A. In music it is to discover new sounds by practice, and to feel it as a change within like a sentiment.
For those interested in checking out Fussible?s newest compilation COLORES, Fussible and the Nortec Collective will be in LA on Thursday January, 29, 2004 performing at the Temple Bar 1026 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90401. For more information please see http://www.milrecords.com.
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