Endémico pres. Monopolar on Noods Radio 9th of April 2020. Here are 5 questions we asked him due to his session
Where are you based and what is the status quo there in the scene?
I’m living in Mexico City right now but I’m originally from Lima, Perú. Mexico is a vibrant, chaotic and creative city, plenty of talented artists and true music lovers. We’ve been experiencing tough times regarding the usual outlets to spread our music, clubs are closing and nightlife isn’t as rewarding as it used to be. But there’s still a drive to produce music and release it through digital media, radio shows and alternative sources. I would say that the creative forces are finding a way to keep the scene alive and productive.
Where did you record the mix and what equipment do you use to record?
I did it at home, with my 2 old Technics 1200MK2 turntables and an Allen&Heath Xone 23c mixer. Pretty basic stuff, no effects. I dropped a couple of tracks from CDs but everything is basically vinyl from my collection.
What tracks do we find in your mix?
I try to tell a story about the evolution of black music in different countries and times. Afro music and many of its derivates are major influences in all my work, since I’m a Latino born by the sea, fed with afrolatino music since I was born. I started with Cappella folk music from Cuba, Zimbabwe and US gospel southern song from the ’30s, then I mixed a Peruvian cajón solo on top of that and from there the journey runs through jazz, r&b, Puerto Rican salsa, African songs from Cameroon and Ghana. I finish with an amazing folk song from Petrona Martínez, my Colombian personal idol.
What tracks in the mix are special for you?
Actually, I chose lots of songs, which is not usual in my sets. I usually prefer instrumental music. The words in the songs I chose are pretty much political. You need to speak many languages to get a sense of the narrative. But, to be honest, the track I love the most is the one by Alice Clark. It’s a love song, the sad side of love. The voice of that girl gives me the chills. And the horns, the basslines are intense as hell.
Another standout is the Eddie Palmieri track, recorded live at Sing Sing prison in 1971. That’s what fusion is all about. It has salsa, rock, jazz, Africa, all in one track. I mixed a Ruben Blades song on top of it, a little tale of a detective working for the secret service, a manifesto about how right-wing governments killed and tortured so many of our intellectuals in the 70s. That blend really worked for me.
How do you feel at the moment?
Well, besides the effects of these quarantine times, I feel really good. I’m entering a whole new phase of my production work and I feel a bit lost, but that’s good. Maybe I was getting too comfortable with my recent work and I decided to move on. Sometimes I’m really eager to embrace so many influences I have as folk, jazz, avant-garde or house music in one shot. But it doesn’t happen like that. You have to trust your insecurity as a creator and let it lead you. If you really love what you do, your creativity will take you to a good place. And all the stuff that blends in your mind and soul will show up, somehow. But you have to work to get there. It’s the same with my djing. I feel I have to be proud of my eclecticism, not trying to hide it. But it’s hard to be eclectic and flawless at the same time. You have to work your way to it.
If you could greet someone or send a digital shoutout to, who would it be and why?
I feel good, so I won’t shout to anybody now. If you allow me, I just want to raise some awareness towards some real geniuses that are getting to the end of their lives such as Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter or McCoy Tyner, who passed away a few days ago. Those guys are the last of a breed of game-changers that brought beauty, mindfulness and spirituality to our world. We all musicians, regardless of the genres we practice, shall show our respect listening to their music.
Unknown Artist: Canto A Elebwa.
Bruder Takanyi: Mukoma Takanyi
Mother McCollum: When I Take My Vacation In Heaven
Chocolate: Un Niño En Tiempo
World Saxophone Quartet: Come Sunday
Abba Gargando: Aminidin
Eddie Palmieri: Azúcar (Part 2 & 3)
Ruben Blades: GBDB
Gil Scott-Heron: Lady Day And John Coltrane
Coulibaly Tidiani & Dafra Star: Foli.
Unknown Artist: Canto A Elebwa.
Agongo: I Am Suffering.
Alice Clark: Never Did I Stop Loving You.
Me’Shell NdegéOcello: Dred Loc.
Herbie Hancock: Rain Dance.
Petrona Martínez: Los Monos
April 9, 2020 11:15 am