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Interview with Nortec Collective

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Nortec Collective is a musical ensemble from Tijuana, Mexico that is characterized by mixing traditional northern Mexican folklorico music with electronic music, creating the term, nortec (“norteño” + “techno”). Nortec Collective had been nominated for three Grammy Awards, two in 2006 and one in 2008. We sat down and talked with Fussible (Pepe Mogt) and Bostich (Ramon Amezcua) from Nortec Collective during Austin City Limits.

Nortec Collective has been to Austin several times, their favorite hang outs are many of the venues on Red River. Nortec Collective developed their sound from growing up in a border town – “it was a blending of two cultures, the United States and the northern states of Mexico.” Growing up in Tijuana, much of the music on the radio was in English, due to the fact that many of the California radio stations had their antennas in Mexico, because it was much less expensive. This is where the members of Nortec Collective were originally exposed to electronic music. The group started to experiment with electronic sounds and mixing it with traditional norteño music.

Since 1999, Nortec Collective has toured throughout North America, South America, Europe and Japan. Nortec Collective has done remixes with Beck, Kronos quartet, Calexico, Leigh Nash, Ennio Morricone, and Lenny Kravitz to name a few. Nortec has also had its music featured in commercials for Dell, Nissan, Volvo, Fidelity Mutual, and Edwin Jeans. Their most recent album, Bulevar 2000 was released on September 14th, 2010 by Nacional Records. You can catch Nortec live in Austin at Fun Fun Fun Fest on Sunday, November 11th at 3:00 on the Blue Stage. For more information on purchasing tickets, visit the Fun Fun Fun Fest website at http://funfunfunfest.com/

By Katie Warner

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