It feels like the Mexican dance music and experimental scenes are having a very exciting moment, and getting noticed outside of their respective cities. Can you tell us about your involvement in those scenes?
I moved back to Mexico in 2012 after having lived in South America for a a few years, and in the USA for years before that.
I had been doing a lot of hardware and circuit bending-driven music until my ex-boyfriend and I started our a live electronic duo called HDXD. We played all the major festivals, but we definitely had to make our presence felt in Mexico City in order to keep getting booked. As much as they had festival NRMAL, their physical spaces and other bigger platforms, the scene at that time was very fragile because of the war on drugs. The context felt challenging and frustrating, but engaging and exciting on a very intimate level. It seemed like all my friends were doing the best and most creative music projects. It felt like a tight noncompetitive community.
In 2016, I started to DJ and began producing as a solo artist, and have been sort of focusing on that since. Now I go to Mexico a few times a year to play.
Tells us about the NAAFI collective and how you got involved with it.
NAAFI is the most exciting group of music producers and artists in all of Mexico, if not Latin America—some of our key members (Imaabs, Tayhanna and Lechuga Zafiro) are in other countries. They are also some of my closest friends and some of the colleagues I admire the most.
They started as a culture importer of a certain type of club culture that didn’t have enough physical context in Mexico. NAAFI added to my generation’s voice with its Mexican sonic identity and musical contribution to global club; which of course resonated because it’s cool. I started out as friends and we got really close when they started playing shows in NYC. Eventually I joined the label.
Why did you choose to relocate to NYC and how do you find that move?
I am Mexican-American, so I identify with the culture and context in both countries. I decided to come back to the US because I felt I would have more access to more resources. My brother and sister live in NYC, so when I got some random job here, I decided that it was the perfect reason to commit to the change. It was really hard at first, it’s a lot to get used to. For the first two years I hardly did music or art, so I was very frustrated. After three years I feel like I am as close to a sustainable and stable practice here as I’ve ever been, so I really care about the city.