30 Seconds With Mexican Institute of Sound

Camilo Lara has a very active and colorful imagination. The DJ/producer from Mexico City performs as the Mexican Institute of Sound (Instituto Mexicano Del Sonido in Spanish), and creates a mix of electronica tunes, traditional folk music, social commentary and vivid visuals with charm and conscience.

Recently Rocks Off spoke with Lara to see how much we could learn in 30 seconds.

What is worst song in the world, and why? I guess the one that makes you turn the radio off. Why? It's just boring. Not even annoying.

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What is the best lyric in the world? Please include title and artist.

Pe tee, pee te, pee te, Pe tee, pee te, pee te, Pe tee, pee té, pee te, pe tee... Pe tee, pee te, pee te, Pe tee, pee te, pee te, Pe tee, pee te, pee te, pe tee...

Upa neguinho na estrada, upa pra' la, e pra' ca', Virgim!, que coisa mais linda, upa neguinho, començando a andar, començando a andar, començando a andar...

Zazuera, zazuera zazuera, zazuera A, E, I, O, U, Ipselon, A, E, I, O, U, Ipselon, A, E, I, O, U, Ipselon!

-- "Disco Samba!" A classic!

Someone throws a beer bottle at you onstage. What do you do? I pass it to my bass player, Chamin. He loves beer. I would prefer if they throw tequila.

Without worrying about space, time, or the laws of physics, what would be the ultimate gig to play, and why? Once we played with Michel Gondry (the filmmaker) playing drums. That was close to perfection.

What would you buy with a million dollars? A million-dollar safe box.

What would you buy with your last dollar? I would save it in my million-dollar box. You never know.

If you could canonize another musician, who would it be, and of what would they be the patron saint? Saint Bowie. He has enough miracles to start the process.

What will be written on the plaque beneath the giant statue future generations erect in your honor? Yo digo "baila." Tu dices "dance."

More with Mr. Lara on the next page.


Five Records You Can't Live Without?

  • Maldita Vecindad, El Circo
  • Velvet Underground, Loaded
  • Prince, Lovesexy
  • Angeles Azules, Como Te Voy A Olvidar
  • Can, Tago Mago

Best Show Ever? "We just did a show in Calgary, Canada and was unbelievable," says Lara. "It is definitely one of my favorite memories forever!"

Camilo and his Mexican Institute of Sound performs at Fox Hollow this Saturday night, September 7, alongside Los Master Plus and Bombón, Houston's monthly tropical/Latino dance party featuring DJs Gracie Chavez, Panchitron, Navo, and OG Bobby Trill.


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