The music world has been rocked by a wave of new talent this year, but Mexican electronic musicians have remained largely unchanged.
But with the country now in the throes of a massive drug war, it seems time to reevaluate the state of electronic music in Mexico.
Miguel Ojeda, who makes electronic music with his band, Tachahana, and has also been an active promoter of Latin American artists in the U.S., recently spoke with NPR’s Steve Inskeep about the country’s current political landscape and the future of electronic artists.
Interview HighlightsThe band is touring with Miguel O jedaThe music world in Mexico has been in a lull in 2017.
The country is grappling with a massive opioid crisis and is currently experiencing a record number of homicides and murders.
But that hasn’t stopped the country from making a splash with some of the best electronic music on the planet.
In his first interview since the election of Donald Trump, Miguel Ojada told NPR that Mexico has a lot to be proud of.
But he added, “I don’t think the country is ready for an era of nationalism and the rise of nationalism.
It’s not the country that I think it should be.”
Ojeda said the drug war has hurt the music scene, especially with the loss of the popular band Guadalajara, which he co-founded in 2008 with another Mexican electronic artist.
Ojadas band had been one of the few places that Mexican musicians could perform without fear of arrest or prison.
Now, he said, Guadalahas music scene is “under attack.”
Ojades band, Guadagno, had just released its latest album, “Brasil,” and he said the government had been cracking down on music venues, forcing them to close or close in advance.
In February, he was arrested for the fifth time in a year.
Ojadas statement was followed by an announcement from Guadalagno Mayor Luis J. Garza.
In a letter sent to the president of the Federal University of Mexico, Garza accused Ojidas band of using the government’s emergency powers to “sabotage the musical activities of the Guadalático music scene.”
Garza also threatened Ojida with the possibility of being prosecuted for the crime of promoting drugs.
The mayor said that Guadalagaras drug trade would have a negative impact on Mexico and the world.
In an interview with NPR, Garado said Guadalamos drug-related violence would be reduced if Guadalayas bands music were protected.
“The music of Guadalatias music scene would not be diminished and its contribution to the development of Mexico would be protected,” Garza said.
“This would also allow the government to protect its national sovereignty, its economic sovereignty, and its social sovereignty.”
Migual Ojadea, the singer of Guadagnana and Guadalamanas Guadalavía music scene.
Ojceda told NPR, “If the government of Mexico is willing to protect our music, we will protect our sovereignty.
I’m afraid that’s not going to happen.”
Interview HighlightsMexican electronic music has become a topic of discussionIn an effort to promote the importance of Mexico in Latin American music, Miguel’s band recently announced that it will be playing on the U,S.
national stadium in 2021.
In his first comments since being elected president, Ojes said that Mexico would play a major role in the development and dissemination of Latin music in the United States.
“We are the voice of Mexico.
We will be the voice for Latin music and our message will be heard by millions of people worldwide,” Ojede said.OJeda said Guadagonas Guadajas music community is in danger of being silenced by the government.”
It is important to remember that we are the ones who create music, that is the essence of our music.
We are the creators, the producers of music,” he said.”
This government is not interested in our music,” Ojas said.
The musician said that in 2017, the drug trade in Mexico would have resulted in the deaths of between 500 and 1,000 people.
Ojas told NPR he’s worried that Guadadoras music might be the reason for this rise in drug use.
“We are in the midst of a drug epidemic,” he added.
“There are many people who are suffering from the consequences of the drugs.”