This band is made up of Sergio Hernandez (guitar), Daniel Corpus (vocals), Angel (bass), and Omar (drums). Their biggest singles right now is Caballo de Mar and Quetzal. These very enthusiastic chicos make up the band Flamél and they consider themselves a band from El Paso that plays space rock. Not everyone sees it that way because people compare them to a wide variety of musicians and bands. They are all from El Paso, Texas yet the band plays music in Spanish and what happens is that it creates some sort of identity "crisis". They will play shows in El Paso yet be considered the band from Juarez and vice-versa. However, this doesn't stop the guys from wanting to play what they want and instead they want to defy standards.
Flamél was started by Daniel and Angel in 2013 when they grabbed some inspiration for the band's name from the French Alchemist, Nicolas Flamel, which was the first to discover the philosopher's stone. Angel mentioned, "We are together but not mixed up. Flamél is a little bit of everything and that is why we identify with the philosopher's stone. We all listen to different styles of music, so this all has to do with how we go about and make it."
The vast variety of each of these musicians help incorporate the style that is Flamél. The musical taste for these guys range from rock in Spanish to reggae to indie. This gives it a unique flare to the band. I asked the guys who their music influences were for the band and they responded with, "Caifanes has been our biggest influence. We'd say we are a mix of Caifanes and Porter, but some people say we are like the bastard child of The Strokes and Zoé." The way Sergio put it was "Somos el hijo del lechero."
Flamél played at the battle of the bands, round 1 for the Juarez Music Fest and they also played at Neon Desert Music Festival. These guys have a lot of stuff going on, that future projects are inevitable. Angel mentioned that they are going to start making singles and release videos for them. They had actually not contemplated playing at festivals, but it happens. They plan on releasing "one single every six months" and hope to record it at Sonic Ranch.
I asked Angel and Sergio what songs they recommend to their fans (which also represent the band) and they said:
1. Miercoles de Cenizas- Caifanes
2. Murcielago -Porter
3. Let it happen- Tame Impala
4. Popscuro- Clubz
5. La Luna -Little Jesus
Their first album, Flamél vol. 1 is available on all media platforms.
Go follow them on Instagram: flamel_mx
Thank you guys! Best luck and can't wait for all the new singles!
A quiet and shy fellow, but well known within the community. He works for Barrio Skateshop, and DJ's some nights. A very versatile man. His name is John Reyes. He started around the year 2008 when he was just in the 8th grade. That's when he found his love for electronic music.
He recalls being in school, mostly under the radar "unpopular" as he phrases it, and he would see these so-called "revelers". John thought to himself, "why not be the person to provide music for them?"
From there he started watching tv shows like Border Nights which was basically a tv show based on the party scene in Juarez and some other places. From that tv show, the idea of getting a dj name stemmed. Another tv show that influenced his life was one on Tele-hit called Electronic meeting point which was about partying all over the world like Ibiza. He smiled as he thinks back on those memories.
Even, as a young lad he was ready to party or at least have a good time. His years in high school consisted of wanting to finish his tests earlier so he could go on the computer and start surfing the web. However, one day he found an app on the computer where he could remix music and there is where he found what he loved. He started downloading electronic music, remixed it and showed it to his friends. They encouraged him to keep going.
It wasn't until 2013 that he really took off, after the violence in Juarez went down. His first show was at Prestige and after that it just took off. He is one of the few dj's that still uses CD's and not a usb like other dj's. Very different compared to the norm within today's electronic scene. Something he wanted to add was how much he looks up to Richie Hawtin.
You can follow ad reach out to him on Instagram: John12mago
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