Fernando Burgos most known for his projects such as Hello Seahorse! and Burghost, played a DJ set at International a few days ago and brought the right vibes to the night. The downtown lights were shining and the weather was chill and crisp. It was the perfect way to start the pre-holiday partying and dancing. The set consisted of techno, house, and various other types electronic music. It was fresh, modern, but had a nostalgic factor to it. It was definitely refreshing to hear at a local bar.
Besides being in the music industry for many years, by no means a novice, Fernando Burgos provided some insight on his almost released EP under Burghost and electronic music in general. The interview took place on the third-floor terrace area at International with a some guest questions by fellow writer, Irais Urias.
Desert of My Eye (Pao): I have always loved all of your projects from Hello Seahorse! to your participation in Samal Ayuka to your project as Burghost. I noticed that you mentioned that you are releasing another Burghost EP soon. Can you tell me about it?
Burgos: I started working on the Burghost project two years ago and lately I have been working with different musicians and DJ's in Mexico City. I actually did a project with them called Satanicgathering. It's actually a live back made up of four people and it's not DJ set, it's a live back. It's very exciting because the people I did this with are very old school in regards to electronic music and they invited me on this project and we made an album, but it's not out yet!
D.O.M.E: I have heard a lot of things about the music scene in Mexico City including the opening and closing of several venues. How do you think that has affected you musically and in the music scene as well?
Burgos: The venues don't really affect my music whether it's 1 or 10 venues. However, the growth in the city has helped because there are a lot of festivals in Mexico City now. It seems as though there is a different one going on every weekend throughout the republic of Mexico City. Corona, Vive Latino, Mutek are just a few of the many festivals that take place there.
Irais: I am a fan electronic music and I am also a fan of your work in Hello Seahorse!, but what motivates you to do electronic music?
Burgos: I have always listened to electronic music, but I had never had a project of just electronic music of mine. I always wanted to do it, but I never took the time to do it. Right now I have this "air" of inspiration and I am taking advantage of that and working with several musicians. I love it. I have always loved it. I honestly listen to a little bit of everything.
D.O.M.E: In the world of electronic music collaborations are very important. Do we expect several on the new EP or on other projects in 2019?
Burgos: Well actually, Satanicgathering is one of them. Also, I have been hanging out a lot with Pancho Torres from Mexico and a few other people and we are working on a few tracks for next year.
Irais: Okay, but what prompted you guys to call it Satanicgathering? Do you have any favorite DJ's?
Burgos: Ha-ha. Queríamos un nombre muy macabro. (Burgos and the guys wanted something very evil-sounding). In regards to DJ's , umm, I don't like Steve Aoki and stuff like that, but I do like stuff like The Chemical Brothers and other stuff that is more underground.
Irais: Yeah, people think electronic music is one genre, but it is several genres.
Burgos: Yeah, of course.
D.O.M.E: Changing the theme a little bit, I have to ask what do you like the most about the border region?
Burgos: I like how cultures mix here. You know, Mexico has a very ample culture and here at the border it mixes so well with the Texan culture and American culture. It creates a great fusion and vibe. The people here are very simple and "valemadrista" just to put a name to it. It's a party environment for sure. I notice that people here are chill, but still not open to many things. It lacks diverse venues as well.
Irais: Juarez has been able to maintain that business better (the diverse venues).
Burgos: I heard Monarch brings a lot of underground stuff.
D.O.M.E: Yeah, Monarch is doing a great job on that. Prickly Elder too.
Irais: Does that type of mentality affect your music?
Burgos: Well yeah, the other day that I played in Juarez at the Springfield bar the manager came up to me and told be to change it and play stuff like reggaeton. Ha-ha. It's understandable, as a business, you don't want people to leave and I get it. The people that come and see me don't mind whatever I play.
D.O.M.E: Do you think it is okay to be egotistic with one's own projects in sense that one makes it because one is doing what they love and not what what others want no matter what?
Burgos: Yes, when I do music it's because I want to do it.
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A fan of rock? Like the "heavier side"? Then tune in.
The New Pacific is a California alt-rock band full of "heavy hook-laden rock" composed of Alec Strickland (guitar/vocals), Brett Carpenter (guitar), Dustin Martin (bass) and Brian Perry (drums). The band just released their latest EP, Heavy Towards the Light, which includes songs like "Float", "Anchor" and "Yesterday". It's really good and I recommend to give it a listen especially if you are more old school. In a world with synthesizers and constant editing, this is a more raw rock album that is straight forward and melodic. "It is so easy to be perfect behind a computer" as Alec puts it.
A week ago I had the pleasure of catching up with Alec to talk about the new EP. The New Pacific in its essence is made up of several things. "We all met in Tennessee. I, myself, am from Tennessee. However, later on Dustin I were based in Texas and you know, we all grew up omg rock music like Jimmy Eat World and connected." The New Pacific put in other words is a "solo project that turned into a band."
I asked Alec about the new EP and he mentioned that the song "Anchor" was recorded by Steve Evetts (The Cure, Every Time I Die). Alec said that Steve was the perfect choice because he understood exactly what the band wanted and really has a "heavier ear" and is great with melody. I then asked whether there was an underlying theme to the album considering the song names and he immediately said, "the whole theme is that it is our time". He added that that a big inspiration behind this album was that him and his wife were trying to have a kid and they ended up having twins! It is always great to hear that such wonderful inspiration is behind a project like this.
After talking for a bit, I asked Alec what the band's plan for 2019 was and he said that "Lost and Found" is a new song they are working on with Steve Evetts and there are other new surprises to come. The band also plans on doing some touring next year!
A big thank you for The New Pacific for the interview. All their social media is linked below so you guys can keep up with what they have going on!
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