Matias Aguayo set for Electric Frog 2013 set
DJ and producer whose live sets make use his voice as singing and percussive instrument
‘Travelling to different countries and meeting people who speak other languages and have different codes of behaviour, has made me more flexible in the way I communicate and act towards others; I think this is somehow, unintentionally reflected in the way I make music.’
Matias Aguayo is offering an explanation for the vibrant, energetic, almost genre-defying style of his forthcoming album, The Visitor. Again making maximum use of his voice, both for singing and as a wonderfully varied, percussive instrument, the Chile-born, Germany-raised producer and DJ has spent the last five years recording his follow-up to 2009’s Ay Ay Ay. Work on that disc took place in France, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Germany, and he is about to arrive in Scotland for a live appearance at Electric Frog, alongside David Morales, Dimitri from Paris, Octave One amongst others.
However, this globetrotting approach wasn’t simply adopted to make The Visitor: Aguayo’s flitting between countries is representative of his somewhat hobo-like lifestyle, which he admits is, ‘all I’ve ever really known’. In fact, it’s the very nature of his existence which has provided opportunities for him as an artist; firstly growing up in Cologne, meeting and working with those involved in the city’s house and techno scene, leading to his early releases on Michael Mayer’s Kompakt imprint, later the throwing of his BumBumBox street parties in several South American cities and, more recently, the founding of the Cómeme label, which has seen him work alongside musicians and producers based in the likes of Buenos Aires, Berlin, Santiago and Monterrey.
‘From a personal perspective, I feel that not only the best results, but also the music I like the most, comes from a context of collaboration; those involved in Cómeme gain a lot from working with one another. We can combine a variety of skills and I think it really shows in our new album’.