During a recent interview with Fussible (Pepe Mogt) of the Nortec Collective, he shared that the Nortec sound began in 1999 as they began experimenting by fusing old Sinaloense bands, Norteñas and other beats. They began filtering the sounds of this type of music through a series of synthesizers, creating something altogether different.
He says the idea came about after hearing the sound for the first time at a party: “I later began mixing tracks with this kind of music. I later shared the sound with a group of friends and together they expanded on it to embark on this new genre called NORTEC.”
In the short years since the creation of this genre, Nortec has managed to go from sort of an underground movement to now a staple among music lovers, capturing a mainstream, more diverse audience.
I asked Pepe, how does it feel for him as an artist to see what he’s created go from sub-culture (or a trend) to something so popular that reaches out to such a diversity of people?
“Well we do this because we like it, regardless if people take it as a trend or not.”
I asked him how it feels to go from playing small gigs with approximately 200 people to now being featured all over the world at venues like El Zocalo in Mexico City or en El Vive Latino, where there were 15,000 people?
“Its part of the work”
I asked... do you ever fear losing fans or popularity?
Pepe responded... “I think that is for RockStars. In our case we do it for the music. It’s obvious that those that like our music will be there with us, and when they get bored they’ll move on. That’s a natural process.”
When I asked if he ever felt like the band’s success has changed him or the other band members, Pepe replies in charismatic way.
“Well, just older… I’m still the same old person. I just have more responsibilities now, that’s all.”
Pepe, do you think that the Nortec movement has changed Tijuana’s image?
“Tijuana’s image is the same as it ever was and what we reflect in our music is exactly that, without romanticism or such, just as it is”
I told Pepe, this question may be a bit difficult, but I ask because it’s what people want to know. Is there competition among the artists?
He nonchalantly replied… “There is always competition and competition is good. It turns out results and better work. We compete among ourselves and our work reflects it, however, it’s a healthy competition.”
So what are the big plans for Fussible/Latinsizer or the Nortec Collective? What’s in the near future?
He replied… “For now just to concentrate on Nortec and new album that’s in the works.”
I asked, Pepe what inspires you?
Reprinted from LatinoLA.com