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Nortec Collective

Comprised of a small stable of producers who fuse traditional Mexican music with contemporary electronic music, the Nortec Collective debuted in 2002 on Nacional Records and proceeded to garner a respectable following, especially among critics. Based primarily in Tijuana, the largest city in the Mexican state of Baja California, just across the border from San Diego, CA, the so-called nortec movement took shape in the late '90s. At that time, producer Pepe Mogt began fusing cutting-edge electronic music with traditional Mexican music of the region such as norteño and banda. (For example, the actual word nortec comes from norteño and techno.) Granted, this wasn't exactly a revelation, for electronic music producers had been fusing styles together from the get-go; however, it was relatively novel in Mexico, where electronic music had little presence at the time. Tijuana was a particularly fertile city for the movement to take shape, because of its thriving club scene fueled by techno-savvy young stateside Californians who perennially cross the U.S.-Mexico border to party, not to mention the abundance of DJs who cater to these border-crossing thrill-seekers.

In time, a group of these nortec artists came together under the banner of the Nortec Collective. They then pooled their talents together to produce a debut album, The Tijuana Sessions, Vol. 1 (2002), released by Nacional Records, a leading Latin alternative label. Other releases followed, including The Tijuana Sessions, Vol. 3 (2005) -- but not The Tijuana Sessions, Vol. 2, to some confusion. Mogt, the main producer among the collective, also composed the title track for the soundtrack of Tijuana Makes Me Happy (2005), a film by Dylan Verrechia. The song also appears on the soundtrack to the video game 2006 FIFA World Cup, in addition to The Tijuana Sessions, Vol. 3. Other producers associated with the collective, past and present, include Bostich, Clorofila, Fussible, Hiperboreal, Panoptica, Terrestre, and Plankton Man. In 2006, the Nortec Collective earned their first Latin Grammy nomination, for Best Alternative Music Album, an award that ultimately went to Julieta Venegas' Limón y Sal. Two years later, the band earned a mention in Nor-tec Rifa! Electronic Dance Music from Tijuana to the World, a book about the nortec music phenomenon written by Alejandro L. Madrid. In May 2008, Nortec Collective released Tijuana Sound Machine. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi
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I'm a bigger fan now than I was 22 minutes ago!!! :-D
........kin SEND BUTTON!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! :O =-O :-<
Dang.
.......kin AWESOME, is what I WOULDA tapped, had I not inadvertentl y hit the frea
Frea
Bueno!
imchino
Amazingly original fusion.
plumb63
Colorado is a great song!
ma_20
This is great!! :D
sandyjimenez r
I love it
Los voy a ver cuando venga aca a Tijuana :)
george.r.mil l s
Nice. I appreciate that the techno does not step all over the traditional. Bold
there needs to be more of this :D
kristigogo
It's a Margarita for my ears!
drerikagarci a
yes, there was a fusion of styles before Nortec, but NEVER this unique blend of this very traditional/ r e g i o n a l Mexican genre and electronica.
Nortec collective; the true pioneers of this one and only blend of exceptional beats.
galopez2004
Awesome band!!!

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