Growing up on the border of Mexico and the USA in Lerado, Texas, DJ and producer Rizu X's musical identity is a culmination of these geographical influences that surround her.
Engaged in multidisciplinary arts, particulaly audiovisual work, Rizu X has translated this creativity into her music production too. After finding some of her productions on Soundcloud, Cómeme boss Matias Aguayo invited her to release music with the label, and so she contributed two tracks for the Berlin-based label's three part Solidarity Forever series back in 2018.
Now, as a dance-driven antidote to lockdown, alongside Helsinki's Katerina Rizu X delivers a split EP that brings together post-techno, acid and abstract jazz. Ahead of the release she shares some of the songs that conjure up memories of growing up nestled between two cultures.
There’s always music present throughout everyone’s upbringing. Growing in the U.S. - Mexico border is no different after being exposed to music from all over the world but with also strong and latent regional influences. I chose to reflect on Local Heritage as many first experiences, a journey throughout different layers of composition, performance, emotions and mainly nostalgia for this playlist.
Jean-Jacques Perrey - Baroque Hoedown (Disney’S The Main Street Electrical Parade)
This is the earliest synth composition I can remember being exposed to. Dad would play it after our family Disney trip in the 90s where we saw the Electrical Parade, disappointed of this version being no longer in use. I later found out Disney chose to make an arrangement of this version using 11 different synths! Sadly, licensing it from Polygram without Perrey’s acknowledgement. Some latinxs may remember this theme playing during Mexican writer/comedian Chespirito’s sketch show after obtaining license through Mexican media group Televisa.