Sano: The Ransom Note Mix
Originating from Colombia Sano was born with rhythm in his soul. Now based in Barcelona he has become a prevalent artist in his own right having found his way into the heart of the Comeme family and now most recently Public Possession. His sound sees him integrate elements of latin music within modern day electronics in an exciting fashion. As a result his presence has continued to grow, travelling regularly this year has seen him play widely across South America and Europe.
The theme of his mix for us sees him explore his own heritage in great depth as he pays tribute to Latino producers across the globe. He explains in his interview below:
"Genetics. Blood. Proud. Heritage. We, the Latinos, are one big family . The main intention of this mix is to showcase the work of this latin american producers: Nehuen, Sixtoagusto, The Chica, ViVi, Diegors, Rumanians, Vandel."
Listen to the mix and read the thoughts of Sano:
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you?
I'm Sano, the Colombian artist that migrated to Europe three years ago. Guided by the music and intuition arrived to Barcelona and now I call it home.
What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us? (an image from the old internet is acceptable)
My music sounds like bedroom recordings.
How did you first form a relationship with the guys from Comeme?
In Medellín back in 2006 I met Avril, later in 2008 I met Matías. Years after they started the label, then visited the city again and we became friends. In 2011 we started to release and record music together.
And now Public Possession, how did that come about?
Hugo Capablanca introduced me to the guys, they were in love with a track of mine and we managed to release it in the A side of the "Latino Body Music Vol. 1" vinyl last month. We just wrote each others for months, next 26th of November I'll finally meet them playing together at Charlie in Munich.
You have a love for latin music, where does this stem from?
Genetics. Blood. Proud. Heritage. We, the Latinos, are one big family . The main intention of this mix is to showcase the work of this latin american producers: Nehuen, Sixtoagusto, The Chica, ViVi, Diegors, Rumanians, Vandel.
You recently created a sampling tool to make music sound more ‘latin’, is that right?
No. That's not the aim of the Latino Body Music Machine. This device is a sound manifesto and nuclear part of this hot music style called Latino Body Music. You can hear our rhythms in the streets of Santiago, Cali, Medellín, Buenos Aires, Miami, London, Paris, Madrid and go on, i'm talking about Dembow, Cumbia, Reguetón, Salsa, Champeta, Son and so on.
Go down to blocks to the left and one to the right, you'll find latinobodymusic.com open 24/7 with granted and free access to this sound device. Get it and learn to play it. In the next months we will be posting more rhythms, traxx and updated versions of the machine. In the mix you can enjoy two cuts recorded with the LBMM 'Lucumbi' and 'Tutumbao'.
Where was the mix recorded?
In my living room in Barcelona. Early in a cold blue morning.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Wake and bake for breakfast, mimosas and morning news.
What should we be wearing?
Black silk pijamas and thick wool socks.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location, system, format?
Nothing like the real deal. Live, in the club, the dancefloor full of sweating people and the speakers punching hard but gentle in the zone between your chest and belly. Your best friends around smiling, fresh drinks, your mind clear, your spirit high, no shoes and all those records you really know how to work right next to your hand.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
I like 'Tutumbao'. It's the result of trying to record a techno infused salsa track without a the salsa band. Cowbells, sequencer loaded with the LBMM, keyboard and delay. I like it raw.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
'Acídulo' the first mixtape we put together out in Medellín around 2005 with my friend Sergio 'El Cucaracho'. It was the beginning of it all.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
With Jeff Mills. Can you imagine a cuban descarga session with the 909 on top? That's futurism.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
My old setup was better than the actual one (at home). First I had this Gemini single-cd player, a Sony Discman and a Korg mixer. Now I have a hi-fi setup of good friends and co-workers that I can visit and do my creative job.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
The second track you play, because there is where the magic starts to happen.
What were the first and last records you bought?
My first CD was from Mano Negra when I was around 11 years old, last record I bought is El Escandalo en tus Ojos de Paulo Olarte.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
Carrots and capers in a fine vinegar emulsion
If it was an animal what would it be?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Come on! You can mix whatever you want, the result can´t be that bad.
Upcoming in the world of… human reality.
Technocracy domination, Alien resurection, Spiritual revelation.
In the meanwhile Sano will be releasing more Latino Body Music in 2017. YUYU the band from El Darién that I'm co-producing alongside El Chocho will release his first single in a Rotterdam based label, more Cómeme action to come, new Bedroom Tapes season on Radio Cómeme and some 7" inch action of avant garde boogaloo that will make you sweat and groove.
Anything else we need to discuss?
Yes. Tomorrow I'm playing in Lithuania for the first time, can you address me something wonderful to experience there?
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