The group formed by the different individual projects who create Nortec music. As a complement, there's also a "Colectivo Visual" a
group of designers and VJs who take care of the visual side of Nortec live shows. The term Nortec is a conjunction of Norteņo ("of" or "from the North") and
Techno, but mainly describes the collision between the music, style and culture of electronic music with those of norteņo and tambora, two music genres indigenous
to the North of Mexico. These styles are caracterized by their use of accordions and double bass
tubas, clarinets, horns and pumping bass drums ( tambora )
and quirky use of percussion and polyrhytmic snare drum rolls (both). All of these elements are used to create a sound that is very Tijuana.
Nortec originated in 1999 when Pepe Mogt, started by experimenting with
samples of old banda sinaloense and norteņo albums and altering them on his computer or filtering them with analog synthesizers.
He had picked up on the idea by listening to the percussive and angular grooves of the tambora and norteņa music played at a family social event.
Through some contacts in recording studios located in Tijuana's notorious Zona Norte red light district, Pepe compiled tracks of isolated instruments
from multitrack recording of tambora and norteņo demo recordings that had been abandoned at the studios by the bands that recorded them. He began to
burn these tracks onto CD-Rs, which he would later distribute to friends under the condition that they make a new track
using the material.
Those first raw tracks were compiled onto the "Nor-tec Sampler", the first release from Mil Records followed by the release "The Tijuana Sessions Vol.1" and now
the new "Tijuana Sessions vol. 3"
The Tijuana Sessions Vol. 3
CD / 2LP - © Nacional (2005)
A valid Path
Track: Tijuaniac (Parsons+Nortec Collective)
The Tijuana Sessions Vol.1
CD / 2LP - © Palm / Mil Records (2001)
CD - Mil Records (1999)
The Tijuana Spaced Dub EP
12" Vinyl - Mil Records (1999)
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