A few days ago I wrote about how I am so fortunate to have such musically talented friends in my life. Case in point, the boys of ¡BORRACHO!. Over vodka, beer and ginger ale at a local watering hole, we chatted about their roots, Latin countries and the past, future and present of electronic music. Anecdotes of high school camping trips and interludes to sip beverages aside, here’s a hearty look at ¡BORRACHO! from the makers themselves, CDM and GRW.
Torontette: When did you guys form ¡BORRACHO! ?
CDM: A little over a year ago.
T: What set the wheels in motion to create ¡BORRACHO! ?
GRW: It had been in the works for a while. We’re both music lovers and wanted to collaborate in some way together.
CDM: We were fans of the electronic music that was being put out but felt that music had gotten stagnant to certain sounds. We agreed that with ¡BORRACHO! we weren’t going to make some ridiculous statement that we were going to bring about some new kind of music, but try to put together a unique sound, something different from other groups.
Torontette: What are your musical influences?
CDM: Fred Falke, Alex Metric, lifelike, there are certain producers that I think are doing really cool stuff right now. John Roman, a Canadian producer from London Ontario, he’s awesome. Wolfgang Gartner. He’s arrived but still coming up. Also old school house like Bad Boy Bill.
GRW: For this project, stuff that you find on the blogosphere, disco house, new disco, electro, electro disco house. But I have been listening to a lot of Much Music Dance Mix ’94. There are a lot of songs on there I like that I thought were really flamboyant and fruity when I was 8. Other than a couple like ‘I Like to Move it Move it’. That’s not flamboyant or fruity at all.
CDM: If you like to move it.
Torontette: Where do you guys find the music that you listen to?
GRW: These days I get it mostly off of blogs or I randomly pick something off the shelves that I like the look of.
CDM: I like to dig around a bit. Things like pitchfork, elbo.ws. Blogs.
Torontette: Where do you think a lot of good electronic music is coming out of right now?
GRW: Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and the Ivory Coast.
CDM: Last few years I’d say Australia and more recently Argentina, Chile, Germany.
Torontette: What artists would you love to remix?
CDM: With their permission? I would love to do a Supertramp or an Etta James remix. Like if I could grab her vocals and put it to a really good house track. That would be amazing.
GRW: I think it would be fun to remix a really dramatic symphonic work like Beethoven or a Russian composer. You could make something that was really over the top and intense.
Torontette: If you could be any animal what animal would you be?
GRW: I would be one of my mom’s cats. They get fed, they lounge around the house all day, no work of any type. And they’re always well-groomed.
CDM: I say panda bear because they look really cute but they can be ferocious. You don’t fuck with a panda bear.
Torontette: What was the last show that you guys went to?
GRW: Last one I went to was Flying Lotus but the two of us went to Bachman Turner Overdrive at Casinorama.
CDM: It was pretty epic.
Torontette: When someone is listening to your music what are the emotions you hope they feel?
GRW: A little bit of sweat, even though that’s not really an emotion.
CDM: Excited and ecstatic to the point that it’s almost so intense their heads hurt. And then I want them to feel melancholy. I want them to realize they just partied their asses off and they deserve to feel sad for a little while.
Torontette: Flash forward 40-50 years, what do you think people are going to characterize our music right now as?
CDM: I think we’re in a period of enlightenment. With technology, everyone can exist in their own bubble. You don’t have to listen to the radio or watch MTV. You can like your specific band and you don’t have to care what anyone else does or what’s popular and whats going on with the time. You can find your niche and run with it. Both for fans and artists.
GRW: I think people will look at it as a really pivotal period in time for electronic music in general because there are a lot of genres that have emerged in the last 2 years that have bridged the gap between rock music and rock culture and electronic music and electronic culture. Electro was really big for that. And with the rise of private recording studios and the internet it has allowed electronic music to really disseminate to everybody.
CDM: Almost an enlightenment if you will?
GRW: Fine. Yes.