A hundred dance producers and DJs of Latin descent have come together for a special collaboration. Thursday (Feb. 27) sees the release of “100 Latin Producers: Volume 1” featuring contributions from the massive group ranging from well-known acts to artists on the rise. The artists that contributed to the “100 Latin Producers” song represent myriad countries in Latin America, the U.S., Spain and Portugal.
“[This project] was born as a PR stunt to connect producers in all the countries in our region and show the world that from techno to dubstep, we have a lot to offer,” Colombian producer Sinego, who led the project with Mexican DJs Broz Rodriguez and Alex Berserker, tells Billboard Dance.
Sinego says rounding up the 100 producers “was a long process of taking the cliché of ‘collab,bro?’ to a whole other level.”
The trio decided to split the nearly five-minute song into eight sections: house, deep house, future bass, moombahton, hard techno, psytrance, downtempo, and electro. Mexican artists including Vago Galindo, Lalo Mariné, and Koko are represented most heavily on the track, and each of these artists wore a variety of hats in respect to what they did on the song. Galindo, whose credits include Marilyn Manson, Juanes and The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, was the mastering engineer. Mariné composed and constructed a piano arrangement. On the future bass section, Koko added strings.
Representing Latinos born in the U.S. are Mexican-American DJs like Rad Cat and Alex Galvan. “From minutes 2:37 to 2:54,” says Galvan, “I added a dusty organ with a blues feeling.” Meanwhile, Rad Cat contributed “a few sounds to the first drop and sprinkled some fx throughout the rest of it.” On his section’s influences, Colombian producer Jona Camacho added, “My sound is more jazzy and R&B, but with Latin blood.”
Among the women involved is Mexican DJ Flor Capistrán, who produces with her brother Cesar. “We did some incidentals and textures in the techno part,” she said. Colombia’s Laura Klinkert recorded some of the guitars and added stems, “I expect to see an evolution and expansion of what it means to be a Latin musician making Latin music mixed with electronic music in this scene,” Klinkert says.
“I think it’s good to be part of a project that showcases a variety of sounds and styles created within the Latin scene,” Spanish DJ Sak Noel says. “There’s this stereotype that Latin DJs can only produce music that contains Latin-influenced sounds, and that is far from the truth. I hope this song puts the spotlight on some really young and talented Latin producers who are not given enough credit right now.”
The labels Latin Nation and Lowly are distributing “100 Latin Producers.” All proceeds from the project benefit Comaudi, an organization that makes hearing devices for deaf people in Mexico. A short documentary on the making of the song will follow. Hear the track below.