Nortec Collective's Bostich+Fussible Nominated for GRAMMY!
Nortec Collective's Bostich and Fussible�s �Tijuana Sound Machine� has been nominated for a GRAMMY in the �Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album� category. This comes as a fitting end of year recognition, following a year of epic touring across the Americas and Europe as well as wide critical acclaim. Following their performance at Treasure Island Music Festival in September, SF Weekly said that, �The highlight was Nortec Collective: Bostich + Fussible� the best dance music of all time. It's sexy, suave and has real instruments.� The group will return to San Francisco for a headlining performance at The Independent on December 19th.
'Tijuana Sound Machine' has received rave reviews across the world from critics and fans alike. LA Weekly called it, �mesmerizing and multilayered,� while Billboard declared, �This is one party you don�t want to miss.� The group sold out a Los Angeles album release show in May following appearances on KCRW�s �Morning Becomes Eclectic� and indie 103�s �Passport Approved.�
Nortec fans are already familiar with the stylings of Bostich and Fussible as they were the masterminds behind hit Nortec Collective tracks �Tengo La Voz�, �Tijuana Bass�, and �Tijuana Makes Me Happy� off the double Latin Grammy-nominated album, �Tijuana Sessions, Vol. 3�.
�With �Tijuana Sessions, Vol. 3�, we focused on fusing vocoders, synthesizers and drum machines with the Norteno flavor,� explains Pepe Mogt (Fussible). �This time around, we really relied more on the acoustic sound. We tried to achieve a better balance between the acoustics and the electronics. While some tracks on �Tijuana Sound Machine� aren�t even a month old yet, others have been around for a couple of years. We actually wrote many of these songs while on the road promoting �Tijuana Sessions.��
Nortec Collective scored two Latin Grammy nominations for �Tijuana Sessions, Vol. 3� (2005), including �Best Alternative Music Album� and �Best Recording Package�. Latin America�s most important electronic act received glowing praise for the album from such prestigious outlets as Rolling Stone, LA Times, XLR8R, and the NY Times, and saw the release hit #1 on top digital retailers iTunes and eMusic in the first week of its release.
The group�s music has appeared in commercials for Volvo, Dell, Fidelity Mutual, Edwin Jeans (with Brad Pitt), Nissan, and many others. Tracks from �Tijuana Sessions, Vol. 3� can also be heard in HBO�s �Big Love�, NBC�s �Friday Night Lights� and the movies �Fast Food Nation� and �Babel� as well as the video games, �FIFA Soccer� and �FIFA Street 2.� An interactive coffee table book entitled �Paso del Nortec- This Is Tijuana� dedicated to the Nortec phenomena was released in the US, Mexico and Europe. In addition, professor Alejandro Madrid, a musicologist and cultural theorist at University of Illinois - Chicago, recently released "Nortec-Rifa! Electronic Dance Music From Tijuana To The World".
Nortec Collective features four artists: Fussible (Pepe Mogt), Bostich (Ramon Amezcua), Clorofila (Jorge Verdin) and Hiperboreal (PG Beas). These musicians created and perform a style of music that they invented called Nortec - a fusion of Norteno ("from the North") and Techno, documenting the collision between the style and culture of electronica and traditional Mexican music.