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.