Who said moombahton is dead? Well, if you’ve gotten caught up in the trap epidemic, you might have suffered from temporary amnesia in the recent months, as the evolution of this new genre taking over caused moombahton to take a quick “time out”. But, alas, back stronger than ever is my favorite type of music: the kind that can mix influences and elements from a world of beats, a hybrid “toddler” at three years of technical age called Moombahton. The T&A Records (headed by Tittsworth & DJ Ayres) release of this compilation is killing the Beatport charts, currently occupying the #4 spot.

Now, we’re going to take a few minutes to get to know ETC!ETC!, whose “Eat It” track with Valentino Khan off the project is one of our favorites (if we could choose), so he can give us some insight on the genre itself and his career….

Q: Hey ETC!ETC!, can you start off by telling us your name, age, and where you’re originally from?
A: Jose Guerrero and I am from sunny Los Angeles, California.

Q: Who were your first musical influences? Who would you say gave you your earliest “musical education”?
A:  My music influences are the Beatles, I listened to them a lot growing up.  John Lennon is my hero, then onto at the drive in – Mellowdrone.  Those are the bands that made me want to pick up instruments and teach myself… I’m self taught.

Q: We know you have quite an extensive portfolio of tracks which originally started more on the electro/dutch house spectrum. How did you make the transition to producing moombahton beats?
A:  I started making moombahton because of Josh from Sazon Booya (read our interview with Josh, Mr. Vega here). He’s the one who pushed it hard on me. I was not a believer, but he made me into one fast, and the music honestly got addicting. I learned a lot about producing and thinking outside the bubble… So I thank him and moombah for that ’til this day.

Q: Since you like all kinds of music and keep an open-mind beyond the definitions and borders of a “genre,” would you ever use elements from sounds that we don’t usually hear in the electronic realm, such as country twangs or smoother jazz breaks?
A:  Jazz, definetly. Country, I don’t know… depends on what county is. I mean, really, my main goal out of this is to sit down and write and make music and produce. That’s all I want to do, ever. So if it means making music for a country singer, then so be it.

Q: How does your setting effect your production? Do you prefer working at home, in a studio, on the road, or somewhere else?
A:  I love to work at home in the middle of the night and have three Rockstars next to me.

Q: What is your favorite, at least or “go to” track to drop at a live set?
A: Valentino Khan – Rukus and Bro Safari – Uncrushable.

Q: Outside of the production and music world, what activities do you like to partake in?
A:  I play soccer and spend most of my time with my wife and two kids.

Q: When producing, what is your favorite element of a track? Where do you start first when you first sit down?
A:  Vocal, I usually need a vocal to get me into the groove, it also leads me into the direction of where I want the track to go.

Q: What do you think about while you are producing tracks beside the musical elements?
A:  What people think of it  Like i said, when I’m making music, I start inside the bubble of what I like, and make my way outside the bubble to what people are going to want to hear, or at least get from it.

Q: Where do you see the genre of moombahton progressing to in the future? Do you think it has longevity or that it may end up as a dead and beaten horse? Will it become a forgotten sheep in the shadow of the trap epidemic?
A:  No, moombahton will always be moombahton and trap will always be trap. It will always be played in people’s sets as it does now. It’s hard to come across good moombah now-a-days because of trap– but honestly, it’s the people who love to make it and play it who will always have it at heart. I will always make it and play it; moombah will always be in my sets.

Q: As ETC!ETC!, where do you see your sound progressing to in the future?
A:  Hard question… I just want people to hear a track and know it’s me.

Q: You’ve done massive projects with so many producers, but what would be your ideal collaboration project be? And with whom?
A:  I’ve done all the collabs with the people I have wanted thus far.

Q: What would you say is your biggest accomplishment thus far? And what would you like to accomplish in the future?
A:  2012 was a great year for me, I think I was able to leave some sort of a mark in the EDM scene. As for the future , just got to keep grinding so that mark gets bigger and bigger.

Last words: I love you.
Last time you laughed so hard you thought you were going to pee your pants: Watching American Dad.
Last show you attended that you didn’t play at: Today, in Hawaii, watching 12th Planet and Nadastrom.
Last time you thought you were in big trouble: Theres no last times when you are married… Just always in trouble
Last track you bought (not your own): Guap – Big Sean

Buy the entire compilation (via Beatport)

Listen: Moombahton Forever

We’ll leave you with a few words from Dave Nada about the release:

“People always ask me, ‘So how does it feel to have invented a genre?”’and I usually tell them ‘Well, it feels good to be a part of something’.  Moombahton may have started off with me making DJ edits of slowed down house music to sound like a weird version of reggaeton, but it took a worldwide collective to turn it into a full fledged movement. It’s been a little over 3 years since moombahton’s inception and I can’t even begin to describe how big the sound has grown and how far it has travelled. Moombahton has infiltrated damn near every music scene across the globe, absorbing their backgrounds and creating a vibe of it’s own. It still has the dembow riddim as it’s backbone and remains at a mid-tempo range of about 108 beats per minute. But moombahton music has grown far beyond that, and not just in sound. Over the years I’ve been able to watch moombahton bridge different worlds, transcending cultural boundaries, all in the name of the groove. Producers, DJs and music lovers alike have pushed the sound in their own way, and I’ve had the privilege of helping steer the moombah-ship in a fun & interesting direction. With the help of the genre’s innovators, T&A Records brings you Moombahton Forever. This compilation is a reflection of where the sound is today and how far it has come. I’m excited to see where moombahton will take us next!” – D.N.

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Don’t miss ETC!ETC! at Trapfest on 3/16/2013 with Bro Safari, Luminox and more.


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