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South Texas Revival through Electronic Music

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By Karen Gaytan
Music Journalist

Have you ever seen that Beyoncé campaign where she advocates for young girls to embrace the term bossy as a term of empowerment? You know the saying-  “I’m not bossy. I’m the Boss.”

Well, let me tell you about the Bordertown concert equivalent, but make it rave.

Much like the term “bossy” is derogatory term used in the U.S. to describe outspoken girls, in Mexican culture, the phrase “se cree la muy muyis used to qualify a girl who is confident, assertive, and speaks her mind. Roughly translating to “she thinks she’s all that,” calling someone a “muy muy” is not meant as a sign of endearment. Often enough, however, these colloquial qualifiers and stigma against bold women contribute to a culture where girls are not encouraged to speak up and be bold.

A group of best friends, artists, and feminist music producers from South Texas are taking the power back through an eclectic music showcase that has not only defied what Bordertown audiences are accustomed to but proven that culture can be created in isolated places.

Based out of Laredo, Texas, (a city on the U.S.-Mexico border with a population of 250,000), La Muy Muy Party is a bimonthly exhibit of electronic music paired with guest performances from staple musicians of the underground SoundCloud electronic scene. The goal of the event is to serve as a cultural bridge between border cities Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, to utilize the geographic advantages of the Border to explore a blend of genre-defying sounds, as well as bring out-of-town talent to the region. Given that the local music scene in Laredo is dominated by rock bands or mariachi conjuntos, La Muy Muy attempts to push the boundaries of what is considered sonically normal.

La Muy Muy Party was founded by Lizett Montiel, Mayra Garza, and Anais Sanchez– three music lovers turned best friends– who wanted to expose their hometown music audience to unprecedented sounds and experiences.

The music exhibit consists of three acts. The first two are artists-in-residence Rizu X and DJ Angustia, the stage names for Montiel and Garza respectively; the final act is always a guest musician who shows prominence in the rising online music era.

Last month, La Muy Muy: Vol. 4 hosted Maxx Gallo. Based out of Monterrey, a city in Mexico, and Los Angeles, California, Gallo experiments with tribal music, adding his own genre-bending sound to the mix. The crowd seemed to respond as his beats generated a rhythmic familiarity that makes one want to dance and a sonic disruption that keeps you intrigued to hear more. La Muy Muy: Vol 3 featured guest acts errormode and uuh based out of Monterrey. Vol 2 featured acts Love&Magick from the Rio Grande Valley, located in South Texas. Their maiden volume featured Laredo local “Mo Money” and Monterrey-based Loris. The event creates an ambiance that allows for the exploration of a synthetic sonic identity in this untapped culturally rich region. The region of blends.

While the out-of-town acts expose audiences to a plurality in content, the two prominent and consistent acts that steal the show are the quintessential symbols of Border town rascuache culture, Rizu X and DJ Angustia. The two share their work with Laredo audiences, influenced by a music library that includes elements of techno, dembow, acid, house, reggaeton, and tribal. Most recently, Rizu X was signed to German electronic record label, Cómeme, and is expected to release her first EP this summer.

To learn more about them you can follow them on social media at @lamuymuyparty.

Featured image via Lizett Montiel.

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