Midnight Perverts on Mexico's EDM Explosion: "About Time the World Focused on Mexicans"

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Up until just a couple years ago, the international electronic dance music radar wasn't picking up much more than crickets across the border in Mexico. But now our neighbors to the south are all over the dance music charts and global party circuit. Sensational newcomers like Balcazar & Sordo, Miguel Puente, Climbers, and Louie Fresco are all putting their native Mexico on the EDM map.

Another Mexican up-and-comer with some especially serious production chops is Guadalajara's The Midnight Perverts -- really just one dude, also known as Romeo Ugalde. His darkly sexed-up tech-funk productions have already landed him releases on heavyweight imprints like Get Physical and Akbal Music. But it's his own Nëim Records making the most waves, with an auspicious, growing catalog that champions some of Mexico's unsung heroes of underground house and techno.

Crossfade caught up with The Midnight Perverts ahead of his headlining performance for Friday's Notes From the Underground party at the FDR Lounge at the Delano Hotel. We chatted about Mexico's EDM explosion, the local scene, and the future of Nëim Records.

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Crossfade: How did growing up in Guadalajara shape you as an artist? Is there a solid electronic dance music scene there? Or did you have to look to other cities for influence and inspiration?
The Midnight Perverts: Well, at the beginning of the electronic scene in Guadalajara, in the early '90s, there was some parties called "danceterias" where house and techno was played. Unlucky for me, I couldn't get in to most of them because I was young, looked younger, and didn't really know anybody. Later, I started searching for music, and that's when I knew about Orbital, 808 State and such. Guadalajara has a big scene -- in Mexico, it's the second biggest, of course Mexico City being number one. There are some fine artists that are considered local legends, but I've always been in the search of new sounds, so searching music and artists of different parts of the world is a must.

So do you think your sound is purely influenced by electronic dance music from the U.S. and Europe, or are there any influences you would consider native to Mexico? What are your thoughts on homegrown Mexican electronic music styles like "tribal" and the pointy boots scene?
Well, I think I'm influenced by everything in life: music, people. My very own mood gets me working on tunes in many different ways. If you check my music, most of the tracks don't even sound the same, like many other artists' do. I like to develop a new sound in each tune. I like to create its own history. Tribal, well, it's a different sound. I respect that, but lately it has been cataloged like a major thing in Mexico, and some people actually think that all the people are into that, using the boots and stuff. Of course, many of us don't like that kind of music nor the boots.

In just a couple years, Mexico has become a major exporter of hot underground house music, with acts like Balcazar & Sordo, Miguel Puente, Climbers, and Louie Fresco getting major international hype and topping the charts. What do you think brought on this explosion?
Well, I'm glad to say that Balcazar has been a major influence on me -- actually, he was the one that showed me how to use Reason in my early days, to create my very first tracks. Also, he is one-third founder of Nëim Records, and he does all the mastering for the label. I'm happy for all our friends that are going strong at the moment. There are other artists, like Luis Flores (an amazing techno live act), Robbie (owner of Akbal Records), Pinto (co-founder of Nëim and amazing DJ) and many more. Miguel Puente, Louie Fresco, and Climbers are just the tip of the iceberg. There has always been music in Mexico -- I think it was about time the world focused on the Mexicans. Also, I think the BPM Festival helped people to wonder what's going in here.

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1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

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 Pastor Ed Young of Texas, gave a series of sermons on celebrities where, and what Jesus would say to each of them.  Ed Young is convinced that Jesus would tell Ellen that her show was great, but her life style displeased him.   Then,in his sermon, Ed snuck in a personal note about ellen. Since ellen was molested by a stepfather, she turned to comedy.  Was he implying, like so many "Christian" ministers, that she also turned to homosexuality.  I don't want to give any more words to or about Ed. Young. He may think he's 'channeling' Jesus. But, I do want you to know that Jesus did not speak those words to Ellen.  I know because I had a dream.

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In my dream, I imagined what Jesus would really say to Ellen.  I figure that if Jesus speaks to us all, then my interpretation should stand up, not only against Pastor Ed, but on its own.  Here is my dream.  Mine is a happy, loving dream.

I came part way into the conversation.  Ellen had Jesus rolling in the aisles with her jokes.  Then, she got serious and talked about Pastor Ed.  She read the pastor's sermon. "Lord, are you really saying these things to me?"

Jesus took ellen's hand.

"How could you think that I would ever hurt another human with my words?  Look, ellen,  Christianity is a broken-telephone-game.I started with simple things – all connected to love. A lawyer asked me how to get to Heaven and I gave him the Good Samaritan Parable. I literary took the most hated and most ‘unclean’ according to the religious authorities and made a hero of the Samaritan. I also told that learned lawyer (learned people often lack humility and wisdom) that all the Commandments and all scripture can be put into one sentence: Love God, Love Neighbour, and Love Yourself."

Ellen replied, "Why are ministers judging homosexuals.  I thought you told everyone not to judge."

"ellen, I tried to show love is superior to judging.  Look, I had John in his Gospel write three words, "God is Love."  I couldn't have him write anything simpler.  Look, when I walked the earth, it was a hostile and primitive time.  I used "Abba" to rid the Jews of the image of my Father as a fearful and vengeful God.  "Abba" it's the word 'daddy.'   In the Story of the Lost/Prodigal Son, I have the Father running towards the son.  Now, everyone knows that the father in the story is God the Father.  You should have seen the look on the faces of my listeners - a Jewish father was held in respect and the son should have run to him.  And remember the lost son was celebrated with a banquet.  How much more could I have said to show the love of my Father?"

Ellen shook her head.  "I guess a joke with these religious leaders was out of the question?"

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"I'm doing o.k  then, Jesus?"

" Ellen, on your show, would you start the telephone game again, and let’s not get it broken. Remember the answer to life's problems and difficulties is LOVE.  Oh, and give my love to Portia.  You are examples of what a marriage should be.  And, never change your theme song, "Show a Little Love Today."

"Thanks for clarifying your essential message, Jesus."

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"It came down to love again, right Jesus."

"Right, ellen."

I woke up and the dream seems so REAL.  My heart and mind felt warm.   There is nothing like the TRUTH.

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