Resident Advisor's (RA) Real Scenes puts a spotlight on several cities and its cultures. This time RA travelled all the way to the colorful and chaotic capital that is Mexico city, to meet the key figures who are trying to create a scene and make dance music work. Result? Finding a core community as dedicated and talented as any in the world.
It should be no surprise that life in the Mexican capital goes along with many obstacles, both political as social issues. It is one of the largest and most vibrant metropolises in the world: vast inequality, crime and widespread corruption are everyday realities and (too posh) nightclubs are largely served for the moneyed elites. For the talented musicians who are trying to make it work in the city, there's a constant struggle with the fact that there's a lack of venues, a limited audience and very little financial gain. Whether you're putting on parties, releasing music or hustling for gigs, making ends meet is a constant obstacle.
But the issue also runs deeper, and probably is a much bigger obstacle within its culture. Malinchismo, which means a preference for the foreign over the local, is a term you hear a lot in Mexico City, and it (unfortunately) spills over into all aspects of life. Mexicans constantly try to be recognized by the people from outside of their country instead of get the respect from their own, local people. This can also be seen within dance music: Mexican fans and DJs will avidly follow artists from Berlin or London but pay little attention to national talent. The domestic scene therefore suffers, unable to develop an identity of its own.