Mexican producer and DJ Fernando Luna, aka Colossio, makes his debut on Thomass Jackson and Iñigo Vontier’s label Calypso Records with EP Moto. Released on vinyl and digital on Monday, June 18th, Colossio combines kraut-rock, Mexican folklore and psychedelic-edged sounds for the four track EP with Man Power providing a remix for ‘Moto’. We caught up with Colossio to find out more about his EP.
I was looking for a name with controversy in Mexico and “Colosio” is the last name of a presidential candidate who killed the power mafia in 1994. My music is the expression of everything that has been lived from that date to the present.
First up, tell us bit about yourself - what first got you into music?
My name is Fernando Luna, I am from Monterrey in Mexico and I am 27-years-old.
Music was always present in me from a very small age because my dad was a fan of music in general, from punk rock to tropical music or latin rhythms because he was an animator or as they say in Mexico, Sonidero. At age 13 there was a festival in my school and I played bass live with a band for the first time.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from to form your musical and thematic style?
Yes, Jim Morrison, The Doors, Pink Floyd, CAN and many others.
How would you describe your style?
My style is very similar to a punk dance band.
Why the name ‘Colossio’?
I was looking for a name with controversy in Mexico and “Colosio” is the last name of a presidential candidate who killed the power mafia in 1994.
My music is the expression of everything that has been lived from that date to the present.
What drives you to write?
All the bad and the good things that happens in my country and in the world.
What was the first record you bought? Do you still own it?
It was a cassette by a Mexican pop singer called Fey. I do not have it anymore…
Who taught you to DJ?
I learned by myself and with some advice from my colleagues.
When did you first feel confident enough to DJ in a club? How did that first set go?
One of my first nights was in the city of Cholula, Puebla in a club called Voodoo Mama and it was a magical night, but with many nerves. I finished my set with a Mexican hit called “Vuela, Vuela” from Magneto. The promoter did not like it at all, but the people went crazy.
You’re signed to Calypso Records. How did that come about?
I sent an EP to Iñigo Vontier and he liked it. Then he told me about the new label he would open with Thomass Jackson and asked me for demos. I sent everything and they chose five tracks, one of them is ‘Esta en Mi’ that came out last year in the first compilation of the label.
Tell us about your EP Moto. What’s it about?
Well, it’s practically an intense trip and at the same time calm with a lot of psychedelia and punkrock - hard sounds that could be compared to cries of people on strike.
The results are four tracks that can be perfomed with a live band without any problem, I would like to do that in the future.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
I did it two years ago and I recorded it in my home studio.
Talk us through the tracks on the EP.
‘Moto’: is a song prepared for the dancefloor, with many touches of punk, psychedelia and a hypnotic bass.
‘Fe’: It is a journey that takes us to very deep areas to think and prepare for the end.
‘Ansia’: It is the result between ‘Moto’ and ‘Fe’.
‘Paranoia’: It is a very hypnotic song with many strange sounds and hard guitars, special for closing in a club.
Which was the hardest to finish?
Do you have a favourite?
How does this EP compare to your previous music?
This EP is more daring.
When and where can we expect to see you live or DJ next?
I will be playing in Monterrey on Saturday, June 16th at French Fried. In July there will be release parties for the EP at Otto Bar in Mexico City, Kin Kin in Guadalajara and Topaz Deluxe in Monterrey. Soon other clubs will be added.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
Alan Palomo (Neon Indian).
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
It would be in 1999 and I would say to myself: “Focus more on music, go further”.