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El Dusty: Cumbia Anthems

60 minsFirst aired 14 Nov 2018

A champion of Central American and Latin club music, the Texan producer and DJ selects his favorite cumbia and Tejano jams.

Born and raised in the Texan city of Corpus Christi, El Dusty is a DJ and producer of cumbia music who describes his sound as a translation of the Southern Texas border experience through “new barrio” anthems. Coming from a crate-digging tradition that links Latin classics with bass-heavy soundsystem and hip-hop culture, he grew up in a home soundtracked by Tejano anthems, Chicano soul music, classic rock and ’70s Latin soul. Starting out on radio at 16 as a self-taught turntablist, he used these DJ techniques in the studio for his original tracks, taking cut samples from his collection of old-school Latin vinyl with an MPC2000 sampler. In recent years he’s collaborated with a new wave of Latin artists like Ana Bárbara, Toy Selectah and Erick Rincón of 3BallMTY, among others, and is part of the Peligrosa All Star DJs Collective, an Austin-based crew of DJs, producers and visual artists. In 2016 he released his debut solo album, Made In Corpus — featuring rappers from Trinidad and producers from the Dominican Republic and Mexico, the breadth of collaborations reflect the ethos of his diasporic Latin sound.


Interview by Mark “Frosty” McNeill
Engineered by JP del Mundo
Produced by Carmen Hofmann

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