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Nomadico Biography

Underground Resistance DJ and Producer Dex aka Nomadico began his musical journey in East Los Angeles. He learned the art of DJing in backyard house parties, small clubs, warehouses and various events in the deserts and mountains around Southern California. Detroit Techno became his calling after years of studying electronic music, fusion, latin funk and technology.

In 2002, Dex journeyed to Detroit and studied techno theory with the Underground Resistance crew. Dex has worked hard in the studio, mixing and editing tracks for UR, Los Hermanos, Orlando Voorn and DJ 3000. His talents behind the turntables have taken him throughout Japan, Europe and South America as a tour DJ and member of UR’s Timeline band.

Since 2005, Dex has been based in Brooklyn, NY while keeping close ties with UR headquarters in Detroit. He’s helped bring UR to NYC’s best techno venues including The Bunker, Club LOVE, NuBlu, APT and 2007′s "The Beach Party" along NYC’s East River. He has the distinction of being the first member of UR to play in mainland China.

Interview with Nomadico by Kazuumi Ishii

What’s been happening in the world of Nomadico recently in terms of DJing, production, and anything else for that matter ?

DJing mostly in NYC recently at APT and I’ll be kicking off the Warm Up series at PS1 on July 5th with the Nublu Orchestra.

I’m also enjoying the live recordings at Dailysession.com which I hope to continue at least once a month. Production wise this past year I released the Nomadico EP on UR, a remix for NYC’s Nublu Orchestra and also a remix for Holland’s Martyn on the Revolve:r label.

You started DJing from a young age. What were you spinning back then ?

My very first exposure to DJing was listening to my older sister’s mixtapes that had everything from B-52s to Telex, Lime, La Flavour, New Order and Depeche Mode remixes etc. That was all part of the 1980′s L.A. clubbing scene along with disco and freestlye of course !! By the time I stared buying vinyl in high school hip-hop was my shit and like most kids from East L.A.

I was all about Cypress Hill, N.W.A and even the local one hit wonders Mellow Man Ace and Kid Frost. My house and techno influences came from the original 1580AM KDAY, 105.9FM mix shows and for a little whiles MARS FM. That stuff was across the board from the early rave cheese to classic Masters at Work, Inner City, Cajual, Strictly Rhythm… all the stuff coming from Chicago, New York and of course Detroit… I remember the MK dub of Chez Damier’s "Can You Feel It" being played at my high school prom.

Did you have any mentors when you were younger ?

A few teachers come to mind like Bobby Bradford at Pasadena City College. I took his jazz history course and he was one of these cats who lived the music and decided to pass on his knowledge and experience to a younger generation. He shaped a lot of my views on music and how to appreciate it within a historical and cultural context. After that, my older brothers in Detroit have taught me more first hand than anyone else; Michael Banks, Gerald Mitchell, Raphael Merriweathers Jr. and James Pennington.

How did the Underground Resistance residency at APT New York come about ?

After a few false starts Cornelius Harris and I found someone we can trust in Justin Carter. He organizes several ongoing events in New York city and booked UR at APT in the summer of 2007. A few months later he offered a residency and we decided to give it a shot.

What are your aims with the residency ?

Showcase the diversity of UR the record label in a monthly event; each night has had a slightly different theme from electro and broken beat to deep house and techno. As always the idea is to respect the audience’s diverse tastes and give them more than just four on the floor at 125 beats per minute.

How much of you is still a California native ? What influences did you get from there before your shift of scene – from California to New York ?

I still say ‘dude’ once in a while and I practice my Spanish with the Boricuas here in NYC. I lived in Detroit for 3 years before moving to NYC and I now spend most of my time with Detroiters who are living in New York. My wife is a native Detroiter, so we visit Michigan and California at least twice a year.

Do you see a lot of change on the US scene ? Do you think techno will always get the recognition it deserves in the clubs or are there obstacles about ?

The hardest part about change is digging through the noise of crap to find music that will stand the test of time. I’m not into being nostalgic about the ‘good old days’. Every few years there’s a new generation of clubbers who want things faster or slower, with or without vocals. I think my job as a DJ is to listen and play what I think is relevant to the time. As a music producer I take some influences from what I know is working in the clubs, but ultimately I’m trying to create a catalog of music that I can be proud of.

The only obstacle I see is the fear of accepting change.

So, you’ve DJed all over the world. Have you had any particular unusual experiences ?

I DJed in Shanghai, China in December 2007 and that was interesting because I really didn’t know what to expect. In the U.S. China is viewed as this semi-evil communist state but they’re alright since everything we buy at Wal-Mart is made there !? Strange. Anyway, the experience was interesting because my hosts were the Void crew, a mix of British expats and Chinese DJs trying to bring quality electronic music to Shanghai. The city’s mix of urban modernization, Chinese working class and western capitalism was mind-blowing because there are few places where you can really feel change happening so quickly and Shanghai is such a place.

Speaking of productions; Mike Banks goes to Saturn with Jeff Mills as X-102, Gerald Mitchell keeps coming out with as consistently great music as Los Hermanos, Santiago Salazar and Esteban Adame have joined forces on ICAN. So what’s your focus now ?

My focus right now is trying to add a couple more parts to an electro track I’m producing, then finishing off a techno house track with some vocals by my wife Naheed. If all goes well, I’ll have another 12 inch release on Underground Resistance before the end of 2008.

Guys like Mike Banks and Jeff Mills are still evolving sound-wise as they’ve gotten a little older. Do you think age can change your style ?

I don’t think age has anything to do with an artistic need to change styles. Most people refuse to change or do anything new once thave had some success, so much respect these guys for still pushing the envelope.

You’ve done a host of quality edits. If there was one track from the UR back catalogue you would like to edit/remix what would it be and why ?

The edits were all post-production work for songs that were 80-90% finished but needed some arrangement work for the final version. A big part of being in UR is learning that skill. I did a re-edit of Final Frontier for a mix CD. Aside from that I don’t see any reason to touch the classics.

What’s next for Nomadico ?

I’m finishing up my next single for UR and also working on a website for DJ mixes, blog, mailing list, etc. www.ur061.com

Final Frontier (Nomadico edit) free download

An UR classic, "Final Frontier", edit by Nomadico, is available for download. You can download a MP3 copy here.

Any feedback welcome, either to the address on his MySpace page or send to me and I’ll make sure it gets to the right place. ;-)

Nomadico Selected Discography

own releases

as Nomadico

  • Madrugada / Blight, 7"
    Underground Resistance (2005)
  • The Nomadico EP, 12"
    Underground Resistance (2007)

as DJ Dex

  • PH-001, 12"
    Phases (2001)
  • El Camino, 12"
    Motech (2004)
  • Kawak, 7"
    Los Hermanos (2005)
  • Invisible Showcase Vol. 01 Part: One, CD
    Submerge / Underground Gallery (2006)
  • Invisible Showcase Vol. 01 Part: Two, CD
    Submerge / Underground Gallery (2006)

recent remixes

  • Dark Energy – Black Strategy (DJ Dex edit)
    Dark Paradise, Underground Resistance (2002)
  • Martyn – Get Down (Underground Resistance remix by Nomadico)
    Get Down, Revolve:r (2007)
  • Nublu Orchestra – Sketches Of NYC (UR I-80 remix)
    Sketches Of NYC, Nublu (2008)

contributions

  • Technochet
    Minority EP, Tunnel 7 (2004)
  • Mental Fog
    Interstellar Fugitives 2 (Destruction Of Order), Underground Resistance (2006)
  • Angkor Wat
    Interstellar Fugitives 2 (Destruction Of Order), Underground Resistance (2006)

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Written by Kazuumi

June 10th, 2008 at 9:40 pm

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  1. nice interview. glad to hear what Nomadico is bringing to the NYC in terms of quality music.

    kuri

    25 Jun 08 at 4:18 am

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