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Matias Aguayo Talks EDM in the Streets: "It Is Obviously Possible to Dance Outside a Club"

Matias Aguayo is not your garden variety EDM artist. Not by a long stretch. In many ways, the Chilean-born producer is Latin America's answer to UK sonic mad scientist Matthew Herbert, approaching the formulaic house and techno genres with an irreverent spirit of experimentation and unconventional studio techniques. Mirroring Herbert's use of bodily noise samples, for instance, Aguayo's 2009 long player Ay Ay Ay employed little more than his own voice to create harmonic and rhythmic textures.

Aguayo is also intent on defying the conventions of dance music, taking it out of a nightclub context and into the streets. Like flash mobs or situationist happenings, his BumBumBox sound system parties pop up in urban centers around the world, disrupting and engaging commuters with a unique, impromptu musical experience.

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