Jul 01, 2015
The Digitally Imported Dial 15: Latin House

We’re back with our weekly series with Digitally Imported, The Digitally Imported Dial, where we highlight some of the best channels and shows available on the Web’s premier electronic music streaming radio platform. Every channel is curated by hand, so we’ll hear from the men and women behind the scenes how they bring us the music we love.

Think you know what Latin house is? Think again. The DI Latin House curator, Federico Saretzki, breaks down what Latin house really means and explains the truly global origins of the genre. Find out more below.

Federico was first exposed to electronic music in Colombia:

I was born in Bogotá, Colombia, a city that has become a bastion for electronic music in the region since the late ‘90s. I have a degree in philosophy, and am also an event manager and disco selector (DJ) with some training in audio technology and music business. In 2001 I moved to New York and worked with a label called La Leche promoting Latin beats and hosting some events and parties. I was a DJ for more than 10 years in different clubs and lounges, and also worked for a label called Surfonic as the label’s manager. I hosted my own party called “La Suite” back in 2008, with local DJs bringing world and house music to the scene. When I moved to Canada in 2010, worked as host and producer for a Latin show called “La Onda Latina” on CHIN Radio 97.9 for two years.

Latin house is defined by a specific sound rather than the ethnicity of the producer:

Latin house is just a reflection of Latin culture–a melting pot of different ethnicities, grooves, and musical backgrounds. Latin House is produced all over the world, from European producers in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, and Spain all the way to Central and South America. There is no specific sound like other genres; Latin house overlaps with African music, Brazilian moods, Caribbean drums, salsa percussion, and Iberian–a wide music experience. Latin house sometimes sounds like Latin jazz, and sometimes like tribal music, but it is always consistent with its roots in heavy percussion and making people dance no matter the specific time on the dancefloor.

The audience is much more global than you might expect:

We have a worldwide audience–people from the US, Russia, Latin America, even some Japanese followers. We try to offer a selection of classics, some current productions to stay fresh, and also some deep uplifting tracks for the more experimental listeners. Latin music is not only for a Latin/Hispanic audience; there is a global audience that enjoys the vibe, the percussion, and the massive uplifting tracks. Not all Latin house vocals are sung in Spanish, but also in French, Portuguese, or even African languages.

DI Latin House currently has one recurring show:

We just launched our first live show with Raffael De Luca every third Friday @ 2:00 p.m. EDT, with the latest in Latin house, uplifting tracks, and remixes. We started this show three months ago as an opportunity to bring more producers and DJs to the channel as curators.

Federico features a mix of up-and-comers and familiar names:

David Penn, Dani Cohiba, Little Louie Vega, Gregor Salto, Akabu, MAW, Miganjos, Dr Kucho, Copyright, Kiko Navarro, Marcos Baiano, DJ Meme, Bah Samba, Michel Cleis, Chus & Ceballos, Jerry Ropero, Olav Basoski, Wally Lopez, and Todd Terry, among others can be heard on the channel. I try to keep the channel as updated as possible, showcasing some of the more “famous” names but also playing all types of Latin house, from experimental to mainstream.

When asked what his favorite track finds have been, Federico gave us an extensive list:

· Mr. Bongo Ray Barretto – O Elefante (SHH Remix By Philip Cohan Solal)

· Malena – Vida Mia (Faze Action Remix)

· Kiko Navarro – Soñando Contigo (Kerry Chandler Remix)

· Ian Pooley – Coracao Tambor

· Yonurican – Kokotaso

· Masters At Work – Brazillian Beat (Dope Mix)

· Louie Vega pres. Luisito Quintero ‎- Percussion Maddness

· Cesaria Evora – Sangue de Beirona (Francois K Club Remix)

· Bah Samba feat. Isabel Fructuoso – Calma

Federico is involved with Latin electronic curation across the Internet:

I don’t curate any other channels for DI at the moment, but I am also the senior channel director for FrescaRadio.com where we have other electronic channels such as Brazilectro, Electronic Tango, and Sambass (Brazilian drum & bass).

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