These days, we see new musical collectives cropping up across underground spaces on an almost monthly basis. It makes sense, since collectivization has long been hailed as a salve for the commercialization of DIY spaces and independent record labels. For artists, forming a collective is about more than pooling resources; it offers an opportunity to expand visibility and uplift the creative vision on a wider scale. While we can’t completely dismantle the capitalist model of music production and distribution, collectives enable artists to create a coherent aesthetic vision within a capitalist framework – a crack in the wall of the often exclusive music industry.
That’s especially powerful in Latin America, where nearly impenetrable beasts like local reggaeton or Latin pop scenes make underground musical endeavors risky. With the widespread international visibility garnered by Mexican club collective NAAFI this year (they took over CDMX’s Museo Jumex and played SXSW and New York’s Red Bull Music Academy), Latin American music collectives might be more powerful than ever. For our latest collaboration with NPR’s Alt.Latino, we decided to profile 10 collectives making waves in underground spaces in Latin America.
Isabelia Herrera, Remezcla’s Music Editor, joined hosts Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd for a session exploring the local scenes these collectives are shaping. Listen to the podcast below, and be sure to follow Alt. Latino on Facebook and Twitter.
From the apocalyptic club tracks of Hiedrah to the electro cumbia rhythms of Terror Negro, here are a handful of musical collectives you should know. –Isabelia Herrera, Music Editor