Mexicali’s balladeer Juan Cirerol holds no boundaries. Taking on a ranchera/norteña mantle by singing Mexican songs in traditional form, his performing aesthetics is charged with punk rock and corrido swagger. For this and many other reasons, Cirerol not only resurrects the music of our Mexican ancestors, but becomes one of the most promising and rising, modern norteño artists of today. With a few albums under his buckle, well versed with contemporary narratives, Cirerol has been called “El poeta del pueblo.” In this exclusive interview, taken during his SXSW performance at the NaCo showcase, we grabbed him for talk where he expressed his punk influences, the classification of his new hybrid genre Alt-Norteño (read full article HERE), and the musical border influences that help shape his sound.

If you’re in the New York City area, be sure to catch his Cinco de mayo performance at Salón Hecho.

Shot by VidiVici TV / Conceived & Produced by Remezcla.