Your Mix Fix: Cherman

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The word mixtape has plenty of different interpretations. It used to be that mixtapes were actually DJ sets recorded on cassette tapes, but with the coming of the digital music age, the name remained the same, but the definition expanded. Nowadays, people call mixtapes many different things, some of which are not necessarily mixed and most of which were never taped. Here we try to cover them all. In this column, Juan Data gives you a worthy one every week.

DJ: Cherman
MIXTAPE: Villera Bass del Cono Sur

It’s been over two years since the last time I shared a mixtape by Cherman on this weekly column and that’s not exclusively my fault. He hasn’t been very active lately, and I can’t blame him, I can barely remember when I last recorded a mixtape myself.

Cherman is an old friend of mine from Buenos Aires, we used to co-host a radio show and publish fanzines together back in late ’90s before we both migrated. I ended up in California, he landed in Barcelona, Spain and by some random coincidence (or not), when we reconnected through the social networks many years later we found out we were now active DJ/producers in the then-emerging ñu-cumbia scenes of our respective adoptive scenes.

So, this morning I got up and saw that Cherman went back to the roots and mixed a 40-minute long ñu-cumbia set and I was like, hey, that’s my call. It must be my turn to get on the mixer as well.