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Retro-futuristic electro cumbia synth wave from Brussels via Mexico.
out now digitally and on vinyl: normal black and limited edition marble colour!
Mexican musician Memo Pimiento grew up in D.F. Mexico City, a sprawling metropolis of 25 million people, twice the size of Belgium's population. He lived in various barrios (neighbourhoods) of D.F. and also in some small towns like Playa del Carmen on the Caribbean coast and San Miguel de Allende in the centre of the country.
In Mexico he met his Belgian girlfriend Manon Amen, who is from Brussels. In 2012, they decided to live between Europe and Mexico, to escape the wet and cold Belgian winters. The rest of the year, Brussels is their perfect base for its very cosmopolitan vibe and the interesting open and eclectic music scene.
About his first musical steps Memo says: “I studied at a classic music school, but I stopped that to play rock and electronic music and started playing music in rock bands. I did courses on sound design to introduce myself to electronic devices and playing with different bands between electronic music and rock also helped a lot. At that moment cumbia was not on my horizon at all, because in Mexico to play cumbia was really not so cool like it is today. It was considered commercial music for low class people. Later, when I worked at a local TV channel, I composed and produced music for TV ads in a totally commercial context and I had to learn all the different popular music styles for this job. Thanks to that I could revalue and appreciate the popular rhythms, like cumbia, salsa, polka, etc. At the same time I started a new project where I used different popular Mexican rhythms to make electronic lounge music in a jazzy vibe, which was called Pimiento Pastel. This is also where the name Memo Pimiento came from.''
For several years, Memo and Manon also had an electro 80's pop duo called Zorroz. Meanwhile Memo was also part of different music groups such as a Belgian group that made music