“I think the only real democratic place on earth right now is the dance floor” Camilo Lara
Mexican Institute of Sound is an electronic music project created by Mexico City-based DJ, producer and mastermind Camilo Lara. As part of the growing Mexican electronica movement, Lara has been fusing Latin folk, traditional and modern music styles resulting in a unique and ultra-hip sound unto its own. First heard on the M.I.S. 2006 debut album Méjico Máxico, Lara’s pastiche of electronica, dub, cha cha cha, cumbia and spoken word helped garner critical acclaim with publications Spin Magazine, NY Times and URB in addition to radio support with such tastemakers as KCRW (Los Angeles), KEXP (Seattle) and KUT (Austin). Lara’s vision with M.I.S. continued to develop and evolve through the release of 2007’s Piñata and the 2009 release Soy Sauce. NPR said of Soy Sauce, “It pushes eclecticism to a new level by mixing mariachi with hip-hop, rock and electronica, while some songs feel reminiscent of ‘80’s British New Wave. Lara’s album is multilayered in both sound and meaning.” The M.I.S. fun and quirky brand of eclectic music can be heard in dozens of TV shows, films, commercials and video games. In 2015, Lara joined forces with Mad Decent’s Toy Selectah to create Compass: Mexican Institute Of Sound + Toy Selectah. The making of the album, which released in the summer of 2016, took the two to studios in cities across four continents to collaborate and record with over 80 artists including Toots and the Maytals, Mike Peters (The Alarm), Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music), Boy George, Sly and Robbie, Crystal Fighters, Money Mark, Chris Colonna (Bumblebeez), among many others.