Mexican Institute Of Sound's Camilo Takes Us A Tour Of 'Distrito Federal' : Alt.Latino Mexican Institute of Sound's Camilo Lara invites us to Distrito Federal by taking us on a tour of his past, including a party at Prince's Paisley Park.
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The Man Running An Entire Nation's Institute Of Sound

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The Man Running An Entire Nation's Institute Of Sound

The Man Running An Entire Nation's Institute Of Sound

The Man Running An Entire Nation's Institute Of Sound

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Mexican Institute of Sound's Camilo Lara discusses his new album, Distrito Federal. Andres Navarro/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Mexican Institute of Sound's Camilo Lara discusses his new album, Distrito Federal.

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It takes a lot of time, energy, and creative genius to run an entire nation's institute of sound. We wanted to understand how expansive the enterprise truly is, so we sat down with the brains behind the operation, Mexican Institute of Sound's Camilo Lara.

What we discovered wasn't a huge industrial complex or herds of staff in lab coats. Rather just one man, Camilo, in his house with a mic, some recording equipment, and a beaming smile. He answers the video chat with the enthusiasm of someone who's excited to catch up with an old friend, "Tío Felix, so good to see you."

On this week's episode, we chat with Camilo about life, musical loves and what making music for an Institute of Sound that is distinctly Mexican really means to him. From six studio albums to a host of production credits and the five major cities he calls home (Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Lagos, Mumbai and New York), Camilo has manufactured a world-wide presence. He's decided to redirect that global attention and come home with his latest album, nostalgically titling it Distrito Federal, after the Mexico City of his past.

Diving into memories of the old city, Camilo shares the love and loss he feels towards his Distrito Federal and how these feelings came together on the new record. We take a tour of his childhood spent walking the streets of Mexico City, hearing the rock en Español that reverberated off the countertops of his kitchen and the Mariachi music that spilled into the calle. He even takes us inside the halls of Paisley Park, the famed home of Prince, to recall a memory of a Captain Crunch and champagne-filled party.

Pull up a chair, grab a Cafecito, sit back and relax with us as we get to know Camilo Lara.


Mexican Institute of Sound, "Jálale"

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Mexican Institute of Sound, "Se Compran"

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A Tribe Called Quest, "Can I Kick It?"

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Perez Prado, "Mambo No. 5"

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Mexican Institute of Sound (feat. Cuco), "Paloma"

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Run the Jewels (feat. Santa Fe Klan), "Ooh La La (Mexican Institute of Sound Remix)"

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Maldita Vecindad, "Un Poco De Sangre"

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Juan Garcia Esquivel, "Burbujas"

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Mexican Institute of Sound (feat. La Perla), "El Antídoto"

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Mexican Institute of Sound (feat. Gaby Moreno), "Yemayá"

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