Mex and the City and photographer Carlos Alvarez Montero present

Camilo Lara, Racial Profiling, Mexico City
His home in La Roma, Mexico City.

We first met Camilo aka the mastermind behind the Instituto Mexicano del Sonido in 2006, we saw him open up for Nouvelle Vague from the VIP section and he later took us plowing through DF like a boss in and out of music venues and club openings. We had been long-time admirers of his I.M.S. “Mejico Majico” album but seeing his infectious energy onstage and witnessing his passion for Latin music ethnography was like entering a whole other realm. The reality is that Camilo lives music. He is president of EMI Mexico and continues to build the I.M.S legacy, recording new albums to large commercial success and spreading his Mexican magic for all the world to hear, feel, and dance to.

Age: 36

Place of Birth: Coyoacan, Mexico

Parents Place of Birth: Chihuahua

Occupation/ Aspiration: Musician/ Producer

Describe a typical day: Emails, do music, travel.

Which neighborhood do you live in and why? In la Roma. I love my small street. It’s full of interesting people.

Share the best piece of advice you have been given. If you are blocked, erase the first three channels of the mix.

Where did you go to school? What did you study? At Instituto Escuela in Mexico City, a school of radical left wing/anarchists immigrants from Spain.

List a meaningful object or talisman you carry with you? If you don’t have one, what would it be? A Space Echo, a Buddah machine, a moog, Roberto Bolaño’s “2666”, and Money Mark’s action figure.

What is your drink of choice? It’s called Camilo de Noche. (Tequila and Diet Coke)

Who is your favorite thinker? I guess E.E. Cummings.

Name your favorite song. “Waiting for My Man” by the Velvet Underground.

Name your favorite book. Rayuela by Borges.

Name your favorite blog.

Name a Mexican you admire. Gabriel Kuri, plastic artist.

What is your favorite restaurant or place to eat? Las Flautas on Alvaro Obregon.

Describe difference/similarities from life in NY/DF. Both are big cities and have the same pathologies. 

What would you like to see in Mexico City? I would love to see a stronger support for art.

My favorite city? Madrid.

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