Mex and the City and photographer Carlos Alvarez Montero present

Diego A. Fernandez Racial Profiling Mex and the City
Brooklyn Rooftop

Like many of our weekly profiles, Diego is a jack of many trades. He is editing a video documentary for the Festival de Música Electrónica Latina (FMEL) of Chicago, designing our photographer Carlos Alvarez Montero's upcoming book as well as doing the art and design for an album by Orlando with Static Discos. He is busy, busy! He also has an internet radio show every Tuesday and Thursday called "betababel, betababel" that explores the music, art, and food of NYC. He says "Whenever possible, I like to give internet radio workshops at galleries, cafes, and friends apartments." We think you should take him up on his offer!

Age: 29
Place of Birth: Guadalajara, Jalisco, México
Where are you parents from? Guadalajara, Jalisco, México
Occupation/Aspiration: I am a freelance graphic designer at heart, internet radio producer, and occasional video enthusiast.

When did you move to NYC and why?
September 2009. Why? I still don't know why, maybe it's simply because I have been charmed by NYC.

Where do you live in the city and why?
I live in Williamsburg. Some Mexican artist friends of mine have this live/work studio. I thought it was interesting, plus this area is full of life: cafes, bars, concerts. There is a lot to see in walking distance.

Name a New York moment:
I went to work at a café a couple blocks away from my house. I took my laptop, I ordered a falafel and the guy that took my order looked a lot like a friend I used to skateboard with when I was seventeen. He asked where I was from. I replied Mexico. We started to laugh and we gave each other a hug. He is German.

How do you keep it Mex in the City?
El lenguaje, la comida y las Coronitas.

Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
I was talking with friends about how cars still don't fly, we can't teleport ourselves, we still can't communicate through telepathy…Then my friend Pepe says, "The future was a failure."

What is your favorite song?
El Perro del Mar: "Change of Heart"

Name three songs on your mind right now:
Escucho a mi compañero de casa tocar la guitarra, Spike Jones: "Hey Mr. Banjo", and Toro Y Moi: "Talamak"

Your favorite product, label, or designer.
Para caminar Camper Shoes, para escuchar AKG, para andar en bicicleta Bianchi, para escribir Sharpie, para trabajar Mac, para inspirarse Daniel Eatock.

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression.
"Mientras son peras o son manzanas." "Se me cae la baba." I really enjoy these two phrases together.

What Mexican do you most admire and why?
Ivan Puig, he is a Mexican artist that lives in Mexico City. I love his work. He is the type of person who is always active, with a great attitude and very conscious, and he is also a great friend.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
My parents thought I was mute and the first words I said was "walk horse walk" "camina caballo camina". From there I started speaking.

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