Mex and the City and photographer Carlos Alvarez Montero present

Marcelo Baez, Racial Profiling, Mex and the City
NY Fire Escape

Round these New York streets, Marcelo is a man to be reckoned with. He is a veritable persona in all things Mex as a DJ, singer, and producer, hosting the wildly successful Nacotheque dance party with DJ Amylulita. The parties pride themselves on being the official after-parties for important movie releases, concerts, and conferences like LAMC (Latin Alternative Music Conference). The duo spins Spanish-language favorites in new wave, cumbia, and electro-pop into the wee hours of the night. When he is not spinning music, Marcelo is producing his own sounds and working as a producer at Guanabee. His charm and finger on the pulse makes him a witty writer and cultural ambassador for Mexican creative’s in downtown New York and Mexico City.

Age: 28

Place of Birth: Tepatitlan, Jalisco

Occupation: DJ, Producer
Aspiration: To experience all of life's moments—good and bad— and, hopefully, come out on top.

When did you move to NYC and why? I moved here five years ago because I was bored with California. I was intrigued by the mythical "melting pot" so I came on vacation, liked it, and then moved. 

Which neighborhood do you live in the city and why? I live in the Lower East Side and I've always lived here. I like it because it's close to everything and I like to walk around. I don't like to depend on public transportation and I don't own a bike. The neighborhood just works for me.

Name a New York moment. Watching a Hasidic Jew dancing to cumbias at Nacotheque.

How do you keep it Mex in the City? It's hard not to! There's Mexicans practically everywhere. I'm not sure how white people—or anybody, really—keep it anything but Mexican or Caribbean in NYC.

Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you? Never date an actress.

What’s your drink of choice? Mighty Leaf's "Orange Dulce" black tea.

Name three songs on your mind right now: "Maestro Distorsion" by Astro, "Bad As Me" by Tom Waits, and "Miniskirt" by Kronos Quartet.

Who is your favorite designer? Favorite label or product? 
I love Sabritas' "Rancheritos" chips.

Name your favorite past time. People-watching in the park.

Tell us your favorite Mexican expression. "Cagar el palo". It's so absurd!

Which Mexican do you most admire and why? Juan Gabriel. He's immensely talented and entertaining.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you. I spent part of my childhood attending cockfights.

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