Matias Aguayo Wows The Standard Crowd, Talks Street Parties and New Album
Liz Ohanesian Matias Aguayo
Matias Aguayo will change the way you think about dance music. On the roof of The Standard in Downtown for last night's Culprit party, he was at once a DJ, producer and, most importantly, a performer. He mixed together tracks, the occasional club hit sandwiched in between original productions from Aguayo and his friends, while manipulating his own vocals. He then sifted through a bag of small instruments, from which he selected something to augment the rhythm. And throughout all this, while cramped inside a very narrow DJ booth, he danced.
Aguayo, who is currently based between Paris and Buenos Aires, is, in a way, a product of the streets. As part of the collective bumbumbox, he is well known for throwing parties on street corners in various South American cities, using a boom box to lure in crowds of strangers. Seemingly because of that experience, he can get the most out of tiny spaces.
We recently caught up Aguayo, who also runs the label Cómeme, prior to the Sunday night show, to chat about partying in public spaces as well as his forthcoming album.