Of all the DJs out there playing tropical, Latin-based electronic music, Uproot Andy is a top artist.
What is it about Andy
In the tropical bass scene, heavy, pounding beats dominate. But, says Elmir, “Andy has often professed his love for beautiful, soulful music.”
This is a rare thing in a scene that has as much to do with BPM as it does with the traditional Latin rhythms with which they’re often matched.
“His great ear for music is what makes him such an amazing DJ,” says Elmir.
Toronto-raised, later to immerse himself in tropical music, Uproot Andy has made himself instrumental in this musical movement: “He’s a focal point,” says Elmir. “People strive to be where he’s at.”
It was as an NYU student that Uproot Andy (aka Andy Gillis) got his big break in NYC through the popular Que Bajo?! parties, which Elmir calls the premiere tropical bass party, “Really I’d say in the world.”
That event series is five years old and has presented some of the tropical bass genre’s best artists, including Andy as a mainstay. (More on Uproot Andy here and a podcast here, both via XLR8R magazine.)
Now for a special collaboration treat, those in Toronto should check this out: Andy plays in that city this weekend, and it’s a rare performance alongside Li Saumet, the vocalist from Bomba Estereo, one of the biggest bands out of Colombia right now.
Last summer, Dos Mundos and Small World Music brought Bomba Estereo to Lula Lounge for a packed show. Andy and Li Saumet have played lots of same festivals and Andy’s spent time in Colombia, so in the past year they started this collaboration.
The Toronto show, happening as part of the energetic Air Horns event supported by Elmir and Dos Mundos, isn’t even an official tour, but rather a special rare treat in Toronto.
“Only those who’ve been in NYC or Bogota* in the past year have seen this show,” says Elmir. And it won’t hit other cities anytime soon, at least for the time being. [*Ed: Or, OK, Medellin, another city in Colombia … see video below.]
Here’s a video clip from one of their collaboration performances in Colombia this past year:
For this Toronto show, Li Saumet will perform new material and Bomba Estereo tracks over Andy’s set (special participation from Li Saument with Uproot Andy).
Uproot Andy, Li Saumet, Dos Mundos DJs and more play Air Horns on Friday, December 21 in Toronto. Facebook event page here