How do you assign a single nationality to a man born in Chile, raised in Germany, and now country-hopping between Argentina and France? We blindly grabbed the most fixed point (Chilean by birth) but, really, he’s a living example of why borders and boundaries have zero to do with music anymore.
It’s not a new idea to Aguayo either: “Techno is like the alien music,” he told us. “The music of the displaced, the music where identity is recreated or not so important anymore.” He became famous for forming the bumbumbox crew in Buenos Aires — a coalition whose entire goal was to get the city on its feet. They became famous for throwing street parties — hauling boomboxes to the city’s old squares, getting the street vendors (who sold beer!) in on the action, and playing tracks that pulled the dancers in. No covers. No door policy. Just fun.
In a club, the DJ has a captive audience. Out on the street, Aguayo had to learn how to lure them in, how to play for crowds more diverse than middle-class twenty-somethings. Now, he’s breaking out with 2009′s Ay Ay Ay. And tracks like “Rollerskate,” with its hiccupping acappella chorus over which his voice blithely floats, woozy and light as a kid skating through a city, it’s easy to see why he’s called a “one man party in a box.”