Resonant Dog & Quetzalcoatl drums
Bernardo de la Torre is a Mexican deep-tech house DJ who resides in rustic Cumberland amid mountain mists, stunning sunrises and creative Canadian characters. Born at the Hospital Arboledas in Guadalajara in 1987, this serious-minded yet endlessly playful creative has a penchant for a particular sort of dark tech house that flows with empathy but is always conscious of the stark realities of life. It chugs along with well-rounded four-on-the-floor simplicity, yet hints at deeper struggles, paths we must not tred.
Recent studies have shown the risk of illness and psychiatric conditions tends to be highest between March and May for children born in the northern hemisphere. Some have wondered if this simple fact could explain the pensive synthesis present in March-baby De La Torre’s original production, which ranges from moody ambient works – employing samples the joys of his life, his wife and son – to bouncy technical numbers that don’t aim to travel a great distance but focus instead on completely working out an emotion. Some believe it’s virtuosity that comes from a long Mexican and Spanish genealogical lineage. Still others wonder if it’s his direct connection to those currently facing the realities of a land besieged by cartel conflict. Regardless, while the forces of nature at work are potent, his journey to shape his sound has been helped along magnificently by his own efforts to explore musical influences and distribution methods.