Better Than...his DJ sets
Mexican Dubwiser, the stage name of producer Marcelo Tijerina, celebrated the release of his debut album Revolution Radio in the U.S. with a live set at the Viper Room Friday.
Tijerina, who's lived in L.A. since 2000, takes his name not after the beer but from elements of his life: He was raised in Monterrey, one of Mexico's hotbeds for new music and the pointy boots craze, and has devoted the past few years of his life to mixing Mexican cumbia with dub reggae. (His handle sounds better in Spanish: el Mexicano sabio del dub.)The crowd was a small one, which may have been due to the early start time: 9 pm. Also, Dubwiser shared the bill with a pair of hair metal bands, which made for an odd pairing of hairstyles.
He hopped onstage in his trademark outfit: red button-up, long sleeve shirt with a black tie and black gloves. "I don't need to worry about what to wear the next day," he explained during an interview a few days before the concert. "It's like in the cartoons. The character opens the closet and has all the same clothes."
His band included bassist Moises Baqueiro, famous for his work with Los Abandoned and as a touring member with Ceci Bastida and Ximena Sariñana, and Ulysses "El Licenciado" Lozano, accordionist for Kinky. Lozano also arrived in his trademark outfit: large, black sunglasses, which one images he probably also wears in the shower, and military hat.
There were explosive renditions of bass-heavy, accordion-centric tracks "Ahi Les Va," "Musical Minds" and "Mexican Dubwiser," Tijerina's theme song. He pumped the crowd up from behind his laptop, emblazoned with a California license plate that said "Mex Dub."
Dubwiser next called up producer/musician Money Mark, a special guest who hopped on keys for the rest of the night, beginning with Dubwiser's remix of La Cherga's track "What A Wonderful Life."
L.A.-based reggae artist Rocky Dawuni joined the group for "Revolution Radio," the album's second single and title track. It was the first time the two were together on stage since the days when Dubwiser would DJ at Afro Funke, the funk/soul/reggae/world music night founded by Dawuni at Zanzibar.
"I want to hear it everywhere I go," sang Dawuni, "the revolution radio."