We’re extremely proud and excited to be premiering the official remix contest for Boombox Cartel and Quix’s massive collaboration, “Supernatural” featuring Anjulie. After breaking one million plays in lightning-fast time, the Mad Decent original is already one of the most played out and requested dance records of the year. Now, it’s your chance to join in. Check out the details for the remix competition, download those stems and get busy! Also peep our exclusive interview with Boombox Cartel’s Americo Garcia below.
Boombox Cartel & QUIX – Supernatural (feat. Anjulie) | Remix Contest
INTERVIEW: Boombox Cartel On Reaching ‘Supernatural’ Heights
Boombox Cartel‘s rise to the top has been nothing short of surreal. Whether it be the duo’s genre-bending production or insane live performances, Americo Garcia and Jorge Medina have continued to push the envelope and test the limits of electronic music and beyond. With their breakout hit “B2U” launching the Cartel into the spotlight last year, the LA-based and Mexico natives have replicated that success and more with a series of massively popular remixes and originals. Now recently being officially signed to Mad Decent, Americo and Jorge are ready to take things to the next level. Step inside the world of Boombox Cartel below as we talk “Supernatural,” upcoming releases, and producer tips in this exclusive Run the Trap interview. – Max Chung
RTT: Congratulations on signing to Mad Decent! What do you love about the label and what’s the next big goal for Boombox Cartel?
Americo: Mad Decent is like family to us. They’ve always been very supportive of our music so signing with them seemed like a great fit. In terms of what’s next, we’ve just been working on all types of new music! Hopefully we can put it all out soon so the whole world can hear it.
Your new original with Quix, “Supernatural,” is one of the biggest records out right now. What is it about this track that’s special to you guys and why do you think it blew up so much?
Even before bouncing it hundreds of times between Quix and us, it was one of those tracks that always felt ‘right.’ After RL Grime played it out at Coachella, Reddit really went crazy with it and thanks to that it’s where it is today. The internet community can really blows things up it’s crazy.
The Boombox Cartel sounds really strives upon blending the worlds of melodic and heavy. How have your musical influences leading up to now lead to such a diverse, multi-genre catalog?
My partner, Jorge, comes from a really musical background and I was fortunate to be in multiple rock bands. I was playing drums, bass, taking piano and guitar classes and Jorge was DJ’ing clubs since he was like 14. We’ve experienced a lot of music throughout the years, we’ve been in every scene. Jorge was in the hardcore scene, I was in the indie band scene, we did punk-rock… you get vibes from everywhere, you know? And you combine them all; all these genres, styles, and you just fucking put them in the blender. We want them all at once!
You guys just announced a massive tour spanning across four countries in three months. What makes this tour “Supernatural” and what can people expect?
This is a worldwide thing. We’re taking the tour to Japan, Australia, and a ton of cities we haven’t announced yet. We’re taking it everywhere. Jorge will finally be able to come to those shows and that’s gonna be amazing. As a lot of people may know, Jorge doesn’t tour with me in the states because he’s getting his work Visa sorted out. It’s so fucking complicated but it should all be figured out soon!
What’s the EDM scene like in Mexico?
In Mexico the scene is basically four years behind. We get a lot of love there, but it’s not nearly as big as it is in the States or Australia. It’s just starting off. We haven’t toured there much, our fans really want us to go down to Mexico but we wanna find the right time and make it really special.
You guys have a ton of unreleased tunes in your arsenal. How do you maintain inspiration and crank out so much quality music?
Whenever I’m not touring I fly down to Mexico to produce with Jorge, and whenever I’m touring he’s obviously working on stuff. So it’s nonstop. Consistency in music is very, very important. Don’t stop creating. The amount of demos and unfinished shit we have is incredible. We really only put out 1% of what we actually make. Some demos are just crazy weird shit that would never see the light of day, you know? But those demos still help you learn and stay creative. For a while when I started touring heavily I stopped producing for three weeks straight. No touching ableton, no nothing. Then I felt like shit trying to get back into it. It’s depressing dude. You lose the spark and you feel stupid. So I recommend that people always stay creative. All day, every day. Keep pushing it nonstop and you’ll get better and better everytime.
Any upcoming projects or collaborations you can tell us about?
We have a Rickyxsan collab, an Alison Wonderland track, another song with Quix… and a ton of other stuff. We’re also gonna give out a freebie soon. It’s a remix of a very legendary song. We wanna stay true to it and we hope everyone digs it!
Where can I get the best tacos?
We love all tacos equally. It doesn’t matter where they’re from, what they look like: hard, soft, corn, flour, it doesn’t matter. It’s all love. But coming from two guys from Monterrey, we’re gonna say that’s where you get the best tacos. Mexican tacos are really their own thing.
I gotta ask: How was meeting Drake?
Dude it happened so fucking fast! We were just chilling at Mad Decent Block Party Brooklyn and then all the sudden Boi-1da was playing and three suburbans roll up right behind the stage. Then through the window you see this cheesy smile with a chinstrap. I was like “Dude… that’s Drake.” Like what the hell. Dude steps up, already has the microphone in hand, runs on stage and plays 3-4 tracks. An avalanche of people just rush towards the stage. He stuck around for a few minutes backstage just saying hi. I was like “Hey, thanks for being drake.” Then he dipped!
What does it mean to be apart of the Cartel?
It’s a movement man. Good music, tacos, good vibes… We’re just a big Cartel, it’s a family. We love the same shit, we help each other out, and we just keep moving forward. That’s the whole mentality. If people can relate to us, if our music speaks to people and they fuck with it, we’re happy!