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INTERVIEW: Theressia presents Zoma



Theressia is that kind of artist who does not sew without thread, who knows what she is doing at all times and leaves nothing to the whim of chance, even though sometimes her decisions may seem unusual or out of place. Now, made up of Big Beat and Breakbeat, Theressia presents modifications to Trip-Hop by injecting ancestral traditions in the form of pre-Hispanic winds, drums and prayers that represent airs of freshness for electronic music.


The aggressiveness and power of her first album, titled 'Zoma', arises from the social construction that the colossal City of Mexico is building. The noise and intercultural essence of it carry a strong symbolic charge that, in each song, is expressed in a unique way, giving the album dynamism and diversity.


We have had the pleasure of interviewing him and this has been the result.


How would you present your work to someone who doesn't know you?

As something you can love or hate but it sure is something totally original.


And your last job? Where is it born from? And where do you want to lead?

My latest work was born in Mexico City, in the context of a pandemic. I intend to take this work to Europe and Asia, in Latin America this type of music is not well received, it does not have the same boom as other styles or genres.


What message would you like to convey to the public?

I want to convey the best of my culture, a more dignified image that is closer to reality, contrary to what Western imperialism always makes known about Mexico. Also, I intend to direct my actions to defend our sovereignty.



How did your last project come about? I had been locked up at home, I had many emotions and feelings that needed to come out, the best way to express those feelings and emotions was to channel them through music. When I realized I had a lot of musical material that couldn't be stored, it would be a waste. So, I decided to create a new project through which I could express myself.



What do you want to transmit in this work? What is the concept behind it?

Pre-Hispanic and indigenous cultures have always been treated with enormous disrespect, even by Mexico. It was then that I decided to use some of his instruments and ideas to present a never-before-seen face, a revolutionary sound that would fill those of us who identify with our mother cultures with pride.


As for your studio, what is it currently made up of? Currently, I have a couple of old monitors, a midi keyboard and a small launchpad. I also have a turntable to record vinyl from which I sometimes take samples, i consider my small vinyl collection as a sample library. And of course, a computer where I use my music production software.



What is the one instrument you would never get rid of, no matter what?

Keyboard! instruments has come and gone, but I can't imagine the day my keyboard will leave me.


What was the last record store you visited? And what did you salvage from there?

In Mexico City there was a small store called Disco Recuerdo, there I found an LP by Smart e’s entitled "Loose Control". It was incredible to find that gem there, I never thought to find 90's Hardcore-Techno in my neighborhood.


Do you have hope for the future of music? How would you like the future of the music industry to be?

In the mainstream I have no hope, but in the local and underground scenes I think there is a world of possibilities. I believe that the mainstream industry will continue to adapt to what the trends dictate, it will consume what happens in the streets to do business. On the other side, i believe that social networks and new technologies will allow local and underground artists to reach more places. I believe that the alternatives are expanding, and audiences are growing little by little in these spaces outside the mainstream.


Can you reveal some future projects?

I'm working on a mixtape full of my own productions, of course "Zoma" will be there but there will also be unpublished material. It will be free so don't lose track of my Instagram. Also, I'm researching and knocking on doors to produce a soundtrack for a video game or a movie.


What makes you happy?

What makes me happy is seeing my people march in support of progressive political and social projects. See my people practicing Mexican humanism. And the respect and brotherhood between different cultures and realities.


What bothers you?

The only thing that bothers me are the individualistic practices, the neo-colonial attitudes and the intentions of some people to deprive other people of freedoms and rights.


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