Interview With Nacotheque DJ Amylu


Nacotheque’s Pre-Molotov Party featuring a guest set from DJ Gordo featuring “only MySpace downloads,” takes place this Saturday, February 9 at Fontana’s, 105 Eldridge Street, Chinatown, $5, 21-plus.

It’s possible Elijah Wood has a thing for Nacotheque DJ Amylulita. He’s been spotted prowling her Espanish new-wave party at Fontana’s basement, which is where Nacotheque takes place twice a month. Just this week Amylu spun at a non-Nacotheque event for BUST Magazine, and who was there? Lord of the Rings himself.

We don’t blame him. Amylu‘s dance/rock playlist of “Spanish sung alternative music” a/k/a “Musica De Calidad Para Gente Corriente!” (i.e. Cafe Tacuba, Menudo, Calle 13, Chayanne) is addictive. It’s no wonder Nacotheque founder and producer Marcelo Cunning recruited the Connecticut native almost two years ago, at the start of the raved-about party. The pair have since been inseparable, DJing throughout the U.S., Spain, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

On the eve of Nacotheque’s Saturday night Pre-Molotov Party featuring “only MySpace downloads,” we bring you a brief chat with Amylu about all things retro, her favorite ’80 show Jem and the Holograms), and how she’s nothing like a fresa.

Village Voice: How did you and Marcelo meet?
Amylu: I met him through MySpace. I had a party at the time that was called The One Night Stand and it was all music in French, Japanese, Spanish, and German. And one of his friends told him to check out my party. He MySpaced my party and I checked out his flyer for the first ever Nacotheque. He asked me to guest DJ and that’s how we became partners.

VV: Nacotheque’s theme is retro tunes in Spanish, how did that come about?
A: The thing that we both had in common was that we come from music of rock-and-roll, punk and goth, so naturally we just gravitate toward that kind of music no matter what language it is in. And that was the whole theme of it, was that it would be different from any other Latin party.

VV: When did you realize that this was becoming a really popular party?
A: When we finally found a venue that wanted us to stay there. And we had a line waiting to get inside and our friends called saying they couldn’t get in.

VV: And that was in a different venue.
Yeah that was at 85A. We would have stayed there except it was sold. So the owners also own Fontana’s and they brought us there.

VV: What is Nacotheque’s biggest misconception?
A: There are a couple of different ones. Some people who have never been before and have only seen photographs that people have personally taken, think its a party for fresas or yuppies. And I think it’s really funny because neither Marcelo or I or any of our friends look like that all—or are that. I mean obviously the party is for everyone but we are definitely not yuppies.

The other one is that it’s a regular Latin party just with younger people. I don’t even like calling it a Latin party because people construe Latin music with bongos and stuff like that. It’s a matter of listening to mixes, going there and experiencing it for yourself.

VV: Will Nacotheque ever do a 180?
A: I think we’ve been pretty good about keeping it small depending on what we’re doing. I mean during the LAMC we did two unofficial parties, one of them was at Don Hill’s and we had more than 600 people and it was big production, so it was meant to be big. The other party was at Fontana’s and it was in a smaller scale. It was still packed, but just on a smaller scale. When we know we’re doing something really big, we usually go to a bigger venue.

VV: How do you see Nacotheque evolving?
A: I think its already happening and now people are going and understanding more about what it is, instead of going and trying to form it on how they want it to be and asking us for salsa and merengue, they’re just letting the party flow and enjoying the music even though they don’t know what the songs are. They’re still dancing and asking us who they are [listening to] and starting to become fans of the music that we spin. So now, especially in 2008, we have more and more new faces, they’ll hear a very new song, but they’ll remember it from the last time and dance and scream even harder.