We catch Richard from Total Determinacion to one discussion online about music,politics and more. We continue to support true DIY bands all over the world.
Hi Richard how the things are in mighty mighty Mexico city?
Richard: They are hot in the capital, allegedly left the government has implemented a policy of criminalization to public protest, large parts of the country are destabilized by drug trafficking. And political and economic reforms of the federal government have unleashed widespread protests, particularly magisterial.
Congrats for the album Musica Contra El Poder,a very nice album. For those who don’t know your band,please tell us something about your history
Totaldeterminacion is formed:Bass: Ivan, Battery: Roberto (Kostal), Guitar: David, Vocals & lyrics: Ricardo (Richard)
The band was formed in late 2006 to the west of Mexico City, began with covers and a few years later we started writing original songs, we recorded a demo in 2008 and finally in 2013 we recorded our first cd.
We are a band declaring antifascist, antiracist and anticapitalist.
What are the main influences from the band? name 5 bands that have influenced you
Iván: The Clash, Autonomía, Skalariak, Ataque 77, Sin Dios
Roberto: Banda Bassotti, Los Pies Negros/Negros Vivos, La Polla Records, Kortatu,
David: Ska-p, 2 Minutos, Skalariak, Kortatu, Todos tus muertos.
Richard: Banda Bassotti, Núcleo Terco, la Polla Records, Attaque 77, Mano Negra
I know a lot of bands from Mexico, please tell me more about the scene there
Totaldeterminacion: The underground scene is healthy in proposals and trends, there is much independent music and self-management, there are still good punk bands, Oi, ska, reggae, etc., there are also quite strong scenes in other parts of the country such as Guadalajara, Mexicali, etc..
In these days is very hard to make a diy album, how you promote yourself?
Totaldeterminacion: All work is independent, always with the support of friends, other bands, etc..
For example, this record was done with resources coming out of the same members of the band and the invaluable support of the Collective MUTEM.
What else you do besides Total Determinacion?
Totaldeterminacion: Those who do not study, work, or do both simultaneously.(Richard is a militant Marxist-Leninist).
I know a lot of bands from Latin America have this anti US attitude, what is your status regarding US politics,specially with Mexico…
Richard: Our relationship with the United States is difficult, in 1847 we invaded and took away more than half of the country, as part of Latin America have suffered Yankee imperialist policy, each coup, as you visualize Bolivar: „Los Estados Unidos parecen destinados por la Providencia a plagar la América de miserias en nombre de la libertad” (the United States seems destined by Providence to plague America with misery in the name of freedom).
Particularly dream of the day when we can see the Empire destroyed and the White House in ruins.
Any plans for a new material, concerts?
Totaldeterminacion: For now we concentrate on spreading the disc, for the time being disseminated on the Internet, but soon will be released in CD format, and continue to work on new songs.
With the year almost over recent events will also come, but in 2014 back harder.
Do you support any footbal team?
Totaldeterminacion: Each has its own team, particularly bassist Necaxa (Mexico), guitarist Cruz Azul (Mexico) and singer Pumas UNAM (Mexico) &AS Livorno (Italy).
„Against modern football”
Choose one band with you will love to make a split CD (new and old)
Iván: Autonomía (Perú)
Richard: Mano Negra (Francia)
I ask everybody in the end. do you know something about Romania and the scene here?
Richard: From Romania know the country’s history, from antiquity (Dacia), until the communist era, today’s not much, and not know the music scene.
Leave us one message for our online readers
Totaldeterminacion: For readers who keep reading MPTYzine, listen and pirating our music, and all music independent and rebellious in general.
Thank you so much, if you have something to add please fell free.
Totaldeterminacion: Thanks for diffusion, support and remember that not only is fun, it is essential to go out and do battle to destroy the capitalist exploitative system.
Greetings from Mexico City, ¡will continue making music against power!
Mirceone vs. Total Determinacion november 2013
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