Balancing studious musical exploration with an accessible party-friendly approach and expert sense of rhythm, Lao's grab bag of influences includes everything from IDM, bass, trap, grime, horror movie scores and dub techno to reggaeton, carnaval beats and pentatonic scales. In his latest work, Lao takes heavy influence from trap, rave and drum’n’bass, grabbing them by the neck, shaking them up, and spitting them back out as his own inimitable sound that also manages to distill the urban thrill of living in Mexico City.
A self-taught producer and DJ since the early 2000s, he has become a key personality in the Mexican electronic music community as well as a regarded producer. A key member of N.A.A.F.I. and owner of Extasis Records, in 2010 Robles founded #401.MX, a platform for underground electronic music in Mexico and the first site specializing in promoting homegrown electronic music. A graduate of the 2014 Red Bull Music Academy held in Tokyo, Japan he has since toured internationally with some of his N.A.A.F.I. compatriots, spreading their chilango gospel.
Treading the line between tense, cinematic musical environments and celebratory fiesta, Lao brings his unique energy to MUTEK with a live set of his original material as part of the N.A.A.F.I. showcase.
With the support of the Agencia Mexicana de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo, the Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores, Consulado General de México en Montréal, the MRIF of the Government of Québec.