Established in 2009, Sonido Clash (SC) is a San José cultural arts collective that explores the diaspora of traditional, modern, emerging and future latinx art + sound.
SC was established as a need for creative nightlife events in response to the lack of diversity. Launching in 2009, SC leveraged the 2010 National Association of Latino Arts & Culture (NALAC) conference in San José to root the collective to a national audience as serious tastemakers in the scene. Since its inception the SC collective has grown with members: Roman Zepeda (Turbo Sonidero), Angel Luna (Mex Tape), Thomas Ramon Aguilar (Chale Brown), Fernando J. Pérez (Tlacoyo) and Quynh-Mai Nguyen in curating specialized events in various spaces in San José and beyond. The collective and member DJs have been invited to play in Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Antonio, Chicago and New York. Sonido Clash has also established a bi-national dialogue with partners in Tijuana and Mexico City. Previous productions include performances with Los Rakas, Ana Tijoux, The Prayers, Kap G, La Santa Cecilia, Las Cafeteras, Kumbia Queers, y más.
Sonido Clash Collective Members:
+ Turbo Sonidero Futuristico is a music producer hailing from San José, CA who blends Rap/Hip-Hop with Mexican Cumbia Sonidera to create a new sound he calls “Tumbia”. In 2010, he moved to his father’s hometown in Puebla, Mexico to immerse in the Cumbia Sonidera culture, where he played and toured the country. He has played shows with acclaimed artists/DJ’s such as Ana Tijoux, Kool A.D., Los Rakas, Toy Selectah, Ozomatli, Trill team 6, Chico Sonido, Antwon, La Santa Cecilia, Nortec Collective, Mexican Institute of Sound, etc. One of his most recent successes was performing at the 2014 Oakland Music Festival. He received critical acclaim for his performance, and noted as a highlight of the festival.
+ Fernando J. “Tlacoyo” Pérez began collaborating with Sonido Clash in 2005 as a community event organizer and as an underground bilingual disc jockey playing Latin alternative music on the airwaves of 90.5 FM KSJS. He served as director of the Alternativo music department for five years, where he was involved in programming, recruiting and training incoming DJ’s. He also helped create a weekly public access television show called Union RockerTV, broadcasted to the South Bay since 2007. He has been a part of the Sonido Clash collective and brand since 2010.
+ Chale Brown, formerly known as Chatos1013, is an event producer through Universal Grammar who has presented carefully curated and strategic offerings to San José and the broader bay area since 2000. As a DJ, Chale Brown’s sound is a global groove pallet of Soul, Funk, Hip-Hop, and Electronic music. He holds residency every Monday for the San José Chapter of Motown on Mondays, and with SC, it has allowed Chale to implement his Latin roots that is unique to his overall global soul-outer-national sounds.
+ Mex Tape is an artist who thrives by connecting hip-hop, electronic and Cumbia music with his humble Oaxacan / San José roots. He combines Spanish and English, or “Spanglish”, to create a new sound with a touch of tradition in every song with lyrics creating an essence beyond the barrio and the streets. Mextape has been performing and contributing culturally through community engagement for over 10 years.