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Mexrrissey

How would you describe the atmosphere and vibe of a Mexrrissey gig? It’s a big party. There’s a lot of communication between the band and the audience and we all try to have a great time. 
 
What is it about Morrissey’s music that has made an impact in Mexico? There’s a huge connection between Morrissey’s music and Mexican people. Our humour is similar and we love songs about pain, love and loss, it’s almost part of our DNA.
 
How do you make such iconic songs your own? We tried to imagine what these songs would’ve sounded like if they were written in Mexico. When you are walking through the streets of Mexico City and other Mexican towns, there’s always music playing, so whether you like it or not, cumbia is somehow inside of you, mariachi music, son jarocho, norteño, it’s almost inevitable. We don’t try to mess with Morrissey’s songs too much, we translate them as accurately as we can but we do switch slang and sayings.
 
What was it like to perform your own interpretations in the birthplace of the original material? How did the UK respond? People were amazing, they never stopped dancing. The first shows we did, it was clear that most of the audience consisted of fans of Morrissey and The Smiths – people that listened to that music when they were younger but I think now, it’s a bit of a mix. You see younger people who really like the songs without necessarily being super familiar with Morrissey’s work.

Mexrrissey will perform at Melbourne Recital Centre on Thursday March 9 and at Port Fairy Folk Festival, taking place from Friday March 10 until Sunday March 13.