Mexican Institute of Sound

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Mexican Institute of Sound
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Camilo Lara making the IMS DJ set in Wikipedia 10 anniversary in Mexico City.
Background information
Origin Mexico City, Mexican Federal District, Mexico
Genres Electronica, Alternative rock, Alternative Dance, Electro, Experimental, Mexican Music
Years active 2004–present
Labels Nacional Records
Website MIS on MySpace
Members Camilo Lara

Mexican Institute of Sound (MIS; Spanish: Instituto Mexicano del Sonido) is an electronic music project created by Mexico City-based DJ and producer Camilo Lara. Along with groups like Nortec Collective and Kinky, M.I.S. is part of a growing Mexican electronica movement, encouraging fusions of folk and more traditional music with modern sounds.


Lara distinguished himself as a musical trendsetter among his circle of friends with his annual Christmas compilation of the year's best tracks and early Mexican Institute of Sound songs. This hobby led Lara to collaborate on remixes under the moniker of Mexican Institute of Sound for bands and friends such as Placebo, Le Hammond Inferno, Gecko Turner and Babasónicos. Between 1999 and 2002 he worked on and off with the short-lived musical project Mujeres Encinta producing some of the band's work with PIAS. In 2005, he officially founded the M.I.S. project, relying on classic Mexican music samples ranging from the 1920s to the 1960s mixed with Esquivel[disambiguation needed] vocal samples and modern scratches/beats.


In 2006, Mexican Institute of Sound released its debut album, Méjico Máxico, on Nacional Records. It is a pastiche of electronica, dub, cha cha cha, cumbia and spoken word. The album helped M.I.S. garner critical acclaim in publications like Spin, New York Times and URB, as well as radio support from such tastemakers as KCRW (Los Angeles), Indie 103 (Los Angeles), KEXP (Seattle) and KUT (Austin).

Mexican Institute of Sound released its second album, Piñata, in 2007. The disc continued the vision established by the debut, Méjico Máxico, as a carefully constructed collage of musical influences that reflect Lara's unique impression of life in the sprawling metropolis of Mexico City. Special guests include members of Tom Tom Club, Fantastic Plastic Machine and Babasónicos.

Songs from M.I.S. releases have been featured in ABC's "Ugly Betty", Showtime's "Californication", New Line Cinema's "Pride and Glory", a Dos Equis national advertising campaign and the EA Games "FIFA 2008" video game, which features El Microfono. In Australia "Escríbeme Pronto" was featured in a 2009 ice cream advertisement.[1]

In 2010, MIS makes music "Suave Patria" belonging to the parade for the Bicentennial of Independence of Mexico; homonymous album contains 6 tracks. Camilo created these music trying to evoke some passages of the Mexican Constitution and represent a soundscape Homeland." This EP is currently available on the iTunes Store.

Their song "Alocatel" was featured in EA Sports' FIFA Soccer 2010.

Their video for their song "Katia, Tania, Paulina y la Kim" from Piñata has been featured on Link TV.

In 2012 "Politico" went out, their 4th studio album with songs that relate, as the album title implies, the more political environment. With "Es- Toy" as one of the most successful singles.

In 2013, MIS made a radio station on East FM Grand Theft Auto V, while his song "Es Toy" appears in the game.

In 2014 Camilo Lara is recording his 5th studio album with Toy Selectah. With Red Bull help they are recording all around the world in Jamaica, USA (New York and Los Angeles), London and Brazil. The disc will have many collaborators among which include:

Ana Bárbara (Latin Grammy Mexican singer-songwriter), Sly and Robbie Toots, Maytals Gogol Bordello (Eugene), Nina Sky, Money Mark Mc, Lyte N.A.S.A., Kool AD (Das Racist), Kut Masta, Kurt Chrome Sparks, Eric Bobo (Cypress Hill), Tanto Blacks, Chedda Helado, Negro Kita, Kaine Notch, Maluca Mala, Benjamin Lozinger (Mø), DJ Lengua, Matty Rico, Tiombe Lockhart, Angela Hunte, Mela Murder, Los Master Plus, Centavrvs, Sergio Mendoza J. (Los Planetas), Carlos Ann, Ohmega Watts, DJ Dusty, Stro Elliot Pharo (The Leftovers), Dezzie Gee (The Leftovers), Speakz, Nic Haircourt, Pilar (Los Abandoned)

The album will be ready in 2015.


MIS' music has appeared in several TV and movies such as:

-Pride And Glory

-Post Grad


-Eastbound and Down

-Big Love

-Rudo Y Cursi

-Y tu Mama También

-Ugly Betty

-Mad Money


-Lie To Me


-James American Rad Trip


-Auction Hero




  1. ^ "Screening Room >> Drumstick - The Summer Parade - Boards". April 14, 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 

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