Plankton Man

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Plankton Man
Live performance
Background information
Birth name Ignacio Chavez
Also known as Nino Astronauta
Origin Mexico
Genres Electronic music
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments sampler, jl Copper Midi Controller
Years active 2000–present
Labels StaticDiscos
Associated acts Los Samplers, Alvaro Ruiz, Senor Coconut, Kobol, Nortec

Plankton Man (born Ignacio Chavez, Nashio for short) is a Mexican musician and former founding member of the Nortec Collective. His music is inspired by traditional Mexican music such as the brass banda and the accordion accents of norteño music, as well as jazz and electronic music elements.


Planktonman began his career in the early 1990s in his native Ensenada, Baja California as a guitarist for the now defunct electro-rock group Sonios. The band became well known throughout northwestern Mexico and southern California's Latin music scene. He then began solo work in electronic breakbeat music.

Nashio is also half of the new duo Kobol, alongside Argel Medina (Arhkota), the drummer of Niño Astronauta. Their sound is a mixture of organic glitch music and digital jazz played live with drum pads and a laptop.


  • The Tijuana Sessions, Vol. 1: Nortec Collective (Palm Pictures)
  • Plankton Man vs Terrestre (Run Recordings)
  • NUEVO track: "El Sinaloense" : Remix for Kronos Quartet / Released by (Nonesuch Records)
  • Feel My China Ii track: "Mexican Pencil Box Mix" : Remix for Mochipet / Released by (Daly City Records)

Television work[edit]


  • "Collaboration with Mark De Gli Antoni on the scoring for Cherish (film)"
  • "Featured track 'Lazer Metrayeta' on 411VM Skateboarding DVD #57", Vans

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