Tijuana Cartel is an east meets west wonderland; a sensory overload, euphoria, fat beatsand heavy, bass-fuelled electronica live band that brings together beats and people of all cultures to unite on the dance floor.
They’ve graced Australia’s biggest stages: Splendour in The Grass, Falls Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and Peak Festival (NYE to 15,000 punters). And in recent years they’ve gone international with performances in Europe, Indonesia & New Zealand on top of their gruelling Australian tour schedule.
The band started as a couple of guitars and with the aid of a few computers, synthesisers, a percussion and trumpet they’ve managed to weave their way into some sort of Indy-Electronica-world-music movement. The live set is driven by house beats, infused with trumpet, percussion, violin and frantic middle eastern guitar lines blending layers of rich, intricate and atmospheric soundscapes with laid-back rhythms and luscious vocals.
2020 saw the release of their seventh full-length album, ‘Acid Pony”, adding to an impressive discography that includes Frequent Flyers, They Come, M1, 24 bit Guitar Orchestra Psychedelicatessen and Bhairavi’s Garden), an EP (Ishtar’s Desert) and a popular live album recorded at Hotel Brunswick. Singles ‘Letting It Go’ and ‘White Dove’ were featured on heavy rotation on the Triple J, effectively catapulting them into the public spotlight and cementing them as one of Australia’s premier touring bands.
“There’s really no one else doing their mix of eastern mysticism, world flavours and cutting-edge dance beats, certainly with as much flair.” Andrew Drever (Sydney Morning Herald)
“Wanna know how good this song is? When I played it on House Party SIA tweeted me wanting to know what it was?! Crazy! And well deserved.” Nina Las Vegas (Triple J Unearthed)