LE BAIN: Track ID, please! What is the very last record that made you say, "Bien buena"?
UPROOT ANDY: It happens a lot, but the last was "Eh Mami" by Tali Goya, because its a New York Dominican artist doing a Brazilian baile funk-style track. I love it. It crosses cultural and language borders in a way that feels natural and just makes you wanna shake your ass.
You grew up in Toronto and New York. How did it influence your approach to music and culture?
Toronto and New York are immigrant cities full of people who have brought their culture with them from other parts of the world. My mother is Jewish from New York and my father Irish-Canadian, but I grew up mostly without access to those cultures, and so for me, music culture was something that I accessed through my friends and those around me. As a result, the music I’ve been exposed to is incredibly diverse and it became the way I connected to people. In reality there is so much common ground underlying global music, a result of the migration of peoples over so many years, but it is in different languages and is sold to different markets.