is a musical ensemble formed by various individual one or two man production projects. The group came together in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Their sound genre mixes electronica with musical elements and instrumentation of Tambora and Norteño music, resulting in the nortec ("norteño" + "techno") style. The various projects began producing and performing Nortec music around 1999. In 2001, they were signed to a recording contract with Palm Pictures, that released their first album "Tijuana Session Volume 1" under the name Nortec Collective. The line-up for that album included Bostich, Clorofila, Fussible, Hiperboreal, Panoptica, Plankton Man and Terrestre. The latter two would leave Nortec Collective in 2002.Nortec Collective's second album, Tijuana Sessions, Vol. 3,
(Nacional Records) received much critical praise and was nominated for two Latin Grammy awards in 2006.In 2008, Nortec Collective ceased to function as a proper collective, with the various individual projects performing and recording separately. According to the Collective's Myspace page, "For the time being, Nortec Collective has decided to release music separately ..." and "Until further notice, there will be not be any bookings for Nortec, Nortec Collective or Colectivo Nortec with the full four member line-up."The various individual projects went on to release and perform separately. 2008's Tijuana Sound Machine
by Bostich and Fussible (also Nacional Records) was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album.The Nortec Collective has borrowed several elements of Banda music sub-culture and have used them both in their songs (Narcoteque, Almada) and in their visuals and album covers.
Performances and projects
Since 1999, the Nortec Collective musicians have toured throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, Japan and Latin America, and played New York's Central Park SummerStage and Irving Plaza, as well as the Winter Music Conference in Miami, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and shows at the Royal Festival Hall in London and Elysée Montmartre in Paris.Former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo invited Nortec to provide music for the Mexican pavilion at the Expo 2000 in Hannover, and they have done remixes for Beck, Calexico, Ennio Morricone, Kronos quartet, Leigh Nash, and Lenny Kravitz among others.In 2006 Nortec performed at the LA Weekly
Detour Festival in Los Angeles, sharing the bill with Beck, Queens of the Stone Age, and Basement Jaxx. The band also performed "Que Bonita Bailas" for the AIDS benefit album Silencio=Muerte: Red Hot + Latin Redux
produced by the Red Hot Organization.Nortec's music has appeared in commercials for Volvo, Dell, Fidelity Mutual, Edwin Jeans (with Brad Pitt), Nissan and others.The song "Tijuana Makes Me Happy" is one of the soundtracks in 2006 FIFA World Cup video game and the title song of the feature film by the same name.An interactive book entitled "Paso del Nortec: This Is Tijuana" dedicated to the Nortec phenomenon was released in the US, Mexico and Europe in 2004.In 2005, Nortec Collective released their most acclaimed work to date, the album Tijuana Sessions, Vol. 3
, which received two Latin Grammy nominations and earned significant airplay on tastemaker radio stations like KCRW (Los Angeles), KEXP (Seattle) and KUT (Austin). The omission of a Volume 2 was thought to have been in imitation of the Traveling Wilburys intentional numbering of their two albums as Volumes 1 and 3, but it was more in reference to an unfinished Volume 2 album that was not released.The book "Nor-tec Rifa!: Electronic Dance Music from Tijuana to the World" by Alejandro L. Madrid was published in March 2008. It describes Nor-tec music's composition process and it relation to the nortena, banda, and grupera traditions.In 2008 the album Nortec Collective Presents Bostich + Fussible: Tijuana Sound Machine
was released. Corridos Urbanos
by Clorofila was released in 2010. Bulevar 2000
by Bostich + Fussible was released in 2010 on Nacional Records.
Nortec Collective's album Tijuana Sessions, Vol. 3
received two Latin Grammy nominations in 2006 for "Best Alternative Music Album" and "Best Recording Package."The 2008 album Tijuana Sound Machine
by Bostich and Fussible was nominated for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album for the 51st Grammy Awards.