The band Beirut hails from Brooklyn, NY, but they’ve gained international fame for what they describe as an “old-world” sound. The mastermind and frontman, 23-year-old New Mexico native Zach Condon, built Beirut’s signature sound with influences from the Balkans and France. In Beirut’s latest EP, March of the Zapotec, they explore an entirely “new world” of musical riches: the Mexican brass of Oaxaca. On the afternoon of their debut in Mexico City, I talked to some members of the band to learn more about this ambitious project. They explained how their exposure to Mexican music broadened their sound, and discussed the contentious issue of “authenticity” that comes with playing music from other cultures.
Thanks to Alfred Megally for the photos!