• Own imprint: Cómeme
  • Other associations: Kompakt
  • City of origin: Santiago de Chile
  • Currently located: Berlin

Matias Aguayo, Chilean-born and German-raised, has written a wide, varying body of work that has refused to settle into any genre-specific terms. The uncanny rhythms he makes, born from a love of house music, new-wave, industrial, local and foreign music forms are built on what he has always considered his most important instrument – the voice. From a young adult with a background in theatre (where he directed, acted and performed), Aguayo uses his voice to slip into different character roles and imitate sounds to created a colourful, staged illusion. Using machines (drum, sampler and microphone), Aguayo shadow-plays between vocal performance and instrumentation, cloaking both in an intensely receptive, improvised performance; fed by audience reactivity.

Kompakt, the now legendary Cologne-based techno label, has supported and released his music since his first recorded musical project, Closer Musik (2000 – 2003); releasing his first solo record ‘Are You Really Lost’ (2005); his second album ‘Ay Ay Ay’ (2009) and several EPs such as the ‘Legende EP’ (2014).

On his travels and tours, whether in Buenos Aires forming an arts and music project known as Juven- tud Clandestina (Clandestine Youth), or later street party happenings, or throwing underground parties in Cologne, inspiring his ‘A Night At The Tilehouse EP’, (Soul Jazz Records, 2007), Matias Aguayo has a magnetic personality that draws him to eccentrics and outsiders from all over the world; whether they are making unique music and are free-thinking individuals with less a ‘hive minded’ view of the mu- sical process. Not one of these people would fit into a specific genre or ‘school’ and Aguayo created his label, Cómeme (now co-run with Avril Ceballos) as a home for this assorted crew.

Cómeme opened in 2009 and its relaxed manifesto plays to its strengths – a flou- rishing domain of creativity, that eschews traditional label strategies in favour of collective decision that closely considers friends and label-mates. Aguayo’s experi- ence and resources encourages each artist to dive into their own music and, with confidence, create something that the label can work with, whether it’s from one of label’s adepts or one of their novices. Within its diverse catalogue, Cómeme has released Aguayo’s latest album ‘The Visitor’ (2013) and the vivid, musical personality, of ‘El Rudo del House’ (2015); a four EP release that were accompanied by his own, highly developed dance routines. The dance mechanisms that drive ‘El Rudo‘s’ adventurers have taken Aguayo to new and familiar frontiers as far and as near as London, Cologne, Johannesburg, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Mexi- co City and Moscow.

Aguayo has, recently, decided to explore further his theatrical roots with a newly formed band called The Desdemonas. With his group (an ensemble of drums, guitars and keyboards) Matias Aguayo and The Desdemonas exercise voodoo drums, spectral synth tones and minimal guitar phrases for a performance that is equally a live musical experience as it is a theatrical one. They have beguiled audiences with their noir, vaudevillian performances the world over.

Lately, a four track collaboration between Aguayo and South Africa’s DJ Spoko (DJ Mujava production partner) has been released on Cómeme. Realised via a strong, spiritual bond with Joburg that began in the very early days of the label.

If this was a job, then it would seem impossible, but Matias Aguayo’s work and career is instead a by-product of his life and imagination, wrought with creative visions that make his efforts fantastical, as well as possible.

AlbumsLabelYear
Are You Really LostKompakt2005
Ay Ay AyKompakt, Kompakt2009
The Visitor + Cover VersionsCasete2014
RA.EX.219 Matias AguayoResident Advisor2014
Support Alien InvasionCrammed Discs2019
Singles & EPsLabelYear
Rain EPCómeme2018
Dirty DancingCómeme2017
El Rudo Del House Round TwoCómeme2015
El Rudo Del House Round ThreeCómeme2015
El Rudo Del House Round FourCómeme2015
El Rudo Del House Round OneCómeme2015
LegendeKompakt2014
I Don't Smoke EPKompakt2011
Menta Latte RemixeKompakt2010
SingularDark & Lovely2010
Teaser 1Kompakt Exklusiv2010
RollerskateKompakt2009
Bo Jack / Pitaya FrenesíCómeme2009
The 99 Seconds EPSoul Jazz Records2009
Street SoundCómeme2009
MinimalKompakt2008
Walter NeffKompakt2008
A Night At The Tilehouse EPSoul Jazz Records2007
DJ MixesLabelYear
The Adventures Of El Rudo Del HouseFar Away Tapes2015
Cómeme Megamix 2013Tsugi2013
RA.167Resident Advisor2009
RemixesLabelYear
Mirapolis RemixesInfiné2018
Jamilat RepriseCrammed Discs2018
Many ColoursNot Available, BATAILLE Music Group2015
Comment Revoir Oursinet ? EPRecord Makers2015
Killing Me (Cómeme Remixes)Cómeme2015
Your Kind (Remixes)Not Available, BATAILLE Music Group2015
RA.500Resident Advisor2015
SmartAccidental2015
One Night In Cómeme Vol. 4Cómeme2015
Thriller KillerTigersushi2014
Right Action RemixesDomino2013
New German Ethnic Music-Immigrant's Songs From Germany Electronically ReworkedKaraoke Kalk2013
Mantasy RemixeKompakt2013
One Night In Cómeme Vol. 3Cómeme2013
One Night In Cómeme Vol. 2Cómeme2013
Jende Ri Palenge - People Of PalenqueSoul Jazz Films2012
El Groove De Tu CorazónCómeme2011
Sex O'Clock RemixesTurbo, Turbo2010
Menta Latte RemixeKompakt2010
Hungry For The PowerLoose Lips Records2011
Township Funk (Remixes)Warp Records2009
Ten To OneStudio !K72009
Ten To OneStudio !K72009
Mehdi MixmasEd Banger Records2009
Arabesque 4 - Arba'aMo'Zik Records2008
Kill The DJ Introducing The Dysfunctional Family - A Mixed Up Compilation By Chloé Et Ivan SmaggheDiscograph, Kill The DJ Records2006
Time Warp Compilation 06Time Warp2006
Fancy Robots RemixesCity Slang, City Slang2006
Why Do You Love Me?Labels2006
Flieder LiederCocoon Recordings2006
LovefoodKompakt Pop2011
TodayKompakt2005
When Will We LeaveLadomat 20002005
Kreucht & FleuchtMischwald2005
Kompakt 100Kompakt2004