Mexico City and Los Angeles. Local music scenes and transnational production links.

Authors: Alejandro Mercado-Celis*, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México
Topics: Cultural Geography, Economic Geography, Social Geography
Keywords: Music Scenes, Networks, Music Industry Clusters, MexicoCity-Los Angeles
Session Type: Paper
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In this paper, I argue that the Mexican music industry has shown significant levels of integration with the United States in processing certain creative stages in this country. This form of integration implies that there are transnational production networks between music industry clusters that, on the one hand, reproduce the dominance of core clusters in the United States and at the same time, generate possibilities of expansion for the music industry clusters in Mexico. To arrive at this statement, I will first start by discussing one of the fundamental characteristics of the music industry, which is the organization by project and which offers the possibility of generating eventual transnational networks of creative production. In the second section, I will present the case of the Mexican alternative local music scene in Mexico City from the 90s up to this day. The iconic groups of this era were mainly produced in the City of Los Angeles but mostly consumed in Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries. I conclude with the implications for the study of the music industry clusters and local music scenes of the United States in its relationship with Mexico’s music scenes and industry.

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