Mexican-born Sandra Borrego Mariana Robles, aka Mariana BO, has a unique set-up in her live performances, combining her skills on the violin with electronic music. Having learnt to play the instrument classically in her youth, she often brings this musicianship into her DJ sets — on stage she’s played alongside the likes of David Guetta, NERVO, Tiësto, and Paul Oakenfold to name a few.
The last few years have seen her take the stage worldwide playing at Tomorrowland, Ultra Europe, and various festivals in her native Mexico including EDC Festival, Electric Planet, Holi Festival, and Mayan Madness in Tulum. Her productions encompass various styles including big room, psytrance and dubstep to hardstyle and bass house. Notable releases this year include her singles ‘Feeling Good’, ‘Queen Of The Desert’ and ‘Mariachi’ — and there’s more to come. She’s also focusing more deeply on music that’s not just EDM — she’s been experimenting with new sounds and projects such as creating soundtracks for brands or short films.
What are the three things that have helped you the most to overcome the coronavirus lockdown?
"The music, the patience, the passion."
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
"The industry has to be prepared for all challenges and look for alternatives to always maintain close contact with the public."
What steps must be taken to address racism in the dance music scene?
"Racism should not be a topic of discussion today in the 21st century, equality and people's rights should not be discussed."
What industry changes are you personally driving to make the dance music scene more inclusive?
"I want to do my part to reactivate the economy of the industry, being aware of the costs of my show so that promoters have the opportunity to do shows and thus win all."
What's the best dance music track of all time?
"'Adagio For Strings'"
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