Born and raised in Mexico, Hector’s life was consumed by music coming not only from his mother country, but from overseas, too. The lure of the beat drew him to seek new pastures in London, where a job at the iconic Phonica record shop was to prove a pivotal moment in his career. It was here that Hector met Anja Schneider and Loco Dice, both of whom would later give him jobs on their esteemed imprints, Mobilee and Desolat, respectively.
Being at the centre of the action is a trait that has helped Hector become one of the most respected names in the underground house and techno scene. He’s the man with every key player on speed dial, but he uses these hard-won connections with ease, and it’s this relaxed manner that has won him friends and supporters worldwide.
In 2015, Hector has flipped the script to help others by pulling together some of the most talented and underrated producers and DJs and forming the Vatos Locos crew—“the crazy ones”—who came of age at BPM Festival in Mexico by throwing one of the maddest shows at this mega event. It’s a family affair, but with no egos and a democratic approach to rocking the spot. If you make the grade in the studio and on the decks, then you’re as respected as the rest of the crew, regardless of who you are.
Hector continues to produce for a range of imprints, collaborating with both well-known artists and newcomers rather than starting his own label. His thirst for playing the biggest clubs and festivals around the world is unrelenting, as is proven by his latest residency at Marco Carola’s Music On at Amnesia, Ibiza. In addition, he performs at festivals like Time Warp, DEMF, Kazantip, Awakenings, BPM, Hideout and Sunwaves, alongside club sets for Tokyo’s Womb, Space Miami, Fabric London and New York’s Output.
A name that gets the nod from all corners of the underground, Hector is full of surprises, whether it be when rocking the terrace at Amnesia or creating hypnotic grooves in the studio. And with his Vatos Locos crew itching to step it up, you can rest assured that his calm exterior belies some game-changing next moves…