Welcome to the world of José Carlos Pesina Siller, aka Los Amparito/ Pepepe/ Pesina Siller. The music he produces is nothing short of magical. He is elusive, to say the least, but I was lucky enough to catch him for a moment and ask him a little more about what exactly it is he does, why he does it, and why he has so many names.

What's going on Carlos? How is the weather out there (where are you from?)?

I'm from Guadalajara, Mexico, here we live in a permanent summer.

How would you describe your music? Who are you biggest Influences?

I think my approach to music seems more scientific than only recreational. Since childhood I was more interested in audio and recorded music than in musical instruments, I am interested in making pop music with unconventional techniques. My biggest influences are Uwe Schmidt, Herbert and 60s French pop.

How important is your native traditional Mexican music to you as an influence for the music you make?

It hadn't been important until I heard the music of Amparo Ochoa, and until I heard the Son Jarocho from another perspective. But rather than nationalistic music which interests me the most is to make music that could only have been done here.

How does the music writing process work for you?

It's all based on loops, I quite like repetitive music. I usually find a sound and play it in loop, then I add more samples harmonically. There was a time when I didn't like sampling other people's stuff, but since I tried it I became addicted. When recording, it is very difficult to get a similar texture and complexity of sound taken it's from another song because it has been mixed and processed together with others several times. Lately I've been trying to make my music from premeditated ideas and I've been experimenting with over-compression and texture in mixing.

Pesina Siller, Pepepe and Los Amparito are all pseudonyms you use, how does that work? and who are you at the moment?

I don't understand how most people tend to make the same kind of music all the time. I listen to all kinds of music and naturally I try to make different stuff, my pseudonyms are attempts to classify my own music: Pepepe for the IDM-Pop, Pesina Siller for the most digital or ambient music, and Los Amparito for the electronic music based on Mexican folklore.

How do you perform live, do you have a band, or would you see it more as a DJ set?

As Los Amparito I have a band of undefined members: guitar, bass, electronic percussion, violin, vocals, VJ. I've also played as a DJ and by myself, shooting loops and processing them.

I know that you came over to England last year to play some shows in London, how was that for you? Did the English fans respond well to your tunes?

I played twice. The first time I played after The Horrors, by the time I was playing there were only 4 or 5 people and 3 of them were my friends. The second time was at the Old Blue Last it was much better.

Do you have any plans to come back to Europe again soon?

I was invited to a festival that is part of the Year of Mexico in France, but I'm not sure if it will be cancelled because of political problems between the two countries.

What is happening in terms of records, do you have anything in the pipeline? Any plans to release any songs soon? Or any new collaboration's you will be getting involved in?

I have no plans to release any album, but I'm always making music and collaborating with others, by the time I am posting one track every Thursday on my blog: http://odiolosjueves.tumblr.com

What music are you listening to right now?

These guys have been constantly played in my iPod: DZA, Elis Regina, Ana Tijoux, Georgia Anne Muldrow.

Are there any exciting Mexican bands that you recommend we keep an eye on?

You should check out: Los Macuanos and Mexican Institute of Sound

And finally what are your plans for 2011? Where will Los Amparito/Pepepe/Pesina Siller be by the winter?

Probably forgotten by a new project, or perhaps refreshed by a more elaborated live act. This year I want to learn to play an Instrument, probably the Jarana jarocha.