Meet Noktiluc! We Talk Surrealism, Buenos Aires, and Edgar Allan Poe

NOKTILUC STARES DOWN, ALERT, FOCUSED AND TOTALLY IMMERSED AS HE SLOWLY ADDS LAYERS TO A TRANQUIL QUILT OF SOUND. THIS IS THE MARK OF AN ARTIST.

By Mack Caldwell 
Sifted Magazine


Noktiluc stands alone in an empty warehouse in Buenos Aires. In front of him are a stool, laptop, drum pads, and a few mics. A guitar hangs from his neck. The walls have peeled, shattered. Dust coats the floor. Wires droop, exposed, veins of civilization left askew and dangerous.



But it’s in this chaotic environment, chairs tipped over and forgotten, machinery jutting out, bolts undone in the rotting remains of absence, that something organic and beautiful happens.

He strums down lightly on his red, electric, Gibson. It reverberates in a mellow shock like eyes opening after a nap. He claps into the mic. The beat rolls in.

Suddenly the room is flushed with an overwhelming sense of movement. There is pulsing and breath. Noktiluc stares down, alert, focused and totally immersed as he slowly adds layers to a tranquil quilt of sound. This is the mark of an artist. He channels passion and evokes emotion. He executes with surgical finesse and earth-like warmth, bringing the intangible into the organic.


Noktiluc is the Boston based, performance and production project of Joaquin Perez. Hailing from Buenos Aires, Perez moved to the US in 2012. A Berklee graduate and talented producer, he plunged headfirst into Boston nightlife, surrounding himself with some of his “biggest influences” such as Loco Dice, Matthew Dear, Nicolas Jaar, and Richard Devine. Now he is making a techno soaked debut as Noktiluc with an EP Los Caminos.  We were so happy to get to talk with him about surrealism, parties in Boston, and growing up in Argentina!


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