The Musical Education of Faculty Brewing’s Mauricio Lozano

Definitive Records asks interesting Vancouverites to sift through their memories and pull out the three albums that anchor their musical tastes. This time around we spoke with Faculty Brewing‘s Mauricio.

With a Masters in Food Science on his CV, it makes sense that Lozano is the co-owner and Head Brewer of Vancouver’s most educational brewery. We recently asked him to direct his thoughts towards his own personal musical tutelage. Here it is, in one concise three-song track list…

Nirvana – Come As You Are | LISTEN

“This is the very first song I was able to play on the guitar. When I was 14 years old I used to have a small garage band with one of my best friends and my younger brother (who is now a professional musician and does that for a living: look for Josean Log on Spotify). I was born and raised in Mexico and I had a ton of American musical influence when I was a teenager. I can maybe attribute improving my English by learning songs. I remember using Yahoo to find the lyrics and chords online and figure out the whole song from there.”

Buenavista Social Club – El Cuarto de Tula | LISTEN

“Buenavista Social Club started with so many great Cuban musicians brought together when they were at the end of their careers. I went to two of their concerts (in Puebla, Mexico, and Montreal, Quebec) in the few years they toured. This song was the highlight for me. It comes pretty often on my playlists. Vancouver can be a bit gray from October to April but this record is great to dance to, sing to and just bring your spirits up on a rainy day.”

Molotov – Gimme Tha Power | LISTEN

“Who doesn’t like a song that can engage teenagers in political discourse? Born in the 80’s and growing up in Latin America in the 90’s I lived through so much political turmoil. The norm for young people was to be disengaged. This song was so popular in my generation. It made us start questioning what the role of ‘authorities’ really is. For me and my friends, it made us aware of the corruption, the abuses of power, the inequality and the problems in our cities. In a way it made me feel the need to always be engaged in political discourse wherever I go. A lot of times the world around you is not perfect and music is a great way to channel your anger and frustration into a positive call for action.”

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