Mexicans with Guns (Innovative Leisure, FoF Music) @ Dubspot: Ableton Live Workshop Video Recap

On June 10 2011, experimental electronic musician and producer Ernest Gonzales, better known as the man behind the moniker Mexicans With Guns stopped by Dubspot NYC in for an Ableton Live workshop. This video is a recap of that workshop which was broadcasted live, as well as an interview in which Ernest talked about his early musical history, his influences (from hip hop and drum and bass to Amon Tobin and Mexican shaman Maria Sabina) and how he began producing, sampling old and obscure records; taking portions of sounds and reusing them to create something totally different and fresh. Furthermore, he talked about developing musical concepts and ideas, creative workflow, the process of putting together his debut album as Mexicans With Guns Ceremony, studio and production techniques, performing with Ableton Live and having an exciting stage presence.

Here’s a recent track Mexicans With Guns uploaded recently on SoundCloud – currently available as free download. This composition is a remix of a track from a film titled The Other Conquest.
Burning the Codices (Mexicans with Guns Remix) by mexicanswithguns

We also recommend checking out Ernest Gonzalez’s debut album as Mexicans With Guns titled Ceremony, out now on Innovative Leisure and Friends of Friends. Don’t miss an opportunity to catch him live when you get the opportunity.

Mexicans With Guns is back in the club, and he’s not here to sell you roses. The bass luchadore sometimes known as Ernest Gonzales conjures mystic bass-bin beats for his debut Ceremony LP.  Those familiar with the masked man’s previous efforts won’t be surprised by his gritty, sleep-with-one-eye-open basslines and atmospheric swelter, but they may find themselves entranced as they diffuse over the space of 14 original tracks. Gonzales crafted the distinct sound of Mexicans With Guns as an outlet for exploring traditional Hispanic folk music as an electronic artist in the present; on Ceremony he effortlessly transposes the spiritual tradition of the past onto the rattling dance halls of the present.

Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program

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The flagship of our music training, with every Ableton Live course offered at the school. After completing this program, you will leave with 4 completed tracks (EP), a remix entered in an active contest, a scored commercial to widen your scope, and the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Ableton Live.

What’s Included:

  • Ableton Live Level 1: Shake Hands with Live
  • Ableton Live Level 2: Completing Your First Track
  • Ableton Live Level 3: Production Essentials
  • Ableton Live Level 4: Sound Design & Instrumentation
  • Ableton Live Level 5: Advanced Composition & Production
  • Ableton Live Level 6: Taking Your EP Global

This program is about learning Ableton Live by going through the entire process of being an artist, by developing your own sound through a series of sketches and experimentation. You will also learn the ins and outs of this powerful software through a series of exercises designed to help you master the steps involved in producing your own music. After a level of getting familiar with the tools that Ableton has to offer, you will then develop your sonic ideas into full length songs – one per level. You will be exposed to a variety of approaches to arrangement and composition, storytelling techniques, ways of creating tension and drama in your music. At the end of the day, it is the sum total of your choices as an artist that define your sound, and levels 2 – 6 will give you the experience of actually completing tracks to add to your portfolio.


  • Ableton Live Core & Advanced: 6 levels
  • Dubspot’s complete Ableton course load
  • 132 hours of hands-on instruction
  • Additional instructor-supervised lab hours


  • Ableton Live Core & Advanced: 6 levels
  • Dubspot’s complete Ableton course load
  • 60-80 hours of high quality videos
  • 3 hours of instructor-led chat sessions per week
  • Direct video & audio feedback from instructors

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