From penning Noisey articles critiquing live shows of acclaimed Italian DJ and producer Giorgio Moroder, to proudly professing his love of Beyonce to anyone who will listen, the self-proclaimed “Elephant Man of electronic music” is part caricature, part exhibitionist, and 100 percent show business. After informing us of his imminent arrival, we at The Setlist took the opportunity to discuss his thoughts on everything from Donald Trump to proper performance wardrobe (or lack thereof).
E: Describe your last live performance for me in a sentence or two.
S: Let me think…my last show was in Ixtapaluca and it was a free extravaganza for the entire family. I’ve always said that a Silverio show is educational and formative for the entire family and on this occasion it was true.
E: Is there anyone in particular who inspires you to give great live performances?
S: No, it’s more like the complete opposite. When I started to perform in the early 00’s, what really struck me was what was lacking in these kinds of shows. It was on the tail end of 90s rock, and electronic music became so serious, and everyone was so cool, which I found just completely repugnant. There was no personality on stage, no elegance. People coming onstage like they were about to go buy bread at the corner store, which also struck me as terribly sad. I think they’re still doing that, right? I like going out on stage in costume, wearing specific clothes for a show.
E: Yes, your costume choices are really something…Can you tell me about the red underwear? How did you come to wear those at every show?
S: In Mexico there is a tradition on the 31st of December – I’m not actually sure if it’s exclusive to my country – but everyone wears red underpants to have health, money, love and sex in the new year. I use them every day of my life so that they never fail me. The truth is that they work very well.
E: Sure. You’ve been to known to get naked on stage. Is there any particular reason you do that?
S: I think simple is best when it comes to live shows. So what I’m left to work with on stage is my body and everything that come from it. I’m not interested in the colored lights, the special effects, the projections. Just push your body as far as it can go. Secondly, it thoroughly defines the beginning and the end of the show…I come onstage dressed to the nines, and I leave as God brought me into the world.
E: I’ve read before that you love Beyonce. Why do you like her so much?
S: Well for one, she’s really hot. And I think she represents a movement of musicians that make pop meaningful again, that have renewed it and with a good sense of humor. I like that. Also, I think it’s interesting that when she does interviews she never remembers what happened during her live shows, and that happens to me as well. I guess there are ways I identify with her. Obviously, I don’t have her body.
E: What do you hope to achieve with Silverio? What are your artistic goals?
S: My artistic goal is always to surprise myself. In my opinion, what I do is effective as long as I can surprise people, but at the same time, I think I’m surprised by what might happen. If there’s no surprise, everything turns into repetition. Repetition is kind of like death, so as long as I can keep surprising myself, I feel that what I do works and is going places I’m interested in.
E: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
S: Definitely not up on stage. I hope I’m not entertaining kids 10 years from now. What I like about this show and about what I do with Silverio is that it has an expiration date, which is pretty clear. I don’t think Silverio will be around for many more years, to be honest.
E: Oh, really?
S: I’m not done yet, I’ve still got a couple of years left but, honestly, I don’t think it’s healthy for an old man to entertain youngsters. I wouldn’t wanna be in that situation.
E: So I’m guessing you don’t like it when classic artists go on reunion tours 40 years later…
S: I think it’s completely horrible.
E: How old are you?
S: How old am I? Old enough
E: So you’re not going to tell me your age?
E: I don’t want to say that you’re similar to Donald Trump, but you both have expressed considerable disdain for your platform of choice – in his case politics, in yours, music. Do you have any thoughts on that?
S: I love the comparison, thanks for the compliment. I never thought about it that way but it seems pretty accurate, to be honest. Yes, I think he knows how to put on a show really well. In many ways, the guy is not a politician, he’s a showman. He was in reality TV, he belongs to a different world than politics. I think he ended up in politics by accident, that’s the impression I get. I don’t think he’s prepared enough to be a politician but at this point in history, what is being a politician? It seems that everything is controlled by the mass media outlets.
E: Speaking of mass media, I’ve read that you’ve had lots of trouble with censorship, especially your home country – sometimes resulting in getting forcibly removed from the stage.
S: I’ve always had trouble, especially in Mexico. When I perform live, when I give interviews, when I release videos…the censorship is relentless. I’m not really pro-censorship but it’s helped me quite a lot – it makes people curious. I think censorship is something you can take advantage of, turn it around and use it to your benefit. At the same time, I’ve found myself in strange and awkward situations with the police, which is terrible because in a country like Mexico you never know how these situations will end, it can get pretty rough. We live in a fascist regime. You hear terrible news about it all the time. So on one hand, you can benefit from censorship but on the other hand, it also represents a risk because people here aren’t messing around.
E: On a more lighthearted note – I saw on your social media that people love to insult you, but it seems to be in good fun. What is the best insult that you have been told by an audience member?
S: Once an old lady at my show called me “a booger-swallowing grandpa.” Honestly, it took me aback because I’d never heard that insult before. I also have lots of objects thrown at or around me – including a pair of crutches. It all depends on the latitude of the planet. We’ll see what happens in Argentina.
E: Got it. I’ll be careful on Friday then.
You can catch Silverio tonight (Nov. 3) at Morocco (Hipólito Yrigoyen 851).
Tickets: AR $250. Doors open at 10 PM.