Local DJ sees changes in music and culture

Local DJ sees changes in music and culture
Local DJ sees changes in music and culture

FORT SMITH – Jorge Frias knows the Latino community in Fort Smith and the Arkansas River Valley like few others. From his DJ desk, he can observe changes not only in musical tastes, but also in culture and even society.

In a conversation with La Prensa Libre AR, Jorge, better known as Sonido Súper Gatos, said that he is originally from Jerécuaro, Guanajuato, Mexico and that he has been working with his sound for 14 years in the Fort Smith metropolitan area. He started as a DJ in Mexico because he liked it.

“They ask me for everything: Mexican music, Latin music, music in English; huapango, zapateado, norteño, cumbia sonidera, cumbia norteña, salsa, merengue, reggaeton, bachata,” Jorge said. “Hondurans ask me for punta, people from Guerrero ask me for chilenas, people from the Tierra Caliente region of Michoacán ask me for music from their land.”

“And they ask me for the band when they are more ‘into it’!” he said.

Most of the time Jorge plays at private events, but he also participates in the Hispanic Heritage Month Festival in Fort Smith organized by Israel Rodriguez every year in September. He helps with audio, lighting and sound for the grand event held downtown.

Jorge estimates that he plays at around 30 events each year. When he’s not DJing, he works as an auto mechanic.

Jorge has seen musical trends and fashions come and go from his DJ table. “When I started, Durango was very strong, and then tribal,” he recalled. “There have been many changes in music. Now, regional Mexican is strong. The culture has changed a lot because of drug trafficking, that’s not right. Now there are artists like Peso Pluma who sing about drug trafficking, but more blatantly. Before, there was only Chalino Sánchez.”

When he’s not playing at parties, Jorge helps provide music at school graduations, helps set up sound for events, and provides free support at church events and fairs. “We don’t charge them anything,” Jorge said.

You can contact Jorge Frías, Sonido Super Gatos de Fort Smith, at (479) 461-6062 or on his social networks.

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