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3BallMTY on Breaking Into the DJ Scene: "People Weren't Used to Mexican Music Without Guitars"

What do you get when you combine three chamacos from Monterrey with a love for EDM and their Mexican patria?

DJ crew 3BallMTY.

Pronounced Tribal Monterrey, Erick Rincon, Sergio Lavala (Sheeqo Beat), and Alberto Presenda (DJ Otto) have been breaking beats since 2009.

And now, the "Latino electronica" trio is embarking on the Honda Civic Tour and heading to West Palm Beach for a dance sesh at El Palacio Mexicano on Friday, December 5.

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"It's a privilege for us," expresses Sheeqo Beat, who was calling from his tour bus where 3Ball had just crossed the border from Tijuana to San Diego.

In less than a week from our convo, the guys would be promoting their North American tour and making an appearance on the red carpet at the 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards.

"The Honda Civic Tour invited us," the DJ explains. "It's the first time they've worked with Latinos. We're their first [Hispanic] headliners."

And with a Latin Grammy award for Best New Artist of 2012 under their belt, Sheeqo and his buds are on their way to quickly becoming one of the hottest crossover Latin pop stars ... Not too shabby for a group of musicians who met over the internet.

Sheeqo and Erick Rincon began working together in 2007. They were 15 and 14 at the time.

"We wanted to be DJs," Sheeqo Beat recalls. "We produced a lot of house, but we wanted something that was more Mexican from Monterrey."

That's when they came across DJ Otto.

"We all lived very close to each other," he goes on. "It was a coincidence. Otto liked tribal music as much as we did, so we invited him."

Just like that, 3BallMTY was born.

"A lot of people pronounce it as three-ball-MTY," Sheeqo Beat describes of the crew's moniker.

"We're three people. We wanted to play up on the word tribal -- it was born out of the music that was known as tribal music. It has nothing to do with ball or anything, and MTY because of it's an abbreviation of our city."

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Laurie Charles
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