Andy “Andre” Acosta (purveyor of fine things and groovy tunes) joins the Madre family this month and brings with him a dynamic collection of legendary tracks for Madre Radio. Andre is the resident DJ at our monthly Super Ok Fridays cocktail party at The Deus Emporium of Postmodern Activities in Venice, California. You can find him at night spinning vinyl at some of LA’s finest watering holes, but during the day he runs the show at Deus, curating one of LA’s finest men’s retail spaces. Between his Cuban heritage, time spent in hardcore bands, and a bi-coastal DJ career, Andy has acquired a truly unique ear for deep, and often obscure jams. We recently sat down with the selector and asked him a few questions about his inspiration and the playlist he gifted us. Enjoy!
I ask myself this question all the time- but ultimately I think it’s just that feeling you get deep in your gut when you hear a song and it makes you feel some sort of way.. It’s a mix off emotions but ultimately, maybe the word is “soul."
Andre Acosta though a lot of people know me as “Andie”. It gets kind of confusing at times but I have no preference.. haha
I’m an East coaster who now resides in LA. Born in Miami (12yrs), grew up in North Carolina (10 years), moved to NYC (10 years), LA (4 years).
Ahhh music has always been a massive aspect of my life. My family introduced me to all sorts of music and have continued to expand my taste. Being Cuban and living in Miami, I was exposed to the beautiful sounds latin music. But my father was super into classic rock while my mom was into soul, jazz, disco. But living in Miami in the late 80’s/ early 90’s, I always had that Miami r&b/boogie sound around me that holds a special place in my heart.
My family moved to us to NC and I started playing in bands starting in middle school. I played in mostly hardcore bands til I was 22- so I was very immersed into that scene. However, I had always been an advocate of listening to jazz, hip-hop and other obscure stuff.
When I moved to NY I became friends with my buddy, Oskar who introduced me to the world of record collecting. He had a show on East Village Radio (RIP) and I would fan out in the booth with all the amazing guest deejays he would have every week. Being introduced to this whole new world of rare soul/funk/boogie/disco and everything in between. The rest is history!