As Austin is often called the live music capital of the world, few would know that it is also home to a vibrant tribal scene that is far from the popular “pointy boots” videos most people associate with the music. DJ Leslie Cavazos shares her thoughts on the genre as one of the leading DJs in Austin and who fuses English and Spanish, tribal, hip hop, norteno, and more for Austinites. Mexican-American and Central American youth are also influencing the scene with their expression through clothing style such as “botas chatas”, freestyle and coordinated dances, and “clikas” that revolve around dance battling. Austin’s unique tribal scene isn’t part of the downtown “hipster happenings” but has developed mainly out of quincenera parties and clubs on the outskirts of the city.

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