As stated on their Facebook page, the Latin Killers is: "a project based en San Francisco, California by Capitan Walas (Guitarras), Gonzo (Vocal y lyrics), and Dave Shul (guitar founder of Michael Franti & Spearhead)". Their music is full of wonderful beats and rhythms that are not only modern, but also "tip their hat" to that of the older Rock en Español.
Last week I got to speak to Gonzo regarding the band, their latest release and future plans. I started this interview with the general greeting and explanation as to what this website is about. First thing I asked was how Gonzo's time in quarantine was going to which he answered, " well, just here a bit confined and all in San Francisco, but all good." It was only natural to follow up that question by asking whether it is easier or harder to work during music to which he said, "it's a bit hard with this Pandemic. It's hard to concentrate. Sometimes my mind is elsewhere, but there are moments of clarity." It's true. Although most of us are home, it can become an over all overwhelming experience.
We next discussed their album "Viajeros del Tiempo" and I ask Gonzo why they chose that title and he said that it was a combination of different things and went on to emphasizing the people featured in this album including artists like Robert Quintana and Spearhead. Besides an interesting title for an album and consequently there single Cúrame, there is an interesting video to accompany it.
A few weeks ago Latin Killers released their latest music video for their song "Cúrame", which was filmed in Mexico City and San Francisco. It's a video that features the current state of the world with a side of dancing. I told Gonzo it was fitting with the times and further asked whether that was always the intention for the video. "The album was made pre-pandemic but the song references the situation. The director wanted to incorporate the pandemic and the model dancing, Romina, did a great job too". Indeed, the concept and overall vibes of the song felt strangely familiar and surprising to see in a music video.
Before ending the interview, I asked him what band influenced them the most and he said, "I have always loved Rock music. I am a rocker at heart. Bands that have influenced us (and me) are Maná, Enanitos Verdes, Soda Stereo and much more". After he answered that, I ended this lovely conversation by asking what future plans include for Latin Killers. "We are already preparing a stream for next weeks so everyone can listen to it live. We are also preparing a band for the live tour. It will be a top team."
A big thank you to Latin Killers and all our readers!
Did you listen to "Cangrejita" and wonder why does this guy's voice sound so familiar?. Well, it might be because Jonaz was the lead singer of the iconic Mexican band: Plastilina Mosh! There is no way you have been to Mexican wedding or club and not heard the words "Mr. P-M-O-S-H". It is a classic and a staple to the party scene! Jonaz's voice and presence has been emblematic since 1997.
About a month ago, Jonaz released a sweet summer tune by the name "Cangrejita" which alludes to the city and beach life. It's of course, a great song to play at the family cookout or even at the gym. It still has the classic Jonaz/Plastilina Mosh party vibe. The music video itself is nostalgic and showcases an 80's style video game.
Last week I got to talk to Jonaz and we discussed quarantine, hobbies, and music:
D.O.M.E (Pao): How are you?
Jonaz: Good, good.
D.O.M.E: Given that we are in quarantine, have you found any new hobbies? Or have you found that you have more time to make music?
Jonaz: No new hobbies. I've been listening a lot to things I have. I have also spent more time with my family. At least now, I have more time to spend on my music. I am trying to write music that I have not written before. Something more personal and "dark".
**As a side note, Jonaz added that he has been playing more video games because his wife bought him a new console and he now has time for it due to quarantine. He is currently playing. a lot of Skyrim.
D.O.M.E: Before we talk about the new song, I do have to point something out. A lot of your videos feel somewhat nostalgic and reference certain things. Is that intentional?
Jonaz: It happens naturally. Not all ideas are mine. Maybe people look at me and think of me as "nostalgic looking" hahaha. I do have a curiosity when it comes to different genres.
**As we continued talking, he mentioned that he wanted to try writing a waltz..
D.O.M.E: And what can you tell me about "Cangrejita"?
Jonaz: It happened because I realized I became obsessed with Mexican music (he was referring to norteño music) and a year and a half ago I also realized that I had not made house pop music in a while "a-la Plastilina Mosh". Popera-Latina. While making it, I remembered this one time we played at the beach and we (the band) were dressed in all black and converse hence the lyrics: "tú eres cangrejita playera y yo soy rata de ciudad."
D.O.M.E: I noticed you made a bunch of funny videos last night (last Wednesday) as "La Tia Jonaza" and you mentioned the latest tendencies. What is your favorite tendency?
Jonaz: I am not big on tendencies. I found that one (face app) because of people doing it. I don't really look out for what's popular. I do what I like to do.
D.O.M.E: You are good at the funny videos. Have you ever considered starting a Youtube channel for your funny videos?
Jonaz: Maybe. I'm not a stand-up guy but I like sketches so if I do, it would be sketches.
D.O.M.E: Ok before we finish up this interview, what are you listening to at the moment?
Jonaz: I'm listening to a lot of Jazz, Club de Losers, Down to the Bone and ect. Every two to three years, I listen to a lot of Prince.
** Jonaz talked about many other musicians ranging from France, Brooklyn and Cuba.
A big thank you to Jonaz! Check out his music if you haven't already!
Hey everyone! It's been thirteen years since the alternative-rock band Circo has released anything. However, the wait is over! "Adiós Hola" is finally here!
On December 2019, Fofé, Egui, David and Orlando returned to the recording studio to work on what would be their first album in thirteen years as CIRCO. The new album was recorded in its entirety in Puerto Rico. What we know today as the Verano Intenso (Intense Summer) of 2019 in Puerto Rico served as the backdrop for the band's reunion. It was during this time that the band reunited for a celebratory concert that ignited the creative spark which kicked off the pre-production phase for "Adiós Hola." The album's title signifies the goodbye to the band's 13-year hiatus and hello to the new chapter that starts with "Adiós Hola."
It must be noted that Circo wrote this album in the middle of the earthquakes in Puerto Rico and the Global Pandemic (which is still ongoing). Fofé, the frontman, describes the album as, "a mystic journey inspired by drastic changes, unexpected separations, inevitable moves and the nostalgia inspired by missing our loved ones who are no longer there. It is an astral journey to meet with long distance loves, and the story of migrating to start from nothing."
"Adiós Hola" is definitely filled with magical realism that includes hints of nostalgia. It definitely highlights each band members capacity and talent. What makes this album so wonderful it that it really shows why this band is so beloved and why this album was so anticipated for Circo fans and music junkies.
La Tormenta opens up with some soft synth and then some sweet vocals that are almost a nod to bachata. It's a sweet start. Then Si Tu Te Vas starts with some loud drums, but quickly return to sweet melancholic vocals. Libre is definitely an upbeat song that reminds me of the early 2000s, it's a timeless piece. Finally, Illuminar is a romantic and delicate way to end such a good album. These are just thoughts on a few of the songs.
Check it out!
I hope everyone is staying safe during these times. Desert of my Eye wants you to know we are here and we love you all!
Last week I caught up with Bilbao for the release fo their latest single, "Cuarentayseis", which is now available on all streaming platforms. In a quick exchange with Aaron, front man of Bilbao, I asked the following questions:
D.O.M.E: How has quarantine been?
Aaron: We have been busy and with a lot of work since the release of this new single including programming the behind-the-scenes material for this single. We also did a live session during quarantine.
D.O.M.E: What do you guys do to pass time?
Aaron: Outside of everything relating to music, composing, and new discovering music, we like playing Fifa. Ha-ha.
D.O.M.E: You mentioned that you have a new single, what is it about?
Aaron: It's called "Cuarentayseis" and the public has loved it so far. It was well received and it already has a lot of reproductions. I think it's due to the fact that this song is nostalgic and introspective. It's also relatable.
D.O.M.E: How would you describe the song?
Aaron: It's a sad song. I wrote this after a hard time in my life. I had an emotional load that marked me. Even though it is sad song, ironically, it lends itself to dance.
D.O.M.E: If you could describe Bilbao with one word, what would it be?
Aaron: Family, without a doubt.
A big thank you to Bilbao! Please check out their latest single!
Last week I had the honor of doing a phone interview with Pedro-Juan Vasquez Bagan a.k.a. PJ Sin Suela! He is a popular Puerto Rican artist whose music has been compared to "an up-coming Residente".
PJ's music is filled with infectious rhythms that have you hooked from the moment they start and it's done none other than this doctor turned musician. After asking why he chose to leave his medical profession behind, he told me that it felt right to him and he could feel the support from his community. That's really a gutsy move! I believe this is one of those pure examples of "chasing your dreams".
As a segue to Pedro's career change, we discussed his artist name, "PJ Sin Suela". Pedro mentioned that PJ comes from Pedro-Juan but "sin suela" which translates to "without sole" comes from the fact that he in a way wants to leave his own kind of footprint on the world. Pedro was so thoughtful in every answer he gave.
We then talked about his latest single, "Loco Loquito", which features the world-famous Jorge Drexler. Pedro talked about how Jorge Drexler is his favorite artist, so being able to do this song with him was an honor. The theme of the song, as Pedro described, "deals with two people who are REALLY happy together and really want to know each other some more. It portrays it in a realistic manner and unlike a Disney movie."
I asked Pedro who his favorite artists were and he mentioned names like Ana Tijoux, Residente, and Culture Profetica. He added that his over all inspiration comes from other places like sports, movies, and even his dad.
As to Pedro's musical process, he mentioned that he loves writing a lot of poetry. He said that usually the music comes first, then the lyrics and then he plays with the whole composition. It was really interesting to listen to Pedro's discussion on his process. It's really inspiring and enlightening especially in times like these.
Stay safe everyone! And check our his music!
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