First of We would like to start of by thanking Sky Bar on 4th ave for allowing us to play there this weekend and for giving independent artist a place to share their music. I think we can all agree that the show was a lot of fun thanks to all of you who showed up you guys are amazing! We especially want to thank Los Hollywood (San Diego CA) and Volta (El Paso TX) for coming down to share the stage with us this past Saturday March 24th. Having you guys in Tucson was a blast se hizo la carnita asada!
For those who have been following our weekly updates you know we've been working on our new single “American Girl” which will be part of our upcoming album. We’ve been filming and editing the music video over the past few weeks and will be ready for you guys really soon but in the meantime we thought you might like to see a live version of the song. This was recorded live at Sky bar March 24th and Features Heidy from Los Hollywood. Let us know what you think! See you next time.
First of all, we would like to thank everyone who has helped us out during the filming of this project, especially Edwin Cordova, Vladimir and Isaac Ramirez (Eddie’s little brother) who helped us film. Also, we would like to send a special thank you to Angel Duran and Mariachi Sol Azteca for helping out. From writing to recording as well as filming the video, they’ve helped every step of the way.
For those of you who aren’t up to date on what we are doing, we have been recording a music video for our upcoming single “Niña Americana (American Girl)” which will be part of our upcoming album. Last week, we filmed in both Nogales, Arizona and Sonora and this past Saturday, March 17th we decided to film on 4th Ave in Tucson alongside our friends from the mariachi mentioned above.
Over all the filming process went really smoothly. The environment was very fun and everyone was a joy to work with. Not to mention, the weather was beautiful which was perfect since we were filming outdoors. We did however manage to capture the attention of a lot of people passing by. I’m sure they were confused as to why a Mariachi was down on 4th Ave on St. Patrick’s Day. It wasn’t our intention but it just so happened this was the only day we could all gather up to film. Regardless of this, a few folks couldn’t resist the temptation of asking the Mariachi to perform a song. So Alejandra and the rest of the musicians improvised a classic mariachi song together, and this was how we concluded filming for the video.
Over the next few weeks we will be focusing our attention to editing so stay tuned next week. Also this Saturday, March 24th we will be performing at Sky Bar on 4th Ave (9:00PM) alongside our friends Los Hollywood (San Diego, CA) and Volta ( El Paso, TX). Hope to see you there!
Last week we told you about our idea to film on the border for our upcoming music video American Girl (Niña Americana).
Success! We found the perfect spot to film in Nogales, AZ alongside the border line. As we initially entered the dirt road that rides alongside the border fence, it was pretty evident that it was heavily watched by agents. We hadn’t even gotten a minute into the trail when we already spotted a border patrol truck watching us from the top of a hill. We thought it best to pull over and explain to the officer what our intentions were to which the agent said “I don’t have a problem with you guys filming there as long as you don’t do anything illegal, It’s a free country."
I’m glad we talked to him. I can only imagine how sketchy it must have looked when nine, 20 sum year olds began unloading cases and bags out of a 16 passenger van so close to the fence. The agents weren’t that careless either, we noticed that a few of them were watching us from a distance probably making sure we didn’t do anything fishy.
We set up our gear, plugged a monitor into the power generator (thank you tio for letting us borrow that) and began to film by playback. The weather couldn’t have been any better either. It was slightly cloudy at first but the the sun came out as soon as we began to film. We ran the song a few times using different angles and getting close ups of all the members. We even attracted a crowd of horses who stopped by to show their support. One particular looking individual walked right up to us and was no stranger to the camera; what a jackass!
After we had the necessary shots in that location we decided to cross into Mexico by foot and film around the downtown area. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend going. There is so much to see and amazing tacos to be eaten.
Next week we will be filming in Tucson accompanied by our friend Angel Duran from Mariachi Sol Azteca. So tune in next week to see the highlights!
I guess now is as good a time as any to announce that we will be filming a new video for our song “American Girl (Niña Americana)” which will be featured on our upcoming album. The filming will take place throughout the Sonoran Desert both in Tucson AZ and in Nogales SN. The idea is to film on the U.S/ Mexican border fence and throughout the entire area of Nogales as well as some spots in Tucson. But after much research and looking up for proper filming permits on the border (which don’t exist), we came to the conclusion that we are just going to try and film there either way. Sure there is a possibility that we might get kicked out or even searched and hassled by the border patrol but screw it! Sometimes you have to take risk.
The main bulk of the filming will take place throughout the month of March. However Edwin Cordova and I have already spent a few hours outside in the cold gathering scenic shots of our desert sunrise which will come in handy during the editing process of this video. We will be needing a lot of help from our friends to realize this project, so if you’re willing to help let us know. Check in next week for the next weekly update. Thanks!
This past weekend was an extraordinary one for lovers of independent music, especially those who love Rock en Español. We had the privilege of hosting the great and talented Elis Paprika and The Black Pilgrims (Guadalajara, MX) as they wrapped up their U.S/ Canada tour. We performed two nights together, first in Phoenix and the next day in Tucson. As fun as these shows were, they had their ups and downs. The venues we played were nice enough to help us host this event and Rockeros VIP (online radio with over a million followers) helped us promote it. Unfortunately, the general public isn’t really used to seeing independent Latin bands in Arizona anymore. A lot of people who frequent these Latin venues want to listen to the same boring 90’s Mana covers which we strive to break away from. There are new generations of Rock en Español bands that are not getting the acknowledgment and support that the bands in the 80’s and 90’s did (at least here in the states). Elis Paprika was very wise in pointing this out to me while we had a carne asada at my house before the show. She said, “It’s not the people’s fault they don’t know about new bands; the media has forced our genre of music to go underground again.” Elis used to be on a record label back when she started her career in music fourteen years ago. But in recent years, she has been fighting to keep touring, recording and doing what she does as an independent artist (she does very well for herself).
The first night, we made the mistake of having her headline. We opened up the show and by the time she and her band went up onstage, a lot of people began to leave. Which proved my point that the general public doesn’t have the patience to enjoy something they’ve never seen or heard before. This is really hurtful to our scene because it discourages venues from wanting to hire independent bands. It stops touring bands from wanting to play in Arizona. This also discourages younger artists from wanting to start a band and make music. But when you do what you love and love what you do, you have to fight to make sure you can keep doing it.
The next day in Tucson we did things a little differently. We had our friends from Nogales, AZ, Mono Sound, open up the event. Then Elis Paprika played and we headlined. This seemed to work out better for everyone. A lot of the people who came out to the show were there to see us and Mono Sound. Having Elis play second was just the cherry on top for everyone. The venue was pretty full and a lot of people I talked to really enjoyed Elis Paprika’s set.
So for those of you who did stick around for her set, we are eternally grateful and thank you for supporting independent artists! Hosting Elis Paprika was a blast and we will definitely be bringing her back over the summer. So, if you missed her set this time around, make sure to catch her later this year.
Eddie contemplating his vocal parts in the studio. We are one step closer to finishing our album!
During this week, the focus was for Eddie to record his back up vocals and leads. This was a really fun session to be at because we were able to work on new harmonies as well as improve the way we sang some of the songs live. Having the opportunity to hear yourself so well in the studio as opposed to being on stage really allows for a lot of creativity to take place. Eddie really showed off his talent with these tracks and poured so much into these songs. The songs are coming to life.
We are all really excited for this album to come to life and can't wait to share it with all of you! There are many surprises and projects in the works so stay tuned for our next weekly update.