Latina Musicians

Music2We are currently jamming out to these Latina musicians. Who is your favorite? 

Buffalo Moon/Monella

Buffalo Moon is also known as Monella. She has an eccentric music style, which is a combination of pop, old rock and Latino influence. Buffalo Moon sings in both English and Spanish so you have a wide variety of songs and rhythm combined with 2 amazing languages. With topics such as relationships and personal experiences, Buffalo Moon has captivated the music industry by sharing stories about her life. 

Check out: “Machista” & “Poolside Dreaming”

Esperanza Spalding

With African and Hispanic ascendency, Esperanza Spalding is a singer and bass player who has centered her music in jazz. Her voice is sweet and powerful, and her ability to play the bass/double bass on stage gives her performance something exceptional. Songs about relationships and being proud of who you are are abundant in Esperanza’s discography. 

Check out: “I Can’t Help It” & “Black Gold”

Raquel Sofia

Originally from Puerto Rico, Raquel Sofia  sings in Spanish and has a wonderful sound that makes you want to dance and wish you had her voice at the same time. Raquel has a wide variety of songs suitable for many situations you’ve probably experienced before. 

Check out: “Te Amo Idiota” & “Agridulce”

Natalia Lafourcade

Born in Mexico, Natalia has been in the music industry for many years, and has explored different styles, worked as a producer and has performed in a group and as a solo artist. Natalia is full of surprises; she has released many songs with artists from different genres.  Her pop/rock style is worth a listen!

Check out: “Hasta La Raiz” & “El Amor Acaba”

5 Latina Musicians to Check Out

These Latina musicians are worth listening to and their sound is getting them noticed. They are great artists and are a part of the Latina community. Check out these amazing Latinas below!Carla Morrison

Carla Morrison:
This girl has a tremendously special voice. It is unique and peaceful. Her melancholic and acoustic sound will make your time pass without even noticing. Between sad and love songs, you have a variety to listen to. If you like to listen to music in Spanish, this girl is a great addition to your music library. Born in Mexico, Carla has reached audiences in many Latin American and European countries in the past years by participating in big music festivals and solo shows. She has released 6 albums, so be sure to check her discography!
Listen to: “Dejenme Llorar”, “Compartir” and “Hasta La Piel”.

Melanie Martinez:
With her fresh, new and different sound, Melanie Martinez is here to steal our hearts. She was part of The Voice’s season 3 and since then she has been working to be famous. Melanie was born in New York and has Puerto Rican and Dominican roots. Similar to Lorde and Halsey, only 20 years old and she already has a huge fan base with her electronic/pop/alternative sound to listen to everyday.  Listen to: “Pity Party”, “Soap” and “Carousel”.

Kat Dahlia KatDahlia
With a slightly faster sound, Kat Dahlia is here to stay, she has combined rap, hip hop and her melodic voice with an influence of Latina. You can hear that on “Crazy.” She was born in the US with Cuban and Lebanese roots. She has a more aggressive sound and she knows how to mix it with different musical vibes. Her lyrics are strong. She talks about being a woman and getting through tough moments alone, and how girls can be strong without the need of a man to her side.
Listen to: “Gangsta”, “I Think I’m In Love” and “My Garden”.

Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas
The combination of rock, soul and pop in this band is incredible. The melodies, the voices and everything is amazing. This band’s sound is similar to Amy Winehouse and Alabama Shakes, they have Latin influences un their sound and you can hear that on “Sorry I Stole Your Man.” Jessica Hernandez has been performing since an early age. After trying for a long time, she signed with a record label and started to release music. Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas made an apparition on The Letterman Show and that set a starting point for the band to be heard for many more people.
Listen to: “Sorry I Stole Your Man”, “Don’t Take My Man to Idaho”, “Caught Up”

Hello Seahorse!
The surrealist Mexican band Hello Seahorse! has music in both English and Spanish. They got together around 10 years ago. Their sound is incredibly unique because they have combined many different vibes, from synth pop to rock to experimental music. Denise Gutierrez, the lead singer, has an exceptional voice. Not a lot of singers can reach her tone. Hello Seahorse has won multiple awards and has shared the stage with many American artists such as The Killers. They’ve participated in different music festivals around the American continent.
Listen to:“Won’t Say Anything”, “Velo De Novia” and “Un Año Quebrado”.

If you know any other amazing artists, let me know!

K-Pop and Latin America

Music2Have you even heard of K-Pop? If you have, it is more than the songs of PSY, the solo artist whose song “Gangnam Style” went viral with over 2 billion views on YouTube. K-Pop is more about Korean culture and the artists, and, the most surprising thing, is that K-Pop has a high popularity in Latin America — specifically, Peru and Chile.

The are many reasons why K-Pop is now rising to popularity. From the catchy tunes and the artists’ good looks, but the success of K-Pop is also attributed to their personalities and the numerous behind-the-scenes documentaries. Korean dramas, also called K-dramas, has immensely helped K-Pop become bigger in Latin America, since singers often appear both in the music and acting industry.

Almost all K-dramas are subbed in Spanish by the fans themselves in order to share their love of Korean culture. In fact, K-Pop continues to be so popular that in 2013 some Peruvian barbers were offering K-Pop inspired haircuts!

Maria Gonzalez, 16, explains why she loves K-Pop, “I like it so much because of their music are so fun and upbeat to hear. They’re much more modest and it’s not that sexual like American pop music.”

“It also helps that they are so handsome and beautiful,” adds Maria.

It might seem confusing for Latin American fans to listen to K-Pop where the language and their culture are so different from each theirs. But some might be surprised at the two main similarities: family and language.

Within Korean culture, family is very important as it is not unusual for young people to continue to live with their families until they are married, which is usually not until their 30s. This might seem familiar with Latino culture as families are generally filled with parents, children, grandparents, with even aunts and uncles.

In addition,  both Korean and Spanish share deep respect for elders just as Latinos do, so language is important. For example, we have had to have a mood of communication where are you words to those above us the chance to send the word usted to a professor.

“They might speak and sing in a different language,” says Marissa Montes, “But us fans feel the happy energy and charisma of our favorite group and artists. This is literally the case of when music has no boundaries.”

Whether you are into Korean culture, K-Pop is worth giving a shot. Bands like BOYFRIEND, JYJ, super Junior, Big Bang, and 2NE1 are worth a listen.

Latinas in Music

Latinas are making their voice heard in the music industry. Selena - LatinitasFrom Tejano music to salsa and pop to folk music, Latina musicians are gaining acclaim and taking the reigns as Latina musical superstars.  Meet some mujeres who broke ground in the music charts.

Selena Quintanilla– (1971-1995) – Tejano Music

The “Queen of Tejano Music” born in Lake Jackson, Texas, Selena Quintanilla began her career with the family band Selena y Los Dinos. She started singing at the age of 10 along with her brother Abraham and Suzette who played bass and drums. Spanish wasn’t her first language, but was taught by her father and she soon spoke Spanish fluently. Her  success began in the ‘80s with albums Selena Live and Amor Prohhibido. Known for Tejano Music she won Tejano Music Awards for “Best Female Vocalist of the Year” and “Performer of the Year.” Soon falling in love with the band’s lead guitarist Chris Perez they ran off and got married in secret. Sadly her story ends in 1995 being shot and killed by Yolanda Saldivar who worked with her as the founder of Selena’s fan club. After her death, her story and music were kept alive by the film Selena starring Jennifer Lopez.

Celia Cruz – (1925-2003) – Salsa

The Cuban-American vibrant salsa singer was born in Havana, Cuba on October 21, 1925. She was one of 14 children. She already had success in her teen years winning various talent shows and competitions in Cuba.  Although her father encouraged her to go to school and become a teacher, her true passion was to sing. Her career began in the ‘50s when she joined the orchestra Sonara Matancera which toured around Latin America. Once Fidel Castro assumed control of Cuba in 1959, Cruz and her husband Pedro Knight immigrated to the United States and became United States citizens. Associating with Tito Puente, she went on to create eight albums with Tico Records. Recording 23 gold albums, she won Grammys and Latin Grammys making her the first female salsa superstar.  She was renowned internationally as the “Queen of Salsa.” Not limiting herself to music, she appeared in several movies and even earned a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. She was also awarded the American National Medal of the Arts by the National Endowment of the Arts. She died in 2003 of brain cancer in her New Jersey home.

Joan Baez –(1941- )   – Folk Music

The famous activist known for her unique voice was born in 1941 in Staten Island, New York. Joan Baez born from a Scottish mother involved in social causes and Mexican physicist father committed to pacifism she became a performer. Singing and playing the ukulele at age 14, she found her niche as a folk singer. The pacifist singer is also a songwriter and activists for women’s rights, children, civil rights and anti-war activist. She sang “We Shall Overcome” at the march organized by Dr.Martin Luther King, Washington in 1963. From supporting civil rights, she was also involved in the antiwar movement to end the conflict in Vietnam. Being the last act on Friday, she wished everyone a good morning at Woodstock and perform at 1:00am. Her latest album was released in 2003 called Dark Chords on a Big Guitar.  Married to David Harris, she had a son and now lives in California where she continues to be the voice for causes important to her.

Gloria Estefan– (1957- ) – Latin Pop

Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan, best known as Gloria Estefan was born on 1957 in Havana, Cuba. Fleeing Cuba as a toddler, she took care of her sister and father who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis while her mother worked to support the family. She met her husband Emilio Estefan at a wedding and became part of the band he was in which was later renamed the Miami Sound Machine. The band’s first English album Eyes of Innocence had a single which rose in the European dance charts called “Dr.Beat.” The song “Conga” became the first single to hit Billboard’s pop, dance black, and Latin American charts at the same time. Out of 15 nominations, she has won seven Grammy Awards in her career. While on tour the band’s bus was involved in an accident where Gloria suffered a broken vertebra in her back which she bounced back from after a long recovery. She has also written children’s books, collaborated with musician Carlos Santana, and appeared in films.

The Music You (Latinitas) and I (Child of the 80s) Love

Music2Every October tens of thousands gather in America’s new city sweetheart, Austin, TX for a music festival that lasts two-straight weekends: Austin City Limits Festival.  Emerging and established bands convene for an eclectic expression of new and old music and Latinitas was there to cover as much as possible – exploring new and old loves:

Nightbox – this Irish quartet was, to me, what would have happened if the 80s band New Order could have had a baby – really if any band of that time could have reproduced its DNA -Psychedelic Furs, Depeche Mode- even the Pet Shop-Boys.  What I loved the most about this performance was how Irish folk threads are married with danceable techno.  The bands lead is a new generation of dreamy and though this is a new, little heard band in the U.S., it’s roots to British new age made me feel like a “Latinita” again. (I’m a little over the age limit.)

Dawn and Hawkes – swinging the pendulum from club sound to Austin’s own folk duo that suceeded as finalists on “The Voice” and  touched, yes touched Adam Levine – the team took stage at the festival on my favorite stage, located centrally and smaller, the show is truly intimate and melodic and graceful songwriting gets its due.  Dawn is Miranda Dawn, half-Mexican American, half White – her voice is as beautiful as she.  She and Chris Hawkes, so young, so fresh – sing, though, like they have been writing folk songs for centuries.

Spanish Gold – A Latina publication has to check out anything that says  “Spanish” of course. This collaboration of Band of Horses members and Austin and Laredo native son Adrian Quesada, founder of numerous other musical projects including Grupo Fantasma, Brownout and the newly formed Brown Sabbath, a commemorative, but Latin perspective on Ozzy’s Black Sabbath hits, Spanish Gold is its own brand of authentic new sound.  The entirety stays lyrically true to themes of rural meandering and Southwest origins, but as with many of the bands at ACL fest this year – they entreated audience members with something unexpected: their version of  the 90s hit “Poison” by Bell Biv Devoe.  It was refreshingly refreshing.

Tuneyards – They are not Latinas, they are not even women of color though they sound like they are and I wouldn’t stop Henry Louis Gates from doing some DNA history on this band to find out if I’m wrong about their cultural origins.  They may have some Mahalia Jackson in that lineage somewhere.  Experimenting in percussion, throaty vocals and opera-like expressions of music intention, Tuneyards get you pumped up, active – seeking purpose.  Does anyone remember Sweet Honey from the Rock?  This band loved Sweet Honey from the Rock, but also loves Red Bull and other caffeinated products, I think.  Love the energy of the Tuneyards. It’s the type of the music that slips between performance art and revolution – easily.

Zoé – if you are 30ish and Mexican, you know Zoe. If you are a Latinita living in Southwest, United States or Los Angeles, well you too are familiar with this Spanglish/ Mexican rock band that has been around for a while, but just peeking it’s head into American mainstream with the minor onslaught of more pop en Español radio stations emerging in popularity.  Zoé epitomizes what is becoming “American” music. It is no longer rockabilly folks. It’s electric guitar with cumbia undertones.

I left reviews of Juanes and Eminem to our younger Latinitas dying to see these icons, but when Pearl Jam was poised as the headliner as a Sunday headliner, well I was immediately transported to sophomore year of college.   For some of you Latinitas that was last semester – for me – that was another decade.  I couldn’t have enjoyed Pearl Jam more.  Eddie Vedder, my middle age peer is as adamant about injustice as he ever was in the early 90s grunge era. His hair is neater, but he, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and the Pearl Jam band restored faith in history, rock that comes from the heart and from pain.  Izzy Azalea played earlier and her act, to me, looked like the boring cheerleading practice from my high school – while Pearl Jam reeled off “State of Love and Trust,” “Alive,” and other classics like they were plugged into a whole other musical universe.  I thank ACL fest for bringing worlds such as these together because music is music – manufactured or primal.  It’s all worth a chance.

Latin Beats: Raul y Mexia

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Have you ever noticed just how much Latinos are surrounded by music? Think about it, whether you’re listening to your parents’ favorite rancheras on a Sunday afternoon or dancing the night away at your quinceañera, Spanish music is almost always playing wherever Latinos are gathered. For most music-loving kids, a desire to be a famous Rock Star seems like nothing but a dream, but for Spanish pop duo, Raul y Mexia, they’ve made their dreams a living reality.

Raul y Mexia say their passion for music runs in their blood because they’re the sons of artist Hernan Hernandez from the legendary Mexican group, Los Tigres del Norte. “Our father would take us on tour with him and introduced us to various instruments, like the accordion,” says the eldest brother, Mexia.

While famous Latino artists would often visit their house to have “jam sessions” with Señor Hernandez, the brothers say they got the best of both music worlds as their mother also played popular American music. Raul y Mexia say growing up in a bilingual environment has helped shape their career. “We definitely are proud of our roots and want to showcase that but we were born in the U.S. and have our own musical tastes so I think that makes it easy to relate to a younger audience, ni de aqui, ni de alla,” says Mexia.

The San Francisco Bay Area native group defines their music as Urban Cumbia and says they want to use their songs to shine light upon their beliefs and passions, like immigration reform. Their song, “Somos Arizona,” Raul says, may be considered political and controversial but plays a crucial role in giving Latinos a voice. He knows his lyrics and band mates need “to be smart and educated about the topic they are fighting against.”

Karen Gonzalez, a Political Science major graduate from San Jose State University, says she enjoys listening to Raul y Mexia because they use their talents as a platform to positively speak out to Latinos. “Latinos in media is essential for growth of our community. If Latinos can be an influence, we can essentially share our culture our style and every other aspect of our roots.”

To date, Raul y Mexia feel their proudest moment as a group was when they were featured in both Billboard Magazine and The New York Times. They say there’s definitely more to come, but the best part of these experiences is sharing them with family. “We travel together so life on the road doesn’t seem lonely. We are able to share successes and failures and lean on each other when one is down.”

Los Tigres del Norte offspring say they credit much of their success to the work ethic and determination their father instilled in them and say they want to help spread that message to those looking to go into the music industry. “If you love to rap, sing or just play instruments, practice daily. The most important thing, though, is having love for what you want to do,” says Raul.

To learn more and hear Raul y Mexia’s music please visit their YouTube channel at

Concert Review: Delta Spirit

The festival concert circuit can produce some of the most fun, inspiring experiences. Or, others – weather not-permitting – shows in hot, humid and soaking rainfall conditions.  For some bands, Hurricane Sandy could be tearing the world down around you – and you still stay, watch, listen and love them.  So was my experience at Latinitas base-city Austin’s annual Austin City Limits music festival that attracts over 100,000 people, rain or shine.  I waited patiently on the schedule for an amazing band from California: Delta Spirit.

Delta Spirit, a rock band from San Diego California, consists of five talented guys: bass player Jon Jameson, percussionist Brandon Young, multi-instrument player Kelly Winrich, guitar player Will McLaren and guitar player and lead vocals Matthew Vasquez.

Their music is a rare mix of soft-rock, indie, Gospel and folk that I haven’t heard elsewhere. Delta Spirit’s music is peaceful, the beats are catchy and the lyrics will never leave your head.

At the show, it seemed the band attracts fans of all different ages, high school to Grandpas. The power of music bought people together. The band had a set list of 12 songs. The first song People C’mon, really motivated the crowd. The audience responded to lead singer and Latino Matt Vasquez as he climbed to the top of one of the show’s giant speakers. This move drove fans insane!

After that dangerous stunt, people began to sing along with Vasquez. During the song California, everyone was singing along off-tune without a care in the world. Vasquez continued the sing-a-long pointing the microphone to audience a few times during the chorus.

The set was a great mix, each song seemed unlimited. Delta Spirit did not disappoint at all and I kind of forgot about the humidity of the day. They were energetic, fun and great to watch.

The performance made me forget about how disgusting the weather was, how much sweat was sliding down my face and that the ground was covered in half-filled drink cans ruining my favorite pair of Toms shoes.

To be honest, I was one of those crazy-obsessed fans that kept jumping up and down as I sang (or more like yelled) along to every song. I was fangirl defined. I even yelled, “I love you Matthew” during the performance. The performance, to me, felt out-of-this-world. It was crazy, energetic, fun and memorable.

Here’s a video of Delta Spirit performing their song Tear It Up at the Austin City Music Festival: Video


Music Spotlight: Belanova

Spanish pop sensation, Belanova, is a group of  three friends (Denisse, Richie, and Edgar) that met in school in Guadalajara, Mexico and decided to fuse their musical talents and creativity together.  Five albums later they are one of the biggest names in Spanish pop with several awards including a Latin Grammy for “Best Pop album by a Group or Duo.”  The band recently ended their Sueno Electro 2012 Tour with a final show at the Neon Desert Music Festival (NDMF) in El Paso, Texas.  They will be headed back to the studio to have a new album out by the late fall.  They recently collaborated with English DJ, Mark Ronson for a Spanish Coca Cola commercial spot for the London Olympics.  Latinitas was able to score an interview with them at the NDMF and get the scoop on who inspires their music, what they love about their Mexican heritage, and any advice they have for aspiring Latina artists.

Why the name ‘Belanova’?

Bela means beautiful and  a nova is when a star is at it’s shiniest. It’s three friends making music.

What kind of crowd do y’all get in the U.S.?

Fortunately we have gotten a good response from the U.S. fans.

What do you like to listen to when you’re on the road?

We listen to all kinds of music.  Sigu Ros to relax, Die Antwood to dance to, and Pixies or the Beatles which are classics.

Are there other types of music or artists (past or present) that inspire some of your music?

We like all kinds of music both in English and Spanish.  We like 80s, 90s music like Daft Punk, Air, Towa Tei and Cyndi Lauper.  We also like Nicki Minaj.

I read that y’all met in school.  What would your careers have been today had you not been so successful as musicians?

Well, we all like the arts. It is difficult to think in about us not being dedicated to music, but I also like theater and dance. Edgar lkes photography and Richie likes audio production.

Can you tell a story of a crazy fan?

One time after a show when we got in the car, a fan had snuck in and scared us.  All the fan wanted was a picture.

What do y’all think of the Neon Desert Music Festival?

We think NDMF is a great platform for independent and local talent.  It’s similar to Coachella -at one point nobody really knew about it and now its this big festival attended by celebrities and lots of people.  NDMF has the same potential and that it’s exciting to see where this can go. We would definitely come back if invited again.

What’s your favorite part of your Mexican heritage?

Our favorite part is our musical heritage, which has a unique personality.

Any words of encouragement to offer Latinas that aspire to be musical artists someday?

You must always be focused and have confidence in yourself to reach your goals as an artist.  You also need to be disciplined and have lots of patience.


Vea este artículo en español aquí

Rhythmic beats, Spanish lyrics, and rock and roll with a Latin touch define the independent music movement in Mexico and Latin America. For decades, bands such as Café Tacuba and Jaguares have been able to crossover in the United States and Europe, bringing attention to Latin America’s indie scene. And now all eyes are on Monterrey — the epicenter of Mexico’s indie music scene.

The music from Monterrey is known as Monterrock, but includes a variety of music styles.

The term Monterrock also stands for the music subculture that developed in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon’s capital —Monterrey. The movement began in the late nineties and has witnessed the birth of popular bands such as Jumbo, Panda, Volovan, Division Minuscula and Kinky, among many others. Today, the movement is made up of hundreds of bands—many of which make music at small independent recording studios or at their own homes. The movement’s poularity with music fans has made Monterrey the country’s music capital, some say. To understand Monterrock, we asked Beto Pasillas—Lubrick’s charismatic drummer— to tell us about the music and movement.

Beto Pasillas- Baterista de Lubrick

1.How does it feel to be part of the Monterrock Independent movement?

– I feel very fortunate because it is one of the principal musical movements in Mexico that is made up of great bands from Monterrey who support music and who are passionate about it. People from Monterrey like rock music, and are willing to support this music movement by going to small venues and large concerts. Overall, I feel fortunate that the audience is willing to listen to new music and support “indies” like us.

2.What are the advantages and disadvantages of being part of Monterrock?

– I think that a great advantage is that many great bands from Mexico have flourished from Monterrey. This is why audiences are always looking for new bands that start in this region. The only disadvantage I would point out in this particular movement is the lack of support from record labels. On the other hand, there isn’t a lack of support from fans. They are always willing to attend a concert and buy the band’s products.

3.What bands from Monterrock have influences your band’s music?

– I think that the bands from “Avanzada Regia” that flourished during the nineties are the ones that have influence our music. These bands are Jumbo, Zurdok, Plastilina Mosh and Kinky. It is great that the majority of these bands are still part of Monterrock, since these are the bands that made the indie movement popular in Mexico. Audiences see Monterrey as an outstanding music exporter. For this reason, we are glad that these pioneer bands have influenced our music.

4.How do you balance your commitment to your band with your personal life (school and work)?

– Balancing these two things is tough. Time management is necessary in order to make both things work. I’ve always believed that having a band is like having a girlfriend who needs to be given time and respect to make a relationship work. As a result, Lubrick’s members dedicate their mornings to school. In order to balance our school work with the band, we plan practices in the afternoons several days per week. In the end, weekends are devoted to our shows. Organization is what keeps our lives balanced.

5.Where do you see the movement going in 10 years?

– I think that in 10 years Monterrock will be a lot bigger. I think there will be a lot more support because the current generation has a lot of great bands capable of demonstrating their talent on a national level within five years. I hope that as the years pass by more participation from Monterrock will be present in Texas as it already is in South Padre Island’s Yuju! Fest. I general, I believe in the promising future that bands from Monterrey have on the national and international level.

October 2010

Music:Pee Wee Salinas

If you don’t know who Pee Wee is, or even Irvin Salinas, don’t worry. Despite the fact that he was a singer since 2003, he is barely starting to come into his own. He first gained musical fame when he joined the Kumbia Kings, a Cumbia musical group headed by A.B. Quintanilla, and later the Kumbia All Starz. In August 2009, he released his first solo album, Yo Soy.  
At the young age of 20, Pee Wee has  known success in both English and Spanish speaking countries with successful albums and television shows. In the middle of controversy, he was no longer apart of the Kumbia Kings or the Kumbia All Starz, and he began his solo career. He is starting to take control of his own career and is leaving his past behind him. In his future, he only sees his love for his fans and his life. So if you don’t know this humble guy, don’t worry, there can only be more to come.
Latinitas Magazine: Since you received the name Pee Wee so young, and as you grow older, have you ever considered pulling a P. Diddy or a Prince and changing your name?
Pee Wee: I don’t know. It’s a good question, because I’ve thought about it before, but I think I will always be identified and known as Pee Wee. I don’t think I will ever change it!
LM: Can you tell us about how you got your start in the Kumbia Kings?
PW: I started my career in the group when I went to a talent search, and that’s how the whole thing started. From the talent search, everything just happened so fast!
LM: Can you tell us the reason you left the Kumbia All Starz, and what was A.B. Quintanilla’s role in that?
PW: …I didn’t intentionally leave, but I think that I am very happy the way I am now…I always like to do things different in my career, and I’m having a lot of fun with it. It’s a lot more responsibility that’s for sure, but I’m happy because my first album as a solo artist is finally out and I really hope the public likes it.
LM: Talking about your album, what was it like to record it? Especially as a solo artist?
PW: It was a great, great experience! I had a lot of fun. I co-wrote, I produced, I did a little bit of everything for my album. I had a concept that I wanted, as far as what I wanted my music to sound like. I wanted to bring the Latin sound, the Latin percussion, the Latin guitars, the Latin type of feel that we put into the music with an electronical sound that you hear in the clubs nowadays…
LM: Is there a track on the album that is your favorite or means a lot to you?
PW: There is a track called “Desesperado” on my album that means a lot to me. Every time I sing it, it touches me…It’s kinda hard to explain because of what it makes me feel. Ever since I sang it on El Show De Los Sueños, I’ve really loved the song. I believe that’s probably one of my personal favorite songs on the album.
LM: You just started in a new novela called  Camaleones, can you tell us a little about the show and your role (Ulises Morán)? 
PW: The personaje that I’m doing on the soap opera is basically a young boy that has a very, very strong attitude…He likes to work hard for what he wants. He likes to defend his family. He’s a very humble kid; he comes from a very humble family. Unfortunately, he loses his father when he was young, and his brother-uh, for reasons you will find out when you see it, I can’t say everything!-he disappears. So he lives by himself with his mother, and he’s willing to do anything to make his mother happy and to find his brother for him and his mother. 
LM: You’ve spoken very publicly about your relationship with your mother and how close you guys are, How does that affect your role? 
PW: Well, I think it helps a lot. In my personal life, I’ve experienced what it’s like to work for my mother, to help her, to live alone with her. I feel on a personal level, I can identify myself with the character in that aspect, because he basically wants the best for his mother…
LM: Why did you want to try acting, and were you nervous for your first day?
PW: It was something that they offered me. Never in my life or in my career did I think I would ever do a soap opera or act, but it was something very cool…I’ve always liked a challenge ever since I was a kid. When somebody said I couldn’t do it, I would always do my best to prove them wrong…Ever since they listened to the material I was working on as far as my album goes, they really liked the music and they offered to put it inside the soap opera…
LM: What can your fans expect from you in the future?
PW: For me to always appreciate all the love and the support that they’ve given me. That will always be there. I don’t know. I’m always working hard, trying new things, giving my public new and fresh little Pee Wee.
LM: Your fans have really embraced you in the aftermath of all the drama. When you see your fans reacting to you, what are you thinking in those moments? 
PW:  First of all, I try my best to not cry! It feels really nice inside that they support me. More than anything, all the people that meet me, I don’t treat them like they’re fans. I treat them like they’re friends, like they’re family. They really are a part of my life and I feel that way about it… 
LM: When you first started in the Kumbia Kings, were you fluent in Spanish?
PW: I’ve always spoken Spanish.  Here in the United States, when you go to school, they try their best for you not to speak Spanish, because they want you to learn English correctly. So when I started in my career, really I was really just another guy in the band, so I didn’t talk a lot. I didn’t practice. So in the beginning, it was very hard. I knew how to speak it, but not only was I very nervous. But the camera would turn on and I would not know what to say! 
Questions From Readers:
LM: Surely you’re not surprised, but the most popular question is, “Do you have a girlfriend?”
PW: Haha. At the moment I don’t have a girlfriend, and I’m waiting for her.
LM: Your style today is very different from when you first started out. Is that from just growing up, or is there something else?
PW: I think it has a lot to do with it. My career was managed in a way back then, where I had to basically do what I was told. Now that I have my own career and I get to make my own decisions, I get to dress like I want to now. So I think it has to do with a little bit of both.
LM: What is on your music playlist right now?
PW: Um…Pee Wee’s album! Just kidding! I listen to a little bit of everything. Growing up, I feel like I learned how to sing by listening to Boys II Men, to *NSYNC, to Justin [Timberlake], to all those pop artists who use their vocals as an instrument. I really learned to appreciate those kind of artists.

LM: Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about your private life in the press, more specifically, your love life. What do you think about all that?
PW: Well, I think it was something that they made bigger than it really was. That situation is something delicate. Not only for me, since I’m an artist and a person that’s in the public all the time, but that’s something intimate about a person. You normally don’t go talking about that. Other than that, I live with two girls, my mother and my sister,  and they always taught me to respect girls. That’s the way it should be. Girls deserve to be respected, and I don’t think the girl or the mother of the girl would like that to be out in the public…
LM: Have you had any contact with A.B. Quintanilla since you went on Don Francisco to talk about your departure from the Kumbia Kings?
PW: No, I haven’t. I really don’t have any comments on that. I’ve been really focused on my career. I don’t wish him or anybody in my past anything bad. I wish them the best of luck. I’m really concentrating on my career and the things that I’m doing right now. I really try my best to strive and look forward. That’s the best thing that anybody should do.

By Lizette Espinosa