interview con tejano sound band, lupe moreno 2013 part 1
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Padre Island Ntl Seashor, TX
#1 Feb 1, 2013
Exclusive interview con Tejano Sound Band, Lupe Moreno, 2013.
Lansing, Michigan. Hellloooo raza its me con chingo freezing weather all around me. I am Blanca Blanch Blanco con on the road again interview. This has to be the coldest place we have traveled this past few years up here in ing. But we are here and warmed up con Lupe Moreno member of Tejano Sound Band, and now for that interview.
Bbb:( frozen face, frozen hands, and frozen all over) hello Lupe can you give me a warm hand off this bicyclllle its a bit cold out here?
Lm; Well sure, i have an extra pair of mittens, lol.
BBB; ok guys Tejano Sound Band, the first question I want to ask, do you guys travel out in this weather and if you do, has there ever been a time where you guys didnt make a gig due to bad weather?
Lm:). Yes we travel around the midwest frequently so we know about bad weather all too well. As for not making it to a gig due to weather, We've always managed to make it to a gig, gracias a Dios. We may have been a little behind schedule but always made it!
BBB: tell us little history of about the band and its founders?
Lm:. The band originates from Lansing, MI. Tejano Sound Band (TSB) has been in the music business for about 15 years now. The band was formed by Johnny Vasquez, his brother Richard and Brother in law Frank Medellin. It wasn't til 2008 that we released our first CD entitled "Ahora".
BBB do you find it a bit difficult working with relatives ?
Lm; Well our families have always supported us, we played many gigs for close family members. As for the band, we consider ourselves a band of brothers. We take our wives/girlfriends with us the majority of the time so we've become somewhat of a close family.
BBB: can you share the list of bands that you have performed with on stage?
Lm: We've performed with some pretty good bands including Los Badd Boyz del Valle, Ram Herrera, Los Desperadoz, Jaime Y Los Chamacos, Emilio Navaira, Da Krazy Pimpz, The Tex MEx Kaddilaks, David De Anda and have backed up such asrtists as Roberto Pulido and Jay Perez.
BBB; what is one thing that makes you different from other Tejano bands ?
Lm; The thing that we feel seperates us from other bands is that we are hungry, we play with passion and play from the heart. Doesn't matter how many people are in the audience.
BBB: has the economic play a big role on where the band perform?
LM: Of course, the economy has had an impact on many bands regardless of where they're from. We manage to stay busy somehow...I guess when people want good Tejano music, they find a way to hire us.
BBB: do you have any new release coming out soon?
Lm: The newest release is "Cierra Los Ojos" which was released in 2012. It's doing very well for us so far, gracias a Diosito.
BBB: do you guys believe in UFOS OR VAMPIRES?
LM: Lol, well I don't know about the rest of the guys but I do believe in UFO's. If there can be life on this plant then why not somewhere else? We can't be the only ones out here in this huge universe. As for Vampires...well i haven't run into any lately so I guess my answer is no.
Padre Island Ntl Seashor, TX
#2 Feb 1, 2013
Bbb; whats the biggest crowd you have performed for?
Lm; We've performed for many people but I would have to say that the biggest audience would be In San Antonio for fan fair and here in Ohio at the Centennial Terrace.
BBB: ask you travel all over the country , do find the crowds different from city to city and state to state?
Lm; Most definately, everywhere you go it's different. Some places are really up to date with the music and others are still Old School, they want more Conjunto and corridos but one thing they do share is the love for Tejano music.
BBB: has your band ever won any Tejano music awards?
Lm: No we haven't won any awards to date. We hope to a least one day be nominated too one, That would be good enough for us.
BBB: I am sure that there is a large Hispanic population up here, do you guys have lots of gigs locally?
Lm; There is a pretty big Hispanic population here in the Midwest, so the majority of our gigs are here in the midwest. Mainly in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Indiana.
Bbb; if given the chance to speak with a group of young people wanting to break into the music business, what advice would you share with them/
LM:). Our advice would be to play from the heart and never give up. Always be humble to your fans because without them, you're nothing. We've got a really close relationship with our fans. We never turn down an autograph and are always happy to meet our fans.
BBB: being in the music business for some time sir, is la onda tejana dying?
Lm; I don't believe that Tejano music is dying. I just think that people tend to stray away from our music. Being Mexican-Americans, we have all types of different influences either from friends or family. I strongly believe that in order to keep the music alive we need to allow new Tejano bands the opportunities that others have had. Yes I know that we all have to pay our dues but in order to keep it going we need to support ALL Tejano acts regardless if they're from Texas, Michigan, California or where ever. Plus we need to pass our music down to our children and teach them how to dance and what the music is all about...It's about our roots.
BBB: and finally is there anything you want to share with your fans from around the world?
Lm; We would just like to thank everyone for giving us the chance to be a part of the Tejano music industry. It's an honor for us just knowing that people enjoiy our music
BBB; well Lupe thanks for that big hug and the warm meal and I think I better head back to texas, can you give me a warm hand back on this bicycle?
Lm; Well it's pretty cold here so how about we get you a bus ticket back home, at least you'll be warm, que no?
BBB: as I like the ice age behind me and wonder now I know why our creator let the mid west back in the days, darn cold up here, I am bbb con on the road again interview,, good day.
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