So, I don?t consider myself a musician but music is one of my passions and I did at one time play the drums. At one time I had a couple of jam sessions with two of the members of the band Dados Por Vivos, a band I went to see at JC Fandangos in Fullerton on Thursday, February 17, 2005. I always felt like those two individuals were really good musicians and I could tell that they would get to the top and now I know that they are really doing that.
The members of Dados Por Vivos are Ricardo Rodriguez: Vocals and rhythm guitar; Angel Arroyo: Lead guitar; Hector Castaneda: Bass; Edwin Galan: Drums and they are based in Los Angeles. Their music just like many good bands cannot be restricted to one genre, although if you have to label it the best term would be Rock en Espa?ol.
I had a chance to ask them some questions about their music and about their plans for the future which was really cool because I got to see that these guys are really down to earth and serious about what they are doing (I already knew that before, but it was reaffirmed at JC Fandangos).
The two guys I already knew from a few years back were Angel and Hector and it was a pleasure to see them again because it had been a while since I had gotten to catch up with them. Sometime after the last time I had a chance to hang out with them, Angel told me that was when the current line-up for Dados Por Vivos had begun making music together.
So for a little over two years these guys have been working towards making a name for themselves. It has shown because they have had the opportunity to share the stage with the likes of Akwid, Kinky, Panteon Rococo, El Gran Silencio, and Control Machete.
Because their band was a last addition to the show, which says a lot considering all the bands the venue had to choose from, they had to be the opening act. Regardless of that, they rocked! You can tell a band knows what they are doing when even if they are the first band on: They sounded crisp and refined. Of course because they were the opening act ,the people were just arriving, but their set started the night off right!
I asked Ricardo why it was that he sang in Spanish rather than English and his answer was something like this "Es el idioma mas romantico y es la forma en que me puedo expresar mejor" (It is the most romantic of all the languages and it is the best way for me to express myself). He was also telling me about the nature of the songs themselves and said that they were mainly dealing with women and relationships and you could tell that he really felt his lyrics.
I have to thank the guys for giving me a free copy of their first full length CD, ?Juego? because I have been listening to it non-stop since Thursday night. Something about the music that makes one feel good, all I keep thinking is that I hear little bits of Sublime in their music, probably because, like Sublime, not only are their tunes catchy, but they explore so many different styles of music and still sound authentic.
Their website lists the sounds and styles that they blend together to make the Dados Por Vivos sound, ?Ska, bolero, cumbia, funk, punk, old school and new school.?
I would suggest that if anyone wants to hear samples of some of their music to go to the band?s website www.dadosporvivos.com and check out their MP3?s as well as www.cdbaby.com and search their name to see what it is that I am talking about.
They have their own label titled Viper Records and recently signed a pretty big distribution deal with Verdad Y Justicia, a subdivision of Navarre Corporation based in San Francisco. Their album will be released on April 19, 2005 and will be available at Tower Records nationwide as well as several other locations.
On Saturday, February 26, 2005 they will be performing at The Bitter Red Head Bar in Santa Monica with Mayastek, Enoc, and Humo Verde and if anyone has the opportunity they should definitely check them out!
Agustin Ruelas is a LatinoLA intern and always looking for possible stories to write.