Chicano Highlights: Aaron P. Ballesteros

Robert "El Beto-man" Tijerina interviews the stellar musician, citizen and friend on Radio Aztlan KUCR

By Steven Carlos Chavez
Published on LatinoLA: August 4, 2011

Chicano Highlights: Aaron P. Ballesteros

Greetings and welcome to Chicano Highlights.

On this program, we are interviewing APB also known as Aaron Paul Ballesteros. Aaron and your host El Beto-man spend some time talking about Aaron's career in the music business and about his newest musical projects.

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Aaron is the drummer for the band from East Los Angeles - Tierra.

Aaron was born in East LA, went to Salesian & Roosevelt HS and continued his education at the University of Southern California and played in the Trojan Marching Band while he was still attending Roosevelt High School. He is a phenomenal drummer and music producer. His previous CD/album received 7 Grammy nominations and he has excellent musicians working with him. He is married with children.

Aaron's family is from the Coachella Valley in southern California. His parents settled in the Boyle Heights area of East Los Angeles. Aaron went to school at and performed with the Roosevelt High School Rough Riders Marching Band. He received a scholarship to the University of Southern California and was invited to join the famous USC Trojan Marching Band and he did. Aaron would perform at the Coliseum during the nationally televised football games and on Monday go to Roosevelt for his general education classes. He was only 15 year old at the time and gaining experience.

He subsequently graduated with a Bachelors degree from the USC Music Department.

He was and is invited to join many famous bands but he enjoys the comforts of home in Southern California area. He started with a band that his father managed, The Royal Checkmates and then The Emeralds Band from East Los Angeles.

He currently plays with Tierra, Thee Midniters, and occasionally with Los Lobos. He has also played with the artist previously known as Prince, Michael Jackson, and with the great James Brown. He has appeared in many Drum magazines and he has equipment sponsors.

Presently Aaron is producing another album as APB. Although the album is not complete, he has a few new songs to offer and share. The song is titled "Crabs" and it will have a music video as well. The song is about jealousy and greed and about people pulling each other down. But he added a little humor to the song.

Aaron talks about his previous CD Be on the Lookout and his work with Tetsuya Nakamura (harmonica), Gilbert Stokes (vocalist) and Poncho Sanchez (award-winning percussion) and their recording of "Whole Lotta Love". We play both songs at the end of this interview, but it is not on the original spot.

Aaron talks about his hobby in Martial Arts and about his peace and happiness with his best friend and wife, Clarisa. We end this interview with his words of encouragement and advice to the young students and musician to stay off the drugs, continue your education, and dedicate yourselves to your dreams.

Contact Aaron P. Ballesteros at or by contacting us here at the station.

Thank you for stopping by "Chicano Highlights", with your host "Robert "El Beto-man Tijerina on the Radio Aztlan KUCR 88.3 FM and sites. The interview was recorded at the University of California, Riverside and rebroadcasted here on text internet radio for your convenience. We thank you for your continued support and ask that you stop by again and check out the other features here on this music site.

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About Steven Carlos Chavez:
Supporter and contributor to and Radio Aztlan KUCR. Founder and operations Manager for East LA Internet Radio.
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