Award winning hitmaker Gabriel Zavala took to Facebook on Friday to talk about his sound in the Tejano music industry.
Here’s what the producer posted on his official Facebook page.
“Yo Tejano Fans… I grew up a Tejano Fan. I grew up in Jacksonville, TX. I wasn’t raised in a Tejano City…. so I was raised on La Sombra, La Mafia, La fiebre and all the bands of that era… I never knew Mazz, Emilio, DLG… etc… so I went from those pop Tejano bands… to pop… I’m sorry if some people don’t think my music is Tejano… but trust Tejano DNA is in every one of my productions… so please take it easy if you as a Tejano fan don’t understand my music… just trust my heart is all Tejano!!! I’m just trying to bring my own sound to the industry… Puro Respeto a los Mero Meros!”
One person replied, “Dude you’re not Tejano.”
Zavala replied back, “If I had nickel every time I heard that!!!”
So, the question is what is considered Tejano music? Well, Wikipedia defines Tejano music as “various forms of folk and popular music originating among the Mexican-American populations of Central and Southern Texas.” The keywords here are “various forms” and “popular.” By this definition, Zavala’s music is Tejano.
Zavala currently has four songs he produced on the Latin Groove International Top 20, including the summer smash hit “Mamacita” from Alfredo Y Tortilla Factory featuring Zavala, Stefani Montiel’s latest hit “Quien Quiere Shots?”, “Me Fascinas” from Jimencio and “Se Fue Mi Amor” from Angel Gonzalez Y Vimana.
We here at TejanoNation believe Tejano is not just music, but a culture. There are different types of Tejano music, from the polkas and cumbias, the orchestra brass sound, to the synthesizer sounds and now with the sound infused with hip hop, R&B and Reggaeton . It’s all Tejano. Music evolves.
Most believe Tejano’s heyday was in the 1990’s, but you can’t compare the sound of Tejano from then to now. Look at the sound of today’s Pop music hits compared to the 1990’s, or the sound of today’s Country hits with the 1990’s. Even today’s Hip Hop hits are different than the 1990’s. Music evolves.
Of course, all genres have their classics. But, they all have a new sound that resonates with today’s rising talent and Gabriel Zavala is the one of the hitmakers creating the future of Tejano.
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