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22 Aug 2017

The Lucky 13: Hugo Chavez, Drummer for The BrosQuitos

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The BrosQuitos released the band’s long-awaited debut album, Vinyl Image, back in May—and it’s fantastic. The songs became part of the soundtrack to my summer; this group has a promising future ahead. For more information, visit thebrosquitos.tumblr.com. Drummer Hugo Chavez was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13, and here are his answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

The first “real” concert I ever attended was for a band called Bad Suns. They played at the Observatory in OC and killed it that night. It was definitely a great experience, being all the way in the front in a packed venue full of fans.

What was the first album you owned?

The first album I ever owned was Thriller by Michael Jackson. I remember being so excited to hear it that I ended up playing the whole album about six times in a row nonstop.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Foo Fighters, Walk the Moon, and Avenged Sevenfold. I love to listening to all kinds of genres and not limiting myself to one specific type of music.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

I’m really starting to notice everyone jumping on the mumble-rap train, and I just can’t seem to get into it, mainly because I can’t relate to the lyrical topics or understand what they are saying.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

As much as I want to say Michael Jackson, I’m going to say I wished I would have been able to see AC/DC in 1980 when they had just released the Back in Black album.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

The Weeknd. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something catchy to the choruses and lyrical content he puts out.

What’s your favorite music venue?

Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. It’s a venue with beautiful views, and being an outside venue makes it even better. It would be a dream to be able to perform there.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“It’s a Long Way to the Top If You Want to Rock ’n’ Roll.” I think this has been stuck in my head, because it sums up that making it to the top is a long and troubled road—but the end is where the fun really starts.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Two Door Cinema Club. As soon as I heard Tourist History and saw videos of (the band) performing live, it cemented the idea that I want nothing more than to be a professional musician for the rest of my life.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

I would ask Dave Grohl about the challenges he faced when transitioning from being the drummer of Nirvana to being the frontman of the Foo Fighters.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Adventure of a Lifetime” by Coldplay. I want my funeral to be a celebration of the life I lived and not have everyone sad. I want to be remembered for the funny and happy moments in life.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Tourist History by Two Door Cinema Club. Every song on that album drew me in, and I know every word to every song.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“See Right Through” by The BrosQuitos, but the song “When Did Your Heart Go Missing” by Rooney has been on repeat a lot on my playlist lately, so you should check that out, too. (Scroll down to hear them.)

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