Cacoteo.com hooks up with hot veteran artists’ OG Black & Guayo El Bandido for another Q&A Interview
by Itzel Yagual
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What are OG Black and Guayo all about? Identify yourselves in a few words.
OG Black & Guayo: We see ourselves as Reggeaton artists that do a little bit of everything, from producing to composing. As individual artists and as a group that has been in the music industry since the 90’s we are very proud to be part of the urban feel and we hope to be part of this genre for years to come.
When did you decide that your career would be in music?
OG Black & Guayo: Everything that we did in our younger days was musically inspired. We lived on the same block, so every time we kicked it, we would write songs and make a beat, out of almost anything.
Guayo: OG Black and I became close not only because we were neighbors but more importantly because we both had a passion for music. For us, doing the music thing simply made sense and this is why we continue to do it today.
What was your childhood like?
OG Black & Guayo: We both came up from a barrio. There were good and bad times but we never dwelled on our past experiences. Through whatever obstacle we have faced, we have always tried to deal with it and make the most out of our dilemmas. All in all we are survivors and we would not trade our past times because it is what has made us stronger.
Who is on your top playlist?
OG Black & Guayo: Well, we have a little bit of everything on our playlists. Just because we make Reggeaton music doesn’t mean that we only stick to that genre, we like variety. We like to listen to variety and on any given day you may see us listening to, Jerry Rivera, Nando Boom, Vico C, El General, Cosculluela, Hector Lavoe, Alexis y Fido, Aventura, Enrique Iglesias and many others.
Guayo: I like to analyze what I listen to specially when it comes to salsa, bachata and so on. I like to understand the message in the content and see what lies behind the music.
OG Black: Me on the other hand, when it comes to music, I listen to it, take it how it is and enjoy the music.
When it comes to the night scene, what is your preferred attire or look?
OG Black & Guayo: We are not extremely casual and neither fancy. We like to dress to impress but not over the top and more importantly, we do so in style.
What is your favorite alcoholic beverage?
OG Black: I like to sip on Whiskey, Black Label Vodka and Grey Goose.
Guayo: I don’t drink; one of my favorite non-alcoholic beverages is carrot juice.
What makes you different from other artists?
OG Black & Guayo: What makes us different is that we bring a unique rhythm, we market to a distinct culture that continues to grow tremendously and we maintain the quality in our music each time we pitch something new whether it’s a new song, an event or a new album.
Some say that people change when they are in the Biz or when they get a piece of the fame, have you changed?
OG Black & Guayo: Everyone is different and how people see us and view what we do, is always going to be different. I think that everyday people will always have their own interpretations of our work and us. It is inevitable that what they say may not be the truth but that is just how the world works and we have accepted that.
Is your artistic character the same character you play at home?
OG Black & Guayo: We can relate to the rich and the poor not only because we were raised in poverty but because we have had our times of triumph. We know what it’s like to be in the “good times” and in the “bad times” and because of that we are dedicated in creating content that is raw and real. It is what it is and we never censor our views. We have our feet on the floor and when we put our music out there, we are not trying to be fakers or posers. It is important to note that, even though we sometimes cannot cater to every fan we do emphasize to our fans, that we love them, that we appreciate their loyalty to our music and us.
What is your recipe for composing? Do you have a special space where you create your tunes or get ideas?
OG Black: Believe it or not, I get my ideas when I’m showering because that is when my mind is clear and when it’s stress-free. We want people to enjoy our music, have a good time and for them to have a moment where they do not worry or think about their everyday struggles.
Guayo: I don’t really have a recipe; I think our flow just comes naturally when we get together. Our chemistry if anything is truly our formula. We have known each other for years and because we are true friends we are unstoppable.
What is the best advice you have ever received and why?
OG Black & Guayo: Our best piece of advice is don’t let experiences change you regardless of the money you achieve or whatever position you obtain. Being true to yourself and what you do is truly the essence of living happily.
Where do you think Reggaeton music and underground music is headed?
OG Black & Guayo: We think the genre is growing at a faster rate than it was when it first started. The underground part of the genre is evolving which will remain as a significant part that continues to encourage youth culture not only to embrace urban music but also to be a part of the urban music scene.
What are your thoughts on people that download free music versus purchasing the music? Is that right or is that wrong?
OG Black & Guayo: We think it is wrong but it is something that is inevitable. On the other hand it is those actions that are allowing us on a daily to get the music known in other areas we couldn’t before. Artists simply just need to accept that, this is something that isn’t going to go away and find other ways to capitalize on their music.
Is it tough in your genre? What do you do to stay on top or ahead of other artists?
OG Black & Guayo: We are proud of what we have achieved so far in the genre. Even though the business has its ups and downs we stay positive and remind ourselves that we do this for the love of making music.
Can you tell us about your current and future projects?
OG Black & Guayo: Currently, we are working on an album and we will keep you posted on when it is released. So, remember to keep your eyes peeled for that in the near future. We also have been working on a project with Arcangel, called “El Despelote.”
Can we find you on social networks?
OG Black & Guayo: To learn more about Guayo & OG Black or for general contact information be sure to check them out on Twitter.
Live Interview via CacoteoRadio Friday September 9, 2011 on The 420 Mixshow