INTERVIEW

The Birth of Tejano Part 5

Featuring: Carlos Landin
Time: 1:34 minutes
Excerpt:"We were the pioneers of that style of music that is still being played by the young cats of nowadays, you know, in a different way and different arrangements and stuff, but we paved a lot of the roads."
full transcript

Tower of Power was a big influence on the Tejano orchestras, you know, because of their brass, the tightness of it.  I mean, you can't find a tighter brass section than Tower of Power, man, I mean, it's like (imitates accentuated, staccato "Pop! Pop! Pop!" pattern).  You think it's one horn playing and it's four or five, you know, and we picked up a lot from them and turned it into a orchestra Tejano, polkas, you know, with more or less, you know, they started to sound a little jazzy, orchestra type, you know.  And we picked up a lot from them, and also we did, you know, James Brown.  And then, of course, we picked up a lot from international Mexicanos, Jose Jose, Rorto Carlos, (inaudible).  I mean, it was like whoa.

We were the pioneers of that style of music that is still being played by the young cats of nowadays, you know, in a different way and different arrangements and stuff, but we paved a lot of the roads.  I mean, we put the pavement on it where it was rocks and, you know, and burrs, and you know, we paved it for 'em, I mean, without nothing, you know, and I'm proud of that, proud of the kids that are doing it right now.