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A Chicano Batman Summer

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Chicano Batman discusses recording their new album "Notebook Fantasy" and how the band's internal friction has led to creation.
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Yo, what's up guys?
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And we're here with L A Legends Chicano Batman.
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Let's go fellas. So the new album is Sexy.
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And honestly, you guys,
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I don't know if I told you guys,
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I moved from New York and I had my voices from out
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here. Put me on to you guys and damn,
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you guys got it going on fellas.
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Real. So where did you guys record the
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album? Why is it important to switch up the studios and
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we recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood?
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And you know,
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if it was up to us,
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we would be like,
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well, how much does it cost a day to record there
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Well, how much is the budget?
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How much is that?
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How much is this?
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But this is for the first time.
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We didn't have any say in this John Congleton.
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Once we chose him as producer,
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he arranged all that.
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And then, so I asked him,
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I was like, why did you choose to do it here
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And he's like,
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I mean, we're gonna make a great album,
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you guys deserve this.
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And I think that was the first time any producer had made
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us feel like we deserve the best,
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you know, and he's just like we're not trying to do
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anything less. And I think that put me like in this
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in this, the king's chair,
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are there any influences that would surprise us that you guys might
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have? Vira Vira.
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It's my guy from Martina,
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right? Hunter S Thompson.
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Not bad. I mean,
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we're just talking like I'm a big merengue guy.
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So Merengue and the base is like,
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is those Aio Dorados guys from the eighties?
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All that base work is,
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is really compelling and it moves,
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it moves, it moves the world.
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You know what I'm saying?
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I'm reading fear and loathing in Las Vegas again and it's just
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fantastic. Every, like the way Hunter and Thompson just flows
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on those. It's like bars,
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bro, like every sentence is gold.
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Does your writing style change for English versus Spanish?
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Because for me sometimes like,
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you know, Spanish,
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you could just, I'm hungry and Panol Tengo Hambre,
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you know, you could add feeling behind it.
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Yeah, absolutely. So does,
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is there a difference between both when you're writing in English or
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Spanish? For me?
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It's, it's Spanish is my love language.
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You know, it's my first language.
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So, you know,
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when I'm saying something in Spanish,
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I'm talking to my family,
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you know what I'm saying?
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It's so easy to rock and a minor in Spanish because it's
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got feeling, you know,
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like, just, just like you're talking about,
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it's like, you know,
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you're gonna put queso fresco on a tortilla or American cheese.
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You choose, they're both good but one's better.
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All right, guys,
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parallel is dope and you guys do it.
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How, how did that song come about that?
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That song was a,
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a process, a real process.
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I would go to his house.
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He's at the studio and we would just work and we just
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like, let's try like,
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writing lyrics together and yeah,
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it just turned into like,
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well, today we didn't actually write anything but we talked for
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three hours about old beef,
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you know, you know,
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and then you come back,
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all right, you know,
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come back another day,
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another two hours go by and then we write for 30 minutes
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you know, and it was,
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it was just the kind of process you wanna have with anybody
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in your life just to talk about the old resentment,
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you know, and the old stuff that,
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that's just callous for no reason.
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Parallels was a reason for us to open up to start smoothing
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out that callous and be like,
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yo, these don't have to be there.
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Freedom may free, don't say and well,
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we're both passionate as fuck.
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So like, you know,
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and, and about this project and we've been doing it for
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like 20 years. So it's like band members,
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shit, you know,
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and it's just like we have different visions through different people.
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So there's always been a lot of like competition.
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Like we're always butted heads,
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you know, like,
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you know, and yeah,
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we're brother, brother shit,
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you know, and,
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and, but we've grown from that too,
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like, like records,
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like cycles of existential rhyme.
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Like that was a lot of,
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but yo, it's like what we've always been,
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it's almost like fine tuning each other too.
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Like, like they say,
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friction makes babies. It's true.
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You know. It was crazy because we got,
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we put ourselves in a situation where I was like,
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oh I'm gonna mess you up right now,
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bro. And then like,
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and then, and then I would say a lyric and I'm
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like, hey, bro,
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that's how I used to feel in the past.
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But like, what do you think this line?
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And I'm like, I'm like,
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sorry, bro. I don't really matter,
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you know, and he's the one I'm gonna fuck you up
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right now too. You know,
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it wasn't like that.
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He said that it was like,
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no, no, no,
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no. We both remember it differently just so,
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you know, we both remember different version.
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We're both there but two versions I heard you say the interviews
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I'm like, I know you said that you with freedom
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ain't free. You used to say it.
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You used to say that all the time,
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all the time on the road.
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I'm the one who brought her up in the session.
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I was like, freedom ain't free.
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Of course, you said it like,
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you would always be pissed because like,
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freedom ain't free because I'd be like,
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freedom is free. It's some,
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it's some bullshit, you know,
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like on the road,
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we're already tired of each other.
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It's like there's some freedom.
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Freedom is free. We're like,
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you know, you guys getting the real real,
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you guys are getting the real real now.
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It's like peeling back the curtain and this,
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this experience is not unique to our band.
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A lot of bands have scenarios like this because you're collaborating
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you're highly creative,
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highly individual and you're trying to see eye to eye and it's
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part of the process,
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you know, and sometimes people just don't talk about it or
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know about it, but it happens with all the groups that
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I know and love.
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I know that for sure.
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Yeah, absolutely. And you know,
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being Raza, there's the expression,
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you know, la Ropa,
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que la and Casa,
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you know what I'm saying?
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And we're like, nah,
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we're gonna watch it right here in front of everybody.
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You got brothers, you're fighting,
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you're in a band,
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you're fighting, no one's gonna,
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everyone's fighting, you know what I'm saying?
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But it's how you come to grips.
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So I heard y'all,
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y'all, you guys are gonna be on tour,
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what are you guys most excited about?
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There's a couple of new places we're going to playing in
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Arkansas, never, never been there before or played a show
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there before. But we,
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we'll be in, you know,
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all the big cities,
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New York City, Brooklyn Steel,
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the forum in Los Angeles.
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The forum is wild.
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What's the full circle moment for you guys?
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I mean, full circle.
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The first show I saw at the forum,
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I was like 18.
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It was happened to be the chili peppers.
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We're talking about the chili peppers.
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My friend was like,
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hey, my older brother has an extra ticket.
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You want it? 20 bucks?
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Let's go. So I was broke.
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I was a college student.
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So I went, spent my last 20 bucks.
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I had that week and we had like the nosebleed seats,
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you know, we were way up there and it was amazing
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It was incredible.
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The energy up there was amazing and it's just crazy to be
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from the top, top last row to now we're on the
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stage. It's pretty amazing.
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Full circle. Moment for me is the forum was where
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I saw my very first concert.
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So I saw Metallica,
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but I went with my cousin Letti,
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my brother BB and my Patino.
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And just the other day,
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my Pao calls me.
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He's just like, he's a huge fan.
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Always supported me in music.
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You know, he's always seen it in me and always supported
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me in that. And he called me and he's like
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hey, you guys made it not go for,
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not, bro, you made it,
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you, you, you know,
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you're already hitting those spots So it's like,
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you know. Yeah.
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For me it's like,
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you know, making music and writing songs has been a very
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personal thing. So,
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like, you know,
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I'll just be in,
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like, I was,
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I learned how to play guitar,
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sing and shit in like high school basically.
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So I would play in my backyard and then my neighbor would
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be like, you saw,
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you know, and so I,
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I grew up with a lot of that shit like growing up
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like I never felt accepted anywhere but yo,
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I'm fucking dropping your mics,
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baby. I'm hitting the bro with my saying like,
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yo, where's that screaming?
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Like where's, where's his name?
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You like, can you guys break down a favorite lyric
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on a song on the album?
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Do you have a favorite anything out from,
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from earlier when I was listening to,
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to, to, to parallel you,
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you, you, you my favorite lyrics are beautiful daughter
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It really struck me how raw and honest you were,
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you know, and I think that set a precedent for everything
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else we're gonna do.
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You know, it says let's just keep this as a standard
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Then, you know,
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if we're being raw,
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honest, then just keep being raw,
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honest. You know,
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we, you to listen,
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we want you to listen and I love,
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oh come on my kids now,
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you know, it's like I wish I was there more.
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We're going on tour,
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you know what I'm saying?
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Like we gotta go on tour and,
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and you know, our kids gotta stay behind and you know
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this is, this is real life Chicano Batman at the
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forum for the kids,
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for the kids. All right guys,
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I appreciate you guys pulling up,
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man. I can't wait to see you guys in the forum
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You got them back,
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man, guys. That shit that don't.