A lot of people remember La Sombra. There was some time that we could only hear the old La Sombra music, like “ Un Sapito”. Now La Sombra is back in the picture. I talked to Tony Guerreo and we talked deep, about his music and the return of La Sombra.
As I was talking to Tony I asked him, how did you get started in the Tejano Music Industry? He said “Well music just runs in my family. I would have to say my mom (Maria) got me started. My mom was always singing to me as I was growing up. She had a beautiful voice she could also do harmonies very good too. Listening to her sing really caught my attention as I was growing up. I started to sing with my mom, that’s where I learned how to do harmonies myself, she taught me. I also wanted to learn how to play an instrument and I love Brass, Especially trumpets. So back in the day I was maybe 11 years old, I asked my dad to buy me a trumpet. I saw Carlos Guzman y Los Jovenes in Chicago. The horn section just blew me away with their performance. So now I really wanted to play the trumpet, I would but their records and try to play what they played on their records. It was too hard, I was only 11 and these guys were pros. So I said Dad I want a saxophone, he got me one. Still the saxophone was too hard to learn also. At that time my brother Cruz was playing in another family band, they had all their equipment in the basement. So I started to mess with my brother’s keyboard. I learned it quick, 2 years later I learned the accordion quick too. It was something the lord just blessed me with, my mom, my keyboard, my accordion, and my voice, Thank you Lord Jesus”.
As we were talking about the past, I asked Tony who was your mentor? He stated “My Mom”. That is the best answer I have heard yet I told Tony. I asked him, How was it when you were you were young and your career took off? “It was and it is great” he said. “Music is my passion, my heart, my life. I LOVE listening to it, but most of all I LOVE performing for my fans. Performing for my fans is beyond great, it’s wonderful and beautiful. Music has treated me great from the beginning, but my fans till this day have treated me better. I love my fans, Tony Guerrero Y La Sombra would not be who we are if it was not for our fans. Thank you for all your love and support for our music”.
Now tell me and Tejano Magazine, about your son DZ. What made your son get involved with La Sombra? “When my son DZ was a baby 4, 5, 6 years old, He liked everything with a mask on especially Michael Myers.lol When he saw the rock band KISS, he really got hooked on them because they had makeup and masks plus they played music. He loved it; I ended up buying him CD’s, video’s, dolls, and almost everything that had to do with KISS. He would bang his head and rock to their songs, and try to do everything like KISS its funny. At the age 7, 6, 9, I started recording him. He had about 30 songs that he recorded at that age. Then we stopped, because I got very sick for a few years. Now Gracias a dios, I’m good. He is a young teenager, he is recording with Tony G y La Sombra, and he is recording his own project which I am producing and doing all the music arrangements. I also would like to mention that I am also doing other projects. I have produced and arranged the cd (Son of Artman) for Prophecy. For those who like hip hop, rap and r&b, it’s available on ITUNES as of now. As far as my son “DZ” he is doing great. His first recording with Tony G Y La Sombra is, “Es Una Freakytona” (Quando Oye Mi Cumbiatona) which won, SONG OF THE YEAR at the Tejano Globe Awards. Es Una Freakytona was also nominated for album of the year and most popularity online. Thank you Mijo, You’re off to a great start. God be with you always, Love you! Tu DAD”.
What are you working on right now and what’s the name of your new CD? “The name of the new CD is “Guess Who’s Back”. It will be under G-Sound Records, I am working on doing a video on “Es Una Freakytona” I am working on DZ’s project, on Prophecy’s 2nd CD and also on adding a female artist to the G-Sound Record Label. I am getting ready to release some of the old school Sombra too, con el favor de dios. I am trying to do a song where hopefully I can get all these new artist who are coming out, to do a song with us. I am very busy trying to keep up with all this work and my performances. Something I really love to do is keeping up with my fans on Face book. Man when the Texans beat the Bears I had all those Texas Face booker’s on me. LOL It was fun though. I enjoyed it, Oh better mention the Dallas Cowboys. This girl said if I ever talk bad about the Cowboys she would Karate chop me to the throat. LOL
Tell me about your best memory you have of working with your favorite artist? Someone you had an honor working with. He said “Wow, that’s a hard one! There are so many, we have done so many shows in different cultures. I would have to say “PRINCE”! We did a show with him and The Fat Boys in Chicago back in the day. Also BRONCO, I love their music. I can go on and on there are so many good memories”.
What does DZ have planned for the future? “Education baby, he is doing his thing with music but I am making sure his plan is education first”.
Give me some examples of obstacles you had to overcome as a new young artist when you first started just to let all our new Talent know. What can we do to overcome these obstacles as new artists coming out? “Well I don’t drink or smoke, I have never ever done any kind of drugs. Besides the ones the doc gives me. I promise to God I haven’t, I have seen a lot through my years. There is a lot of that going on in this business. My point is control it, don’t let it control you or just don’t do it. I have seen so many artists let their talent go cause of that. I performed for 5 people, 10 people when I first started but I always gave them 110% on my performance. There will always be ups and downs, there will always be someone trying to rip you off. I have been through all this but never let it bring you down always look forward. God Bless you all, to all my fans and a special thanks to Tejano Magazine and Henry Zimmerle for taking the time to talk with me.
By Henry Zimmerle