Name of band members: Juan Alex Mateo, Joel Rivas
Type of Music: Latin Urban
Location: Boston, MA
Age: 25, 24
Birth Place: Dominican Republic
When it comes to the music industry, there are some people who got it and some that don’t. When you listen to the music by Lexcano & J-R, you can tell this is a band that has it. The rhythm and lyrics that they put out are almost mind blowing. However, the overall beat of their music is where they really shine. There hits are the ones that you can hear in clubs that get the whole room moving. These are the kinds of hits you hear on the radio! This is a band that has that special edge that is needed to make it in the music world. With their music, they are able to touch many peoples’ lives and express emotions that you just can not express with normal words. You can only express these feelings and ideas by way of music, and no one does it better than Lexcano & J-R.
Q: How old where you, when you got started in the music industry?
A: Lexcano: I started getting into music when I was 10 years old, my mother bought me a small key board and I played with it while listening to Vico-C, El General and other Urban Latin music legends.
J-R: I’ve been exposed to music since a really young age. I grew up surrounded by a music environment since my oldest brother, father, cousins, and many other members of my family and friends have always been involved in the music industry in some way. But the braking point in my life when I decided that music was part of my life and thats how I wanted it to be, it wasn’t until just a year ago in 2007.
Q: What got you started making music?
A: Lexcano: I always had a thing for music, but it wasn’t until I moved to the US and started DJ’ing at house parties and different clubs, eventually I stated doing some recording and getting in rap battles in the back of the school bus and talent shows around my neighborhood, I was getting good feed back from people, and here we are today.
J-R: Like I said before, I’ve always been surrounded by a music environment and I’ve always love music, writing songs, expressing feelings though lyrics and singing. I guess that at a younger age I was just too focused on school and sports so I just saw music as a hobby! But now it’s the opposite. Since last year, I started getting more and more involved in the music industry, with my oldest brother “El Teacher D Los Mameros” and my friends and co-workers “Compai, Dj Emi, Lex, Kdee & Rey Kiro.” From that point on I recored my first song and got on stage for the first time together with my partner “Lex,” and since then music has become part of my life 24/7.
Q: Who are some of the other artists and musicians that you like to listen to?
A: Lexcano: I listen to a lot of artists; I think everyone has its own way to add to the music industry as a whole. To get specific, when it comes to Latin artist, I listen to Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Eddie Dee, Temperamento, Lapiz Consiente, these are artist that have been able to keep them selves on the public eye, so I look at their strategies and swagger and fallow their example to extend my carrier. I also listen to American rappers, but my favorites are Jay-Z because he shows that music is in fact real business and Ludacriss because he has the best punch lines in the game.
J-R: I love music. I’ve always said that I don’t limit myself to only one type of music. I enjoy music, all kinds of music. For the same reason I listen to a lot of different successful people in the industry. From the top of my head some of the ones I like the most because of their talent and all the things I’ve learned from them are: Boyz 2 Man, Juan Luis Guerra, Luis Fonsi, Son 2, Don Omar, Aventura, Ne-Yo, Camila, Sin Bandera, and some others.
Q: What are some hobbies of yours that you do in your spare time?
A: Lexcano: I work full time as a Human Recourses Technician for Massachusetts Army National Guard, and I’m also working on getting my master degree, on top of that I work really hard with my team to get our music on track, so that leaves me with very little time for hobbies, however I go to the gym in the mornings and throw a 2 mile jog a few times a week, other than that I’m pretty much 24 hour around the clock.
J-R: On my everyday life I work full time as a Graphic Designer. Must of my spare time I spend on my music, working together with my team, writing and recording. But I always find my way to spend time with family & friends, basketball, computers, designing, movies, and anything fun that doesn’t get me in trouble! Jejeje
Q: How do you come up with new music? What is your inspiration?
A: Lexcano: It all depends on the mood I’m in, I do a lot of on the spot writing, where I’m at the studio listening to a beat, an idea pops into my head, and I just lay it out. When I do write out side the studio, I use the personal situations that I’ve seen my self in. I’ve been deployed with the military twice, one to Guantanamo Bay and Iraq, so as a veteran, a citizen soldier and a survivor of many thoughts situations, I got plenty of material in my head to rhyme about.
J-R: Anything is an inspiration to me. There are so many ways I can come with new music that, even while I’m sleeping I’ve waken up singing a new song, or a chorus, and I’ve had to get off my bed to record it on my phone. I think that, one of the things I focus on more than anything is what our everyday lives are like. The experiences that each and every one of us goes through in our everyday lives, or that at some point in life we are involved in similar situations. So, it has a lot to do with how I feel, or how the people that surround me feel.
Q: Which song that you have written is your favorite, and why? What is the meaning behind it?
A: Lexcano: This is a tough one! I’ve recorded so many songs, and they all have a lot of meaning to me in a personal level. But if I have to pick one, it would be “Soy”, this song featured in the album To The Fallen Vol 1, a record that has all original music by veteran and active duty artist. I wrote “Soy” when I was in Guantanamo; its a song about a soldier telling the world “who” and “what” he is, a soldier, whose purpose is to serve and protect the innocent and remove those individuals responsible for causing suffering, depriving children of an education, abusing women’s rights, and killing innocent people, the song is not about politic views is about the Soldier himself.
J-R: I think that all of the songs I’ve written are my favorites, because they all have meaning to me. Like I said, I always try to write things that actually have a meaning and relate to our lives. Now, in terms of executions of my songs, I think that the one that’s my favorite, and it’s actually the first song I recorded, is “Tu Primera Vez”. Why? In many years of listening to music, I don’t think I’ve been able to hear anyone address the way that people (especially females) feel about their first time making love. I think that me and my partner Lex, did a great job on the song, even though it was my first time recording.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who is looking to get started in the music industry?
A: Lexcano: Today’s music scenery is not only about talent, it is also about who is grinding the most, set your priorities and tell your self how much you really want it, try to only surrounded by people who only want it as bad as you, always remember you can only get out of this, as much as you put into it, take all the criticism and use it to your advantage, last but not least GRIND GRIND GRIND!!
J-R: I think that music it’s a really tough career and whoever wants to get involved in it, needs to make sure that they LOVE music and not that they like music as a hobby. There’s a big difference between the two. If you love music, make sure to be prepare to battle and “Hustle” (how is said on the streets). In this industry if you have talent but you don’t hustle, it’s twice as hard for you to get somewhere. Now if you hustle, plus you have the talent I’m sure you going to see results and reactions from people right away! So, people this is a tough industry but the payback and the love from the fans it’s worth it!
Q: Were your family and friends supportive of your music and your choices to get into the music industry?
A: Lexcano: I truly feel blessed for my friends and family. With my family at the beginning it was hard to get them to believe on my talent, but eventually they started to notice that I was very serious about it, and they have showed me support. My friends are by far the biggest reason why I’m still standing today I truly believe that GOD gave me the best friends in the world, specially J-R, for the past 2 years he has stand by my side in many different situations weather it is personal or business, and he has been a great deal of support for me and a big reason why we still making music today.
J-R: Yes! They always have! Like I said my family has been involve in the music industry for years and my friends too. And seeing me getting involve in it was to them the best decision I could make. The only person that didn’t completely agree was my mom, and that was until she heard the first song I recorded.
Q: Where do you see your band in the next few years?
A: Lexcano: I have a lot of confidence on my team, that we are going to make a lot of things happen in the next few years, we have the talent and the work ethic to get it done, and our plan is not to stop until we make it, so I see our self in a really good position in the music industry.
J-R: Honestly, I know this is a really tough industry but with the team that we have, the talent we have, all the support we have, our hard work, and first of all, with God’s will, we’ll be between the best of the Latin music, singing next to people like Juan Luis Guerra, Luis Fonsi, known world wide and bringing more, and more of our good music to all of those people that support us. I know I have the right team, and I know we going to make a lot of things happen!
Q: What is the overall goal or dream that you want to achieve with your music?
A: Lexcano: I want my music to reach the world, I want children to sing my songs, I want people to listen to my record and say “this is my song”. Music is the best way to put out life situations and be able to make people feel good about it; I want to make music for the fans, because they are what this is all about. Definitely want to go platinum on sales and have crowds chanting out names. But I don’t ask for much jeje!!!
J-R: Music is a great communication media and a great way to express emotions. I think that my dream is to be able to get to people though our music & lyrics bring a little happiness to their life’s and offer them our music as a way for them to settle free from the experiences we live in live. Plus, have us all realize that no matter what, we are all humans and we all go through rough situations, and all that’s left for us to do is stand up, keep going and make the best out of our lives. And music is a great way to do that, because we can enjoy it, scream, sing it, cry with it, listen to it, dance it, express ourselves and just feel better and release the stress that builds up in our everyday lives.