Think you’re seeing double? Think again. This cutie is not John Mayer but Latino singer-songwriter Gustavo Galindo. Born in Mexico City to a Mexican father and an American mother, Gustavo has experienced the best of both worlds which transcends into his music. Now 30, Galindo’s journey actually began at the tender age of 12.
Gustavo moved to the U.S when he was 5 residing in northern California where he spent the majority of his early years before moving to Los Angeles. He traveled back and forth between Mexico and the U.S., absorbing the two diverse yet very different cultures, yet feeling that he didn’t quite belong to either. However, the varied perspectives did give him the inspiration he needed for his songwriting.
Gustavo says about songwriting, “It’s a big part of my life. It’s a way for me to express what I am going through inside. Sometimes things that are hard to express with words have more power through music.”
“Being Mexican-American, you’re able to see things you wouldn’t otherwise see,” says Gustavo. “The things I go through personally… things that make me think and ponder are things I like to write about.”
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His last album, “Entre la Ciudad y el Mar” (“Between the City and the Sea”), which dropped in 2011 and was nominated for a Grammy in February alongside two of his favorite bands, Mana and Calle 13, is about Gustavo’s journey growing up between Mexico and the U.S., and finding out who he was as a person.
Spending more time in Mexico recently, he is promoting his album and writing music for well-known Mexican singers like Alejandro Fernandez. Right now, though, he’s back in the U.S going to seven different cities around the country to spread the message of safe driving to teens — a campaign through State Farm. Yes, you heard that right, this cutie likes to give back to the community!
“I am really interested in this, because in high school I lost two friends in driving accidents,” says Gustavo. “I talk to them [the students] about songwriting and using your imagination. I play songs for them. I talk to them about how I got started in music.”
A lot has changed since three years ago when he was signed to Universal Latino/Surco, and got to work with producers such as Julieta Venegas, and Juanes. His next album will be a statement of where he’ll be going musically.
“It’ll be an interesting challenge,” says Gustavo. “My last album was full of really great songs, but it might have lacked a little edge… I think it has to come from an extreme standpoint and push the envelope a little bit more… I think that’s what I want to do – push buttons like Calle 13. The other goal is to continue to be a person who does good for the community. It’s important to always give back and not to forget where you came from, because it’s easy to get lost.”
Concerning his future projects, Gustavo wants his fans to know that “It doesn’t matter if it’s English or Spanish as long as it moves you… As long as I can keep making music that’s honest and true, I’d like to continue to make music for the rest of my life.”
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