Brothers Poncho Jr and Imanol Quezada have been performing for over 10 years now, performing in buses and markets and at local parties in their hometown of Coahuila, Mexico. But it wasn’t until last year that Los Dos Carnales got their big chance.
The norteÃ±o group, made up of the Quezada brothers as lead singers, Kevin Marquez and Armando Hernandez, was signed last year with the Mexican regional label AfinArte, after being “discovered” by El Fantasma (also signed with AfinArte) who contacted them in 2018 to collaborate.
“[El Fantasma] sent as a message on Instagram but we thought it was a fake account or something, âPoncho said Billboard. âWe responded and haven’t heard from him for a while and I thought, ‘Well, that doesn’t happen anymore.’ Then he answered and said he wanted to record our corrido ‘El Fue Arturo’ with us.
It was then that El Fantasma introduced AfinArte into the music of Los Dos Carnales and subsequently the label signed the group.
âIt was such a special moment in our career. When we heard that FinArte wanted to sign us, I started browsing their social networks and realized we belonged there, âsays Poncho. âWe’re similar – because, like us, they want to keep the traditional Mexican regional sounds alive. We will not give up AfinArte. We are working hard.
Hard work paid off. Los Dos Carnales scored their first top 10 on the Mexican regional table Airplay (dated July 11) with âEl Envidiosoâ. He also became the Mexican group’s first top 10 on any Billboard diffusion. âIt’s huge! We couldn’t believe it, honestly,” Poncho says. “We never imagined something like this could happen to us. People accept our very humble music.
This is their basic norteÃ±o sound – made possible by an accordion, a four-string bass guitar, bajo sext (sixth bass) and drums – is what makes them distinctive in an area crowded with regional Mexican sounds. âWe want people to know that NortÃ±a music is still relevant today. There are many different styles now and we respect them, but we want to make sure that we stand up for what we’re known for and always will stand for: norteÃ±o. “
On July 10, Los Dos Carnales released their new album Al Estilo Rancheron, a set of 14 tracks that includes corridos, romantic tunes and covers. âIt was made with a lot of love and we hope people like it,â says Imanol.
Learn more about this week’s Latin artist on the rise below.
Last name: Quezada Jr and Imanol Quezada poncho
Age: Poncho (27) and Imanol (21)
Major achievement: âWe are very proud of the few accomplishments that we have accomplished. It has been our dream since we were little. We are just starting to grow. We would say there are two important steps. One, being on the Billboard graphics. It’s enormous! We couldn’t believe it, honestly. We never imagined that something like this could happen to us. People accept our very humble music. The second important step is the collaboration with El Fantasma. That’s pretty much what started it all and helped us get to where we’re at.
Recommended song: â’Vida Ventajosa’ is the song that opened many doors for us. It’s a corrido written by Imanol and it’s a beautiful song about our humble beginnings. We really started from scratch. But after listening to “Vida Ventajosa”, we recommend that you listen to “El Envidioso” afterwards because it is like the following. “
And after: âWe will continue to work hard and write. We really hope this pandemic passes so that we can play in the United States soon. We haven’t had the opportunity to play there yet. Our hopes are to become a norteÃ±o group that transcends generations, like Los Invasores de Nuevo LeÃ³n and Los Cadetes de Linares.