Finding Your Own Groove: The Unique Sound and Vision of Pepe LozanoPosted by Mike Schumacher
Music has always been an integral part of human culture, from ancient tribal rhythms to the latest pop hits. It has the power to move us, inspire us, and bring people together like nothing else. In today’s world, there are countless talented musicians who dedicate their lives to creating new sounds and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. One such musician is Pepe Lozano, a multi-talented artist who has made a name for himself as a true innovator in the music industry.
Pepe’s musical journey began at a young age, when he first picked up a guitar and began experimenting with different sounds and styles. Over the years, he honed his craft and developed a unique approach to music that draws on a wide range of influences, from classic rock and roll to jazz and blues. Today, Pepe is recognized as one of the best musicians in the industry, thanks to his exceptional talent and his unwavering dedication to his craft.
One of the things that sets Pepe apart from other musicians is his commitment to the 60s genre, which he feels has a timeless quality that still resonates with audiences today. As a vocalist, guitarist, bassist, drummer, producer, composer, actor, advocate, father, businessman, leader, influencer, and judge of others’ work, Pepe brings a unique perspective to everything he does. He has an innate ability to infuse his music with emotion and authenticity, creating a sound that is both deeply personal and universally appealing.
Today, we have the honor of speaking with Pepe to learn more about his musical journey, his creative process, and his thoughts on the state of the music industry today. Through our conversation, we hope to gain a deeper understanding of what makes Pepe a great musician and what insights he has to share with aspiring artists and music lovers alike.
Pepe – Thanks for stopping by and spending some time with us. You have an impressive range of musical talents, including being a vocalist, guitarist, bassist, and drummer. How do you balance these various roles in your creative process and performance?
Thanks! What a fulfilling experience to have performed with a lot of talented musicians along the way. It was such a privilege.
It’s important to me to play my favorite instrument – the guitar. It touches my soul and senses in a way I never could have imagined. Being a singer made me more confident about how I deliver my music in a natural way. Likewise, being a performer gave me meaning – by being professional, especially with how I collaborate with musicians I’ve already played with and the artists that I have yet to encounter. It taught me to be disciplined and more sensitive about my bandmates’ needs.
It’s really challenging and rewarding at the same time. Once you pull this off, I guarantee your maturity will grow remarkably. It’s how you connect with your fellow musicians.
I was asked to be a bass player in another band even though the guitar was my main choice. I guess it’s still fine because they needed a bass player at that time. Also, I played in a twee-pop band with a girl front-man and a girl bassist and they told me they needed a drummer. Right then and there, I accepted their offer. I just thought this could be a chance to explore my other skills. They got me to play with them as a drummer just in time to release their new singles. What an exhilarating trip! They really have a lot to offer in terms of originality and, most importantly, music.
Bottom line, these experiences led me to become self-reliant especially in recording. I could easily record a song in the comfort of my home. All you’ll ever need is yourself. Having everything covered in terms of producing my original music and being a multi-instrumentalist really gave me an edge.
You have been involved in the music industry for several decades and have contributed to the development of different genres. How do you see your unique style as a musician contributing to the legacy of the 60s genre and beyond?
I truly believe that having my unique style can go a long way by combining this with a lot of genres, especially the 60s music. It could be limitless, but it also has similarities to how people in the 60s express themselves through art and music. It goes really hand in hand. I believe that it’s just recycled from the past and everything has been already created.
The only thing that is always missing is how you approach or incorporate your style with every musicical style you know including the good stuff of the 60s. Once you set this program in your brain, everything will fall into place. The result is always surprising – it never fails to me. The sound is refreshing.
Take a spin and dive with it – that is my advice. Don’t be afraid to innovate or invent. There is so much more to explore.
As a multi-talented musician, how do you approach collaboration with other artists and band members in order to create a cohesive and impactful sound?
As I’ve said, nothing in this world is new anymore. They just recycle everything. To me, I free my mind with the shackles of negativity. Just like in the 60s, they successfully pulled off Peace, Love & Music. I want to let my co-musicians be whoever they want to be and let their talent do the talking – no show-offs, just feelings; no technicals, just pure heart and soul. The skills are a bonus. Don’t rush it – just guide it home.
You have also worked as a producer and composer for your music. Can you tell us about your process for creating and producing music and how it has evolved over the years?
Never in my life had I thought I could be content. I believe I already got what I wanted in terms of creativity. I learned that you never stop learning. So, I believe that whatever you hear, positive or negative, it’ll both help you grow and evolve. This way, you will have the best of both worlds. The key here is to always listen and give yourself the freedom to put everything in your hands. You have the freedom to say no to a different approach of influencing your song, although you know it may somehow be substantial but you don’t risk it. My advice, talk with your mates if this is a collaborative effort, but still be firm with your creation because this will define you in the end. There’s no problem if it’s just you. Overall, I still love producing music. To me, the process is more important in producing and creating music. It is always a mystery. I learned that the outcome of the product is always there at the end and you already know you are all going there.
In addition to your musical talents, you have also acted in films and television shows. How has your experience as an actor influenced your music and vice versa?
It was a wonderful feeling to have experienced acting and, at the same time, showcasing your music. We were instructed by the director to just act naturally in all the scenes that he’s capturing us. He thought about the shots, but most of the time, we just went down our own way. “Band On The Run” is a one-season TV show that was offered to us by the TV channel giant, ABS-CBN, featuring the individual characters of each of the members of the band The Bloomfields. It’s about the quirkiness, timidness, craziness, and the fun of the band members. It’s about food, love, culture, making friends with the people along the way, and exploring the beautiful islands of our motherland, the Philippines. I will never forget that one-of-a-kind experience. It felt like we had that piece of one of the Beatles movies but a series on a TV channel.
You are a father and a businessman, in addition to being a musician. How do you balance these various roles and continue to find time for your creative pursuits?
I’ve asked myself the same question for the last 19 years, but I trust that I know what I’m doing. I am proud of my achievements, and I hope I inspire a lot of aspiring musicians and fathers out there. Being a father alone is really hard. You need to find time for your family – that is the number one ingredient. I’m proud to say that I love to support my lovely wife and awesome kids. They are my living legacy, and someday, they will appreciate what we have done for them. They have a bright future here in America.
You know, family is like a band too, especially when you are now in a foreign land like America. New York City is where arts and music are alive. We are grateful to be here and to be experiencing this special time where we are all healthy and together. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped us get on our feet to get started here. From the time we decided to stay here for good 7 years ago, I can say we are getting there, but we still have a lot of work to do. To all the immigrants who are trying to have a better life in a foreign land, this one’s for you. We represent you. Just don’t give up. Follow your dreams. Act on it, be persistent, and add a lot of love. Don’t ever forget that.
As for being a businessman, I was influenced by my parents. I saw how they worked when I was still a child. They would take me to their workplace to expose me, and while they were at work most of the time, when we had dinner, we were always together. I really appreciate that about them. It would have been harder if they weren’t here to support us. My family’s support has had a very significant impact in our lives. I’m sure everyone can relate to that.
It’s amazing to think I can still juggle doing what I love, which is my passion for music. It will never be separated from my dynamic self. Whether it be creating music, playing a show with a purpose, or taking care of my business and family, it’ll still be a blessing to just make it here in our new-found chemistry – our new found glory in the land of the brave.
You have judged the works of other musicians. Can you talk about the criteria you use to evaluate music and what makes a piece of music stand out to you?
I base my judgment of other musician’s work through their way of expressing their songs, of how their sound and words incorporate each other well and whether they are doing it effortlessly and looks fun when playing live. Originality is a big factor when you thought of the big idea to do it. You should have showmanship. You have the ability to move your listener. That is the power of music. Vocals and harmony are my weaknesses. I am a sucker for that because we practice a lot in the studio to perfect our sound and tightness as a band and we all know this is what the audience really want – a full all-out show. That’s why they pay you – so they can watch an extraordinary performance.
My advice to other aspiring musicians and groups is to bombard yourselves with a lot of practice in the studio until your ears bleed, so to speak, because that’s the only way to bring out the best in you, especially the vocals and harmonies, just like what my brother JJ and I are always talking about in the harmony virtuosos like The Four Freshmen, Harmony Grass, Tony Rivers and the Castaways, The Beach Boys, and many more like them in the 60s. There are newer bands that are also doing that same style nowadays. A lot of them are indie bands.
Whichever way you’re going, harmonies are very essential to me and my bandmates. We share the same sentiments. It is very important to sing your harmonies and blend it well with others until it sounds like it’s ringing. That’s the best way to do it. Also, playing good dynamics with your instruments and voices makes a big impact to whoever is hearing it. You have to have a good sense of balance with your music. So, whether it be playing live or just doing a recording, it should be at least the same experience. I am very particular about that.
What are some of your proudest accomplishments as a musician and artist, and how do you hope to continue pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in music in the future?
I am proud to have experienced music and the benefits that come with it. Living the life as some may say. But the ultimate goal is to have as much reach to a lot of people as possible to spread my music in this world. To just let them hear it and share what you have to offer is already the simplest form of happiness to me. But if you are talking about traveling from country to country to sing and play to thousands of people every show, that’s awesome too. Playing in arenas, coliseums, and football fields is fantastic! It’s been an honor to play with such talented bandmates and always a pleasure every time we apply our skills onstage or in a recording studio. It was and still is a great ride, and we have more chapters to write.
I remember us having our own TV show called ‘Band On The Run.” It feels like we’re doing a film called “Help” from The Beatles movie. Our music is featured there too, and acting was just a delight. It was a lovely show. Although it’s just 1 season, it was really a blast – 10 episodes. Also, having done two albums with EMI records, a self-titled album and a Christmas album, was amazing.
I have plans to just continue creating music ‘til I get old. Music is a powerful tool to help people. I am involved now in an advocacy to protect our country’s sovereignty and help people who live on one or more islands in our motherland, the Philippines. This organization is called the National Youth Movement for West Philippine Sea. It focuses on our frontliners who live in our remote islands. There are teachers, navy personnel, fishermen, farmers, volunteer medical personnel, and other residents who protect our territory from invaders who claim it is theirs. That is why, ever since, we, the Filipinos and Americans have a treaty to help each other militarily and whatever resources we need to support them. The government should be doing this, but up to now, no significant support has ever reached the islands. These are the Kalayaan Group of Islands(KGI). Filipinos go hand in hand with the Americans because we have been allies since we were freed from the Spaniards in 1898. We achieved independence with the help of the Americans. We can proudly say that. We have our own heroes like Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, and General Antonio Luna who fought for our freedom peacefully and violently because there was no choice at that time. They had to defend it at all cost. That really happened so that we can understand our roots clearly without hesitation. I remember General Douglas MacArthur’s “I shall return.” He fulfilled his promise and for that, we honor him too. He is part of our freedom.
Thank you for this opportunity to have a better life in a foreign land like America. We have been here for almost 7 years now, and our family is here to stay while we are doing our best to use our talents to not just fulfill our dreams but ultimately to help others fulfill theirs too. God bless our motherland, God bless America, and God bless us all!
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