Need a soundtrack for the weekend? Da'Zoo is the boricua Black Eyed Peas (well, sort of). The three stylish guys are Charly Rodríguez (“Charly Zoo”), Freddie Lugo (“Yo-Fred”) and Raul Quezada (“Raggi”), and the cute girl is Elizabeth Fuentes (“Eli-Joe”). Together they make fun music that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Their self-titled pop debut is flavored with reggae, electronica and other genres; Puerto Rican slang (wepa!); and lyrics about hooking up and falling in love. I spoke to the band so that you can get to know them better:
How did you come up with the group's name?
We came up with a concept named Da'Zoo, mixing animals with music. As you can see there’s a lot of variety of animals in a zoo; in our zoo there’s a variety of rhythm and genres.
How would you describe the album?
Our sound has strong beats and strong voices; also it has a more organic sound because of the guitars, and then the electronic side comes with the synths.
You've been compared to the Black Eyed Peas—were they an inspiration?
Not really; people compare us with them just because of the formation of the band: three boys, one girl. They are great artists, but they aren’t one of our influences.
“Chitu” has some crazy lyrics—who writes all of the lyrics?
We all came up with the lyrics; each one of us took care of our own parts in the songs. As for the music, we—Raggi, Charlie and Fred—just start jammin’ with guitars and pianos. The rest just comes naturally.
A lot of lyrics are derived from Puerto Rican slang—what are some of your favorite slang terms?
Yeah, we sing the same way we talk. Some of our favorite slang terms are: “wepa,” “qué pajó” “¡pappipapipapi!”
What's next? Are you going on tour? Anywhere you're dying to play?
We are going to Miami to promote our album. We are also going to “Premios Juventud” to perform live. Then we’re heading to Atlanta and Los Angeles. As for a place we would like to perform in, we all think of ... Madison Square Garden.