What led you to go indie and also part ways with your management?
We made that decision because we’re convinced no one takes better care of us than ourselves. That certainty motivated us to start our own path, and people responded very well. I went back to choosing the songs we released, deciding which singer performed what song, what rhythm to use, in short, everything having to do with production.
One of the songwriters who has been key in your success is Horacio Palencia...
There are many songwriters and many artists, but they do not always partner well with each other. In Horacio’s case, he fit in very well with us even before we were independent; there has been mutual chemistry and that is fundamental. When we launched Lizos and we were able to decide the singles we wanted to release everything changed and the results speak for themselves with hits like “Hermosa Experencia” and “Háblame de Ti.” This does not mean that there are not other song writers with whom we have done very good things, like Edén Muñoz of Calibre 50. He deserves a special thanks, because even though he has his own group he gave us a great song (“Tengo Qué Colgar”) .
Lizos Music is a great example that an indie can be successful and that Regional Mexican music can do well even when it’s up against strong genres like urban.
There are good times for all genres. From my point of view, everything depends on the themes, the lyrics, the songs. There was a moment in Regional Mexican music where there were many groups with very good songs. Now it's the other way around unfortunately.
Why do you think the Regional Mexican music genre has stopped growing?
There are many songs on the radio, but few really good songs. This happens because many people put business before good music; they don´t care about quality. They worry more about taking advantage of publishing rights or finding songs or writers with no publishing contracts.