Mexican singer Dasahev López Saavedra, known as El Dasa, is ready to make his debut on the small screen in NBC Universo’s first original scripted series titled El Vato.
Following in the footsteps of his Mexican regional music idols such as Vicente Fernández, Antonio Aguilar and Pedro Infante, who successfully managed acting and singing careers in their time, El Dasa stars in the 10-episode show that is inspired in the “Mentirosa” singer’s real life story. It follows an aspiring singer who navigates life in Los Angeles after landing a once-in-a-lifetime record deal.
Billboard caught up with the Sonora native during a screening of El Vato, which premieres April 17 on NBC Universo, where he talked to us about his acting endeavors and his upcoming album, expected to release in July.
You’re about to make your acting debut. Are you feeling nervous, excited?
I think you can tell by the look on my face that I couldn’t be more happier. I’ve done many other things, but this is a different feeling because this is something I never imagined doing. This definitely took me out of my comfort zone. It never crossed my mind that I would act one day, I actually feared the thought of acting.
So what was it about El Vato that made you want to get over this “fear” of acting?
The story of El Vato is very similar to mine. Also, I always aim to do big things and this is something big since its NBC Universo’s first original scripted series. When I realized that this was something serious, I knew I had to be part of it, no matter the pressure that I felt from the network or anybody else.
You’re following the footsteps of Mexican regional artists such as Vicente Fernández and Antonio Aguilar who began their careers as actors and singers.
Yes, that’s how it was before and it was totally accepted by their audience because that was the common thing to do. That tradition got lost and hopefully I can be part of the new generation that brings that back.
What similarities do you share with your character?
We’re both scared of failure. If I can’t achieve something that I really want, I get very frustrated because I’ve failed myself and my team. I always think of them, if I’m not doing something right, it will affect them too.
What do you take away from this experience?
When we finished shooting, I was left wanting more. I’m ready for new challenges on the screen. I told the writers that if El Vato gets renewed for a second season, I want my character to be more challenging.
Let’s talk music. When can we expect your new album?
Well first I want to say that I produced all the music that you’ll hear on El Vato, so that was something very exciting. Even though I’m promoting this project, music will always be my priority and that’s why in the next few days, I’ll be releasing my new single “Ya Me Vi.” In July, I will release a new album, I’m not sure what the name will be yet but I’m thinking it’ll be Las Mías Que No Son Mías because I’m recording songs that I didn’t write but they represent something special to me.
Fellow singer Gerardo Ortiz‘s video “Fuiste Mía” is under fire for allegedly promoting violence against women, do you have anything to say about the topic.
I think we set an example, and what we say or do is perceived as real by people. So, we have to be careful of what we do and say, because it can be heard by a child, and that child might want to be like you.