Name: Heriberto Xavier Culebro a.k.a. Eddie Zuko
Place of birth: Brawley, CA
Hi. Can you please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about who you are and what you do?
I'm a Chicano musician from the Imperial Valley in Southern California, currently residing in San Diego, CA.
Where did you grow up and what was that like?
I grew up in Imperial, CA. I love my home but sometimes living there can feel like you're trapped. Not a lot of things to do there so it's easy to get into trouble. For the most part I enjoyed my upbringing, so many lifelong memories. Kind of hard to describe what it's really like growing up where I'm from but I think my song "Made" does a good job at articulating just that. No matter what though, The Valley will always be my home.
How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?
It's based in Hip Hop but has elements of reggae, rock, r&b; everything that influenced me. I think my sound reflects where I come from, So Cal.
What are some of your earliest memories with music? And musical background?
I remember always singing at family parties at a very young age. Knowing every word to my favorite Mexican songs. I played the trumpet briefly when I was 10 - 12, then I started rapping at 12 years old.
What did you grow up listening to?
Mexican music, hip hop, rock, reggae, literally everything that sounded good to me. By the time I was in 5th grade I'd say Hip Hop was what I was listening to the most from that point on.
When did you first realize you wanted to start making music? What was that process like?
My cousins and I started a crew, they thought it would be cool to start rapping; so of course I was on board. It first started off as something fun, didn't really care about what we were saying just wanted to sound like the pros did. But as time went on I started taking music more seriously. The process was always something fun, always saw it as the most exciting thing to create something new.
Who are some of your life and musical inspirations?
My dad is definitely my life inspiration. He built himself up from nothing to provide anything and everything he could for his family. There's literally so many artists who inspire me musically but right now my biggest inspirations are Frank Ocean and Anderson Paak. I listen to them probably everyday.
What kind of messages can people find in your tunes? What do you hope people take from listening to your work?
I think they can find relatable topics. I only write about things happening in my life, or observations I have. I know there's people out there who can identify with the things I say. I hope people walk away with a positive experience than before they listened.
Is there a strong music scene where you grew up?
I do think it's strong. So many rappers, bands, creatives. Such a small isolated place but somewhere I definitely think there is an overwhelming amount of talent.
What does music mean to you?
It's my way of expressing how I feel. My creative outlet. Music is my whole life.
If you could collaborate with any artist out there, who would he, she, or they be?
So many legends come to mind, but if I had to pick just one person right now, I'd say Chance the Rapper. He's doing so much to influence and push music forward right now. In my opinion he is the most important Hip Hop figure in the next five years.
The artwork on your social media has a unique vibe to it. Could you please elaborate and give us some insight on the meaning of it?
I wanted my artwork to reflect my upbringing. The EP cover is a picture of a table of a family playing lotería. On the table we included items a typical Mexican family might have while playing. When I was first starting the process of making the EP, I knew early on I wanted the theme to be based on Lotería. I cannot draw at all, so I reached out to a local designer, Richie Moon, and he brought it all to life. I had been following him on social media for a while and loved the way he incorporated Chicano life into his art much like I do with my music. I'm lucky he's helped me with the artwork thus far. We talked one time about how if his art had a sound, it'd be my music and vice versa.
We were at your show recently at Border X Brewing Company in Logan. The place was packed. Were you expecting that turn out?
Absolutely not. I knew a few people were coming but I was not expecting the majority of the people there to know every word.
When is your next show?
July 29 at Queen Bee's in North Park. I'll be performing as part of Rossi's The Pony Show.
Where can people find your music and social media platforms?
My music is everywhere. Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes, amazon, YouTube, etc.
Being from Imperial Valley myself, I'm extremely happy and proud to see you pursuing your love for the arts. I wish you the best and may God Bless the work of your hands. Thanks for your time. Anything else you would like to add?
Thank you for having me I really appreciate the questions. Much love to Todo Tranquilo!
Please Introduce Your Song "Made"
This song "Made" is about everything that contributed to who I am today. Many allusion's and references to things common in a Chicano upbringing. I take you through my life chronologically from early days to now.