Alexandro Zatarain makes his presence felt in the Coachella Valley in multiple ways. Among other things, he’s an instructor at College of the Desert, a radio producer at Alpha Media USA and a frequent Twitch streamer; visit twitch.tv/therealzatarain to watch his videos. Zatarain is the latest to take The Lucky 13; here are his answers.
What was the first concert you attended?
The first that I can remember is Ozomatli at Veterans Park in Coachella. They’re an awesome Latin-rock band out of L.A. My first “big” concert was, surprisingly, Shakira. When Mom offers, you don’t say no.
What was the first album you owned?
Eight-year-old me got *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached. Would 28-year-old me do it again? Damn straight.
What bands are you listening to right now?
Where do I start? The Beatles and Led Zeppelin are very common throughout my playlist. As of late, I’ve listened to a ton of The Weeknd, Drake, Poolside, Bad Bunny and System of a Down. Sprinkle in some Eminem, Elton John, Marvin Gaye, Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, Prince and Queen, and now you have a rough idea of what my Spotify-liked songs look like.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
Mumble rap seems to have made its way into Top 40 and the youths’ playlists. Am I getting out of touch, or is it the children who are wrong? It’s definitely the children.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Led Zeppelin, hands down. Queen is a very close second.
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
Musicals. Doesn’t matter if they’re Broadway or Disney; you may find me driving down the street singing out of my mind. I suppose that’s what happens when you’re a theater kid.
What’s your favorite music venue?
I’m guilty of not checking out many of the great venues we have here in the Coachella Valley. However, I’ve seen multiple friends perform at The Hood, and it’s always been a great time—great music, paired with a beverage of choice and their Buffalo chicken pizza. Can’t go wrong with that.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
I have the terrible habit of singing the words, “You’re Welcome,” all thanks to Dwayne Johnson in Moana. I’ve got my wife doing it now. It’s a real problem. Did I mention I love musicals?
What band or artist changed your life? How?
Eminem. I never really listened to rap or hip hop growing up. Once I got into early adulthood, I began to avidly listen to Eminem’s The Eminem Show, and it took me to a place of deeper self-expression.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
I’d ask Robert Plant if he’d like my vocal chords. I’d gladly give them to him.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“Come Sail Away” by Styx. Because why not?
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
The Beatles’ Abbey Road. A great listening experience through and through. You can never go wrong with it.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
“Regardless” by Christine Nguyen and Justice Gbada. I’ve been following Christine on Instagram for a while now—great voice and very chill vibes. I definitely recommend giving her a listen.