Singer William Garza (Photo Courtesy of Dawlin Photography)
Let’s introduce William Garza to you all!
William Garza is a Regional Mexican music gem on the rise. Born in San Nicolás de Los Garza, Nuevo León, México, Garza and his family moved to Denver, CO when he was a child. That’s where Garza learned English before moving to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams in music.
Garza, who always sports a refreshing and joyful smile that brightens up anyone’s day, has recently released a variety of cover songs, including a version of Los Yonics’ “Palabras Tristes”, a classic from the 1990s.
Despite the ravages of the pandemic, this young star has been keeping busy by creating music, recording new songs and videos, and performing in virtual concerts.
In an exclusive, Garza talks about his passion and hard work for music, his new track “Palabras Tristes”, his upcoming agenda, and much more!
Living Out Loud LA: Originally, how did you develop a passion for music and who inspired
you musically as a kid and why?
William Garza: Music has been part of my life since I remember. My mom was always playing music on the radio every day at home while doing her chores. I remember her teaching me how to dance to cumbia at a young age. I was the kid who was always dancing in middle school. Music just made our days brighter at home, family reunions, road trips, and even at funerals. I spent a lot of time alone as a kid, but when I was with my mom she always had music playing in the background, and music was my companion when she would leave to go to work. It made me feel good. I even sang and danced for my cousins when they came over for play dates.
LOL-LA: Your current state of life professionally… is it a dream come true, a result of hard work, or a combination of both?
WG: I would say it is a combination of both. Nothing in life comes easy. It takes hard work and discipline to get where you want to be, but at the same time there are special people that we meet in our lives that helps us to achieve our dreams, to believe in ourselves, and guide us to where we want to go. It’s really a team effort.
LOL-LA: We must say… two things that distinguish you from others is your bright smile and your unique sense of fashion…. always looking good. How important do you feel that your smile and wardrobe are to your career?
WG: Thank you. There is a saying in Spanish that goes something like, ‘Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.’ I’ve always tried to see the positive side of things even if they seem not to have one. I think that smiles are contagious, and I want the world to smile with me. And during hard times like the ones we are living in, smiling is especially important. As far as my wardrobe, I like to look good for my audience. It’s a way to express myself too, and makes me unique.
LOL-LA: In the near future, who would you like to collaborate with and why?
WG: A lot of artists come to mind, but if I had the chance to collaborate with Marco Antonio Solis I would die in peace. He is a great artist and songwriter, and I admire him very much. His career has been based on respect and hard work, and he fully gives himself to his audience.
LOL-LA: When it comes down to music, in the end, what is it that inspires you
to do what you do?
WG: I would say expressing myself inspires me, being heard, bringing joy to other people and making dreams come true.
LOL-LA: where do you see yourself in 5 years within the music industry?
WG: I see myself with more released albums, bringing my music to new places where it hasn’t been heard before, doing collaborations with other artists, and working, working, working and doing what I love to do.
LOL-LA: We are big fans of your cover songs and the way you make them your own. How do you go about selecting the songs?
WG: Thank you! Some of the covers I’ve recorded are songs from the 80s that my parents would listen to. I was always drawn towards their lyrics, but as you get older and have more experiences those lyrics make more sense and become more relatable.
LOL-LA: “Palabras Tristes” is your most recent single. This was such a big hit back in the day, and now it’s a true classic. What does this song mean to you and why did you choose to sing it as you do?
WG: I love this song. It is one of those tunes that no matter how much time passes and how many times you listen to it, it touches you deeply with its romantic and nostalgic elements. I read that Xavier Santos, the composer of this song, wrote it for his mother while she was passed away. Most of us have lost someone special. Whether it be the end of a life or the end of a relationship, you will always remember those ‘palabras tristes’ that were last said even if you won’t ever see that person again. The songs music and its message truly give me the chills.
LOL-LA: Despite the pandemic, you’ve kept busy. How have you balanced writing and creating music during these times?
WG: It has definitely been a crazy year. Despite the difficulties, I’m thankful because it was also eye opening for me in many ways and allowed me to return to my academic studies and to start taking acting classes. I’ve also been preparing new songs for my shows once we are able to perform in public again. I can’t wait for that to happen.
LOL-LA: Musically, what is next for you this year and what can we expect from you once the pandemic ‘officially’ ends?
WG: Definitely more new music. I’m still recording new songs and the ‘Palabras Tristes”’ music video will soon be released on my YouTube channel. I plan to have a full album ready for the summer.
LOL-LA: What advice would you give to kids out there who want to follow in your footsteps and have a career in music?
WG: I want them to know that they are all capable of achieving their dreams. Sometimes we doubt ourselves, but your heart doesn’t lie. The amount of love you give is the amount of love you receive. If you can dream it, you can live it. The world is yours!
LOL-LA: What do you like to do in your free time?
WG: I love being close to nature, such as hiking or walking on the beach. I also love long drives, going to concerts, reading books meeting up with friends, and trying new places to eat.
LOL-LA: Anything else to add?
WG: Thank you so much for the interview! It was a pleasure and blessings to all!