3BallMTY is a Latino pop DJ trio from San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico consisting of three teenage DJs - Erick Rincon, Sergio Zavala (DJ Sheeqo Beat), and Alberto Presenda (DJ Otto).
One of the most successful musical acts in recent times, 3BallMTY launches its second album titled Globall, which features collaborations by Belinda, Becky G, Gerardo Ortiz, El Bebeto, America Sierra and Far East Movement.
Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, Erick Rincon, Sheeqo Beat and DJ Otto have revolutionized the scene with their unique mixes and fusions, and their “Tribal Guarachero” style has taken Europe and the Americas by storm.
Their influence is such, that you can hear their music in all corners of the world, and megastars such as Shakira, Don Omar, Paulina Rubio and Daddy Yankee have all requested remixes by these young men.
Their first album, Intentalo, and the single by the same name, were an immediate success and quickly went platinum in several countries. They also won almost every award there is for Latin music.
Their second album, Globall, is a bit more heavy, and illustrates their musical evolution. They have new material, but have also managed to stay true to their essence and sound. The album contains 12 songs, and features collaborations such as Belinda (“Desesperada”), Becky G (“Quiero Bailar”), El Bebeto (“De las 12 a las 12”), Fear (“Far East Movement” and “Rock the Movement”) Gerardo Ortiz y America Sierra (“La Noche es Tuya”), Li Saumet (“Kaliente, Kaliente”), Cowboy Troy (“Vaquero Electro”), Angel Romero y Las Cumbia Girls (“OBDC”) Las Cumbia Girls (“Party Started” and “El Shake”) and America Sierra (”Vive Hoy”).
In an exclusive with Living Out Loud, 3BallMTY discussed their new album, as well as their professional and personal lives.
Living Out Loud: Did you guys ever imagine you would reach this level of success?
3BallMTY: (Otto) More than imagining the success, we just wanted to travel throughout Latin America, win many awards and perform at renowned venues. We’ve done that, and we’ve very grateful and happy to be sitting here talking about it. For us having an actual album seemed impossible, but here we are.
LOL: As it’s the case with a singer or songwriter, is a DJ born or made?
3BallMTY: (Sheeqo) In Otto’s case, his father was a DJ, but as far as Erick and I, we had to learn on our own. We never went to school for it or anything. We just hung out with people who would let us use their equipment and used our computers to practice. Same goes for all our music, we never studied production or anything like that. It was more of an empirical knowledge with us.
LOL: Who discovered you and how did this help you reach the stage?
3BallMTY: (Erick) Toy Selecta, our producer, found us even before YouTube existed. He found an album in which we appeared along with some other artists, among them Otto, Checo and myself. He liked what he heard, and found we had lots of things in common. He created the Tribal Monterrey group and began to support us, gave us some lessons in music, and that’s how it went.
LOL: Are you fully invested in your music right now or are you balancing conventional education as well?
3BallMTY: (Sheeqo) For the time being, we’re not in school because the music and the new album have consumed all of our time. We look forward to going back to school if we get a long break, but for now, we’re fully invested in our work.
LOL: Tell us about Globall.
3BallMTY: (Otto) We produced the new album along with Toy Selecta. It consists of 12 tracks and collaborations with Becky G, Belinda, America Sierra, among others. We recorded in Mexico, the U.S. and South America. It’s a great album. It showcases an evolution in our sound, and it has an electric-cumbia feel. It also has some slow songs. It’s something different and has a little bit of everything. We’re very happy with it and so far people seem to really like it.
LOL: Do you guys approach other artists for collaborations or do they approach you?
3BallMTY: Once you begin to have some success and become known within the industry, it’s easier to approach people and do collaborations, but it’s still complicated. We know Gerardo Ortiz and he’s our friend, we had great chemistry with Belinda and could easily be our friend. Some artists might be bigger than us and might not be open to a collaboration, and the chemistry might not be there. It’s not easy. We have to make those collaborations happen.
LOL: Did these artists who collaborated with you on the new album have any input in its sound and concept?
3BallMTY: Yes. We did all the music, but each artist composed the songs they’re in. We feel it was all a collective effort and everyone contributed to make it a great album.
LOL: How do DJs get inspired?
3BallMTY: Quite simply, it can come at any time, and whenever we get inspired by anything, we get to work. It’s not like we turn on the computer and sit in front of it to see what comes to us. It’s sudden, and we always go along with any creative flow.
LOL: Who was the easiest collaboration with and who was the most complicated?
3BallMTY: The song “Quiero Bailar” was a bit complicated because at first, I wrote lyrics for it, and then Becky G wrote more lyrics for it. Then, Doctor Lu, who produces for Katy Perry, began working on it. It was a very long process – it took about 3 months for that one song to be ready, but it was so worth it.
LOL: What’s in your agenda for the next few months?
3BallMTY: We’ll be promoting the second single “De las 12 a las 12” with El Bebeto. It’s a new collaboration and it’s got quite the fun rhythms. We have very high expectations for this song, and we’ve already finished the video. We’re also on tour with Julian Alvarez and Gerardo Ortiz called “Dos Mundos, Una Historia” Tour. We’ve already performed 5 dates and we have 30 performances left. We don’t know when we’ll be in LA yet, but we’ll be in San Jose on June 14 at the Convention Center.
LOL: Being so young, how have you kept all this success from getting to your heads?
3BallMTY: We’re very mature in that we know we’re not better human beings than anyone else. Me personally, I hate people who are conceited, and I would hate to be that way. I always remember where I come from, and people know that if they see us at the mall, they can feel free to approach us and take pictures, etc. We should all be humble and always remember where we come from.
LOL: Any advice for your young fans out there?
3BallMTY: Do what you’re passionate about. Doesn’t matter what it is. Art can open up a whole new world for you, and provide an outlet from the world you don’t want to be in. Regardless of what’s going on in the world, violence, etc., just lose yourself in your art and you’ll be fine.