Regional Mexican stars Banda Los Sebastianes are becoming so popular that in their native country that some people create fake concerts using their famous name as a way to sell advance tickets. But members of the 18-member group, known for their electrifying banda music, tell their fans to take caution in the new digital world.
"When we sign on to do a show we have a way of authenticating a show through our social media accounts,” said Andrés Padilla, vocalist of Los Sebastianes. "We usually post videos to confirm shows and use a digital blue butterfly seal that fans can look out for."
As the band celebrates a professional run of seven years (though they were performing as a local band in Mazatlan before that), the upcoming June anniversary will be met with a full agenda of performances -- and the band doesn't want it any other way.
The band's growth and newfound momentum is attributed to their first Top 10 on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart in January with the hit "A Través Del Vaso." The track continued to climb as it became a fan favorite.
"Some people think this success has been overnight, but in reality it has taken many years to get to this point," said Armando "El Chocomilk" Celis. "It has taken a lot of work, and having four platinum albums is something we are proud of."
As the band promotes the May 24 release of their new A Través del Vaso EP, featuring seven tracks, they also continue to celebrate their team-up with Colombian pop/urban star Sebastián Yatra on "Un Año." The EP also includes a collaboration with Joe Montana for the track "Suena El Dembow."
Does that mean Banda Los Sebastianes is eyeing more collaborations in the Latin urban genre?
"We are proudly a regional Mexican band, but we also want to always diversify and connect with other genres, including Latin urban," said Celis. "Our duets with Sebastian Yatra and Joe Montana mean the world to us and we have dreams of someday working with others such as Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Marc Anthony, Luis Miguel and Ricky Martin."