Intocable’s Ricky Muñoz Talks New Album Percepción, 25 Years in Music & One Regret That Still Stings


Frontman Ricky Muñoz opens up in regards to the Norteño fusion band's early years, the reality about being unbiased and what legacy means to the a number of Grammy and Latin Grammy-winning group on this milestone 12 months.

Ricky Muñoz of Intocable has seen loads of highs and lows in his 25 years because the frontman of one of the crucial celebrated bands in Tejano music. Sometimes it's been downright disheartening and different instances it's been pure pleasure.

One of these cautionary tales, stated the co-founder of the group, was the discharge of the 2006 album Crossroads: Cruce de Caminos when the band flirted with a rustic sound that gave the impression to be embraced by critics and off to an incredible begin. Then followers spoke up.

"It was powerful as a result of they hated it," remembers Muñoz, who co-founded Intocable with drummer Rene Martinez. "Critics favored it, however followers didn't get it. Even individuals who promote (live performance) dates have been telling us to not play songs from the album. It takes time for folks to digest adjustments and that's okay."

It is Muñoz's no-nonsense demeanor that makes him accessible and a part of the explanation the band has held a gentle profession by way of the years. Out at this time (March 15, their new album Percepción (UMLE) is 14 tracks that ship the Intocable signature Norteño sound boosted by soulful and heartfelt songs. The challenge was produced by the legendary Don Was, recognized for his work with The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Willie Nelson, amongst others. 

"Don Was is like Yoda," Muñoz stated. "Everything he does is with grace and keenness. He's very Zen-like and you're feeling consolation being round this individual and that was the expertise of what it was like making this album."

Intocable's tenure within the music enterprise contains making an album about each three years, persistently touring and for the band—which incorporates Sergio Serna, percussion; Johnny Lee Rosas, bajo sexto; Jose Hernandez, group motivator and rhythms; Alejandro Gulmar, bajo sexto and Felix Salinas, bass—it was time to discover a new musical perspective. Off Muñoz and his bandmates went to search out the precise producer and different key collaborators.

The Intocable sound is "a type of music that I’ve by no means performed earlier than so I’m actually in awe of the components they give you and their brilliance," Was stated.

Muñoz additionally credit the album's contributing songwriters--like Joss Favela, Luis Louie Padilla and Wilfrido Castillo--for bringing a spirited and funky sound to the album with music he hopes will encourage his followers and people who have but to find Intocable. The band has had 54 tracks on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs, together with 20 high 10 hits, and 18 high 10s on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart, together with a exceptional eight No. 1s. 

As Muñoz displays on Intocable's 25th anniversary, he sounds off on just a few monumental moments that modified the whole lot together with the Norteño fusion band’s announcement to be unbiased about eight years in the past, which again then was thought of particularly daring and dangerous.

"When you signal to a report label you are feeling such as you've made it," Muñoz stated. "When you're signed to a label you're fucked. When you're unbiased you may have ... a say. I didn't know any higher."

Even with main trade accolades and a number of Grammy and Latin Grammy awards and nominations, there may be one main factor that rings inside Muñoz’s thoughts regrets: not proudly owning the masters from the music Intocable recorded by way of the years.

"That's in all probability the one factor I remorse from the final 25 years," Muñoz stated. "But being unbiased is superior. You should work more durable, however that's okay as a result of I really like working, music and doing reveals."

This 12 months additionally marks 20 years since three members of the band—Jose Angel Gonzalez, Silvestre Rodriguez and Jose Angel Farias—have been killed in a automotive crash whereas in Mexico. It's one thing that Muñoz nonetheless grapples with at this time.
"I really feel such as you don't come out of that," Muñoz stated. "It's nonetheless awkward and by that I imply that you just really feel terrible about shedding folks that you've got spent numerous time with. You really feel responsible, man. I'm I supposed to maintain on taking part in and the way do their households really feel. I genuinely really feel unhealthy and I'll carry this perpetually."

As a toddler, Muñoz grew up in Zapata, Texas, dreaming of performing as he hung out listening to Ramon Ayala music together with his grandfather on the ranch in between rounding cattle. Today, as he releases new music, it's as celebratory as ever, even 25 years later. 

"Every time we now have an album we hope we will have timeless songs that stand the check of time," Muñoz stated. "We love the whole lot about music. Make no mistake, we've labored laborious and nonetheless do. People solely get to see the completed product, however there's a lot extra to the journey. I nonetheless maintain the dream alive."