You could be forgiven for thinking Los Retros is a band consisting of incredibly talented people making music together, given the name. But the reality is, Los Retros is actually composed of just one super talented guy serving up dreamy vocals and soothing bedroom pop tunes for listeners to enjoy. Mauri Tapia is a 20-year-old first-generation Mexican-American from California and the singular creative mastermind behind Los Retros. His interest in music developed at a very young age and has only become more refined as the years have passed. A self-taught musician, Tapia is a multi-talented instrumentalist and songwriter. Not half bad for someone who just got out of high school, especially considering the level of professionalism evident in his songs.
I’m not going to lie, part of what draws me so much to Los Retros’ music is Tapia’s heritage. As a first generation Mexican-American myself, it is really inspirational to see someone with my heritage not only be successful, but also do so by embracing their roots. Los Retros’ sound is heavily influenced by Spanish pop songs of the 70’s and 80’s. These sounds are ones I am all too familiar with, after years of sitting in the backseat of my dad’s truck in California with the speakers blasting some of Latin America’s greatest pop hits. Even he appreciates Los Retros music. These Latin American tones are infused into Tapia’s music and give it a distinct sound, differentiating Los Retros’ music from a sea of similar sounding bedroom pop, while also giving them a cool retro vibe.
Los Retros has already amassed a very loyal fan base in California, and it’s easy to see why. As Los Retros continues to craft excellent, Latin-infused music for people to enjoy, it’s not hard to imagine the bright future Mauri Tapia has ahead of him.
Stream his latest single, “Someone to Spend Time With”, now on Apple Music and Spotify
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