Winners of the iHeartRadio Rising Star Competition, Los 5 is already making a splash in the music world. You’ve got to check out the band’s YouTube Channel to find out why fans have become obsessed with the swoon worthy members of Los 5.
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Juan Pablo Casillas / Lead Vocals
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Favorite movie? Disney’s “Hercules”.
Perfect date idea? Get the whole picnic/camping kit – blankets, food, tent music, etc. Kayak to a private/inhabited beach to be able to have some privacy, swim, explore, watch the sunset, build a fire, and camp to stay the night.
Favorite song? So many songs, but first one that came to mind is “Paradise” by Coldplay. It brings me great memories of when I first moved out to LA.
I got starstruck when I met: Leonel Garcia from the Latino duo Sin Bandera at the Latin Grammys. I grew up listening to them, and still sing their songs.
If I wasn’t in a band, right now I would be: Still singing on my own or with a friend, writing songs for others, auditioning for acting and modeling jobs, definitely traveling, and working to invest in some business.
What was the first concert you ever went to? My first big concert was Justin Bieber at the MGM in Vegas. I think it was 2012.
Biggest insecurity? Bad breath on a date.
If you could have any superpower what would it be? I would love to fly and go to outer space.
Matt Rey / Rap Vocals
Favorite movie? “Across the Universe”, “Toy Story”, and “The Pursuit of Happiness”.
Perfect date idea? Drive down the coast to Baja California and Airbnb a beachfront house. Make sure to stop at a market and pick up some good meat and veggies and wine. As you’re throwing them on the grill, put on the “Latin Dinner” playlist on Spotify and watch the sunset with your girl.
Favorite song? “I’ve Just Seen a Face” by The Beatles. This is a hard question though.
I got starstruck when I met: Ringo Starr from The Beatles.
If I wasn’t in a band, right now I would be: Acting in a TV series, like “The Get Down” or “Stranger Things”.
First concert? I went to see Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour by myself when I was eighteen.
Biggest insecurity? “Is there food in my beard?”
If you could have any superpower what would it be? I would wanna teleport fo sho.
What is the meaning behind all of your tattoos? The cross on my forearm I got after finding my faith in God. The “Los” on my other forearm I got because of various reasons. In high school my friends and I referred to ourselves as “Los Elephantos” so the seed was planted there, but the idea flourished after moving to “LOS” Angeles and starting a band called “LOS” 5 at the “LOEWS” Hotel. The “One Love” on my wrists is in my dad’s handwriting to remind me of the unity and oneness we share as humans, tied together in love. On the inside of my left arm I have “cousins” written in Arabic. My cousin and I kinda woke up with it during a trip to Argentina, apparently the term in Arabic also means “Children of the Lord” so that’s kinda cool.
Ismael Cano, Jr. / Guitar & Backing Vocals
Favorite movie? “Back to the Future”.
Perfect date idea? Go to a good soccer game (not the MLS 🙊) and feel the atmosphere, go home after and cook a nice dinner with nice wine. After that, drive to nowhere and lay in the back of my pick up truck looking at the sky listening to music, and maybe bring the guitar and sing a couple of songs.
Favorite song? “The Word” by The Beatles. Really hard question, that’s the first one that came to mind.
I got starstruck when I met: Ringo.
If I wasn’t in a band, right now I would be: A chef or soccer player.
First concert? The Killers at The Hollywood Bowl with my brother.
Biggest insecurity? “How’s my hair?”
If you could have any superpower what would it be? Flying or teleporting, pretty much something that doesn’t involve traffic.
When did you first pick up a guitar? I was about eight years old when I held my first guitar. It was too big for me to play though so I had to wait a couple of years before I could start learning chords.
Tomas Slemenson / Drums
Favorite movie? “Fight Club” or “Wolf of Wall Street”.
Perfect date idea? Anything that takes us out of the routine; something new and fun. Right now I would love to go to Skyspace in Downtown LA.
Favorite song? That’s a hard question. If you want I can tell you my least favorite songs.
I got starstruck when I met: Jimmy Kimmel.
If I wasn’t in a band, right now I would be: A businessman.
What was the first concert you ever went to? blink 182.
Biggest insecurity? Ripping my pants while squatting at the gym.
If you could have any superpower what would it be? Being able to learn anything really quickly. Have you seen “Limitless”?
What is the first song you ever learned to play on the drums? blink 182.
Hector Rodriguez / Bass Guitar
Favorite movie? “The Dark Knight”
Perfect date idea? Take a hike, come back down just in time to watch the sunset on the beach. Open a bottle of…water, and play my playlist of chill songs that was intentionally made to cater to this moment. If she liked my playlist then maybe proceed to go to a drive-in after. My ideal date would be spontaneous so who knows what plans would come on the spot.
Favorite song? Definitely a tough one. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, “Here, There and Everywhere” by The Beatles.
I got starstruck when I met: Ringo Starr.
If I wasn’t in a band, right now I would be: Selling burritos.
First Concert? Muse.
Biggest insecurity? Dropping my bass guitar.
If you could have any superpower what would it be? Perfect timing.
What’s it like being the youngest member of the group? I really embrace my role in the band as the youngest member. I enjoy it a lot although sometimes it doesn’t even feel like I’m the youngest, if you know what I mean.
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