Moises Lopez Jr. is the singer for Scarlett O’Hara, an lively rock band made up of Spanish-speaking Mexican Individuals. Born in Weslaco, Texas, the 31-year-old vocalist is a first-generation Mexican American from his father’s aspect and likewise proudly represents the LGBTQ+ neighborhood as a homosexual exhausting rock frontman. The band initially fashioned in 2008 and helped spearhead a neighborhood subgenre often called “South Texas Metalcore.” Along with Lopez Jr., Scarlett O’Hara options Arnie Bernal on drums, Logan Burns on the guitar and Alek Samodouroff on bass. Their 2021 singles “Friction” and “Obsessive” have been each large successes for the group as they acquired quite a lot of airplay on the radio and landed on a number of Billboard charts. Their newest single, “Witching Hour,” was launched at this time — the video could be considered beneath. Given his distinctive background and the subject of Scarlett O’Hara’s newest single “Witching Hour,” we requested Lopez to share his expertise rising up as a minority making an attempt to make it in rock music and why sharing songs centered on psychological well being is so necessary to him. Head beneath to see Lopez’s phrases, however first be sure you take a look at “Witching Hour.”
Scarlett O’Hara – ‘Witching Hour’
I got here out of the closet whereas I used to be in high-school once I was 17 years previous to my finest good friend and previous bandmate on the time. I used to be extremely nervous about it. Being homosexual was not one thing that was quite common in our small metropolis, not to mention in a steel band. Regardless of that, I did really feel able to say it or on the very least to acknowledge that I had sights towards the identical intercourse and none to the other.
We have been heading to Guitar Heart, and I keep in mind struggling to simply come out and say it. My coronary heart began to race so to ease my anxiousness, I made it right into a little bit of a guessing recreation. His first guess was assuming I had a woman I used to be crushing on. I replied, “You’re so removed from the reply you could possibly develop frostbite.” As soon as we purchased our guitar strings we headed again to my home. That was once I took a deep breath and instructed him. My phrases have been “I’m not too certain about my sexuality, however I believe I like guys. No, truly I do know that I like guys.” At that second he smiled at me and mentioned, “Oh bro you are effective, do not even fear about it.” I did not actually know the right way to react as a result of it was not what I had braced myself for. He was very supportive about it, in actual fact all my bandmates and different college mates have been to my shock.
I felt like one of many fortunate ones, as a result of my popping out was very clean and straightforward though nearly all of my mates, if not all, have been straight guys.
That being mentioned, when it got here to my household it was a bit totally different. My mom didn’t take my popping out effectively, nevertheless it wasn’t as a result of she was upset that I used to be homosexual. She was extra fearful for me and apprehensive how the world would deal with me. Throughout her time, and most of our dad and mom’ time, homosexuals weren’t handled very effectively and have been sadly even killed for it. There was additionally the outbreak of HIV amongst homosexual males and she or he was apprehensive about it, so I understood the place she was coming from.
I by no means truly instructed my dad head to head. I used to be too scared. My sister ended up later telling me that he had a hunch after my then-boyfriend would come round usually. She instructed him that she loves me it doesn’t matter what. His response was “El es mi hijo de cualquier manera.” This implies, he’s my son both means.
From a younger age, I believe music was at all times one thing I dreamt of pursuing. I keep in mind singing alongside to Selena songs whereas I used to be nonetheless in diapers. My dad and mom was migrant staff, so I at all times attended totally different colleges and was round a really various group of children. I by no means initially wished to be a frontman as a result of I used to be shy of talking however singers have been troublesome to come back by in our space so I ended up watching YouTube movies on the right way to do it and I picked it up. The one homosexual icons in rock I knew of have been Rob Halford and Freddie Mercury. Thoughts you, that’s one hell of a bar for me to succeed in…no stress!
Forgive me if I depart any notable ones out, however so far as Latinos in rock and steel (or not less than those I knew about on the time) have been Metallica’s bassist Robert Trujillo, Coheed and Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez and Pierce the Veil. Latinos in rock weren’t nearly all of what I noticed rising up. Not that I’m complaining about it, however it’s a incontrovertible fact that rock and steel have been dominated by white males.
Certainly one of my idols once I first began singing was undoubtedly Breaking Benjamin. Lead singer and guitarist Ben Burnley was that man I wished to be, however he appeared completely nothing like me. He was this 6’4″ white man, and I used to be this 5’5″ little Mexican teen that might not even develop a full beard. I do probably not appear to be a lot of the guys within the prime bands of at this time. I do not know if issues could be totally different if there have been extra folks like me on the market. Nonetheless, I strive to take a look at that in a constructive means. I’m the one one on the market who appears like me and possibly that may encourage rock followers who appear to be me, too.
Each bands I’m at the moment in — The Sight Of Influence and Scarlett O’Hara — are wonderful and I like them to loss of life. They by no means had a difficulty with me being homosexual. I keep in mind speaking to Arnie, our drummer, and he mentioned that Logan even gave all of them a small discuss earlier than I joined them to make it possible for they’d not say something that might presumably be hurtful to me resulting from my sexuality.
At present, I do not suppose LGBTQ or minorities are shunned from rock and steel, however I do not suppose it is actually encouraging or selling them to affix both. I do not suppose there are sufficient various folks within the rock scene. That’s one thing I’ve found first-hand throughout my time in Scarlett O’Hara. I believe enhancing that may be an enormous step in the fitting course for inventive freedom. It will open our eyes to the various totally different approaches that individuals of various backgrounds can have towards the identical style of music by including their distinctive flairs.
Folks of various backgrounds have particular person views to convey to the desk, which is one purpose why I believe variety is so necessary. You go right into a Latino family, white, Black, Asian, Indian, and so on., and I assure you they’ll all prepare dinner you a meal otherwise. I really feel the identical goes for rock music. Range results in extra studying as a result of we get to grasp our variations in our cultures. This results in a bigger number of expressions in writing, in sounds, in performances and even in picture. The extra various kinds of music and other people we see, the extra it might probably straight affect and encourage the music and performances of the current and future.
By having a extra various group of individuals in music it says, “Hey that individual did it, they struggled their means up there however did it. What’s your excuse?” It additionally opens us as much as studying about different cultures via a shared love of music.
Additionally value mentioning is the connection between this matter and psychological well being, which undoubtedly exists. I see how variety, or lack thereof, may have an effect on the psychological well being of a variety of rock musicians, no matter race. It may rapidly turn into a lonely world with out the help of shut family and friends.
Once we made a publish about me being a homosexual frontman, I used to be fortunate that the response was very constructive, however feeling totally different out of your friends can nonetheless take a toll for many individuals.
The subject of psychological well being has been extraordinarily outstanding in our music since it’s one thing I’m continually balancing. I wrote the lyrics for our new music “Witching Hour” based mostly on an individual who’s being haunted by a ghost, spirit, demon, their very own thoughts, no matter you’ll. This individual goes loopy in making an attempt to show to others that they’re being haunted however nobody will imagine them. So that they flip to medicine or different irregular tendencies in making an attempt to deal with it.
The road “cease blaming the voices for all of the unhealthy decisions” is me saying to undertake some accountability and cease saying “Oh, I’m doing unhealthy issues as a result of I am sick or going via stuff.” That is not an excuse. Shit occurs generally, however in the event you need assistance, search it. There isn’t any disgrace in that. I do know a variety of Latino males particularly could be extremely cussed with regards to looking for assist. The lyrics of lots of our latest songs are supposed to break that stigma.
For those who or somebody you understand is battling psychological well being, assist is on the market via the Substance Abuse and Psychological Well being Companies Administration web site. To talk to somebody on the cellphone, dial 1-800-622-HELP (1-800-622-4357) or ship a textual content message to 1-800-487-4889.
All of us wrestle with issues each day. Some greater than others. There may be NO disgrace in looking for or needing assist. Every time I discovered myself at my lowest low I might inform myself “I can solely go up from right here.” My recommendation to Latino and LGBT youth is that this: Don’t suppose for a second that you would be able to’t accomplish something due to your pores and skin or orientation. Work exhausting and you’ll study to understand what you could have greater than these which can be simply merely handed issues to them. Lastly, perceive the right way to love and respect your self.
As a band, we hope that we could be an instance to others that it’s okay to completely embrace who you’re whereas additionally recognizing that it’s okay to hunt assist to your psychological well being if you want it. By way of our music and our actions in our each day lives, the purpose is to be a sensible, attainable instance of a Mexican American, brazenly homosexual frontman following within the footsteps of those earlier than me.
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