The 19-Year-Old From Los Angeles Sold Out RBC And Then Trees, Indicating That The Young Latinx Music Community In Dallas Is Hungry For Something New.
Cuco’s on-stage energy is one that pulls you in and wraps you tight, like an old friend giving you a warm hug.
It gives you a similar feeling when your lover kisses your forehead or holds your hand. There’s something intimately magical about Cuco’s presence. Maybe it’s his youthful approach to music or the tender poetry that is his lyrics.
Even some unfortunate trumpet malfunctions last night at the sold-out Trees didn’t steal his thunder. The crowd embraced the clumsiness of the 19-year-old’s “Imma Miss My Dog Tour” tour (second ‘tour’ is intentional) and never stopped dancing once the music started. Cuco’s DJ warmed up the crowd by pandering to their Texan-ness by blasting some jams from Selena classics, and the Queen of Cumbia-loving crowd lost it.
Once Cuco took the stage, it became clear that his gift doesn’t stretch only to his way with words or his romantic melodies. Part of his charm is how he connects with his fans — or supporters as he would call them — because they relate to him to so strongly for one fundamental reason: he’s just another brown kid trying to make it.
We got a chance to ask Cuco himself about how he feels being a voice for a newer blooming Latinx generation that isn’t afraid to speak up and open up about their emotions and talk about their personal struggles.
“I’m not the wokest artist, but I do acknowledge this opportunity I have to be a voice and be able to give a platform to everybody,” Cuco says. “I’m trying to just learn as much as I can and give as much as I can to all my friends that need a platform to speak up on issues that need to be talked about.”
We also talked to some of his fans about why they connect with him so strongly, and here’s what they had to say.
Katherine Estrada: “His music is reminiscent of what my parents listened to and what I’m listening to. It’s pretty nostalgic and to see another brown kid do that and not care about toxic machismo culture, it gives me hope for the next generation of brown kids.”
Hope Martinez: “Cuco is creating music that not many artist are making, on top of that brown artists. And his music is a dream.”
Vanessa Martinez: “Cuco makes the type of music that is really nice to get lost into.”
Diego Calzada: “To me, Cuco represents that anyone that really wants to become known has a chance. You don’t need anything but your computer/internet and a lot of dedication. His music is attractive to me and the Latinx community because he sings in both English and Spanish.”