Hi Panda$tackz, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hello, I’m great. Thank you for having me.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single, “Pancho Pantera”?
Yea, “Pancho Pantera” is a very special song. I took a bit of my Mexican heritage and mixed it along with the trap sound that is hot right now. Pancho Pantera is a big part of Mexican culture. Everyone knows who he is, and the product that is Pancho Pantera reps is chocolate milk. Fire chocolate milk!
I got tired of “rappers” always talking about the same things and polluting young minds. I wanted to make a catchy song that was about something fun. I wanted to prove that you don’t need drugs, fancy cars, or hot girls to make a music video pop.
Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?
Yes, actually. One of my closest friends and I (shout out Joe) have this inside joke as to where rappers always drink “lean” and that we would drink Pancho Pantera chocolate milk instead (as we were currently sipping on Pancho P). Then he proceeded to say, “You should make a song called ‘Pancho Pantera.’” It was actually one of the first rap songs I made. As soon as my producer Alexonnondabeat made the beat, I knew that was it for the song.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Hahaha, funny you should ask. It was an absolute mess, but it was a fun mess. Everything that could go wrong went wrong. First off, we were shooting this in the middle of a pandemic that changed how we did everything. We went from a team of 10 to only 3, so we were doing multiple jobs for the shoot.
We shot the video in Mexico City. I really wanted a fun and vibrant vibe for the song, and you can just feel the electricity when you’re there. As if the skeleton crew wasn’t challenging enough, all of the locations that we planned on shooting at fell through. The people we had hired lagged and didn’t get the permits we needed, so we shot the video guerrilla-style and tried our best not to get arrested. lol
How was the recording and writing process?
When this song was made, I was fresh into the rap culture. I come from the Regional Mexican Corrido culture (pretty much rap in Spanish), so it was one of my firsts. It was also my first time working with the team I have now. The song actually took me about 10 mins to write and record. Haha, I had a lot of fun with it, and that was a big objective to me with this song, JUST HAVE FUN WITH IT!
What role does Mexico play in your music?
It plays a huge role. As I said before, that’s how I started in music, writing, and performing “corridos.”
I grew up listening to Chalino Sanchez and Ramon Ayala. When I heard the first notes come out of an accordion, I fell in love. Now, I’m representing Mexico in a whole new way as one of the only 100% Mexican in this R&B and hip-hop scene.
How has Bad Bunny and Drake influenced your writing?
You know many people say they can’t understand Bad Bunny in his songs, and I agree. But when you really sit and listen, he’s a very lyrical artist with a lot of meaning. He puts his heart into everything he writes. Bad Bunny went from working at a grocery store only a few years ago to being one of the world’s biggest artists.
I can relate to Drake because he doesn’t fake coming from the streets. His lyrics deal with real life things, not your typical run, jump, and shoot.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material– how’s that coming along?
Of course. February is gonna have a little something for the lovey-dovey types. It’s something I wrote for someone special, and I want to share it with the world. I’m sitting on music that I don’t even know what to do with, and there’s lots more to come. Everything is coming along according to plan.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Februarys 14th is the drop date for “Bonnie & Clyde.”
What else is happening next in Panda$tackz’s world?
Way too much to explain. I’m just going to come off as crazy. My mind works a million miles per hour, and I’m already planning things months, even years in advance. Don’t sleep on Mr. PStackz!