We had the good fortune of connecting with Ulises Rodriguez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ulises, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
As an artist, our main goal is to be able to communicate with our community and the people around the world through our music and art. El Santo Golpe was created with the goal of introducing people to different cultures that have influenced our music, we believe that if our music can touch someone’s heart, they might not only be curious to learn more about the cultural influence, but also they might learn to respect and appreciate the different forms of living, believes and traditions, making this a better world. We strive to bring communities together.  

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
El Santo Golpe can be considered a music collective, formed by many talented artists. The project started in the summer of  2016. One of the main things that sets us aside from other groups, is the unique sound and the focus on live performances, mixing world music, dance styles and strong melodies. We feel that every band has gone through their own journey to find their original sound, and the influences that each and everyone of the members in the group has brought to the project, makes our sound a very unique experience. Many of the band members are also working artists with their own musical projects, like Milpa, Quitapenas, Mad Marionettes, and more. Having these working professionals in El Santo Golpe, is a great part of our growth, as they share their experience, hard work and talent with us. We love to take opportunities to learn and collaborate with many talented artists within our community and the world.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We are located in SoCal and live in the Inland Empire, some of our favorite places that we recommend to anyone visiting are: La Cita (LA), Levitt Pavillion (LA/Pasadena), The Concert Lounge (Riverside), The Ford Theatre (LA), The Resident (LA), El Indio (Santa Ana), MTL (Riverside), Tio’s Tacos (Riverside), La Junta (Summer Concert Series (LA), Molaa – Concert Series (LA), The Observatory (Santa Ana), Centro Cultural de Mexico (Santa Ana), Centro Cultural de la Raza (San Diego), and many more!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
A big shoutout to all the band members that make El Santo Golpe what it is today: Analy Garcia, Alex Reyes, Jose Luis Ledezma, Daniel McCormick, Jorge Canchola, Eduvina Orozco, Danny Orozco and Ivan McCormick. Also a big shoutout to some of the amazing groups that have supported us and continue to push us to be better, making our success a reality: La Junta Sound System (LA), Names You Can Trust (NYCT), Tropical Diaspora (Berlin), Quitapenas, Yanga Music, Milpa, Tropa Magica, Las Cafeteras, Buyepongo, Brainstory, Son Del Centro, Deladeso, KalliArte, Very Be Careful, Mano y Mano Productions, and many, many more!

Website: www.elsantogolpe.net
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elsantogolpe
Twitter: https://twitter.com/elsantogolpe
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elsantogolpe
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ElSantoGolpe/featured
Other: https://elsantogolpe.bandcamp.com/music https://open.spotify.com/artist/1Tqhtr1bxms7LZI7raEwfp?si=e6EFGrReTlS2wRBxYobTyQ spotify:artist:1Tqhtr1bxms7LZI7raEwfp

Image Credits
Ford Theatre, Misa Garcia,

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