Salvador Velasco, better known as Sal Capone is originally from Mexico but was raised in Texas. At the age of 12, Sal began playing the trumpet. Pulling influences from Freddie Hubbard, Roy Hargrove, Willie Colon, and Trombone Shorty. When he attended the University of Houston, he branched off into the popular/jazz music genre and has not looked back since! This artist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist is currently working with various established as well as up and coming musical acts around Houston. So let’s jump to his latest single “Bossa-Me Mucho” and see what this composer is truly all about.
“Bossa-Me Mucho” is one for the books! I mean I am a huge fan of jazz music and this single gives me life! Sal is a musical god; tying in some of his Hispanic roots with a blend of jazz. Such a huge compliment to one another. The intro starts off with some bongos and then just as you think this is going to be an island sound the trumpet sounds off! Causing a trifecta of beautifully composed elements carefully placed along the entire single. So sit back, pour up your favorite glass of whatever you love, and tune into this amazing single. It will not disappoint.
Listen to “Bossa-Me Mucho” here and get to know Sal Capone in our exclusive interview as we talk to him about the release, new projects & more!
Hey Sal! Mind introducing yourself to our readers?
My name is Salvador Velasco but I go by Sal Capone. I am the trumpet gangster born in Mexico, raised by the dank streets of Houston Texas. And I have been feverishly pursuing music excellence since I was about 12 years old.
What made you pick up a trumpet first?
Growing up I always realized that in musical productions (any genre) the trumpet and drums always had the most ATTITUDE. Growing up latino, trumpet is prevalent inmost of our music and I was always attracted t the powerful energy of the trumpet.
What would you say influenced the creation of “Bossa-Me Mucho”?
Bossa-ME mucho has a number of influences, some jazz, some bossa, some afro-cuban rhythms. But to be completely honest I wrote the song in about 15 minutes with guitarist and co-writers of the song Luis Chacon because we were bored… lol!! We were just hanging out with our instruments and we said “Hey, lets write a bossa nova”. It’s not quite exactly a bossa nova by the books, but nonetheless bossa me mucho was born.
Who are a few artists you would love to work with in the future?
I would love to collaborate with a plethora of artists, casts like Quincy Jones, Sergio George, Ruben Blades or Bun B.. It would be an hour to work with these veterans of the industry.. But I would also like to stay hip with the times and work with cats like Trombone Shorty, and Jorja Smith, ThunderCat or Kamasi Washington..Tank and The Bangas MAsego!! The list goes on!
What do you hope others get from listening to your music?
I hope my music brings optimism and hope to people. I hope it makes them feel good and I hope the get the urge to get up and dance!!
Can we expect more music from you this year Sal?
Absolutely, expect a handful of charts and a wide variety of styles including more latin tunes, hip hop, jazz and maybe some brass band arrangements!
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