By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Eager to assert themselves against what they perceive to be the “woke entertainment industry,” Adelitas Way have comfortably christened themselves upon a “NEW ERA” (wink, wink) with their latest batch of tunes, ones that center around their undeterred belief in God, freedom, liberty and human rights.
By way of Las Vegas, the world-renowned independent rockers – comprised of singer/songwriter Rick DeJesus, drummer Trevor Stafford and bassist Andrew Cushing – quickly emerged onto the scene with their 2009 breakout track “Invincible.”
Since then, they’ve toured with the likes of Shinedown, Disturbed, Chevelle and Skillet and have had their music featured in productions for ESPN, MLB, NBA and NFL, as well as television shows like “CSI: Miami” and pay-per-views for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
The Music Bugle had the opportunity to speak with DeJesus about what the band has been up to lately and more, which you can check out below.
Music Bugle – These days, what do you attribute the band’s success to?
Rick DeJesus – The fans have connected with our music. That, combined with hard work, staying sharper than ever at our craft and pushing the limits in the studio to create fresh new music. Also, our fan interaction is a part of this – it helps us connect even more.
Music Bugle – How do you prefer your music – physical means like a CD or vinyl album, or streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify?
Rick DeJesus – Any way that people enjoy our music makes us happy. All of them are great.
Music Bugle – How would you describe Las Vegas to someone who hasn’t been there themselves before?
Rick DeJesus – It’s got energy, a great community, also. It’s a beautiful place to live and has so much culture. I love everything about it, from my food spots and coffee shops, down to the shopping.
Music Bugle – What’s a movie that you can watch over and over and never get tired of?
Rick DeJesus – “Step Brothers.” I laugh like it’s the first time every time.
Music Bugle – What do you enjoy the most about performing live?
Rick DeJesus – The energy that we share with the fans and being there with my friends on stage doing what we do best! It’s so fun and I’m grateful.
Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians?
Rick DeJesus – It helps us connect to our fans. We love being able to communicate with the people who support us.
Music Bugle – Has there ever been a place where you’ve heard your music and never expected to?
Rick DeJesus – This has happened so many times! Sports arenas, Walmart and on TV during the baseball and football playoffs. I always get so excited.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Rick DeJesus – I’m a songs guy. I love hit songs, so I’m on shuffle quite a bit, but my kids showed me JVKE, who’s a great writer. I love the classics and sing at the wheel too often.
Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep going?
Rick DeJesus – “If you ain’t first, you’re last,” from Ricky Bobby’s Father. Just kidding! I’d say, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”
Music Bugle – What are your goals for 2023?
Rick DeJesus – To put out our best music and performances in our career. I’d like to reach peak form both physically and mentally and continue to be happy and grateful.