Right around the time they were finishing their last album Und Die Scheiße Ändert Sich Immer, they both fell ill and were diagnosed with serious diseases. Alderete discovered he had polycythemia vera, a rare bone marrow disease where the body produces too many blood cells, while Papineau was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. “The bottom fell out,” says Papineau. “In the midst of this juncture, Juan dreamed a song, woke up, recorded it and emailed it to me in Paris. He said, ‘I know it may be corny to say this, but from now on everything we do really has to make a difference … even if only to us … there’s no point any more to do less.'”
With Jotdog, we’re doing this for the right reasons.The right reasons to be in a group, for us, aren’t money or fame. The right reasons to be in a group, mainly, are to have a good time.Every time you write a song, you need to enjoy yourself. Every time you go on tour, you need to enjoy yourself. When you write a song with the mentality of writing a hit to make millions, you’ve lost the purpose of songwriting.
“Once the Latin Grammys happened,” he continues, “I thought ‘well, that’s it for this record cycle. Let’s go focus on Mexico and launch the album down there.'” He cut those plans short in December when, while sitting in traffic, he received a ton of tweets congratulating him. He had no idea what for; when he found out he was nominated alongside huge acts like Mana and Calle 13, he thought there must have been a mistake.
To those unfamiliar with Mexican singer/actress Ximena Sariñana, it will come as a shock to know that the appearance of such a tiny, unimposing figure such as herself could set a record for a capacity crowd at La Cita in downtown LA. Hundreds of dedicated fans stood in line a full hour before doors were open to the public for her performance at Mucho Wednesday’s weekly dance party where she premiered a number of songs from her highly-anticipated sophomore album.