AJ Davila of Davila 666 Talks Touring, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll

Davila 666 is keeping the art of partying alive.

Their music is fast, catchy and raw. They belt out their songs in Spanish but you don’t need to speak the language to sing along. Anybody can rock out to the chainsaw punk of their tracks like “Huesos Viejos,” “Obsesionao” or “Callejon” and know in their hearts the band’s telling them to rock out and live their most real life.

Davila 666, “Tu”

“The music is like a universal language,” AJ Davila, bassist and singer, tells BTRtoday. “It’s more to do with the energy and the melodies.”

The sextet put the group on pause for several years while the members pursued individual projects. But now they’re back together spreading their pump-up garage thrashers around the world once again. And they can’t wait to show off what they’ve got.

“We’re hungrier now—more mature,” AJ says.

We caught up with the band the day after they got to New York. The previous night they christened their arrival with a show and a party. All things considered, it was no surprise AJ was the only one of the six band members to make the noon interview. “

“We just love to party,” he says by way of explanation.

Davila 666, “Esa Nena Nunca Regreso”

Prior to their hiatus, Davila 666 spent about nine months out of the year on the road, so wild nights are nothing new for them. The demands of rock ‘n’ roll can be challenging but AJ says a combination of “drugs and will” keep them going.

They’ve dialed back the touring schedule a bit, but still manage to spread mayhem across the globe — hopping from the U.S. to headline Spain’s Funtastic Dracula Carnival before returning to the states for the Tropicalia Fest in California.

While firmly in the tradition of punk stalwarts like Ramones, The Stooges and The Velvet Underground, the band also has roots in hip-hop and trap music. AJ and Carlito (vocals) Davila met while making a rap record.

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“He told me, ‘oh, let’s make this rock n roll band.’ I said, ‘no, man, I want to be a hip-hop producer,’” AJ says. “He convinced me, [but] I still produce hip-hop, reggaeton, trap and a lot of things.”

Though Davila is on the road, they plan to soon wrap up their new album. In the meantime, hear the entire interview with AJ Davila of Davila 666 and select tracks from the band on this week’s episode of The Music Meetup.