BMI Exclusive: A Conversation with Mario Quintero Lara of Los Tucanes di Tijuana

BMI President’s Award honoree, legendary norteño singer/songwriter Mario Quintero, recently sat down with BMI’s Vice President of Creative, Latin Music, Delia Orjuela, for a look back at his artistic journey, creative process, inspirations and his advice for aspiring music creators hoping to emulate his remarkable success.

Quintero rose to fame as the leader, songwriter and bass player of renowned norteño band Los Tucanes de Tijuana. Since then, he has written more than 500 songs, 73 of which have topped the Billboard charts, including “Mis Tres Animales,” “La Chona,” “El Tucanazo,” “Mundo de Amor,” “La Chica Sexy” and “Secuestro de Amor,” among others. Quintero has recorded 35 full-length albums, sold 14 million records worldwide and received 30 platinum and 34 gold certifications from the RIAA. READ MORE...

Throughout his three-decades-long career, Quintero and his bandmates, Los Tucanes, have earned many prestigious accolades including a Latin GRAMMY, Billboard’s Musical Legacy Award, Premio Lo Nuestro, several Alma Awards as well as numerous GRAMMY and premios OYE! nominations. He’s received a total of 34 BMI Latin Awards, including Songwriter of the Year. Quintero’s work has been featured in countless films and television shows, from Babel and Breaking Bad to Señora Acero and El Chema, among others. In addition to his many career accomplishments, he’s also been involved with Children International, a charity organization for which he has been a sponsor for many years.

For Orjuela, this interview came imbued with extra poignance, as Quintero was her first signing when she joined BMI. The opportunity to come full circle and honor him was a special experience for both of them to share. Enjoy this insightful conversation.