La Mafia became the premier Tejano band, winning just about every award there was in the genre. But success almost proved more fatal than failure.
“About `89 was when I was frustrated,” says Oscar. “It was too much. It gets to a point where you have no life. At that time were doing 2 albums a year. It was really stressful.”
Then just as it appeared to be too much, La Mafia exploded again in a new direction. “Con Tanto Amor” became the last completely Tejano album they recorded.
“There’s a lot of groups that are afraid to try something new. You have to do something that you want to do rather than live with, I could have at least tried.”
What Oscar and La Mafia tried was to move into the pop arena.
“We had been in Mexico and had seen what was happening. I was seeing the type of music that they played, and I wanted to try it.” That was 1990 and “Estas Tocando Fuego” was released. According to Oscar that is the album “which sold the most records at that time.”
“We wanted to try something new. We had more pop cumbias, pop boleros and still had this flavor of us being from Texas. We were the first ones to attempt it.”
“We attempted it. We were willing to take that chance,” says Oscar and adds that many groups are not willing to go out on a limb for their music. “I wish they’d take that risk and attempt something different. If they’re successful they can be proud. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished.”
For Oscar, the rewards are more than monetary. “What’s is so cool is when you go to a show and the place is full of people and you think God, they’re here to see me. That’s probably the most awesome feeling.”
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