Sueco’s single, “fast”, introduced him as an artist who was on the verge of making it big. He wasn’t quite in shape yet, but once he got that first big check he was finally able to splurge on a Crunchwrap Supreme AND a Baja Blast. “I went from living with five of my homies in the back room of my dad’s house, struggling to get 99 cent bean and cheese burritos and picking up cigarettes on the sidewalk, to having a whole bunch money,” Sueco laughs. “I could rent this big house and everyone had everything they needed. It was a very big life change. I went from being broke to being the person with the most money I’ve ever known.
Like many artists in recent times, TikTok has played a pivotal role in Sueco’s success. He had been dumping music on SoundCloud for a few years before “fast” came around, but none of his previous singles achieved trending TikTok sound or millions of streams on Spotify. “Back then, I knew it was something special even before we released it,” says Sueco. “I always send my music to my friends and the girls. Usually people are like, ‘Oh, I like that. But everybody called me and said, ‘Holy shit, you gotta get that out.” So I knew he was going to do something, but I had no idea he was going to do what he did.
Unlike many who followed with viral TikTok songs, Sueco was not destined to become a one-hit wonder. He had been honing his craft for years and a few months later was satiating his fans with his EP, “Miscreant.” “Miscreant” was an opportunity for Sueco to show versatility and prove that his success was no fluke.
Sueco’s musical upbringing was quite nuanced as his interests strayed away from “fast” hip-hop. He grew up singing in the church choir and fell in love with the drums while playing “Rock Band”. Green Day’s “American Idiot” was his first introduction to pop-punk, and he got his start playing in high school shouto bands. These experiences shaped who Sueco is and “Miscreant” was his way of introducing him to the world.
“Because I had made different types of music throughout my life, I wanted to show people that I wasn’t just ‘fast,'” Sueco explains. “In the short term, honestly, it wasn’t the best decision. Everyone just wanted me to do songs like “fast”, but I knew I was something more than that. Looking back, it was the best decision I could have made in the long run, but it was kind of scary because I didn’t know how people were going to react.
“Miscreant” was Sueco’s first step to showcasing the many facets of his sound, and he would spend the next few years polishing his sound before releasing another project. He no longer wanted to go from rap on one track to punk lyrics on the next. Instead, he wanted to find a way to blend these genres to create something entirely new, resulting in his 2022 debut full-length album, “It Was Fun While It Lasted.” The genre sound wasn’t the only chance Sueco took on “It Was Fun While It Lasted”; it also opened up in a way it had never had before, making it its most vulnerable work.
“I did about half the record before I got sober,” says Sueco. “I would wake up, pass out, go to the studio, talk about my feelings, and make a song. The writing process was obviously a little different after I got sober, because I wasn’t super fucked up. I wanted this album to be the final chapter of being lost and not knowing what was going on and being screwed up all the time. I wanted to think back on it and not think, ‘That was terrible and I passed it”, but being able to accept it for what it is. The album is a story of darkness to light and death to life.
Sueco got into music to solve some of his problems, especially the loss of his mother to breast cancer at age 15. He does the same on “It Was Fun While It Lasted” by openly discussing his battle with drug addiction. Creating music serves as a coping mechanism for Sueco, helping him smooth things over, but the impact goes way beyond himself. The honest way he documents his struggles resonates deeply with his fan base, letting others who struggle with addiction know that they are not alone. Many of them showed their connection through tattoos honoring him.
“I feel like I’m doing my job well,” says Sueco. “For a lot of these people, everything I’ve done has such an impact on them that they feel compelled to put me or something about me permanently on their bodies. My purpose in making music is to helping people and these tattoos reaffirm that, which is sick.
With a deluxe version of “It Was Fun While It Lasted” and a headlining tour, Sueco will have plenty of opportunities to see even more fan tattoos in the flesh. He’s come a long way since picking up street cigarettes and through it all he’s managed to overcome the fears that once ‘paralyzed’ him, is far from a ‘loser’ and can finally say : ” Things are going well ! »