Chingon (band)


OriginAustin, Texas, United States
GenresRock, Latin, blues, Latin Rock, mariachi, ranchera, Tex-Mex
Years active2003–present
LabelsRocket Racing Rebels
Associated actsDel Castillo, Patricia Vonne, Salma Hayek, Tito Larriva, Nataly Pena
MembersRobert Rodriguez
Rick del Castillo
Mark del Castillo
Danny Ortiz
Albert Besteiro
Mike Zeoli
Jason Murdy
Past membersCarmelo Torres

Chingon is a band from Austin, Texas. Their sound is heavily influenced by Mexican rock, mariachi, ranchera, and Texan rock 'n roll music.


Chingon was formed by film director Robert Rodriguez to record songs for his 2003 film Once Upon a Time in Mexico. They contributed to Mexico and Mariachis, a compilation album from Rodriguez' Mariachi Trilogy, and released their debut album, Mexican Spaghetti Western, in 2007. The band's name comes from a Mexican slang term, chingón, loosely but closely enough meaning "badass" and/or "the shit".

Chingon also contributed the song "Malagueña Salerosa" to Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Volume 2 — which Rodriguez scored — and a live performance by the band was included on the film's DVD release. They also contributed to the soundtrack for his next film, a collaboration with Tarantino, Grindhouse, doing a cover of the film's opening theme, re-titling it "Cherry's Dance of Death". Rodríguez plays guitar in the band. The band has also made an appearance on "George Buys a Vow", an episode of the US sitcom George Lopez.

On December 12, 2015, Chingon performed as the house band for Lucha Underground during a Season Two taping. Rodriguez is an Executive Producer for the series and it airs on his network, El Rey Network.[1]

Band members

  • Robert Rodriguez – guitar
  • Alex Ruiz – vocals
  • Mark del Castillo – guitar, vocals
  • Rick del Castillo – guitar, vocals
  • Albert Besteiro – bass guitar
  • Carmelo Torres – percussion
  • Mike Zeoli – drums

When playing without Robert Rodriguez, the band is known as Del Castillo.

Guest artists include:



Soundtrack appearances


  1. ^ LuchaDubs [@LuchaDubs] (13 December 2015). "Chingon playing at @LuchaElRey!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

External links

  • Official website