With a name inspired by their role models the Jackson 5, the brothers of the Garcia 3 were age 7 (Angel), 9 (Hector), and 11 (Juan) when they founded a band last year. The boys were featured in Little Fockers, have appeared in several Nickelodeon shows, done commercials for Toys “R” Us and Kraft Singles, and print ads for Ross stores.
Their first music gig was a school talent show, where they sang an a cappella version of “Lost in Love” by New Edition.
“We were very nervous,” says Juan, “especially just being in school for two months. We were still considered the new kids. Standing in front of the entire school, we were worried at first. What if we messed up? As soon as we got to the second verse, the other kids started clapping, even before the song was over.”
Their newly released debut single “All Around the World” has been earning spins on Disney Radio, and their upcoming album includes a cover of the Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There.” When not in school, taking music lessons, filming, or recording, the brothers play video games, cook with their mom, and visit Southern California amusement parks.
“And we all have chores to do,” says Juan. “We help out by washing our own dishes, vacuuming and picking up our room, and doing our own laundry.”
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC?
Hector: “Suitable for all ages.”
WHO’S IN YOUR MUSIC PLAYER?
Juan: “Ludacris and 50 Cent, because their lyrics relate to life experiences.”
Hector: “Michael Jackson, Akon, and Chris Brown. Their lyrics speak about not mattering who you are or what neighborhood you come from.”
Angel: “Jay-Z. The CDs and songs we listen to aren’t explicit, though.”
MOST EMBARRASSING SONG IN YOUR PLAYER?
Juan: “Miley Cyrus, ‘Party in the USA.’”
IF YOU COULD TIME TRAVEL, WHEN/WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
Juan: “1941. I’d like to learn more about World War II and Pearl Harbor.”
Hector: “1830s Illinois, to learn more about president Abraham Lincoln and how he invented the banking system.”
Angel: “1989, the Oahu Dole plantation, because I love fruit.”
WHAT GETS YOU YELLED AT BY YOUR MOM?
Juan: “Playing tag in the store.”
Hector: “Playing Nintendo DS at the restaurant.”
Angel: “Standing on the go-kart tire.”
FAVORITE NON-MUSICAL TOY?
Hector: “The Slinky from Toy Story.”
Angel: “Remote-control cars.”
FAVORITE MOVIE STAR?
Juan: “Stan Lee from Marvel Comics.”
Hector: “Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man.”
Angel: “Bruce Lee.”
THREE THINGS WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
1) “I eat bugs.”
2) “I’ve tried frog legs, alligator, and fish eggs.”
3) “My favorite TV show is Man v. Food.”
1) “I dip Oreos in milk every night.”
2) “I always have around ten boxes of oatmeal in the pantry.”
3) “I love fashion so much, I’m a fashionista.”
1) “I eat spaghetti with cream cheese.”
2) “I hate chocolate.”
3) “I still love my blankie. Wait, should I admit that?” ■