Vocalist and guitarist, David Hidalgo, met the drummer, Louie Perez, at Dixon High School in Dixon, California. The pair bonded over their mutual taste in music and they soon began writing songs together. In our interview, Louie Perez
spoke to us about these early days alongside Hidalgo: "We played guitars and wrote songs and listened to records, and I remember him putting on Randy Newman's record and Stevie Wonder
's Music of My Mind
, and Todd Rundgren
. To me songwriting was something that I'd never thought about, but when The Byrds
were interpreting Bob Dylan
and that stuff started happening, it was like wow, this is like songs. And then of course Smokey Robinson. It was like, wait a second, there's something more than just moving to the groove. There's actually something that this is all about. That's when I realized that you can take your experience and translate it in another way: songwriting." Hidaglo and Perez were joined by fellow students, guitarist, Cesar Rosas and bassist, Conrad Lozano, in 1973. The band originally called themselves Los Lobos del Este (de Los Angeles), which translates to "The Wolves of the East (of Los Angeles)," but this was later shortened to Los Lobos.