“It’s cool to be recognized. Gracias a diÃ³s que sÃ [Thank God], it’s part of the job. I learned that from my father, the way of being with people. They don’t want to see stuck-up artists. People don’t want to see somebody that doesn’t want to take a picture with them, that doesn’t want to give an autograph. You have to be sincere to your public.” AdÃ¡n dedicated Un SoÃ±adorto, who else, “the people.”
That humility is firmly rooted in his origins. “I’m the type of person who likes to dream a lot. A few years ago, I dreamt about having my own car, now I have three. A few years ago I dreamt about buying another house for my mom, now I can do it,” he says. But AdÃ¡n, his mother and his 15-year-old sister aren’t going anywhere; they still live in the same house their father bought in the southeast Los Angeles community of Paramount. “We’re attached to it. Sort of the thing you don’t want to get rid of. He worked so hard for it. Plus I don’t want to leave friends behind. Paramount is home.”
In the small rancho of Los Basitos Sinaloa, meanwhile, fans clean the gravesite, leave flowers and play banda music for hours in homage; Chalino SÃ¡nchez rests in peace here. But his legacy lives on in Los Angeles with AdÃ¡n. “A lot of people, young and old, come up to me and tell me, ‘I liked your dad and I like you now,’” he says. “I’m just doing my own thing, trying to follow him by doing my own thing. Making sure he’d be proud of me.”
AdÃ¡n SÃ¡nchez will perform at the Kodak Theater, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., on Saturday, March 20, at 8 p.m.; call (323) 308-6363.