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Background information
Origin Mexico City, Mexico
Genres Pop rock
Years active 1999–present
Labels EMI
Members Brian Amadeus Moderatto
Xavi Moderatto
Mick P. Marcy
Roy Ochoa Avilés
Elohim Corona
Past members Jethro Rubio
Eddie Van Helden

Moderatto is a Mexican band active since the late-1990s.


Moderatto began playing in the mid-nineties in Mexico City, as a parody of the glamorous style of many 1980's bands like Poison and Mötley Crüe or the makeup of Alice Cooper. Originally started as a side project for the members' original bands, they eventually became very popular among members of the Mexican alternative scene. With their coming to the mainstream, they became hugely popular, gaining fans among the traditional pop music audiences.

Mainstream debut[edit]

They launched their mainstream debut CD, Resurrexión in 2001. This album quickly gained popularity thanks to their first single "Márchate Ya" and later "Isabel". In November 2004 they launched El Detector de Metal, whose first single "Muriendo Lento", featuring female pop singer Belinda, was a huge hit that gave Moderatto their first real taste of mainstream success. Since the launch of Detector de Metal, the band has been giving huge concerts that have been completely sold out in Mexico's most famous arenas, like the Auditorio Nacional and Teatro Metropolitan.


Moderatto emulates the 1984 mock-rockumentary directed by Rob Reiner This Is Spınal Tap and big '80s bands like Mötley Crüe and Poison with their style and clothing. The band is formed by well-known musicians and actually started as an alternative band for many of them.


The group released an album at the end of 2006 titled ¡Grrrr!. The first single from ¡Grrrr! is "Sentimettal", which in three weeks climbed to #3 on the Mexican Top 40.

Following No Hay Otra Manera, Moderatto released their next single, "Si Mi Delito Es Rockear (Me Declaro Culpable)" (If Rocking Is My Crime [Then I Plead Guilty])".

Most recently, the group released Queremos Rock (We Want Rock).


Despite wearing glam metal-themed attire and covering well-known glam metal songs, the band is a known target of criticism, specifically from the heavy metal sector. This is mainly due their great amount of pop songs covered from pop artists like Luis Miguel or Cristian Castro and due to their commercial-aimed style and attitude. Moderatto has become famous as a band itself and not as a rock band.


Current members

  • Jay De La Cueva (aka Brian Amadeus Moderatto) – lead singer, guitar, piano.
  • Javier "Cha!" Ramírez (aka Xavi Moderatto) – bass, vocals
  • Marcelo Lara (aka Mick P. Marcy) – lead guitar
  • Iñaki Vazquez (aka Roy Avilés Ochoa) – guitar, synthesizer
  • Elohim Corona – drums (2003–)

Former members

  • Randy Ebright (aka Eddie Van Helden) – drums (2001–2003)


  • Resurrexión (2001)
  • El Detector de Metal (2004)
  • Nos vemos en el invierno (2005)
  • En Directo... Ponte Loco! (2006)
  • ¡Grrrr! (2006)
  • Moderatto Army (2007)
  • Queremos Rock (2008)
  • Carisma (2012)

Famous cover songs[edit]


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