Inspector (band)

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Origin Nuevo León,  MEX
Genres ska
Years active 1995–present
Website official web-site
Members Big Javy (Voice)
Jesús Arriaga Moreno 'Padrino' (Tenor Sax)
Homero Ontiveros (Teclado y voz Keyboards)
Fabian Dee (Guitar)
Chapa (Drums)
Gil Treviño (Trumpet)
Grillo (Trombone)
Honorio (Bass)

The band Inspector (from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) fuses classic Jamaican rhythms with the feel of Mexican pop.

Their style is a blend of ska, reggae, nostalgia for the 1960s rock-n-roll and the great romantic groups of the 1970s, in addition a romantic style of their own. They are part of the musical movement called the Avanzada Regia.


Inspector was born in November 1995 with a group of kids who were looking for fun, to create good music and enjoy themselves. After achieving their initial goals as a band, they recorded an independent album called Blanco y Negro (1993) that made them known in the music scene of their hometown of Monterrey and other cities such as Guadalajara, San Luis Potosí, Leon, Querétaro and Mexico City. During this time the group's lineup began to take shape. Soon they began to be recognized in the ska scene in Mexico thanks to their songs and their unique style, which is essentially reggae and ska, but also crosses through genres such as jazz and rockabilly with rhythmic touches and romantic lyrics with which the public identified immediately. In 1998, they won the prize "Nuestro Rock" for best new group which caused them to perform in more cities.

After a long road and hundreds of concerts throughout Mexico, in 2001 they were signed by the record company Universal Music Mexico and released their album Alma en fuego, an album that would go platinum due to its high sales and which resulted in their first single "Amnesia", which they performed in collaboration with Roco (vocalist from the group Maldita Vecindad) and Ruben Albarran (vocalist for Café Tacuba). This first single was followed by the singles "Amargo Adiós", "Cara de chango," "Sin rencor" and the footballing theme "Aguante". Alma en Fuego was nominated for a Lo Nuestro Award for Rock/Alternative Album of the Year while the band was listed for Rock New Artist at the 16th Lo Nuestro Awards, losing both to Chilean band La Ley and Mexican singer Alessandra Rosaldo, respectively.[1][2]

In 2008, they released their third album, Unidad, Cerveza y Ska, an album where the idea was to give continuity between ska and the Mexican-ness and style of the band. From this production the following singles were released: "Ska Voovee Boobie Baby," "Cómo te extraño" and "Por última vez"

In 2009, their fourth album, Amar o morir, was released, where Inspector tried to re-discover their own style and express it in a fresh and interesting way by "travelling" through rhythms that range from punk to soul, or blues to funk through Ska.

Their first single from this album is "El Dejado".

Inspector returned in 2009 with their fifth production called "INSPECTOR", now produced independently with 13 tracks, among which are the covers: "Besame Mucho" and the Madness classic "Our House", also included in this material is a duet of the track "November" with the Mexican singer Ely Guerra.


  • Big Javy: Vocals
  • Padrino: Tenor Sax
  • Homero: Keyboards
  • Fabian: Guitar
  • Matonenelaire: Percussion
  • Gil Treviño: Trumpet
  • Grillo: Trombone
  • Jona: Bass


  • Mision Ska (Demo) (1996)
  • Ska Live! (Demo) (1997)

Studio discography[edit]

  • Blanco y negro (1998)
  • Alma en fuego (2001)
  • Unidad, Cerveza y Ska (2004)
  • Amar O Morir (2006)
  • Inspector (2009)
  • Ska A La Carta Vol 1 (2011)
  • Inspección Retroacústica (2014)

Music videos[edit]

  • Amnesia
  • Amargo Adiós
  • Cara de Chango
  • Ska Voovee Boobie Baby
  • El dejado
  • Cómo te extraño


External links[edit]

Musical groups from Monterrey