Unlike such artists as Sugar Ray and the Backstreet Boys, whose hits have been virtually prefabricated by profit-minded studio executives, Ozomatli will at least be able to face the second-album challenge unfettered by the whims of the industry. "We're really lucky with our label," says Wil-Dog. "They don't mind the music we do; they just want it to be music they can play on the radio. What they're saying to us is basically this: if we can do songs that have both English and Spanish in them, hip-hop and funk—everything that we do—and it can still go on the radio, then that would be great."
Ozomatli play with Mirainga at the Sun Theatre, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, (714) 712-2700. Wed., 8 p.m. $15.