Jotdog is a Mexican pop band formed in Mexico City in 2009. The group consists of Maria Barracuda (vocals and lyrics) and Jorge "La Chiquis" Amaro (bass guitar, keyboards, drums and vocals). Their sound is indebted to the electronic era, but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. They have maintained a sound built on melodic instrumentals, highlighted by Amaro's music and Barracuda's expressive vocals with their lyrics focusing on personal themes such as unrequited love.
"Chiquis" Amaro was already a big name in Mexico after having played with local classic rock bands such as Neón, Fobia, Kenny y los Eléctricos and Rostros Ocultos, where he showcased his talent as a drummer. However, he had greater ambitions and later became a music producer, sound engineer, songwriter, and creative producer for numerous bands and artists, such as Natalia Lafourcade, Timbiriche, Moenia, Maná, Ricardo Arjona, Danna Paola, M5, Panteón Rococó, Cuca, La Lupita, Víctimas del Dr. Cerebro, Moderatto, Belanova, Intocable and later, María Barracuda.
On the other hand, María Barracuda, the girl who shows up on stage dressed up as a post-modern geisha, sometimes with a semi-kimono costume and at others, with a Star Trek-inspired dress, but always with colorful makeup á la Grace Jones, did not know Chiquis when she came out of Ciudad Juárez, but she was determined to do whatever she was passionate about, and her passion was music. Without even suspecting it, that simple fact increased her chances of running one day into Chiquis Amaro.
The duet became a musical phenomenon among public and music critics by fusing their work with the talent of two great musicians. The incredible success of Jotdog is in great part due to their visual image; from their extravagant wardrobe to their music videos, which have reached top rankings in music channels and on the web, as is the case with YouTube and MySpace Mexico, which named Jotdog one of the "hottest" bands of the moment.
Jotdog released their debut album in 2009, and their first single "Hasta Contar A Mil" was a top 10 hit and became the top selling track on Itunes Mexico. The music video for this single was among the most voted videos in MTV Latin America, earning Jotdog a nomination at MTV Latin America Awards for "Best New Artist" (North). Jotdog also received a nomination at Premios Telehit 2009 for "Best New Artist", a nomination at 40 Principales radio awards for "Best International Band-Mexico" and a nomination at Kid's Choice Awards Mexico in the category of "Artist or Band of the Year".
Jotdog won several awards including Premios Oye! Telehit Awards 2010 as Best New Artist. In 2010 they were nominated for a Latin Grammy as Best New Artist and Best Vocal Album and in 2011 for Premios Lo Nuestro for Best Video for their single "Hasta Contar a Mil".
In 2012 Jotdog released their follow up album entitled Jotdog II: Turista del Amor which received a Latin Grammy Nomination for the Best Pop Album by a duo or group. The first single released "Lluvia de Estrellas" reach the top 5 in Mexico's radio stations and it was selected as the song of the week on iTunes Latino. They also performed at the 2012 edition of the LAMC and headlined Mun2's summer concert series in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
Jotdog's most recent single "Corazón de Metal" is currently playing on the radio and its music video rotating on all music channels.