Austin360 recently launched a video and story series called Austin Gente (a familial way of saying “Austin People”). Through the stories of Austinites, we explore what it means to be Latino in the U.S. in the midst of a changing cultural landscape.

Check out our latest Austin Gente piece, which focuses on how music helps shape Latino identity. Featured guests include singer/songwriter Gina Chavez, Latin rocker Haydn Vitera and Joanna Saucedo of the local son jarocho group Son Armado. Each of them has a unique connection with music and identity, but all of them make up a part of a diverse and complex American Latino reality.

Previous installments of Austin Gente have explored identity through multiple lenses including food. View all of the videos and stories on austin360.com/cultura. Check out bonus Austin Gente material and behind-the-scene photos at our Cultura en Austin blog.

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Haydn Vitera has made a living playing in country bands, but he found a more personal connection to music when he put a Latino spin on the hard rock sounds he has loved since his youth. Vitera plays an electric violin called a Viper.