Based in Asbury Park, NJ, deSoL is a Latin rock outfit that has favored a bilingual approach. DeSoL (whose name means "of the sun" in Spanish) has never been a rock en español outfit in the strict sense; while rock en español favorites like Caifanes, los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Maná, and Shakira have done most or all of their writing in Spanish, deSoL has -- much like Santana and el Chicano in their heyday -- provided more English lyrics than Spanish lyrics. Nonetheless, the Latin influences in deSoL's work have been quite strong; they haven't hesitated to combine rock with Latin forms like Afro-Cuban salsa and Colombian cumbia, and they have been affected by soul and funk as well. A variety of artists -- both Latin and non-Latin -- have influenced deSoL, and they range from Santana, Malo, el Chicano, Azteca, and salsa star Rubén Blades to the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, and Stevie Wonder. Many of deSoL's influences are people who emerged in the '60s or '70s; however, the band has also incorporated rapping and isn't totally retro in its outlook.