Born in Barcelona on December 22, 1960, Loquillo came from a working-class family that resided in the blue-collar neighborhood of Clot. An active athlete in his youth, he was a member of the youth basketball team of Badalona. It was thanks to his budding athletic career that he was noticed and given a shot in the entertainment world. In 1980, a rep from the Cuspide media company saw Beltrán (by then going under the stage name Loquillo) on television and immediately offered him an opportunity to record, drawing on other popular groups of the day (Los Rebeldes
and Los Intocables
) for artistic direction and repertoire. Loquillo recorded a number of singles with Los Intocables
before forming his own group. By 1983, Loquillo y los Trogloditas
were born, consisting of Loquillo (voice), Igor Paskual
(guitar and voice), Josep Simón Ramirez (bass), Laurent Castagnet (drums), J.R. Vericad (keyboards), and Guillermo Martín (lead guitar and voice.) Their first record, El Ritmo del Garage, was released in 1983 and marked the arrival of what would become an industry mainstay. With time and persistence, Loquillo y los Trogloditas
became among the most important voices of rock en español. Recording 19 albums between 1983 and 2006 with los Trogloditas
cemented Loquillo among the more prolific artists in the genre.