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"With 'Dákiti' we realized that electronic music was coming from there"

“With ‘Dákiti’ we realized that electronic music was coming from there”

11/23/2022 at 08:35


The Puerto Rican artist, one of the trendiest names in the urban scene, releases Paraíso, an album composed in Ibiza and in which reggaeton spirals into an atmosphere filled with layers of electronic sounds.

How do you release two albums in one year?

I am a very active person. When I’m not on a show or making music, I don’t really have a lot of other things to do. I’m always making music, it wasn’t something that was planned. But what happened. I released the first one in April, months passed, I was on tour & mldr; And I got a month or two “break” where I could make music without a break and the muse started to show. And when we looked we had a concept and a lot of the songs that made the album, and we put it out there.

Do you feel like you’re in for a good creative moment, seizing the moment…?

I don’t like to impose things. If I have the muse, she has it. Otherwise you can’t get gold from where there isn’t anything. I focus on that, on capitalizing on the fact that in this moment I have inspiration and motivation and I want to capitalize on the fact that people are aware of what I’m doing. You don’t know if the songs won’t be released next year. Let’s take advantage of it!

He made the album in three weeks while he was in Ibiza.

There are a couple of songs that aren’t, but 90% yes.

Was it something planned or did it happen?

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He has been on tour in Europe for three months. I went to Ibiza, and I really liked it. But I didn’t get a chance to get to know Ibiza because I went to sing in work mode. When the tour was over, I had a three-week “break” to do whatever I wanted, and I said “Look, I’m here, on the other side of the world, I’m not going back to the Caribbean, the places I’ve always been. I go.” And we ended up in Ibiza.

And he liked it so much that he called the album Paraiso.

When I was done, I went to Puerto Rico and stayed in a very nice house … Everything these last months has revolved around this concept. So when I do the “Welcome to Heaven” intro, it’s kind of connected.

Therefore, the place where he composed was a crucial one.

The location was very important, and I wasn’t used to that culture. The music that is heard in Puerto Rico, how the music is seen there is very different. So the fact of being there for so long made me see things from another point of view. I like it, I got to know a lot about the “ambience”, how is it “jangueo”, you call it “rumba” [entiéndase la fiesta]. I just got carried away with all this stuff and said, ‘I want to record here with all these influences’.

He even named a song in Catalan called “Evisa”.

We were in a house that we could go right or left at the end of the street. For the right hand it said “Evisa”, in Catalan, on the sign. Since I already made the song and because there are many songs called “Ibiza” or “A Night in Ibiza” or something from Ibiza and mldr; I saw it and said, “Excellent.”

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In “Paraíso” he incorporates several electronic sounds. Was production your obsession?

Yes, it is the music that I listen to and consume. This record is more personal in production. We have faced some dangers that we have not faced before.

Where do you think Reggaeton is headed?

Reggaeton something that will be there, neither come nor go. People are influenced by other things, other music, to combine it with reggaeton. But the essence of reggaeton will always be there.

“Ducky” success [tema de Bad Bunny y Jhay Cortez en el que él estuvo en la composición] Show you the way?

naturally. For me, it was that open door for the world to dare to try those kinds of beats, those new things. With “Dákiti” we realized that electronic music was coming from there. After “Dákiti” everyone started playing with electronics. It was a very pivotal moment for me.

Does Latin and urban dominance depend on how one knows how to convert?

It’s a very uncertain thing, it depends on many things. that those there now remain, and so the new generations enter.

In “Paraíso” Alizzz is in production… and Quevedo in “APA”. How did the union arise?

Since I heard it and found it interesting, I found its sound curious. One day I made that song and recorded it and wrote it to him because I knew he was listening to me. And I said to him, “Look, Dad, I have this song, maybe because of our age it’s hard to see each other in person but to listen to it, and if you like it, we’ll play it.” And he loves me. Within a week he threw the votes and everything is “pretty cool”.

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Spain is a fertile land for you and yours. Why do you think it happens?

It’s like the spark in there, that urban Puerto Ricans have. I don’t know if it’s because of our slang, our dialect, which allows us to diversify ourselves a bit more, but if I tell you something specific I’m lying to you. It’s like magic happens and that’s it.

And what does Puerto Rico need to generate so many artists?

Since urban music started here in Puerto Rico, I feel like it’s a very intimate thing for people here. I was born with it, I grew up with it, it’s a culture. Reggaeton lives in culture, it’s something very natural, and it makes it easier for us to enter and explore this world.