Orchestra Fuego - Vengan Todos A Bailar

 

Orchestra Fuego - Vengan Todos A Bailar

Orchestra Fuego – Vengan Todos A Bailar

 

ARTIST NAME: Orchestra Fuego

 

SONG TITLE: Vengan Todos A Bailar

 

ALBUM TITLE: Vengan Todos A Bailar

 

RELEASE DATE: May 25, 2019

GENRE: Latino

 

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Discuss your approach to music production.

We compose and produce all of our songs and although we’re a high energy Salsa band, our songs are made for the Salsa dance lover. The tempo is everything to us.

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Elaborate on how you come up with your lyrics.

I usually come up with a topic and one of our singer friends who also performs with the band, then take it from there and develops the song; we then listen and tweak and arrange it.

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Discuss your songwriting process.

Songwriting is pretty simple for us since we have a deep passion for what we do. Our composer can come up with lyrics to just about anything; I mean this guy could write a song about a pencil…

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Tell us about your next project.

We just released our new album titled “Vengan Todos A Bailar” and we’re now getting ready to shoot our next music video.

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Tell us what you won’t do again in your music career.

Hum, that’s a tough one, since we learn from our mistakes and these are the things that get us to the next level musically. I wouldn’t change a thing. I have had the blessings of having the same band members for the past four years, which is very difficult these days with the scarcity of venues to perform.

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Tell us how you ensure your music is engaging.

We’re on all the social media platforms and along with YouTube’s reporting; it gives me an idea of what works and doesn’t work, so I continue making adjustments to help engage our fans. We are the most sought after Latin band in the Tampa, Orlando area.

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Tell us your definition of harmony in music.

With a full Orchestra, Piano, Bass, Timbales, Congas, Bongos, Trombone, Baritone Sax, Two Trumpets, three singers, harmony is where we excel. Arranging all the different parts is challenging, but we try to bring out the best in each instrument.

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State your opinion on the income from digital streaming.

This is a hard subject for most musicians; recording albums have become just an expensive business card these days. With the availability of sharing music, it’s hard to make money on sales of your music. But I’m an optimist; I believe that this is something that can change by eliminating the sharing component so that everyone has to pay for digital downloads.

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Tell us the ways that artists can make a living.

Bring CDs to all your shows; I make extra money at all my shows selling my CDs. Also merchandise, like T-shirts and coffee cups; there are many services that can make T-shirts fairly inexpensive; doesn’t have to be extreme, keep it simple so you can make a profit.

 

Also, email your fans at least every other month to keep them engaged; monthly is best. You can even send coupons to sell you material; 2 CDs for a discount.

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Tell that special moment you discovered music.

That was many years ago while I was in college; I saw a small group of guys jamming at my student center playing Salsa and I was hooked!

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State your best song and the reason.

One of the best songs from my new album is ‘Si Te Vas’- it’s a story about a guy leaving his girlfriend and how she shrugs it off and keeps her head up. The lyrics and arrangement are just fabulous.

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Discuss the difference between recording in a professional studio and home studio.

I have recorded in commercial recording studios in the past and we have just built our own studio from a Shed! Ground up! And with the proper equipment and great engineer, can’t tell the difference. Home studios are becoming very popular and you save a lot of money in the end.

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Tell us how you master your songs.

We have a good friend in Connecticut who has mastered our last two albums and this guy is awesome. He does mastering for some of the best Salsa artists in the market.

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Discuss your interaction with your fans.

During our performances, we love to interact with our fans and we’re constantly reaching out to our fans through social media.

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Tell us how you create the time to promote your music online. You have to set out time for this; it’s an important part of the business. Most musicians hate this part of it and just want to do what they do best, which is performing, but you need to make time to catch up with fans and stay in touch. I like to do this in the morning before my day gets busy.

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State how you coordinate the musicians in your band.

That’s a tough one as well; although I have been extremely blessed to have some great musicians in my band, you also need to be a strong leader and not leave too many things up to musicians to make decisions; like rehearsals, you can’t just assume they are practicing their parts, you have to get in their face sometimes and let them know they need to look at the charts way before the rehearsals so that they don’t waste time at rehearsals.

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Tell us the project you will run to better the society.

My goal is to bring Salsa music back to its glory days. Salsa music has been on the back burner for way too many years and once I’m done with the Orchestra Fuego project, I would like to produce other upcoming artists.

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Elaborate on the song.

‘Vengan Todos A Bailar’ is one of the songs in our album and also the title of the album and it’s made for the Salsa dancer; not too fast, not too slow, just right for the avid Salsa dancer. We will be shooting our new music video for this song.

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Elaborate on your artist name and the title of the album.

I started playing music back in the late ’70s to ’80s when Salsa was at its peak; went to college, became a CPA, then about 4 years ago, re-kindled my love for music and started Orchestra Fuego; my initial thought was to bring back that hot and spicy Salsa rhythm to the music scene.

 

So Fuego (fire in Spanish) was what I wanted the band to perform like; hot and spicy and that’s what separates us from the other local bands; great musicians but they just stand there performing; our band is constantly moving; my singers are dancing in the front; on fire!

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Press

 

Orchestra Fuego is a sensational Salsa band that performs both original and familiar Latin songs with invigorating new arrangements.

 

Based in Tampa Bay, Florida this twelve-piece live orchestra presents an ear-pleasing and visually alluring performance that magnifies their impressive presentation style.

 

These seasoned musicians with over two decades of experience produce a sizzling show—and the band’s dynamic, high energy sound dominates every stage they play on.

 

Orchestra Fuego delivers a vast and versatile repertoire of songs that includes Salsa – their first love – Merengue, Bachata, Bolero, Cha-cha and more.

 

Their hot Latin passion is on fire and can be felt through their expressive enthusiasm and high energy levels everywhere they perform.

 

A sole piano player’s relocation to a new state marks the origins of Orchestra Fuego.

 

Director and frontman Marcus Hernandez was a veteran performer on the New York City scene in the late ’70s and ’80s at the peak of the Salsa movement with Latin music running deep in his veins.

 

When Hernandez relocated to Florida from New York, he was fueled by two things:  an abiding interest in Salsa and a passion for bringing this sensational Latin sound to his new home state.

 

This quest led to seeking out and performing with other Salsa aficionados in the area, and these original musicians are all now members of Orchestra Fuego.

 

“After playing a few gigs,’’ laments Hernandez, “it became evident early on that the time was ripe to revive the classic Salsa sound in central Florida.”

 

Five years later, these same seasoned musicians have grown together and become a family rich with Latin heritage which makes for a tight sounding, ultra-professional band.

 

It is this cohesiveness that contributes to Orchestra Fuego being one of the most sought out Salsa groups in the Central Florida area.

 

Consisting of three singers, percussionists, brass musicians, a pianist, and a bass guitarist, their blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms mixed with Nuyorican flavour has maintained the integrity of what is referred to as “Old School Salsa or New York City Salsa,” complemented by a fresh twist.

 

Since their debut in 2014, Orchestra Fuego has ignited a myriad of dance floors throughout Florida with their upbeat, high energy performances.

 

Additionally, their first album, Encendido, has world-wide download coverage including on the domestic U.S. scene, internationally in the European market, and spanning the Pacific to the far reaches of Singapore.

 

Audiences everywhere agree that Orchestra Fuego’s danceable beats bring energy and exciting entertainment to any occasion, causing people to rush to the dance floor the moment the music begins.

 

Comfortable playing to crowds that number in the thousands or at intimate social gatherings, this versatile group expertly performs in a wide range of entertainment venues from nightclubs and restaurants to country clubs and large corporate events.

And their enthusiastic fan following in Central Florida has deftly positioned them to become beloved by audiences well beyond the borders of the state.

In addition to performing live shows, Orchestra Fuego is also working on several recording projects.

 

They have released four albums Encendido, Salsa Brava, Quemando La Pista, and our newest album, “Vengan Todos A Bailar.”

 

They are also currently producing their fourth music video.

Orchestra Fuego has won best Latin Song of the Year at the Elite Entertainment Music Awards and has been nominated for Best Latin Album at the Independent Music Awards.

 

“We really enjoy performing and watching others appreciate our music,” shares Marcus, “and we are eager to bring our sound around the world.”

Marcus Hernandez Musical Director and Founder  Composer, pianist, and Salsa aficionado, Marcus Hernandez was born with an affinity for Latin music that can surely be traced to the very molecules of his DNA.

 

Growing up in the boroughs of New York City, he was heavily influenced by two local Latin greats: the Grammy Award-winning pianist Eddie Palmieri and Puerto Rican Salsa legend Willie Rosario.

 

Their distinct styles cultivated his love for Salsa which led him to learn and master the piano at a young age.

 

In his early years as a musician, Marcus studied under Oscar Hernandez and Gilberto Colon, and more recently with Arturo Ortiz, who was the musical director for the Ricky Martin Band and Victor Romero who has played piano for almost all the top Latin Artist.

 

Hernandez himself emerged on the New York City Latin scene during the late ’70s when the Salsa movement was at an all-time high.  A major highlight of his New York career was forming the Salsa group Fuego ’77.

 

The band recorded its first album of the same name, Fuego ’77, under the Alegre label, a subsidiary of the famous Fania Records, and Hernandez composed and arranged eight of the ten songs on the album.

 

Fuego ‘77 became an in-demand supporting act opening for mega Salsa artists such as Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco, and Hector Lavoe.

 

The band’s resume included performances at all the top Manhattan Salsa venues including The Corso, Ipanema, Casa Blanca, Casino 14, and the iconic Copa Cabana.

As his career flourished into the 1980s, Hernandez continued performing and working with various popular Latin artists such as Adalberto Santiago and Rafael de Jesus.

After taking a break from performing to focus on a business career, Hernandez moved to Florida in 2005 and found a tropical, steamy paradise ripe for the simmering sounds of Salsa.

 

His new surroundings provided inspiration for his current project, Orchestra Fuego, which has become one of the most sought out Salsa groups in the Central Florida area.

 

And after more than forty years on the Salsa scene, Marcus Hernandez is more enthusiastic than ever about composing his own original music and sharing his lively and refreshing arrangements of classic Salsa songs with audiences worldwide.

 

Special Recognitions:

Orchestra Fuego recently won best Latin song on the Akademia Music Awards

Orchestra Fuego won best Latin Music Video on Making Music Magazine

Orchestra Fuego winner of 2018 Best Salsa Song of the Year on the Atlas Elite Entertainment Awards.

 

 

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