Tell us about you as a person.
I am a songwriter that makes music mainly inspired by Latin America and Africa. I use traditional tropical rhythms and instruments from around the world to create new exciting music.
Elaborate on the story behind the song.
“Losing You” was written as a response to the Pulse nightclub shootings in 2016. I was on the train, I was really touched by what I saw on the train that same day, I was on my way to work, and I saw two men sitting opposite me, crying, holding hands. I must have internalized that, and the next day the song just flew out of my mouth, word for word. I used the name Maribel as a way of putting myself into the shoes of one of the Latin mothers who lost their child. That song is basically a letter to her. The sad lyrics provide some sort of depth, and the happy music gives reassurance.
Tell us your experience as a musician.
I started playing flamenco/rumba guitar when I was 10 years old. Shortly after I started creating ideas and joined my first band at 14. At that point, I was recording my own ideas in my bedroom, after school. Slowly teaching myself how to make songs and discovering my own sound. I started collecting instruments in my travels and also learning how to use them. After many years of creative experimenting, I am now about to release my second album this year in May.
Tell us five current artists that are your favorite presently.
Quantic, Jungle Fire, Sinkane, Natalia Lafourcade, Calexico.
Tell us your dream and hope for the future.
I dream to travel the whole world and collaborate with the best musicians to create more inspiring music.
Tell us what still motivates you to go on with your music career.
There are so many places to take inspiration from; Salsas, Tangos, and Bossa Novas; African Highlife and Mali Blues; Calypso and Soca… the list is endless. And I always find a way to implement them into my own songs. This is what keeps me motivated and full of ideas and energy.
On my new album, “Dreaming Of Better Days”, these are the main topics of inspiration that I explore;
“Lonely Heart” is an ode to companionship and friendship. “Fever, Fever” is an analogy of the state of the world. It’s about how tensions are rising, ‘the heat is getting critical, fever, fever’. But it’s also about empowerment and taking a stand, hence ‘I’m not waiting for a miracle.’ It can also be interpreted in a way that, for example, the Earth’s temperature is actually rising too. And that it’s time to change our ways. So there are several meanings that can be drawn from this song. “One People” is about bringing people closer together. “Camino Al Amor” is about the highs and lows of finding love. The good and the bad are all part of the journey. “Through The Hourglass” is a song of nostalgia, and finding your way back home. “Before The Sun Goes Down” has a Carpe-Diem message behind it. “The Truth Will Be Heard” is a song of freedom, and that you can’t tie down the truth. One way or another it will come out eventually. “Lights Down Low” is about the power of love and how it can pull us back up in our lowest of times. “Dreaming Of Better Days” is a song of hope and envisioning a brighter future.