NEW YORK (AP) — After experimenting with several types of music, Juanes returns to his roots with “Origen,” a covers album through which he pays tribute to essentially the most influential artists in his life and profession, from Joe Arroyo and Bruce Springsteen to Bob Marley and Juan Luis Guerra.
Via 12 songs together with Carlos Gardel’s “Volver,” Joaquín Sabina’s “Y Nos Dieron Las Diez” and Bob Marley’s “May You Be Liked,” the Colombian rock star travels to his childhood and adolescence in “Origen”, his tenth studio album.
“I feel it was one thing that my soul was asking for,” Juanes mentioned in a latest video interview from Miami. “After experimenting with several types of music, at this level in my profession and at my age I spotted that returning to that origin was very crucial.”
The album encompasses types as various as tango, merengue, heavy steel, people, reggae, vallenato, pop and, after all, rock. It contains the singles “El Amor Después Del Amor” by Fito Páez, in a rock and gospel model, and Springsteen’s traditional “Dancing In The Darkish” as a slower people and in Spanish.
Launched on Friday by Common Music Latin, “Origen” is accompanied by a documentary on Amazon Prime, produced by José Tillán and directed by Kacho López, through which Juanes explains why he selected every of the songs. He additionally talks to Guerra, Sabina and Páez about their songs, and channels iconic performances from the ’60s by the ’80s together with the primary Beatles look on “The Ed Sullivan Present.”
The 2-time Grammy and 23-time Latin Grammy winner advised the AP in regards to the affect of Kraken — a rock band from his native Medellin — on his choice to be a musician and laid out how he plans to make music to any extent further.
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AP: The album contains 12 songs. Have been any left that you’d have favored to incorporate?
JUANES: So many! I made an enormous playlist of songs that had linked with me in my life, however we selected these 12 for a lot of highly effective causes. These are those that had extra influence on the reminiscence of my youth, my adolescence, my childhood. It was an unbelievable train to placed on one other track form of like a costume, as if I have been an actor.
AP: And also you don’t solely put on it metaphorically. Within the documentary, you channel the Beatles and different artists, reworking your self with wigs and make up and outfits. What was that like?
JUANES: We had quite a lot of enjoyable doing this documentary. We wished to have that visible factor and in addition we took a threat by doing this, as a result of we mentioned, “What if we’re just like the Beatles in ‘The Ed Sullivan Present’, once they got here to the US, however singing ‘Volver’ by Gardel, or Juan Gabriel?” It was so enjoyable simply to expertise that type of performing.
AP: You additionally present within the documentary the reactions of some creators of the unique songs to your covers. What was Bruce Springsteen’s response to your Spanish model of “Dancing within the Darkish?”
JUANES: He cherished the track. We despatched the track to his administration months in the past earlier than we shot the documentary and he cherished it. He mentioned, “OK, that is good for me, you guys can launch that.” And for me that was big, you already know? We received his OK and that was actually essential. Not simply from him, however from all the opposite artists.
AP: You sing “May You Be Liked” in English. Why translate “Dancing within the Darkish?”
JUANES: You recognize, after I went to Bruce Springsteen’s track and I noticed the lyrics, I discovered the track very highly effective in a means that could be very human and really susceptible, and I feel at that time — that was throughout COVID — I simply wished for all Spanish talking folks to know it. And we take the track wish to a mid-tempo, it’s extra like a people type of vibe, however with the lyrics is Spanish it sounds so highly effective. I simply like it.
AP: You performed fairly with the rhythms of the songs. Guerra’s “La Bilirrubina” is now not solely a merengue, for example.
JUANES: A part of the preliminary thought was to not keep near the unique as a result of competing towards these variations can be unimaginable. So what we did was getting away as a lot as we may, whereas respecting the melody and the tempo of the track and the tonality of a lot of the songs. I co-produced this album with Sebastián Krys and our work collectively was very particular. It was like once we have been in class and the instructor mentioned “free drawing,” that you may do no matter you wished, and that inventive freedom was very cool — having the ability to go for the bachata, the reggae, bringing parts of Colombian percussion, the guitar’s rock, the drums. And the best way we recorded the album was very natural, there’s nothing programmed right here, these are folks enjoying. I actually wanted that too.
AP: You discuss within the documentary in regards to the band Kraken and what an amazing affect it had on you. What reminiscences do you will have of that point?
JUANES: Nicely, with Kraken, I used to be in highschool and I bear in mind Hugo Restrepo going to highschool and it was as if a hero got here to highschool as a result of he was Kraken’s guitarist. And at the moment there was no rock music enjoying on industrial radio, it was one thing unimaginable. Kraken was a kind of first excellent bands. It was the primary rock live performance I went to and to see how this character and the band itself impacted me — after I noticed them I mentioned: “Wait! I need to be up there! I need to do this for all times. It remodeled me a lot, that I keep in mind that live performance prefer it was yesterday.
AP: Now that you simply’ve gone again to your origins, the place do you see your self transferring ahead?
JUANES: I’m undoubtedly gonna preserve getting into the identical route, near this sound, you already know, natural and rock oriented, and in addition carry parts from people music like percussion, all of the percussion from the Pacific and the Atlantic and the Caribbean, I actually love that type of factor. I wanna play with musicians. I wanna really feel the drum behind me and the bass guitar and the guitar and the keyboards, and I wanna really feel that on the stage and in addition on the recording studio, as a result of I’ve been experimenting with several types of music and really I work on my own with a pc more often than not, however I wanna document once more with musicians. I actually love that and I missed that loads.
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