Juanes visits the origins of his inspiration in tenth album


NEW YORK (AP) — After experimenting with several types of music, Juanes returns to his roots with “Origen,” a covers album wherein 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 Cherished,” the Colombian rock star travels to his childhood and adolescence for his tenth studio album.

“I believe it was one thing that my soul was asking for,” Juanes stated 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 noticed that returning to that origin was very needed.”

The album encompasses kinds as numerous as tango, merengue, heavy metallic, people, reggae, vallenato, pop and, in fact, rock. It contains the singles “El Amor Después Del Amor” by Fito Páez, in a rock and gospel model, and Springsteen’s basic “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, wherein 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 means of 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 concerning the affect of Kraken — a rock band from his native Medellin — on his determination to be a musician and laid out how he plans to make music any further.

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AP: The album contains 12 songs. Have been any left that you’d have preferred to incorporate?

JUANES: So many! I made a large 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 impression on the reminiscence of my youth, my adolescence, my childhood. It was an unbelievable train to placed on one other track type of like a gown, 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, remodeling your self with wigs and make up and outfits. What was that like?

JUANES: We had plenty of enjoyable doing this documentary. We needed to have that visible aspect and in addition we took a danger by doing this, as a result of we stated, “What if we’re just like the Beatles in ‘The Ed Sullivan Present’, once they got here to america, however singing ‘Volver’ by Gardel, or Juan Gabriel?” It was so enjoyable simply to expertise that type of appearing.

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 beloved the track. We despatched the track to his administration months in the past earlier than we shot the documentary and he beloved it. He stated, “OK, that is good for me, you guys can launch that.” And for me that was large, you understand? We bought his OK and that was actually essential. Not simply from him, however from all the opposite artists.

AP: You sing “May You Be Cherished” 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 method that may be very human and really weak, and I believe at that time — that was throughout COVID — I simply needed for all Spanish talking folks to grasp 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 adore it.

AP: You performed fairly with the rhythms of the songs. Guerra’s “La Bilirrubina” is not solely a merengue, as an example.

JUANES: A part of the preliminary thought was to not keep near the unique as a result of competing towards these variations could be not possible. So what we did was getting away as a lot as we might, whereas respecting the melody and the tempo of the track and the tonality of many of the songs. I co-produced this album with Sebastián Krys and our work collectively was very particular. It was like after we have been in class and the trainer stated “free drawing,” that you might do no matter you needed, and that artistic freedom was very cool — with 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 may be nothing programmed right here, these are folks taking part in. I actually wanted that too.

AP: You speak within the documentary concerning the band Kraken and what an excellent affect it had on you. What reminiscences do you might have of that point?

JUANES: Properly, with Kraken, I used to be in highschool and I keep 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 taking part in on business radio, it was one thing not possible. 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 stated: “Wait! I wish to be up there! I wish to try this for all times. It remodeled me a lot, that I do not forget that live performance prefer it was yesterday.

AP: Now that you just’ve gone again to your origins, the place do you see your self transferring ahead?

JUANES: I am positively gonna preserve stepping into the identical path, near this sound, you understand, 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 truly I work on my own with a pc more often than not, however I wanna report once more with musicians. I actually love that and I missed that rather a lot.


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