With a fickle music industry, longevity for any artist could prove to be their biggest challenge. With twenty-five years in the industry, three Latin Grammy Awards, and countless other accolades, Luis Enrique proves that it can be done.
We spoke to “El Principe De La Salsa” at the Heineken Presents: Noches Latin Grammy party last night where he performed all his popular hits to a packed crowd at Kukaramakara in Miami. The Nicaraguan-born singer and composer spoke about his latest Latin Grammy nomination for “Best Salsa Album” for his latest album, “Soy Y Seré”, how he keeps his sound fresh, and more.
Congratulations on your latest Latin Grammy nomination! You must be very excited.
“It feels great. I feel humbled and excited about this nomination because [The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences] takes into consideration the quality of the music that you create versus how much you have been on the radio.
Being nominated for an award is always great but when it comes from the people in your own industry, who have seen my evolution as an artist in the last twenty five years, it makes it that much better.”
With a career that has spanned so many years, how do you ensure your sound stays fresh?
“With every new album, I try to do something better. That is the challenge that I set for myself, to come up with unique sounds, different structures, while mixing music from other genres into my own.
I worked with Sergio George on my last two albums [and] to me he is one of the best salsa producers. Together we created a very unique sound by mixing electric guitars with salsa and experimenting with different writing styles. That is what makes this album special, it's a path to where I want to take my music.”
In order to keep your music fresh, you must listen to a lot of music. Who do you listen to for inspiration?
“I listen to a lot of music from various genres so that I can keep on learning. I feel that I am still a student and going through the learning process.”
Since you like experimenting with different genres and sounds, I’d love to see you collaborate with someone totally unexpected!
“I’m a fan of collaborations, it enriches your own material and your style. I collaborated with Reyli (Barba) on a pop version of my song ‘El Reto’ and a Vallenato group from Colombia, Gusi y Beto, for my song ‘Como Me Duele.’
Honestly I don't really plan my collaborations ahead of time, the process is more organic. The moment I hear a song or an artist that I think would work with something that I’m working on, I know it.”
You won’t want to miss out on Luis Enrique and many of his fellow nominees including Juanes, Alejandro Sanz, Pitbull, Don Omar, Maná and more during the XIII Latin Grammy Awards televised live on Thursday, November 15th at 8pm Eastern/7pm. Central on Univision.