Exclusive: Tony Dize On 'Prometo Olvidarte,' Faith, & His First Kiss

La Melodia de la Calle is back! Armed with his Colombian-influenced hit single, “Prometo Olvidarte," Tony Dize is once again serving up his unique brand of reggaeton romantico. Here, the Puerto Rican artist talks about his undying love for his fans, his new album, La Melodia de Ustedes, and how he romanced young ladies in elementary school.

Tell us about your hit single, “Prometo Olvidarte.

It’s dedicated to the fans in Colombia. Colombia has been a large audience for me. I remember promoting my music in 2012 in Bogota and about 150,000 people singing all of my songs.

When is your new album hitting the market?

By the summer it’ll be on the streets. It’s called La Melodia de Ustedes because the majority of the themes we wanted to show to the followers, to the fan clubs, the loyal followers internationally. I’m talking about my followers from Portugal, Argentina, Mexico, Peru, and Colombia. They’ll be surprise collaborations with Don Omar, Arcangel, and Yandel.

Were you recording music during your hiatus?

For many they didn’t think I was making an album, they didn’t know if I was absent, but I never stopped. I’m on social media, you can find me in El Plaza de Toro in Mexico promoting the album, you can see me in Quito, Ecuador the people singing al Limite de la Locura. I never stopped; it’s just something intimate because I started doing it alongside my sons. My sons’ voices are on the album. But all that time I was absent I was producing with my colleagues, promoting the album and traveling to many places I hadn’t been to, followers that were waiting for me in Portugal, London, Milan. But it was simply that production was slower because nowadays I live as a father first.

Where do you see your placement in the current landscape of reggaeton?

Yandel, Wisin, Don Omar, Yankee, they’re all my colleagues. I started doing the melodies with them in the studio. We’re all dedicated to the same thing, doing work, melodies, and go back to our children. But I share the stage with them, I bump into them at airports, they’re really my colleagues. The ones who were calling for Tony Dize, Franco el Gorila, Jayco, and we all took our own paths because we all have our own responsibilities, but they’re all my colleagues.