In an intimate interview session held last Friday at SxSW, the Colombian singer/songwriter Juanes spoke about the early days of his career, his upcoming MTV Unplugged and working with Juan Luis Guerra.
“Music is my religion”, stated Juanes early in the interview, when asked about his passion for music. It seems that it was only yesterday, that the Colombian singer’s “A Dios Le Pido”, the first single from his sophomore album “Un Dia Normal”, opened the doors for him in Latin America. “La Camisa Negra” would later become a worldwide hit, breaking almost every market around the globe and helping this artist sell and excess of seven million albums around the world.
“Sometimes success is dangerous. It’s very easy to get lost. I was not expecting for success to happen to me”, he adds when talking about his worldwide accomplishments and current projects, “This is definitely a moment of transition in my life”. It has been a rough year for the Colombian star. His last album and tour under performed in sales and the separation from his former manager, announced late last year, resulted in all sorts of media speculation about a temporary retirement from the music scene.
Far from retirement, Juanes had been working with long time friend Juan Luis Guerra on the production of his next project. He announced the release of “La Señal”, the first single supporting this new release, early this year. “This MTV Unplugged is a great project. It came to me at the right time … The experience with Juan Luis Guerra was just amazing”, he concludes just before the interview ends.
Highlights of this interview can be seen at:
The full interview can be seen at: www.sxsw.com