Here at RichMusic we “Always Dream” and when you match that with our level of determination to succeed, anything is possible.
World-renowned artists including Sech, Justin Quiles, Billboard Top Latin producer Dímelo Flow, rising star Dalex, Jamaican singer, producer, and songwriter Chris Marshall, up-and-coming Argentinian singer-songwriter Thyago, and Puerto Rican singer-songwriter paopao, are the label’s most celebrated talent.
Additionally, RichMusic has now welcomed skilled producers Symon Dice, Animal, Rike Music, and Jhon El Divertido to its roster as well.
Headquartered in Miami, the label resides inside Morplay Academy, a creative branch designed to curate its diverse clients and build upon their unique brands. Morplay Academy also hosts state-of-the-art recording facilities, Morplay Studios, and RichMusic’s latest divisions, Morplay Prints, and The Pencil Pushers.
RichMusic continues showing its strengths in bringing out the best in every one of its artists to enrich the world with music. The label has received multiple Billboard Latin Music Award nominations, including Latin Rhythm Albums Label of the Year, Top Latin Albums Label of the Year, and Top Latin Albums Imprint of the Year.
Since 2020, RichMusic’s Co-Founder and COO, Joshua Mendez, was featured on Billboard’s prestigious Power Players and Latin Power Players lists. Most recently, the label unveiled its new executive team of eminent industry veterans that will support RichMusic’s continued growth.
Never forgetting to pass on its mission to Always Dream, RichMusic is becoming more active in the community, giving back and nurturing the next generation of leaders, artists, and creatives.
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As the #1 reggaeton and urban artist in Panama, Sech is mesmerizing audiences around the globe with his unique lyrical styles and melodies. Named “Artist on the Rise” by Billboard magazine and 2019 Pandora “Artist to watch”, Sech first broke onto the international music scene with his tracks “Lo Malo” and “Miss Lonely”. The tracks led to collaborations with Justin Quiles and Jowell & Randy on “Que mas pues” and “Me Gustaria”, respectively. His recent collaborations on Feid’s “Sigueme” Remix and Dalex’s “Pa’ Mi” Remix, which surpassed the 150 million visits on YouTube, prove that he’s one of the most sought-after artists in the Latin urban genre. Proving his undeniable star power, he’s recently been tapped by Maluma, J Balvin, Nicky Jam and Sebastian Yatra, and his most recent release “Que Mas Pues” Remix ft. Justin Quiles, Dalex, Nicky Jam, Maluma, Farruko y Lenny Tavarez surpassed the 7 million visits on YouTube at just 4 days after its release.
Sech Carlos Isaias Morales Williams, better known by his artistic name Sech, was born December 3, 1993 in Río Abajo, Panamá, a small town located in Panama City. There he was raised alongside his maternal grandparents who were of French descent. At a young age, they’d introduce him to music through their church, were he’d learn to play multiple instruments including piano, guitar, and bass, among others. At the time, his father made a living as a chef and his mother was a school principal.
As he’d become more inclined to choosing a musical career, his artistic name was born. He explains that a friend suggested he use the name Sech, not only because it was different but that fans would easily memorize and remember the name. Little did he know that his name would have a second meaning. One day, as he decided to investigate the meaning behind the name, he realized it represented the initials of the Chinese Society of Writers (or China Writers Association). As he realized the meaning behind his name was equivalent to creativity, Sech felt all was falling into place.
In 2018, Sech was becoming a staple in Panama and was quickly gaining notice internationally. The release of his debut single “Miss Lonely” (which he wrote with a guitar in front of the house where he grew up) would open the doors internationally and would lead to a collaboration with multi-platinum artist Justin Quiles and reggaeton-urban genre pioneer De La Ghetto on the remix version, produced by Dímelo Flow. The track earned 15 million visits on YouTube and has almost 30 million streams on Spotify. The success of the single would lead Sech to a recording contract with independent label RichMusic, as well as the release of follow up single “Lo Malo”.
As Sech’s continues to pave the way for a new generation of urban artists that are united and inspiring fans through their music, Sech released his EP “The Sensation” in 2018, which included another fan favorite “Me Gustaria” which featured Justin Quiles and reggaeton duo Jowell & Randy. The EP would help him earn the title of Pandora 2019 “Artist to Watch”.
In April 2019, he released the single and video “Solita” in collaboration with Farruko and Zion & Lennox. The track quickly became another fan favorite, and in a month surpassed 36 million views on YouTube and 10 million streams on Spotify.
As one of the most sought-after artists and songwriters of a new generation, Sech was featured on Colombian artist Feid’s international hit remix track and video “Sigueme” which continues to grow in popularity on streaming and digital platforms. He was also one of the featured artists on Dalex’s global viral phenomenon “Pa’ Mi” Remix which surpassed 120 million views on YouTube and 85 million streams on Spotify and peaked #1 on Spotify’s Top Viral 50 chat in 12 countries and #1 on Apple Music Top 100 chart in 4 countries.
“Sueños” is Sech’s first solo album released in April 2019 and includes Global Smash “Otro Trago” featuring Darell.
Pedro David Daleccio Torres, better known as Dalex, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia and raised in Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico. At the age of 11, as the son of divorced parents, he moved to Allentown, Pennsylvannia, where his passion for music was born. His greatest influence were the biggest stars of urban music of that time who were Wisin and Yandel, Zion and Lennox, Don Omar, Tego Calderón and Daddy Yankee. At age 12, he returned to Puerto Rico because life in the United States was not what they expected.
It was not until he was 18, while he was studying to become a barber, he began to write his first songs. When he completed barber school, he moved to the city of Orlando in Florida, looking for better opportunities in music. One day, while working at the barbershop “Marquesina Barbershop”, David Torres, owner of the company AnakinEnt, discovered the artist that was in him.
He spent 3 years in the talent company “AnakinEnt”, in which he belonged to the duo “Jayma and Dalex”, where he proved his talent with their single “Me Encantas.” Later, the duo collaborated with the urban artist Cosculluela on the song “Lento”, which surpassed a million views on YouTube. This opportunity opened many doors for him and he learned a lot about the music industry.
Currently, Dalex belongs to the label RichMusic, which is nominated for the 2017 Latin Music Billboard Awards as “Latin Rhythm Album Label of The Year”. Dalex only has a one goal working with this label and that is to offer the public good music, “Refreshing Music”, with God first.
The Extended Play “La Nueva Ola”, released last year under the music label of RichMusic, contains 6 songs and is somewhat different from what is usually done since it only has collaborations with artists from Puerto Rico and Panama. Some of the artists who collaborated with Dalex were Rafa Pabón, Lyanno, Rauw Alejandro, Sech, Alex Rose, Gigolo and La Exce, Justin Quiles, among others.
The original version of “Pa ‘Mí” with Rafa Pabón is the first single of his Extended Play (EP) “La Nueva Ola” and the remix ft. Rafa Pabon, Sech, Cazzu, Feid, Khea and Lenny Tavarez, has become a viral sensation reachimg # 1 in the Spotify Global 50 Viral Chart and ranked #1 in 10 Latin American countries such as Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia, El Salvador, Bolivia and Paraguay among others in the Spotify Viral 50 Chart and is #1 in 4 Latin American countries on Apple Music’s Top 100 Chart. The “Pa ‘Mi (Remix)” official audio has more than 67.5 million streams on YouTube.
Not only proclaimed as the new wave of the urban genre, but in actuality, he can be recognized as the artist of the moment. Dalex released his first studio album “Climaxxx” in May of 2019, & can be described in just two words: refreshing music. In the last year, Dalex has reached the highest point in his career thus far, and only wishes to continue growing with the help of his new album & taking his incomparable rhythm and lyrics all over the world. Just like he did with his hit single “Pa’ Mi (Remix),” which has reached a top 20 Global level throughout charts.
As Latin urban music finds itself at the epicenter of a global stage, Justin Quiles continues to be one of the leading forces behind the genre. As one of the most sought-after artists in Latin music, he’s been the go-to songwriter for some of today’s biggest Latin superstars including J Balvin, Natti Natasha, Daddy Yankee, Maluma, Yandel and Farruko, among others. His debut album “La Promesa” (The Promise) peaked at #1 on Billboard’s “Top Latin Rhythm Albums” chart and #2 on the “Top Latin Albums” charts. His innate ability as a songwriter landed him a 2018 Latin Grammy® nomination for the J Balvin and Anitta single “Downtown”.
Quiles continues to mesmerize fans worldwide with his trademark lyrics and fusion of Latin sounds. Hit most memorable hits include the break-through single “Si Ella Quisiera”, “Monstruo”, “Tu y yo” and “Si Tu” feat. Plan B. His multi-platinum Extended Play (EP) “La Trilogia” (The Trilogy) featured fan favorite “No Quiero Amarte” ft. Zion & Lennox, which has surpassed 120 million streams on Spotify. With a social network that includes over 8 million loyal followers and over 6.9 million monthly listeners on Spotify, Justin Quiles has helped define a movement and shows no signs of slowing down.
Justin Rafael Quiles Rivera, better known as Justin Quiles, was born in Connecticut and raised between Puerto Rico and Orlando, FL. Quiles has been writing music from a young age and was inspired to pen his first track at the age of 12. While growing up in Puerto Rico, Quiles began molding his musical tastes and was influenced by Reggaeton pioneers Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Wisin & Yandel and Tego Calderon, among others.
In 2015, Quiles was introduced onto the Latin music scene with first his EP “Carpe Diem”, which would be followed by a second EP “Imperio Nazza: Justin Quiles Edition”. In 2017, Quiles would make his presence known with his debut album released under the RichMusic imprint and distributed by Warner Music Latina “La Promesa”. The album would capture the attention of audiences in the U.S., Latin America and Spain, and would peak at #1 on Billboard’s “Top Latin Rhythm’ chart and #2 on the “Top Latin Album” chart. It’s hit single “Si ella quisiera”, remained at the top of Billboard “Latin Airplay”, “Latin Pop Songs”, “Hot Latin Songs” and “Tropical Songs” charts, and the album would be certified Platinum in Spain and would remain on the charts there for 50 consecutive weeks.
His hard work and perseverance would not only solidify his fanbase worldwide but would make him on of the leading artists paving way for a new generation of artists. He’s visited the most important stages in the U.S., Europe and Latin America and has made appearances at the most important industry events including the Latin Power Players Gala in Miami, FL. Quiles was a Premios Juventud nominee for “Best New Artist”, a Latin Grammy® nominee for “Best Urban Song” and was recognized as “Best Latin Urban Artist” and “Composer of the Year” by the prestigious Paoli Awards.
Quiles continues to pen hits for some of today’s biggest artists and is the mastermind behind some of the biggest international Latin hits including J Balvin and Anitta’s “Downtown”, Natti Natasha’s “Me Gusta” and Maluma’s “Recuerdame”. He’s also written for Farruko, J Alvarez and Don Omar, among others.
Due to experiences he lived through alongside his mother while growing up, Quiles is a passionate humanitarian and advocates against domestic violence. Every year, he campaigns with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to raise awareness. In 2018, the Paoli Awards in Puerto Rico honored Quiles as a “Humanitarian Ambassador” for his contribution to humanitarian causes and his efforts to break the silence against domestic violence.
His charisma, creativity and innate musical talent have made Justin Quiles one of the most important artists in the Latin urban genre today.
Success in the music industry can be achieved by being authentic, confident and charismatic. This has been achieved by Jorge Valdés Vázquez, better known as DJ Flow, for whom the challenges do not exist when producing or working as a DJ in Miami nightclubs.
Dímelo Flow was he was born in Panama and began his career as a DJ and producer 13 years ago. He didn’t always want to work in the music industry, his dream was to be a basketball player but at age 14 his life took a radical turn after a car accident, which broke his femur, preventing him from playing Basketball again. After that, at age 15 he started as a DJ playing at school parties, house parties and more. From age 17 to 18, he worked as a DJ in clubs and during that time he traveled a lot to New York seeking to keep on learning about his new passion, which he always had at his reach through the influence of his stepfather and cousin.
Between the ages of 20 and 21, he worked at a radio station in Florida, where he met countless hip-hop artists. He then moved to Tampa, Florida where he worked three days a week as a DJ in a club. It was there that he met Justin Quiles, who brought him closer to his experience working with artists in the music industry. He started working with Justin Quiles, producing his music, as a DJ and an engineer. A year and a half ago he moved to Miami with Justin Quiles and has already had countless opportunities working with artists such as J Alvarez, J Balvin, Nacho, Bad Bunny, Jory, among others.
He defines his style as international, Latin and urban but it still does not fall into the genre of reggaeton. Although he comments that what he enjoys most of the urban genre is that it’s a completion of his project along with making good music and the Latin culture. Although he wants to focus for the moment as a DJ, he does not rule out producing for other musical genres such as salsa, hip-hop and expanding into the reggaeton.
He is currently working on a project as a DJ, in which he will be producing and then selling. In this same project several artists from the urban genre will be collaborating. In addition, he continues to enjoy his stage as a DJ in the most important clubs in Miami, such as Icon, Club Space, among others.
“I am me, I am a person who does not change for anyone. I am a person who does not see anyone different. As humans, we are all equal. In the world of music they all deserve respect for their trajectory and what they have accomplished. But as humans, we are all the same,” said DJ Flow, who can be described as a transparent and authentic person.
Living simply today, DJ Flow continues to make good music and leave footprints wherever he goes. Encouraging parties and making the public enjoy his talent, he continues to move forward with optimism and charisma that characterizes him.
Chris Marshall, born Adrian Christopher Marshall, was born and raised in St. Catherine Parish, Jamaica. He grew up surrounded by music, from jamming at home with his family after dinner to growing up and exploring the country’s many dancehalls. Sundays were a musical day in his household, where the family would come together and listen and dance to music on the radio. Chris found himself influenced by Jamaica’s most recognizable artists like Richie Spice, Freddie McGregor, and Beres Hammond. His journey as a composer started when he bought his own computer and began experimenting with beat making. As early as high school, Chris could be found in different studios mastering his craft and bringing the sounds of the island to life with his music. The quiet and laid back artist found his voice in making music.
Chris Marshall finally achieved his first success with the track that would eventually go on to become one of the best chart-toppers of 2006. Sean Paul’s “Temperature” gave Chris the credibility needed to elevate his career as a hit-maker for the modern dancehall sound that was taking over the airwaves. The song not only topped the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, but also won a the 2007 Grammy Award for Dance Song of the Year. Over a decade later, Chris still puts forth the same amount of work and effort into everything he does. His goal is to continue creating music that is true to the message from his humble beginnings and the passion behind dancehall music that is heard around the world. He encourages others interested in following his footsteps to continue doing what they love and never give it up, especially if it’s music. Chris is currently signed to independent label RichMusic. His latest work includes a new single he wrote and performed with international artist Anitta: “Tu y Yo”.
Manuel Enrique “Rike Music” Cortes Cleghorn was born and raised in Panama City, where he lives with his mother and three siblings. At a very young age, Rike discovered his passion and knew early on what he wanted to do with his life and future – music. He worked as a child, washing cars and doing odd-end jobs, to earn his own money and invest in music equipment. At the age of 16, he began working with his cousin, Panamanian music producer Kevin Da Silva.
Rike has always been inspired by different music producers, and even mentions PrediKdor, DJ Seven, and Da Silva as some of his biggest musical inspirations. When listening to his music, you’re able to see the influence of the romantic Panamanian music style he grew up hearing.
His hard work and faith in God have brought the RichMusic producer to a successful point in his career, obtaining musical credits working with some of the biggest artists like Feid, Dalex, Nicky Jam, Manuel Turizo, Greicy, Mike Bahia, among others.
Paola Nicole Marrero Rodríguez, known professionally as paopao, is a Puerto Rican Latin GRAMMY® winning singer-songwriter. Her musical style is predominantly described as a mix of Reggaeton and Alternative pop. At the beginning of 2021, Paola signed her first record and publishing deal under RichMusic, and is set to release her debut single “Control” in June of 2021. The track was produced by Top-Latin music hitmaker and visionary Dímelo Flow, along with BK and Mizu, and co-written by paopao and Toy Wapo.
Paola Nicole Marrero Rodríguez, was born on October 16, 1995 in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. From an early age, Paola has always been involved in the arts: singing in school functions, taking dance, piano, guitar and vocal lessons, and writing original music. In 2013, she graduated highschool from Carol Morgan School in the Dominican Republic and moved to Miami to study media writing and production with a minor in songwriting at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. In 2017, she got her Bachelor’s degree and immediately started her Master’s in Music Business at Frost on a full scholarship. During her time at Frost, Paola interned at various music studios and publishing companies, such as Emilio and Gloria Estefan’s Crescent Moon Studios, George Noriega’s Cutting Cane Studios, and Peermusic under the mentorship of Julio Bague; where she took her first steps in the Latin music industry. In August of 2018, Paola was named the 15th Annual peermusic Latin Scholarship winner, for her original composition “Lluvia.”
After finalizing her studies in May 2019, Paola was hired as the A&R for Alacran Records, an independent label based in Miami Beach. In November 2019, she moved on to be the Label Manager at RichMusic, where she remained throughout all of 2020. Without losing sight of her dream of being an artist and songwriter, Paola continued to work late nights, writing songs for other artists and developing her own musical identity. In November 2020, she won her first Latin GRAMMY® as songwriter on the track “Ticket de Salida” included on Chiquis Rivera’s album “Playlist,” recognized by the academy as “Best Banda Album.”
Early 2021, Paola signed her first record and publishing deal under top independent Latin record label, RichMusic, and is set to release her debut single “Control” in June of 2021. The track was produced by Top-Latin music hitmaker and visionary Dímelo Flow, along with BK and Mizu, and co-written by paopao and Toy Wapo.
Paola was born to Maritza Rodriguez (late) and Ernesto Marrero (doctor) and grew up with a younger sister, Nalani Marrero. Her parents met while serving in the Army. At 8 months old, Paola moved to Santo Domingo with her parents while her father was studying medicine and then moved back to Puerto Rico when she was 5. Following her parents divorce shortly after, Paola and her sister lived predominantly with their mother. Both her parents remarried and had children. When Paola was 13, she moved to Santo Domingo with her mother, stepfather, sister and half brother as her stepdad was transferred for work. She graduated high school at Carol Morgan School and moved to Miami to study music at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. In March 2020, her mother passed away after battling with cancer.
Paola is fluent in Spanish and English.
La suerte de Thyago comenzó en Redes Sociales, en donde compartía videos mostrando su talento, cuando el sello discográfico RichMusic lo contacta meses más tarde a través de su cuenta de Instagram para firmar un contrato que le va a permitir “llevar buena vibra a todos sus seguidores a través de su música y letras”.
Nacido en Buenos Aires, Argentina, el joven artista de 21 años, Thiago Gastón Rojas, mejor conocido artísticamente como Thyago, comenzó su carrera musical desde que tocó los primeros acordes en su guitarra a los 14 años de edad. En ese momento comenzó a grabarse y a publicar diferentes covers en Redes Sociales, sumando un grupo considerable de seguidores a su carrera. Adicional a esto, comenzó presentándose en diferentes fiestas juveniles, fue corista del Rapero argentino Lit Killah y conoció a importantes figuras de Argentina, quienes le enseñaron sobre la industria musical.
Su estilo musical siempre se ha definido por ser romántico, con un gusto hacia la balada de grandes artistas como David Bisbal y Sin Bandera, a quienes imitaba desde niño. Con una fusión entre balada y reggaetón, Thyago siempre ha compuesto sus propias canciones con el apoyo de grandes colaboradores. Generalmente, sus canciones abordan temas ajenos a sus experiencias, sin embargo ha empezado a inspirarse en situaciones del pasado para componer de una forma más orgánica. Su voz melódica y el ritmo suave de sus pistas lo diferencian de otros artistas del género urbano, y apunta a ser un artista versátil, sin encasillarse en un solo género.
El joven, quien en su tiempo libre le gusta jugar fútbol con sus amigos, exhorta al público a que no dejen de soñar porque los sueños se hacen realidad, mientras recuerda el momento cuando fue contactado por el prestigioso sello discográfico RichMusic, interesados en su propuesta musical. En Julio de 2020, RichMusic contactó a Thyago a través de su página oficial de Instagram dejándole saber que estaban interesados en trabajar con él; este interés surgió luego de ver un video que el cantautor les envió por Mensaje Privado hace un tiempo atrás. “El que persevera alcanza y esto ha sido más grande de lo que alguna vez soñé”, expresa el joven argentino.
Recientemente, en Septiembre de 2020, lanzó el tema “Ahora Sola” que ha recibido un gran apoyo por parte del público y que muestra la versatilidad de Thyago con los sonidos que lo diferencian del resto: balada y reggaetón a un mismo compás.
Influenciado por los grandes artistas del género urbano, Sech y Dalex, Thyago está preparado para dejar un legado en la industria musical y sueña colaborar algún día con artistas de la talla de Ozuna y J. Balvin. Mientras tanto, su gran sueño es que su música recorra el mundo, sin fronteras y por ello continúa trabajando incansablemente junto a su sello RichMusic para lanzar más música próximamente.
Simon Restrepo, better known by his stage name Symon Dice, has been a fan of music since he can remember. Growing up in Medellin, Colombia, Simon was exposed to the music industry at an early age. His mother was an event and concert producer, while his father was a guitarist and music producer. Before beginning his professional lessons, Simon early on picked up guitar and piano skills by first learning on his own. He took every opportunity to display his talent, winning War of the Band tours around the city.
Some of his biggest musical inspirations include guitar legends like John Mayer, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Santana, Slash, and the Mexican group Mana. In fact, when writing his first song “Get Outta Town,” he was inspired by some of his favorite guitar melodies. As a producer, Simon is completely dedicated to his craft. His creative process starts with he finds a chord progression that carries him away and allows him to share a different story like the legends before him.
After spending over a year touring with Tony Dize, Simon was discovered by RichMusic in New York before eventually reconnecting and joining their lineup of all-star producers. Simon has collaborated with some of the best artists in the industry. He has co-produced platinum hits alongside Dímelo Flow including Farruko’s “Inolvidable”, JQuiles, Zion and Lennox “No Quiero Amarte”, and Natti Natasha’s “Me Gusta”. Adding to his major growth, he has also worked on albums with other RichMusic artists like Dalex and Sech.
When Simon is not making music, he spends his time up in the clouds as a commercial pilot. He is raising a son named Lucca, alongside his wife, Niccolle.
Jhonattan Jacob Reyes Cedeno was born and raised in Panama City, Panama. His stage name, Jhon El Diver, was given to him in the studio where others would call him “El Divertido,” which is Spanish for “fun,” as a nod to his serious demeanor. He picked up on music around the age of 11. When his sister asked for a guitar and never used it, Jhon decided to dust it off and take it to his school guitar class.
Most of what Jhon learned on the guitar he picked up on his own, and by watching other experienced players. That same dedication allowed him to eventually learn the keyboard, bass, drums and other percussion instruments. His first musical performance started with a school salsa orchestra, and it wasn’t too far after that he would use music to try to build a career and feed his family. Jhon would join friends and play at local bars and nightclubs around Panama before eventually collaborating with latin artist, Sech.
In addition to the reggae sounds familiar with his country of Panama, Jhon found musical inspiration from artists like Mana, Gondwana and El Kid. His unique sound and talents have allowed him to collaborate with most of the artists in Panama, as well as internationally acclaimed artists like Zion, Lennox, Nicky Jam, Mike Bahia and Maluma. He describes his creative process as more of a collaborative effort, working alongside other producers in the studio to mix sounds and influences to make music unlike anything else.
Animal, una presencia en la música latina que es al mismo tiempo juguetona y oscura
Miami.- Según el Diccionario de la Real Academia española, una de las acepciones de la palabra animal significa “persona que destaca extraordinariamente por su saber, inteligencia o esfuerzo”. Por eso, cuando un joven adolescente colombiano comenzó a ser descrito por sus amigos como una “Animal”, por su talento desbordante para crear nuevos ritmos, sonidos y tejerlos en nueva música con sonidos urbanos, decidió asumirlo como su nombre artístico.
“Desde que era pequeño hacía todo así, con una pasión similar a la furia”, recuerda Animal, uno de los nuevos talentos musicales de la disquera independiente Rich Music. “En ese momento, mis sueños de infancia no incluían a la música. De hecho, quería ser abogado, pero es imposible haber crecido en Medellín sin tener una banda sonora potente y ecléctica como parte de tus recuerdos ”.
Animal no quiere revelar su nombre legal. “Todo es parte del juego”, dice con una sonrisa pícara. La realidad es que es uno de los pocos artistas que prefiere ser descubierto antes que mostrarse a sí mismo. “En la mayoría de los casos, la imagen pública de un artista es más ruido que sustancia. Prefiero rodear mi música con silencio, para que brille más “.
Animal se enamoró de la música urbana cuando escuchó la obra de Little Wayne. “Sentí algo tan poderoso que quise dedicar mi vida a crear sonidos que afectaran a las personas de la misma manera. Estudió Ingeniería de Sonido en la universidad durante un tiempo, pero no era lo que buscaba. Eventualmente, se convirtió en el dueño de Music Factory, un pequeño, pero exitoso estudio de grabación en Medellín donde grandes artistas han grabado algunos de sus éxitos.
Luego visitó Miami y su vida volvió a cambiar. “Nunca me había enamorado de un lugar, pero sabía que este era mi sitio, de la misma manera que Rich Music se ha convertido en mi hogar profesional”, recuerda. Vendió su estudio y se mudó al sur de Florida para hacer trap. Era lo suyo. Pero como muchos inmigrantes, la cuesta hacia el éxito era demasiado inclinada, incluso para un “animal”. Estaba a punto de renunciar a su sueño cuando descubrió que uno de sus vecinos era productor de música urbana y lo invitó a mostrarle su trabajo. Poco después formó parte de un equipo que trabajó con artistas reconocidos en la industria. Después de un tiempo se sintió incómodo. “Se estaban volviendo demasiado llamativos, yo prefiero ser como el anochecer en Los Ángeles, cuando las palmeras se ven negras contra el cielo azul índigo”, explicó Animal.
Hoy en día, el sonido de Animal ha evolucionado a un pop urbano con un trasfondo pesado y urbano. Juguetón, pero oscuro. Es ese azul índigo de nuevo. Su primer sencillo, parte de su primer disco con Rich Music, saldrá a principios del 2022.
Es un concepto que describe quién es Animal como artista, porque “Quién soy yo como persona debe permanecer detrás del arte. Mi música crea presencia, pero sin ruido”.