Bachata, a music genre that originates from the Dominican Republic. What started out as music typically listened to by the poorer demographic in the Dominican Republic, has turned into a world wide phenomenon. Infused with a catchy, danceable rhythm and fueled by lyrics that embody love, heartbreak and passion, Bachata has given rise to many talented artists. One particular artist that is causing sensation is Jr. Perez, better known as Jr. Growing up in New York, one of the most influential cities in the world, Jr. was exposed to a vast array of musical creativity. His latest single, "Hacerte Mia" has caught the attention of many, inspiring upcoming artists and creating new fans. I recently had the opportunity to interview Jr. and learn more about his passion for music.
How did it all start?
"I started writing songs at the age of 14, while at the same time playing freelance guira for other Bachata bands. This allowed me to gain a general knowledge in music, so I'm very fortunate of being able to have played in various bands."
What are your passions?
"My passion is music. Being able to create art from real, authentic emotion. As raw, and as genuine as I can be, so that I can reach people in the most intimate way possible."
Any advice to musicians?
"Remain humble. Always assume that you don't know how to figure it out by yourself because there's always something to learn. Keep people around you that help you maintain a sense of humility at all times. Work vigorously. Be authentic. Be you."
What are your favorite things about music?
"The one things I love about music is the fact that you can't see it, you can't touch it, but it can still affect you. It can make you cry, it can make you make a decision that can change your life. It can motivate you to try something you've never done before, it can do so much. It is as essential as water is to life."
When you are not making music what are you doing for fun?
Smiles and replies "I make more music."
What kind of changes do you see coming in the Bachata genre?
"I think that we are going to see more artists embracing the "Spanglish" Bachata, or English lyrics in the song. It's something that I think will mirror the new generation of Bachata listeners, many who are young Latinos here in the U.S."
Who are your influences?
"Juan Luis Guerra, John Mayer, Kanye West, Aventura, as well as many others.
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