Although it may sound a bit morbid and strong, the lyrics are very romantic, it’s a bolero. Honestly, if you listen without paying much attention to it, you might think it’s about someone, but
is a romantic melody dedicated to the fact that we are all going to die at some point, make peace with that and live life dancing in the room and not sleeping, but having beautiful moments and taking advantage of what we have.
The other interpretations of my album speak of love, of surrendering, daring and letting go of that person knowing that everything will be fine and all those moments that mark our existence; I mean, love and our relationships are the most important things we have in the end.
— Are your songs inspired by personal experiences?
Well, practically all of them. It is difficult for me to write from a point of view that is not known to me, although not lived, but at least close.
I have to come across what I write from a very personal point of view. Most of the topics are things that have happened to me.
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— What do you expect with the presentation of your album “Bailemos en la sala”?
It’s very important to me because it encompasses three years of writing, producing and releasing songs. The album contains songs that were released in 2020, since since the pandemic began I started working, writing and producing them together with my producer. I threw them in a row to keep myself busy and get my head in a healthy space and contribute in some way, even though I know I wasn’t changing the world, but it was what I could do at that moment so maybe someone can connect or feel better and It caused me to do this (the album) after experiencing these crazy years with the pandemic.
When I was going to release this album, I had a shorter version, in which it did not include several songs, but I said to myself: ‘this is an important stage that I want to leave behind in a material’ and I wanted all the songs that I have released to have a place. So presenting it live is like the final episode of the season. I know it will take me to sing the record for a long time and hopefully it will allow me to tour. But being able to sing the entire album for the first time live in a theater with guests and preparing surprises for them is something very important to me.
— What is your goal with the music you make?
is to understand my place in the world, to understand myself, to grow inside, because it helps me to untangle my head, to find answers and I like to share these processes because I feel that art is that, to share emotional processes from paintings, songs, movies, since they all start from an idea that previously belonged to a experience or a process. So, by making music and reaching out to other people, who may have gone through the same thing and can identify with it, we are like sharing humanity and that seems very important to me, especially in times as crazy and even as violent as the ones we live in. current affairs or a lot of despair over some issues. I believe that it is important to tell honest stories as starting from a personal and sincere place because that permeates people.
Adrián Bello listened to Afro-American musical genres from a very young age. Photo: Adrian Bello/Instagram.
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— Why did you decide to bet on the soul genre?
I have a past of listening to a lot of music in English such as soul, r&b, jazz and I feel that my voice was formed listening to the greats of soul like Donny Hathaway, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra or Amy Winehouse, who is more contemporary, but these Super melancholic and almost heartbreaking voices always evoked something inside me, they moved me a lot and I started singing with all these influences.
When I started composing, it took me down that path and organically I started writing in English and singing soul. Later, when I wanted to make my album, I thought: ‘I live in Peru, many external ideas came to me like, what do people expect me to do?’ Well, at that time, nobody knew me, but with what can I reach more people, I went back and said to myself: ‘I’m going to do something that I like and that represents the moment in which I am where I listen to soul and I love it, I sing and write this.
I’m going to do this (music) for myself because if you do it with people first, there’s a good chance you’ll end up disappointed.’ I put myself first and it was something that came from my heart, then my project mutated until it is now.
— Is it difficult to do soul in Peru?
Yes, definitely. They are Afro-American genres and in countries like ours they end up being very niche genres. My concerts were with a small audience, which was quite faithful and it was very nice because I found a community that was quite hooked on my performances. But when I turned to Spanish, that community expanded more and more.
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— What motivated you to sing in Spanish and not in English?
It was a very organic change. Suddenly, I began to connect with Latin American genres, I began to listen to more boleros as if trying to find what I found in soul; that is, that emotion. Well, Latin Americans are super romantics and it wasn’t difficult for me to find where I wanted to explore.
The Spanish language is incredible to be able to write and happily I was able to find my voice for Spanish and flow. The first one I wrote in Spanish was ‘Escondidos’. Currently, I only compose in Spanish. It does not close the doors to other musical genres
— Have you thought about experimenting with other musical genres?
Yes, I am quite open in music. I find it very fun to explore, go to the studio and compose, it is a game and as if I were a child again, because when you are a child you have no limits or labels. I find it very funny what music offers you. However, I am a person who likes to do things with a lot of meaning and soul. Usually, I make songs that move you inside, but sometimes I’ve made songs just for fun like ‘Una noche más’ or ‘Explosión’, which have allowed me to explore another part of me.
— What satisfactions has music brought you in these years of your career?
I am lucky to have a team with whom I work on the project, we generate ideas and strategies. So when the pandemic hit all of us, we tried to find different ways to try to reach people. There was a time when I did a lot of lives, but I realized that it was something I didn’t like to do and I started to launch various productions, trying to make videos with the least number of people due to protocols and generate content because it seemed to me Nice to be able to be close to the people who followed me.
Adrián Bello has decided to express honest stories in his songs. Photo: Adrian Bello/Instagram.
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The satisfactions that the project has brought me are the people who write to me, those who follow me and send me messages saying that such a topic has helped them to pass some experience and those connectivity bridges are what motivate me and help me push the boat . In addition, I have met many artists both local and international, with whom I have made music and that has been invaluable. Music allows me to explore myself, express myself and singing for myself live, recording or composing is something magical.
— Would you like to collaborate with a national or international artist?
Yes. In fact, there are several collaborations on the album. I have already had the opportunity to do it and it is something that has made me immensely happy. I have one with Alejandro and María Laura, with Cristina Valentina, Jósean Log, Jimena Sariñana and also with artists from abroad. And all these collaborations have taught me a lot and I have been very lucky to be able to do them. Also, continuing to collaborate is something that excites me a lot and I want to continue doing it with local and foreign artists because I love what they do.
— Do you think that film productions are a great window for the music industry?
Yes. Now, with so many platforms and movies, I think that music licensing within the world of cinema is like a big window. As soon as “Going Back” came out within the movie “When We Meet Again”, it grew a lot and reached many people because they wrote to me from all over the world and even messages in Russian. It was something incredible; I mean, many people have discovered me from the film and that is something that cinema and platforms as massive as Netflix allow you.
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— What expectations do you have with the concert you are about to perform?
Well, I don’t do concerts that often because I like to be missed (laughs) and I like to work a lot on my shows, like getting physically, emotionally and mentally involved in putting on a good show and living up to what people expect. watch. Also,
It is important that the shows of national artists are valued in the same way as when someone from abroad comes. So putting on a good show contributes to the industry in a certain way. I’m super excited, I’m dying to see the people who are going to meet them, be with them, enjoy and spend a night that, honestly, will be a gift for me.
— You will visit other countries with your album
Yes. We are planning in August to visit some cities in Mexico, it is the first country that I will do a small tour outside of Peru and hopefully this year or the next to visit other countries, we are organizing ourselves. But, before all that, it will be a tour in my country that I already need.