What kept me there was looking for some fair moment where I can stand out and I think we have achieved a lot in that period.
This song, exactly one year ago, was very popular. The Explosión de Iquitos group did it in cumbia and went all over Peru, very viral. I am a little more attached to urban music, to electronic music, since DJ Diego Alonso. However, I like all kinds of music and I listen to all kinds of music, I wanted the idea, the song of
Iquitos explosionfits a little more with the concept that I am taking.
To play, I started to make the remix and also, as a hobby, I showed it to my team and they told me it was very good. They spoke with the team
Iquitos explosion and they also liked it very much. They had told us that they had received several proposals, but that they liked this one much more. So, we decided to make the official remix.
It came out a month and a half after the original song was released, this with the idea of not overshadowing it. The song boomed and a month and a half, two months later this remix was released.
It is very gratifying that it is an official remix because we know that one can grab something and put a video, or put something on YouTube, but once it’s official, the fact that the same group has given us its support has served us a lot.
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Did you expect it to be this successful?
Not that success in magnitude. When I make things and I’ve already planned to launch them, one obviously has planned for it to be something that sticks, that people like. However, there are always different reactions. I hoped that a more urban audience would be the one I’m going to give that song to. There were people from everywhere, grandmothers, children; there were many people who were not within the target that I was imagining and that did surprise me a lot.
On the other hand, it is the first video I made on my YouTube channel totally alone. I made a video of the song, for me it’s gratifying because I made the audio, I made the video, I posted it myself. It was a job in which I had a lot to do, more than a normal artist would. It fills me with a lot of pride that everyone has heard that remix and that it is one of the most requested when I’m playing. It’s not professional at all, but I do think it’s quite eye-catching and I think that’s very important to develop audiovisual content on any internet platform.
In addition to Explosión de Iquitos, you have worked with artists from different genres such as M2h. What would you say has been the biggest difference when working with groups of cumbia and rap or urban genre?
I don’t see much difference. Because, although they are very different genres, very different audiences, singers from different eras, music unites a lot, communication is always the same, respect is always the same. I’m sure that if you ask hip hop people about cumbia there will be a lot of respect and vice versa.
Logically, there are musical differences, because someone makes music more for dancing, another more rebellious, more political, more romantic. Those would be the only differences, because after that, the music unites a lot and there is unique respect. I think there are no such barriers of ‘I don’t work with you because you are of that gender’. As I repeat,
there is a lot of respect with that kind of thing, for the work of the other.
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DJ Diego Alonso made the official remix of the song “No sé”. Photo: Veltrac Music
The facet of Diego Alonso outside of music
You also do podcasts. How did the idea of creating one come about?
I have been using a podcast since 2015, at first no one knew what a podcast was, no one had any idea what a podcast was, but with the pandemic everyone began to have one and I also already had the necessary equipment to make them. Because before I had the idea, but I didn’t have cameras, I didn’t have microphones, I didn’t have a space. So now that I’ve got it, I was like, ‘Okay, let’s do the podcast.’
What kind of podcasts do you do?
I wanted it to be about characters that are in music, but logically it shouldn’t be an interview, I’m not a journalist. I wanted it to be a totally free conversation, and that’s what we achieved. There have been a lot of new DJs, a lot of viral DJs, old DJs. There have been singers, there were people who participated in “La voz Perú”, musical producers. I was with the producer of Deyvis Orosco, the producer of Maricarmen Marín, I was with one of the producers who made Vivo x el rock, I was with a sound technician who also told us many things about how it was to bring Black Eyed Peas, Slipknot , to Metallic.
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What projects do you have in mind for the rest of the year?
For this 2022, yes or yes, bring out this new concept for a totally different show. We have already had a couple of rehearsals out there, we are also seeing what to add, what to drop, what can go, what cannot go; wait for it In fact, it will also be recorded at some point, so I am focused on working on the live show one hundred percent. Productions are also coming, I still don’t want to say much because I don’t know how long it will take for this to come out, but yes or yes it will be a tribute to Peru with well-known artists, some of whom we are still talking to. An album is coming, an EP. An internationalization is also coming, we are seeing if a possible tour abroad comes out.