Juan Manuel Rey has mastered of one of the most entertaining and nuanced styles of pop entertainment we’ve come across in recent years, and his new single ‘Era De Placer’ shows why you’ll be hearing a lot more of him.
With undeniable vocal talent and fine-tuned production served straight up, Juan Manuel Rey is an artist that any pop music enthusiast will thoroughly enjoy. The success of his latest awarding-winning work has not gone unnoticed by the critics, with one recently writing: ‘To say this artist is proficient with the Latin pop idiom is not enough – listen to tracks like ‘Era De Placer’ to witness the delightful mayhem that issues forth when an expert sidesteps convention to conjure something new.’ Yet there’s something special about Juan Manuel Rey that sets him apart from other pop acts. In a musical generation characterized by manufactured pop acts, Juan Manuel Rey’s originality and sincerity do more than stand out. They reveal qualities that cannot be engineered in the studio. There’s also an unpretentious realness to this artist out of Buenos Aires, Argentina and judging by his growing fan base, he may be precisely what the new generation didn’t know it was missing. Independent reporter Blake Wright recently caught up with Juan Manuel Rey to get an inside look at this exciting new artist and to learn what he has in store for fans this year.
BLAKE: Let’s just get this out in the open- What is the craziest thing that has happened to you in your music career?
JUAN MANUEL REY: The craziest thing that happened to me in my musical career was that they paid me with a bottle of beer after having given a show at full steam before a wealthy audience.
BLAKE: Your song ’Era De Placer’ is receiving a positive listener response on the radio. What was your initial reaction when you first heard your song playing on the radio?
JUAN MANUEL REY: Wow, great! My reaction was to overflow with joy and happiness.
BLAKE: What was the inspiration behind your debut radio single?
JUAN MANUEL REY: The inspiration came after watching a couple of movies about the Mafia.
BLAKE: It is often said that great art arises from difficult experience. Is there something in your life experience thus far that you would describe as the ‘catalyst’ or ‘fuel’ for your desire to create music?
JUAN MANUEL REY: Of course, the death of my father made me see another world.
BLAKE: How would you characterize yourself as an artist/musician? (Ex. Down-to-earth, serious, fun-loving, complicated…)
JUAN MANUEL REY: I think I’m a bit of everything, I try to be balanced.