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Since appearing as a singer-songwriter in 2015 with “Bajo El Agua”, Manuel Medrano has mingled with many genres. What is at the heart of her songs is a message of love that is fueled by her moving voice. In recent years, the Colombian musician has worked with collaborators of J Balvin and funk legend Nile Rodgers. In an interview with Latido Music, Medrano talks about his greatest hits, winning two Latin Grammys and his new single “Hay Una Luz Dentro De Ti”.
Manuel Medrano received a guitar as a Christmas present after failing a year at school.
Medrano became a musician thanks to his parents who punished him with a guitar when he was not doing so well in school. Thinking that we could have stolen this great talent from Cartagena if he had received a different Christmas present.
“I wanted another gift, but they gave me a guitar because I missed a year in school,” says Medrano mitú. “It was the best gift of my life. I didn’t know it at the time because I didn’t know how to play guitar or anything on music.
Manuel won the Latin Grammy for Best New Artist in 2016.
In 2015, Medrano came out of Colombia and internationally with his single “Bajo El Agua”. The guitar ballad was included on his self-titled album a year later which won him two Latin Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Singer-Songwriter Album.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Medrano says of his victories. “I almost passed out. It was definitely one of the best times of my life that I will always cherish in my heart. [‘Bajo El Agua’] brought me so much happiness because a lot of people in the world connected to this song.
Despite his love songs, Manuel Medrano admits that he is not a very romantic person.
Medrano is one of the most romantic musicians. Her songs are either the sweet side of love or the sensual side. I ask him where this romantic energy comes from.
Medrano laughs and says, “I’m going to be really honest with you, I’m not that romantic. I think it’s women who inspire me. The beauty of women. It’s all they make me feel that allows me to write romantic music. With love, you can transmit very beautiful things. Not just love between couples, but love for oneself and love for the world. This is what can make the world a better place. “
“Mi Otra Mitad” is a bop! It’s hard to believe that some people don’t like it.
Two of Medrano’s sexiest songs are “Mi Otra Mitad” and “Buena”. On the first, he is a fluid operator on an R&B sound. Medrano also took the lead in the colorful music video. The departure of the old sound he admits had turned some of his fans off.
“It’s one of my favorite songs right now,” says Medrano. “It’s funny because it’s one of my songs that some people don’t like, but it made a positive impact on an audience that didn’t know me before.”
In “Buena” he worked with frequent collaborators of J Balvin, Feid and Mosty.
In “Buena”, Medrano mixed his R&B sound with a Latin trapezoid edge. He worked on this song with fellow Colombian musicians Mosty and Feid, who are the duo behind J Balvin’s early hits as “Ginza”. He’s Medrano’s bedroom banger.
“I worked with Mosty and Rafael [Arcaute]”, Medrano remembers. “We did a writing session in Medellín. We invited Feid who was near town. This wonderful song came out. Feid is a huge musical talent for writing. Rafa and Mosty are also beasts with the production.
Last year Manuel Medrano had his “dream” collaboration with Nile Rodgers.
Medrano is also entering the Anglo market. While in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic, he worked with icon Nile Rodgers for the song “Cielo”. Medrano finds its groove perfectly in the funky rhythm of Rodgers guitar.
“Breathtaking!” Medrano exclaims about the experience. “It was a dream come true that I worked with Nile Rodgers. I admire him. I love his job. It took a little while before I could meet him as we were working remotely. To me, she’s a phenomenal person with a giant heart. I have followed his career since I was young. It was an honor.
His new single “Hay Una Luz Dentro de Ti” is a hymn for everyone.
In April, Medrano returned with their new single “Hay Una Luz Dentro de Ti”. The message behind this stimulating ballad is clear as day: everyone has their own light which allows them to shine in their own way. This post that Medrano mentions is for everyone who listens, including their fans in the LGBTQ + community.
“It’s a message of love for each person to continue to create a better world,” says Medrano. “It is a message oriented towards respect and tolerance towards love and friendship. It is a clear message to all communities. This is definitely my message with my music. Every time I write a song, I write it for this purpose. May it touch the heart of every person and transform their life in a positive way.
On his next album, Manuel will continue to experiment with different sounds.
As for what’s next, Medrano says that “Hay Una Luz Dentro de Ti” is the launch release for his next album which is due to take place in the second half of 2021. The album will feature 13 new tracks and a documentary will explain how it came together. . While working on live shows while waiting for the pandemic, Medrano promises to be virtual in the future.
“There is the Manual who wants to experiment, to work with different people and who wants to learn,” he adds. “There’s also the Manual that people have known since my first album, the singer-songwriter and guitarist. This Manual will always be there. These will be the two facets present in my albums. ”
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