Farruko, the Puerto Rican singer of reguetn and Latin trap, is the new protagonist of In lyrics of another, a docurrecital of HBO Latino that this year reaches its third edition and that it has had among its previous protagonists Pedro Cap (2017) and Gente DZona (2018).
What is In another's letter? Presented in July 2017 as a summer film-concert project, the documentary invites us to know the intimacy of a certain artist through the particular tribute he makes to songs, composers and performers that were decisive in his life. They are names and music without which their inspiration and career might have never become what they are.
And it is true: each of our lives has a soundtrack interior that has been ringing since we were small. But in an artist, this soundtrack is not a simple background music, but the authentic germ of his creativity. Farruko, in particular, seems to have all this quite clear: Hctor Lavoe, Frankie Ruiz, Divine and, above all, Jerry Rivera.
Filmed in Puerto Rico, Farruko interprets in this visually stunning documentary he interprets the songs that have most inspired him in his career. All of them will be compiled in an album of the same name (executive production of Sharo Towers) that will also be released this August 23 by Sony Music Latin.
In the film, his performances are intertwined with intimate conversations about his childhood, education and musical influences. Some of the topics included are "I am Born Again" (Frankie Ruiz), "What is Bad" (Jerry Rivera), "I Release Your Hair" (Yandel), "I Was Calmed" (Divine) and "Pending Subject" ( Ricardo Arjona).
To those who know him, this selection does not surprise them. Digital Trends in Spanish He had the opportunity to speak with him at the offices of HBO Latino, in New York, to learn a little more about this experience.
Digital Trends in Spanish From the moment you decide to participate in this documentary, how long does it take to choose the songs?
Farruko Well, that was what took the most, believe me. Because all it was to do the songs and record them, that was fast. But choosing the issues, specifically, was something that took time. There were many songs in the first draft I brought. We had to be selective, because the project had to be given a variety to make the documentary well. And not only that: it was necessary to find themes in which it was quick to reach the original composers to be able to ask for their permits.
DT ES And following this line a bit, there was some song that you said, at the moment: this sure is going!
Farruko S. There is a tear, from Divine. It is a subject that was very famous in Puerto Rico and that he dedicated to a friend who died. And I immediately had that topic in mind. I wanted to dedicate it to a friend I lost, who I couldn't do a song to fire him. All in Puerto Rico, this subject is always put in funerals, and I had it very clear in my mind, from the first moment: this goes, for sure!
DT ES What will be your diagnosis regarding the current state of reggaeton health?
Farruko: Of health? Well, I think he is perfectly fine right now and has high hemoglobin, because he is eating a lot (laughs). We are eating in all countries, thank God. It is a genre that is prevailing at the moment, and that has Latinos looking great before other peoples, isn't it? Because, for example, Americans want to collaborate with us and the people of Europe want to do the same. It is a rhythm that is moving the world.
DT ES Is it the real pop of today?
Farruko Exact. It is the new pop.
DT ES In 15 years, Farruko is still singing reggaetn?
Farruko With the longest, baldest beard (laughs). Let's see, I don't rule out the idea. But I don't want to retire old from music. I would like to perform more in the business within music (N. de la R .: Farruko owns his own music label, Carbon Fiber Music), and perhaps develop more talents. Also, I like acting too. I like to develop products, not just artists: create footwear, clothes, etc. I look more like a bussiness man in the future, within the world of entertainment. I don't visualize myself as a reggaeton still at 40 or 45 years. I still have about 10 years in which I want to continue working, keep growing, doing music. But I have other dreams that I would like to achieve.
DT ES YFinally, Digital Trends in Spanish is a technology page and we can't stop asking you: are you from iPhone or Android?
Farruko I am iPhone.
DT ES And the social network you use most?
Farruko Instagram and WhatsApp.
Man of open spirit, cordial, with a sense of humor to the surface and without stridency. You will never think that it is someone whose songs far exceed the hundreds of millions of listeners on Spotify. His Calma remix, which he plays together with Pedro Cap, is almost 600 million, not counting the 1.5 billion (1,500 million) views on YouTube. Someone who does not forget at any moment where he comes from, but even more, he is very clear where he wants to arrive. Perhaps in these two certainties lies the formula of its success.
You can watch the full documentary “Farruko. In Letra de Otro ”only on HBO Latino this Friday, August 23 at 8:00 PM (ET).