âMy love for music comes from my childhood,â he says. âMy mom, dad and grandmother sang in church and I always watched musical movies. I played the piano in my church and started making all kinds of rhythms when I got my first computer.
Although he loved music, Wheeler admits he was too shy to launch a singing career due to bullying during his school age. He felt insecure and refused to display his talents. But that all changed when he fell in love – and faced heartache.
âI wrote a breakup song for the first time and my best friend encouraged me to upload a video singing the song,â he recalls of his song âAhora Estoy Mejor,â released in 2015. âAt this At the time, I was just hurt. I did it because I needed to get the point across in some way. The video went viral overnight, spawning over 500 000 views It was then that I decided to devote myself to music, singing and self-training in the industry.
In 2018, Wheeler dropped âPor Tu Culpa,â the song he said opened doors for him and ultimately landed him on DJ Nelson’s radar.
âThe first people who discovered me were Yezziel and Siruo from Dynamic Records. They were the first to believe in my talent and gave me an opportunity, âsays Wheeler. âAfter that I played in Puerto Rico and I got very emotional when I saw people singing my songs. It was so amazing that I started to cry. This video went viral and it is as it happened to DJ Nelson. He was working with other artists at the time but after meeting he told me about his vision of me as an artist. He’s a legend. in the industry and it is an honor to work with him.
Together, Wheeler and Nelson brought Wheeler’s debut studio album to life Platonico, including the fruitful collaboration with Farruko in âOtra Noche Mas (Remix)â. âIt was my cover letter. It’s who I am and what I bring to the table.
Currently, Wheeler is touring the Platonicos, a 12-set production that includes collaborations with Myke Towers, Brytiago, Miky Woodz and Dalex, to name a few.
âThis album is me sharing my art with my colleagues. It is not for cries or figures but because we all share the same passion â, he notes. âThis album is a very important part of my career. It’s very organic and each song has a different flow. Not because it’s my album but I listen to it every day.
Learn more about this week’s Latin artist on the rise below.
Name: Jose Angel Lopez Martinez aka Jay Wheeler. âJay is from JosÃ©. When I started my career, I asked my Facebook fans to help me choose a name that could go with âJayâ and among the responses was âWheelerâ. Another fan told me that I was his favorite voice and that it sounded good “Jay Wheeler, La Voz Favorita”.
Recommended song: “It’s hard to choose just one because I love them all, but if I had to do it, I would choose two: ‘La Curiosidad’ with Myke Towers and ‘Fuiste Tu’, the first single from my new album. This song was a challenge for me, artistically and personally.
Major achievement: âTo be able to take my music to different countries and have my team. I still have a lot of goals to achieve. I like having a lot of goals to keep working hard for them.
And after? âBecause of my forties, there is not much I can do, but there are a lot of important and important collaborations to come. These are projects people would never expect from me.