Ten years ago, 5-year-old Luis VÃ¡zquez set foot on a stage in Puerto Rico as the lead singer of Los Bravitos de la Plena, a children’s music group that included seven other members and was founded by VÃ¡zquez’s father, who is also a musician.
âAll my life I have been surrounded by music. Since I was little we used to sing during the holidays parrandas“Says the 15-year-old salsa singer who started his career singing plena, a folk genre born in Puerto Rico powered by hand drums, or panderetas in Spanish. “I grew up with plena, which looks a bit like salsa, so for me, switching to salsa now isn’t really a major change.
After being part of Los Bravitos from 5 to 14 years old, VÃ¡zquez parted ways with the group to focus on his career as a solo salsa singer. In February, he released his first album, Comienzos, which features the chart-topping track “Tu Fan”, an urban salsa anthem that marked Vazquez his first No. 1 on any Billboard graphic. The track currently tops the Tropical Airplay rankings (dated July 3). At 15, the Puerto Rican became the youngest soloist to reach the top since the start of the charts in October 1994.
âAll my life I have dreamed of growing up as a singer, so when I had the opportunity to switch to salsa as a soloist, my parents and I agreed it was for the bestâ, he said. âIt’s a new world for me, but I want to keep growing and experimenting. “
Since the fall Comienzos, he had followed the Billboard charts, checking every night before bed to see if any of her songs made it onto the charts. âWhen I saw that ‘Tu Fan’ had reached third place, I thought it was already huge and I was proud. But earlier this week my phone started to explode one morning and when I I checked, my whole family and my team had been texting me saying we were # 1. My heart was full and I started to cry This is a major achievement.
VÃ¡zquez, who enjoys spending time with his family in his spare time, is one of the few young salseros of this generation who are making waves in the industry. With reggaeton and trap still among the most popular genres to this day, VÃ¡zquez believes young artists are prone to what is popular.
âBecause they’re caught up in the trends, they don’t see other genres like salsa. This is one of the main reasons why we have decided to take this route. And I know I’m not the only one, but there aren’t many of us. We want to see more young artists singing salsa. We hope my story serves as an inspiration for future artists.
See you this week Billboard Latin artist on the rise below:
Last name: Luis VÃ¡zquez
Major achievement: To attend my very first DÃa Nacional de la Zalsa event in Orlando. It is one of the biggest events for salsa singers and to be able to sing there is just amazing. Also, to be # 1 on Billboard, I still haven’t understood that.
Recommended song: âTu Fanâ because it’s a really refreshing song and also very catchy. It’s a beautiful fusion between salsa and the urban, which gives it a different touch and makes it different from anything that exists.
And after: Keep recording more music, and in particular recording more salsa in all its facets. From hardcore, traditional salsa to something like “Tu Fan” which has an urban twist.