"I think that everybody in the world should have the right to travel anywhere they want at once in their life." - Hector Quintana
Hector Quintana is the percussionist and vocalist for the band Maná. Hector has been with Maná since 2007 and that's actually the amount of years I've known him myself. Hector brings a huge amount energy on stage especially now where he does Nicky Jam's part for the song De Los Pies A La Cabeza's new version. His vocals are always on point and he's always had a presence on stage no matter if he is singing or playing different instruments towards the back of the stage during a concert. The following interview happened via FaceTime because Maná is still on tour and he is currently doing his own tour as well.
So, tell me about your CD Present Perfecto and what inspired it?
"Presente Perfecto is my first project as a solo artist. I started with Maná in 2007 and I barely made Presente Perfecto in 2014. It was long process. I made this CD with the intent of people hearing my message through my music. What interests me is what I can do with my music and how far I can go."
How many instruments do you play and how long have you been playing them for?
"I am a percussionist and vocalist for Maná as mentioned and I also play the guitar and the bass. I am a multi instrumentalist. It takes a lot of work especially for such a big band."
What is the difference between touring with Maná and just touring by yourself?
"It is very different because Maná is what is considered a big league band and there is so much production and discipline that goes behind that. I have learned that publics are very different in different places and there is always a different ambience that pumps you up differently."
What has been the best places you have visited?
"The best places I have visited is La Patagonia in Argentina and it is just majestic. The food in South America is wonderful. Spain is incredible too. I feel like people should be able to experience this at least once in their life,"
What is the message are you trying to transmit through your music?
"I want for people to listen to the melody, the rhythm , and the lyrics. I just want people to feel a connection with it."
Well on another note, you've been here at the border. What do you think? Any political tensions?
"The border is nice. The only tensions we have felt since the election has been in Pheonix with people protesting because we support immigrant rights."
Ok, to finish off how do you prepare for one of your concerts,
"I try to be at the city i'm playing in several days before and practice with the band and prepare as much as possible."
You can add Hector Quintana on Facebook and Instagram under that same user name and contact him through there, especially if you are interested in him playing a show..
A big thanks to Hector for doing this.