Last week I had the honor of doing a phone interview with Pedro-Juan Vasquez Bagan a.k.a. PJ Sin Suela! He is a popular Puerto Rican artist whose music has been compared to "an up-coming Residente".
PJ's music is filled with infectious rhythms that have you hooked from the moment they start and it's done none other than this doctor turned musician. After asking why he chose to leave his medical profession behind, he told me that it felt right to him and he could feel the support from his community. That's really a gutsy move! I believe this is one of those pure examples of "chasing your dreams".
As a segue to Pedro's career change, we discussed his artist name, "PJ Sin Suela". Pedro mentioned that PJ comes from Pedro-Juan but "sin suela" which translates to "without sole" comes from the fact that he in a way wants to leave his own kind of footprint on the world. Pedro was so thoughtful in every answer he gave.
We then talked about his latest single, "Loco Loquito", which features the world-famous Jorge Drexler. Pedro talked about how Jorge Drexler is his favorite artist, so being able to do this song with him was an honor. The theme of the song, as Pedro described, "deals with two people who are REALLY happy together and really want to know each other some more. It portrays it in a realistic manner and unlike a Disney movie."
I asked Pedro who his favorite artists were and he mentioned names like Ana Tijoux, Residente, and Culture Profetica. He added that his over all inspiration comes from other places like sports, movies, and even his dad.
As to Pedro's musical process, he mentioned that he loves writing a lot of poetry. He said that usually the music comes first, then the lyrics and then he plays with the whole composition. It was really interesting to listen to Pedro's discussion on his process. It's really inspiring and enlightening especially in times like these.
Stay safe everyone! And check our his music!
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