BOOM ARCHIVES: Interview with JUANES year 2000
Month before he became the worldwide phenomenon he is today
It’s a tremendous gem we found in our archives.
The year was 2000 and Juanes had recently released his first solo album (Fijate Bien), after leaving his long standing band Ekhymosis in Medellin, Colombia. Juanes here is attending a Latin rock festival called Watcha! Tour as an espectator. Watcha! Tour, lasted three years in the US with big headliners sucha as Molotov, Cafe Tacuva, Enanitos Verdes, La Ley and Aterciopelados. The funny thing is that the next year, Juanes was headlining that tour, in several cities and he and his band would be performng on that same stage in the back, the Bayfront Park in Miami.
On September 2001, he garnered six nominations to the Latin Grammys, that definitively brought all that fame and fortune making him become the world idol he is today.
I remember before starting the interview, Juanes said something like ‘this record is my bet”, something like “this is my last shot in music”. As you can see in the video, he is seen preoccupied, tense and even depressed. That feeling embraced by many artists who do not see the fruits of their labor as they want. But, to his fortune, his destiny was awaiting for him.
Juanes was several times on the cover of our paper magazine, which circulated in the US and Latin America from 1996 to 2008. He visited our radio show and shares pleasant moments with us to this date. Juanes is a BOOM artist.
Notice playing on the background of this video the band Fulano Tal. Led by Cuban-American singer songwriter Elsten Torres, who represented Miami at that festival. Listen to his music, Fulano is also a hero of Latin alternative music. His song “Caramelo” was recorded by Alejandra Guzman.
The camera in this video is done by Linda Carta, my wife and co-founder of BOOM.
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