Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Victor Manuelle: 20 Years and Counting

With a twenty year trajectory in the genre of salsa, more than 1 million albums sold in the United States alone, and the most number one radio hits for any artist in the realm of tropical music (which includes bachata and merengue as well as salsa), it is no wonder that Victor Manuelle’s latest album is titled Me Llamare Tuyo (I’ll Call Myself Yours).  Victor has surely given himself to the public, along with his warm presence and smooth demeanor it is easy to see why he is loved by all. 

Today, with the release of Me Llamare Tuyo Victor Manuelle held a press conference in New York City where he revealed not only his excitement for the release of this album and the continuation of his Casi 20 tour, but also his words of wisdom for artists who are new to the industry.

With such a long and successful career, it is easy to become wrapped up in the fame and have it change you you but Victor remains humble through it all, saying “…se ha forjado un ser humano que no va a cambiar aunque mi carera llega a cero.” He highlights the direct connection social media allows him to have with his fans and says that through this medium he sees that he is loved and he adores his fans in return.

Throughout the years, Victor has been known to stay true to salsa and, says his purpose in doing so is to bring salsa to a younger generation.  Hay una generaciĆ³n que se comunica de una manera diferente,” he says and he has made it his responsibility to bring urban artists like Voltio, Gocho and Ken-y (just to name a few) into salsa in order to engage a younger generation.  Hay un publico joven que tengo que preocuparme de que sigan interesados en nuestro genero para que esto no sea un genero de nostalgia,” he explains.  And so, Victor’s soft, sensual way of communication mixed with the flair of new, urban artists allows for a compelling sound that resonates with young people along with a new, exciting one for those who have been salsa fans for years. 

With such an impressive record and innovative mind set, I was curious to know what his advice would be to upcoming artists like the ones that are commonly featured here on A Vocal Accord.  These were his words: “es mucho mas dificil la parte radial...pero con eso de las redes sociales tambien se esta simplificando un poco,"  he continues saying, "(hay que) perseverar y saber que esto no es una carrera uno o dos anos...que no se puede rendir...tienes que perseverar, hacer las cosas bien y tomarlo serio no tomarlo como un hobby o como algo pasajero.”

In fact, when it comes to new artists Victor is extremely supportive, allowing young new artists to open for him at many of his concerts.  He says he feels it is his duty to support new talent and help them through his own experience.  Yo creo que todos estos muchachos se merecen esa oportunidad.  Es de la manera que yo siento que le estoy dando el apoyo que necesitan.”  In fact, at his show this Saturday at Radio City Music Hall Victor will have some upcoming artists open the show for him as well.  Leading by example, Victor is sure to support upcoming talent and expand not only salsa but music at large. 

In stores today, Me Llamare Tuyo has ten tracks that are sure to keep you singing, dancing, and calling him yours.  Victor’s Casi 20 tour has stops throughout the summer in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Denver just to name a few where you can join him for an entertaining and impressive show as he always delivers.  For a full tour list visit his official website and download your copy of Me Llamare Tuyo on iTunes today!

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